Youth Programs Help @GROWMARK Grow

Cindy Zimmerman

When it comes to sustainability in agriculture, the most precious natural resource for the industry to preserve is our young people, and the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives are all about that. GROWMARK has a long history of making a significant investment in youth, from helping to fund Ag in the Classroom, to supporting FFA and 4-H, to a …

4-H, Audio, Education, FFA, FS System, GROWMARK

#Propane Power from @GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

Propane power is on a roll these days, going far beyond it’s traditional uses of home heating and grain drying, moving into areas such as fleet vehicles and irrigation engines. For this edition of the ZimmCast, I talked with Becky Hornblower, GROWMARK’s propane marketing and technical services manager, about everything that’s new about propane – from supplies and prices, to …

Energy, FS System, GROWMARK, Propane, ZimmCast

GROWMARK Plans New Young Farmer Program

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, Farm Progress Show, Farming, FS System, GROWMARK, leadership, Youth

GROWMARK Foundation Helps Educate About Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

At the GROWMARK/FS Services exhibit during the Farm Progress Show this past week, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom received the latest in a long line of generous contributions to their efforts from the GROWMARK Foundation. Amy Bradford, who manages the foundation efforts, says they contributed another $70,000 this year as part of an annual donation to help improve ag literacy …

Audio, Education, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK

HiSoy Golden Sweepstakes Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Matt Davis and his son Adam who farm near Mendota, Illinois are going home from the Farm Progress Show this week with a Meridian Seed Tender, courtesy of GROWMARK and Grainco FS in honor of the 50th anniversary of HiSoy soybeans. “It’s fantastic, I didn’t actually believe it at first,” said Davis when he was awarded his prize at the …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK, Seed, Soybean

Friend of @GROWMARK Honored

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Robert A. Easter, University of Illinois President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, was honored with the “Friend of GROWMARK” award at the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago today. Dr. Easter assumed the presidency of the University of Illinois July 2012. He spent his entire 40-year career as a senior administrator and faculty member on the Urbana-Champaign campus, where he earned …

Cooperatives, FS System, GROWMARK, University

GROWMARK Reports Estimated Year-End Financials

Cindy Zimmerman

At the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago today, CEO Jim Spradlin reported the estimated year-end financial results for the cooperative to stakeholders in attendance. For fiscal year 2015, the unaudited, estimated sales for GROWMARK are reported to be $8.8 billion with pretax income is estimated at $140 million. An estimated $61 million in patronage refunds will be returned to GROWMARK …

Cooperatives, FS System, GROWMARK

GROWMARK FS Ready for 2015 Farm Progress Show

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK and the FS System always go all out when the Farm Progress Show is held in their home state of Illinois and this year will be no exception. I talked with GROWMARK Marketing and Communications Manager Beverly Long recently on a visit to the cooperative’s Bloomington headquarters about what they have planned for the show, which starts next week. …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK