GROWMARK Youth Programs Support 4-H and FFA

cindy zimmerman Leave a Comment

It’s National Cooperative Month, it’s also National 4-H Week, and it is the month that National FFA holds its huge annual meeting. In celebration of all that, we talked with Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist, about how this agricultural cooperative supports the young people involved in 4H and FFA. “GROWMARK has been a longtime financial supporter of …

4-H, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, cooperatives, FFA, Growmark

Nelson Leaving GROWMARK Board After 28 Years

carrie muehling

Over the course of his 28 years of service on the GROWMARK Board of Directors, Illinois farmer Rick Nelson has seen a lot of change in the organization. When he was elected to the board in 1990, the cooperative operated exclusively in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Nearly 30 years later, GROWMARK has a presence in at least 40 states, as …

AgWired Precision, Audio, cooperatives, Growmark

GROWMARK Embraces Change in Agriculture

carrie muehling

GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin said the company’s new strategy – based on the acronym ‘GROW’ – is not just focused on getting bigger. It’s focused on getting better. During a shared address at the company’s annual meeting in Chicago, Spradlin and Board Chairman John Reifsteck reflected back on the past 30 years or more in agriculture, sharing both personal experiences …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, cooperatives, Growmark

New Joint Venture Capitalizes on Precision Platform

kelly marshall

Four leading agribusinesses, Wheat Growers, Landus Cooperative, Central Valley Ag and WinField United, are coming together in a joint venture called FieldReveal. Together they will provide ag retailers with a platform, allowing them to provide better service to growers and keep pace with new technologies. FieldReveal will offer ease in writing prescriptions for seed, fertility, and other inputs thanks to …

AgWired Precision, cooperatives, Precision Agriculture

.@TerrAvion Partners with CHS Inc. Cooperative

Kelly Marshall

TerrAvion is already a leader in aerial imaging, and now the company is growing even more.  They have just announced a partnership with CHS Inc., a global agribusiness cooperative known for providing services at every stage of crop production.  The agreement says CHS will offer TerrAvion aerial imagery and data solutions to its customers.  CHS has a large presence in …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, cooperatives

Garden City, Kansas Co-Op Now an MZB Provider

Kelly Marshall

More than 2,000 growers are now part of the MZB’s zone-based precision farming system, thanks to a roundtable discussion at the Precision Farming Dealer Summit held this past winter.  Participation in the summit has lead to participation in a partnership for MZB Technologies and Garden City Co-op (GCC). Garden City Co-op is now a provider of MZB’s platform, which provides up …

Agribusiness, cooperatives, Irrigation, Variable rate, Water Management

The Andersons Sell Grain Plants in Iowa

Kelly Marshall

The Andersons, Inc. has completed an agreement to sell eight grain facilities located in Iowa to MaxYield Cooperative. “We have referenced performance issues in our western grain assets during several recent investor calls. We anticipate this sale will improve our prospects and provide a pathway to profitability for this area of our business,” said CEO Pat Bowe. “We believe MaxYield …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, cooperatives

Industry Applauds Senate Ag Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a business meeting where the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a voluntary national labeling law for genetically modified products, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. “This is really a conversation about a few states dictating to every state …

biotechnology, cooperatives, GMO, Government

Farmers Coop, West Central Coop Approve Merger

Kelly Marshall

The merger between Farmers Cooperative Company (FC) and West Central Cooperative has been officially approved by a vote of the members.  The merger will become effective on April 1, 2016. “In this merger vote, our members were presented with a rare opportunity to combine two strong, financially-stable cooperatives in a merger of equals to maintain local ownership for generations to …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, cooperatives

New @GROWMARK Program to Help Young Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

As a young farmer herself with her husband, Heather Thompson knows first-hand some of the challenges facing the new generation of agriculture. “My husband and I are just getting back to our own family farm operation,” says Thompson, who is Young Producer Programs Manager for GROWMARK. Some of the challenges new young farmers face include farming with multiple generations, financial …

Audio, cooperatives, FS System, Growmark