Friend of @GROWMARK Honored

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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

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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

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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

“Ahead of the Curve” Theme for @GROWMARK Annual

Cindy Zimmerman

As one of the nation’s largest, oldest, most profitable and most respected farmer cooperatives, GROWMARK has always been ahead of the curve, so it is an appropriate theme for this year’s annual meeting, coming up August 27-28 at the Hilton Chicago. “We do think that GROWMARK and the FS System are ahead of the curve,” says GROWMARK Corporate Relations Manager …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Names Summer Exploring Agriculture Interns

John Davis

GROWMARK has named the newest members of its summer Exploring Agriculture Intern program. This news release from the company says the program helps bridge the gap between students and faculty at the two year community and/or technical college level and the GROWMARK system retail companies. “We are striving to provide students with hands-on agronomic experiences, allowing them to gain a …

GROWMARK, Intern

Future of Crop Science Institute Attracts Students

John Davis

Des Moines, Iowa, recently played host to 62 student delegates meeting for the inaugural Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Crop Science Institute. This news release from the group says this one of four AFA Leader Institutes, which connect passionate, talented college students from 25 universities from 21 different states to various sectors of the agriculture industry. “Career exploration is an …

AFA, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Crop Science, Dow AgroScience, Dupont, GROWMARK, Syngenta

Priority Issues for GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

There is never any shortage of legislative and regulatory issues that could impact agricultural producers, which is why GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations Chuck Spencer is a busy guy. I just happened to catch him in the office when I stopped by GROWMARK headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois this week and was able to chat with him about …

Audio, Cooperatives, Government, GROWMARK

Illinois Farmers Dealing with Challenging Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Central Illinois has definitely gotten a lot of water this growing season so far and corn and soybean farmers are having to adjust their plans accordingly. During a panel discussion at the BASF Midwest Research Farm this week, we heard from a farmer and his team of advisers on just how this season is impacting crops in the region. From …

Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Farming, GROWMARK, Weather, weeds

Summer Interns Begin Work at GROWMARK

Kelly Marshall

57 college students are beginning summer internships with GROWMARK.  Participants will learn accounting, marketing, communications, and product and service-related activities at cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ontario.  Orientation was held in May, June will mark a business tour, and project presentations will take place in August. The interns hail from: Delaware Valley College Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK, Internship

GROWMARK Staffers Score Communications Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK Corporate and Government Relations and Marketing Communications team members took home several awards from the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) during a ceremony held last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Professional communicators representing cooperatives from across the United States and Canada submitted 703 entries in the (CCA) Excellence in Communications Awards recognizing the best in writing, photography, programs and projects, and …

Award, Communications, GROWMARK