Land O’Lakes Reports Strong Earnings Increase for 2020

Cindy Zimmerman

2020 was a pretty good year for Land O’Lakes, Inc., reporting a 29 percent earnings increase over 2019. The farmer-owned cooperative reports net sales of $13.9 billion and net earnings of $266 million for the year ending December 31, 2020, compared to net sales of $13.9 billion and net earnings of $207 million in 2019. Net Earnings improved $59.1 million …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, Farming

Truterra Launches First Farmer-Owned Carbon Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Truterra today announced the launch of TruCarbon, the first farmer-owned carbon program. Truterra is the sustainability business subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, and TruCarbon is a new program that will help farmers generate and sell carbon credits to private sector buyers. The program is designed to provide both the best experience for farmers and a …

AgWired Precision, Cooperatives, Environment, Precision Agriculture

GROWMARK Serves Energy Customers in Various Ways

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK continues to serve customers in the energy sector, not just in the Midwest but across much of the United States. The agricultural cooperative markets 2.2 billion gallons on energy products throughout the territory it serves, including gasoline fuel, propane and lubricants. This presence includes 140 different fuel terminals and 235 retail stations. GROWMARK is also the fourth largest propane …

Audio, Cooperatives, Energy, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Visibility Project Honors Past, Looks to Future

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK is honoring the past and looking towards the future as a building visibility project brings changes to what employees and visitors see within the Bloomington-based company’s headquarters. Several employee focus groups helped the project’s organizers to make decisions about how to best reflect GROWMARK’s noble purpose and how each interaction within the company supports feeding and fueling the world. …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Recognized by HIRE Vets Medallion Program

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK is a 2018 recipient of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award from the Department of Labor. The award goes to employers that have done a successful job of recruiting and supporting the veterans on their workforce. GROWMARK’s application included ways the company attracts and supports veterans, like having an internal military support group and military friendly leave policies. …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Youth Programs Support 4-H and FFA

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Cooperatives, FFA, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Announces 2019 Essay Contest Theme

Carrie Muehling

High school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin can compete in the 2019 GROWMARK Essay Contest. The theme for the 26th year of the essay contest is: “What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?” GROWMARK and its FS member cooperatives, along with …

Cooperatives, FFA, GROWMARK

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

Carrie Muehling

Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Illinois FFA members joined FFA officers from Iowa and Wisconsin and 4-H youth from Ontario in marching in the 4-H and FFA flags along with the American and Canadian flags. Hartke said FFA …

Audio, Cooperatives, FFA, GROWMARK

CropLife America’s Vroom is Friend of GROWMARK

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK presented CropLife America CEO Jay Vroom with its Friend of GROWMARK Award during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago. Vroom is retiring later this year after 30 years in that role. He plans to return to Illinois and help with the operation of the family farm. Vroom said he has seen many changes in agriculture during his tenure at …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

A ZimmCast on GROWMARK

Chuck Zimmerman

This week the ZimmCast, sponsored by GROWMARK, will feature interviews from the GROWMARK Annual Meeting.  Carrie Muehling interviewed GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin about the company’s new strategy, based on the acronym ‘GROW’ which is not just focused on getting bigger. It’s focused on getting better. She also interviewed Illinois farmer Rick Nelson who has served on the GROWMARK board for 28 years …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK, ZimmCast