Markus grew up at Weyga Farming, a grain and cattle farm managed by his father near Camrose. His key roles on the farm were managing their Gelbvieh herd and implementing precision ag technologies, including early adoption of variable rate fertilizer in 2001.
He earned agriculture, law and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta. He articled and was called to the bar in Iqaluit, where he was directly involved in the creation of the Law Society of Nunavut in April 1999. He practiced criminal legal aid across the Baffin region, and then served the Government of Nunavut as Deputy Minister of Justice and later DM of Executive and Secretary to Cabinet from 2004 to 2011. He then started his renewed career as an agricultural consultant at Serecon, a mid-size independent agricultural consulting firm in Edmonton. He is a Professional Agrologist and completes projects for a large variety of clients, often with emphasis on sustainability and modelling / quantification.
For the past two years, he has leveraged his networks in agribusiness and passion for precision farming technologies to establish LandView Drones. LandView, originally farm management software, now combines sensor technologies for crop health imaging with unmanned robotic aircraft (UAS’s or drones) and necessary software. While actively bundling today’s technology for immediate use on farms, Markus is a realist and sees some of the current limitations of the technology, in addition to its huge opportunities. For that reason, he also collaborates with others to help develop the new sensors and data/workflows that are needed to make this technology more widely useful to growers and agronomists.