Koch Hires New Senior Agronomist For Canada

Koch Agronomic Services (KAS), recently announced Dr. Rigas E. Karamanos has joined the team as a Senior Agronomist in Canada.

In this role, Karamanos’s responsibilities include providing agronomic support to Koch Fertilizer and Koch Agronomic Services Canadian sales force. Additionally, Karamanos will lead KAS’s university research program to develop technically sound agronomic tools and support materials, while expanding KAS’s network within Canadian research and professional communities.

Before joining KAS Karamanos taught at the University of Saskatchewan and McGill University for over ten years. He also served as the Senior Research Agronomist with Esso Chemical, Canada; Director of the Saskatchewan Soil Testing Laboratory and Enviro-Test Laboratories Saskatoon. In 1997 he joined Westco where he served in numerous roles including ACES Manager, Manager of Agronomy Research and Market Development. Karamanos joined the KAS team from Viterra where he was a Manager of Agronomic Solutions.

Other previous work includes projects through the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Canadian International Development Agency.

“Rigas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the KAS agronomy team and will be a great resource for all KAS team members,” said Chase Koch, Senior Vice President, KAS. “He has contributed to over 380 research, technical and conference publications, has participated in a number of international projects and is a member of numerous professional organizations.”

Karamanos graduated from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a Bachelor of Science and Arts and holds a Master of Science and a doctorate in Soil Chemistry and Fertility from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2013 he was awarded a fellowship in the Canadian Society of Agronomy.

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