Koch Names New Senior Agronomist

Published in the February 2014 Issue Published online: Feb 20, 2014
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WICHITA, Kan.—Koch Agronomic Services, LLC (KAS), recently announced Dr. Rigas E. Karamanos has joined the team as a senior agronomist in Canada.

In this role, Karamanos’ responsibilities include providing agronomic support to the 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 10 years. He 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 at 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 received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He holds a master’s and a doctorate in soil chemistry and fertility from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In 2013, he was awarded a fellowship in the Canadian Society of Agronomy.