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

GROWMARK CEO Reports at Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

The CEO for GROWMARK is Jim Spradlin. Jim took the stage at the annual meeting here in Chicago to report on how GROWMARK is maintaining a focus on its core values while adapting to changing market conditions, leadership and the importance of engaged employees, implementing a strategic plan and being mindful of environmental concerns. He told me that GROWMARK has …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Preview of GROWMARK Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

Just prior to the start of today’s GROWMARK Annual Meeting I spoke with John Reifsteck, Chairman/President to get a preview. I’m a first time attendee, so I needed it! The theme for this year’s meeting is Execute with Excellence. John says that for GROWMARK it is not something you say or do once but it’s a habit. “We think it’s …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

NCFC Honors GROWMARK Chairman

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has presented it prestigious Director of the Year Award to GROWMARK Chairman of the Board and President John Reifsteck. “John’s dedication and service to the GROWMARK Board over the past 24 years has been paramount to the success of our cooperative system,” said GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin. “He is an outstanding leader who …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Sugar Cane Growers Mourn Passing of Founder

Cindy Zimmerman

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida is mourning the loss of its founder George H. Wedgworth, 88. “George left his mark on every facet of our business, Florida agriculture as a whole and the entire Glades community,” said Cooperative President and CEO Tony Contreras. “He was a great friend, mentor, a true leader and a man of the highest …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Cooperatives, sugar

Happy National Co-op Month!

Cindy Zimmerman

National Co-op Month has been celebrated annually in October across the United States for more than half a century and this year’s theme is “Cooperatives Build.” “The cooperative business model continues to perform strongly,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “While the model has long been one of the hallmarks of rural economies, its reach has greatly expanded to include almost …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK, USDA

Agworld Offers Farm Management Program

Kelly Marshall

All the precision tech in the world isn’t going to do much good unless a grower can get them to work together.  That’s were Agworld comes in.  The global provider of farm management software and applications has introduced Collaborative Farming Solution (CFS), a cloud-based platform that allows growers and retailers to work together. Most farm systems were developed for specific …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, data

#DeleteToFeed Hungry People with Land O’Lakes

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a creative idea to help feed hungry people. Land O’Lakes has created the Delete to Feed campaign. Their announcement says that there are 1 in 6 U.S. kids facing hunger and more than 42.2 million food insecure people across the country. That’s a large challenge right there. So how does Delete to Feed work? To start with, during this …

Cooperatives, Food, Social Media

New Deadline for GROWMARK Essay Contest

Cindy Zimmerman

2017 is the 24th year for the essay contest sponsored by GROWMARK and participating FS member cooperatives. The contest is for active high-school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri. “Essays will be due now at the end of October, instead of in the spring like we’ve done in the past,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Cooperative Education …

Audio, Cooperatives, Education, GROWMARK

The Andersons Sell Facilities to MaxYield Co-Op

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