New Sustainability Initiative by @GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

growmark-worldOne of the definitions of sustainable is “able to endure or continue for a long time” and that is the main characteristic that GROWMARK has chosen to focus on with a new system sustainability initiative.

GROWMARK Executive Director of Agronomy Marketing Ron Milby says the initiative fits in with the cooperative’s overall goals. “Our mission statement is ‘To improve the long-term profitability of our member-owners’ and I think with sustainability we can actually get there,” said Milby. “That’s why we’ve created a program called ‘ENDURE’ – what are the enduring management practices that keep our farmers profitable long term.”

growmark-milbyOne aspect of the new initiative is ENDURE Advocates for GROWMARK FS crop specialists. “What we’re trying to do with this advocate program is recognize and award those crop specialists that are doing a good job promoting sustainable business practices,” Milby explained.

Promoting pollinator health is also part of the ENDURE initiative, which has already been very successful, and they are working on other ways the concept of enduring sustainability will be promoted within the GROWMARK FS system and beyond. Sustainability is even the theme for GROWMARK’s 2016 Essay Contest for high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Learn more about GROWMARK’s sustainability initiative in this interview: Interview with Ron Milby, GROWMARK Agronomy

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Comments 6

  1. Why don’t you (Growmark) run your trucks and machinery on ethanol and biodiesel and help sustain (by buying the farmers product vs. buying Big Oil’s product) your farmer’s bottom line (profit)???

    1. Paul – thanks for the comment. GROWMARK does support our members and market places buy being a large supplier of energy products of their choice. There are very few instances where we don’t supply our members with 10% or higher blends of Ethanol for everyday use. I can’t think of a location that does not have at least a 10% blend.

      GROWMARK was one of the first organizations to support biodiesel. We feel that GROWMARK is recognized as the premier marketer of biodiesel throughout the Midwest. In 2008 the National Biodiesel Board awarded GROWMARK the “Eye on Biodiesel – Impact” award for the System’s contribution to the overall success of biodiesel. The biodiesel we currently use is typically either Soy or Corn based which helps support our member owners.

  2. Why don’t you (Growmark) run your trucks and machinery on ethanol and biodiesel and help sustain (by buying the farmers product vs. buying Big Oil’s product) your farmer’s bottom line (profit)???

    1. Paul – thanks for the comment. GROWMARK does support our members and market places buy being a large supplier of energy products of their choice. There are very few instances where we don’t supply our members with 10% or higher blends of Ethanol for everyday use. I can’t think of a location that does not have at least a 10% blend.

      GROWMARK was one of the first organizations to support biodiesel. We feel that GROWMARK is recognized as the premier marketer of biodiesel throughout the Midwest. In 2008 the National Biodiesel Board awarded GROWMARK the “Eye on Biodiesel – Impact” award for the System’s contribution to the overall success of biodiesel. The biodiesel we currently use is typically either Soy or Corn based which helps support our member owners.

  3. Why don’t you (Growmark) run your trucks and machinery on ethanol and biodiesel and help sustain (by buying the farmers product vs. buying Big Oil’s product) your farmer’s bottom line (profit)???

    1. Paul – thanks for the comment. GROWMARK does support our members and market places buy being a large supplier of energy products of their choice. There are very few instances where we don’t supply our members with 10% or higher blends of Ethanol for everyday use. I can’t think of a location that does not have at least a 10% blend.

      GROWMARK was one of the first organizations to support biodiesel. We feel that GROWMARK is recognized as the premier marketer of biodiesel throughout the Midwest. In 2008 the National Biodiesel Board awarded GROWMARK the “Eye on Biodiesel – Impact” award for the System’s contribution to the overall success of biodiesel. The biodiesel we currently use is typically either Soy or Corn based which helps support our member owners.

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