Our two principals - David Asbridge, President and Senior Economist, and Glen Buckley, Chief Economist and Partner - bring more than 60 years of agri-business experience at leading fertilizer producers such as CF Industries; major fertilizer and agriculture industry trade associations including the U.S. Grains Council, The Fertilizer Institute, the Agribusiness Industry Council of the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association; leading farm advisory services such as Doane's; and academia. They regularly appear before farm groups, trade associations, and investors in small group sessions, industry conferences, and one-on-ones, helping analysts and portfolio managers understand this volatile industry. Cydney Henley joined NPKFAS in September 2014 following a stint with Cargill's fertilizer group. She brought in a fresh approach to publishing the newsletter and much needed computer skills as well as a firm background in the fertilizer industry.
| David D. Asbridge
President / Senior Economist
David Asbridge, who founded NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service in 2009, has analyzed U.S. and world agriculture for more than 30 years. His career has included virtually every area of the fertilizer and agri-business industries, including fertilizer manufacturing, crop and trade associations, agricultural consulting and advisory services, government, and academia.
David began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Statistician stationed at Purdue University. In 1978, David moved to CF Industries, a leading U.S. fertilizer producer, as an Agri-Business Analyst (1978-1989) and later Manager of Agri-Business Analysis (1996-2004). During David's times at CF Industries, the company was a cooperative owned by major farm cooperatives such as GROWMARK, Inc., Land O' Lakes, Inc., and others, and he was responsible for collecting, analyzing, and forecasting agricultural and fertilizer data and interpreting it for those owners and other customers. While at CF Industries, he was also a director on the U.S. Grains Council and a member and later Chairman of The Fertilizer Institute's Economics Council.
Between his two stints at CF Industries, David was the Chief Economist and Director of New Uses for the American Soybean Association, where he was responsible for data collection, analysis and forecasting of U.S. and world soybean information.
From 2004 to 2009, David was a Senior Economist and Manager of the Commercial Advisor program with Doane Advisory Services, a leading farm consulting firm in North America. He also held the position of soybean analyst and acting General Manager during his tenure at Doane. Since leaving Doane, David has worked to develop NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service and its newsletter, published weekly to help subscribers make sense of this volatile global industry.
David (as well as NPK's chief economist Glen Buckley) is still active in consulting on crop and fertilizer topics and is available for both public and private discussions and presentations.
He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin while still farming - he grew up on a row-crop farm in Tennessee where his family farmed mostly soybeans, corn, and wheat - and was one of the first students to receive a BS in Agricultural Business from that school. After completing his BS, he moved to Knoxville and completed the course work and thesis and received a MS in Agricultural Economics.
| Glen N. Buckley
Chief Economist / Partner
Glen is the Chief Economist and a partner at NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, a consulting company focused primarily on advising investors, bankers, dealers, and others on issues relating to crops and the fertilizer industry. Prior to joining NPKFAS, Glen enjoyed a long career at CF Industries (NYSE: CF), a $6 billion company - the world's second largest nitrogen fertilizer producer and a major phosphate producer - where he served as the Chief Economist and Director of Agri-Business Analysis for almost 30 years.
Glen played a critical role in CF Industries' 2005 Initial Public Offering and its ongoing Investor Relations efforts, working with literally hundreds of financial analysts and portfolio managers to help them understand the global fertilizer industry, develop their financial models, and track developments in this industry.
Glen is the Past Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. He has also served as chairman of a number of other industry organizations including the Ag Chemical Division of the American Marketing Association, The Fertilizer Institute's Economics Council, and the International Fertilizer Association's Demand Working Group. He has also served on the Board of Directors as well as other leadership positions in a number of other industry organizations including the Potash and Phosphate Institute, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the Agricultural Industry Coalition, and the Agribusiness Industry Council of the National Corn Growers Association.
In his roles at these organizations, Glen has often testified before various government agencies and Congressional committees about agri-business issues.
Glen received his Bachelors degree in Forest Management from Florida State University and graduate degrees in Agriculture Management and Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida.
David Asbridge addressing the Chinese Feedmillers Association
Glen Buckley (at left) in Middle East on fact-finding trip.