GROWMARK, NRCS Partner for Conservation

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

GROWMARK and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently signed a national Memorandum of Understanding to further sound agronomic and conservation practices. Ryan White, Dir. of Agronomy Marketing and Agronomy Information Services for GROWMARK, says the MOU is about the GROWMARK system commitment to working with farmers in a profitable and sustainable way. “We both have the same customer and …

Audio, Conservation, FS System, GROWMARK, USDA

ZimmCast on GrainXchange and Supporting Checkoffs

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

In this week’s program you’ll get to hear the lates episode of the GROWMARK Podcast. GROWMARK has been a long term sponsor of the ZimmCast and we thought we’d feature one of their own podcasts. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and Google Play. Additionally, I talk with Rob McLelland and Heidi Nelson of FLM Harvest about their …

Agency, Audio, FLM Harvest, GROWMARK, Podcasts, ZimmCast

Manito Transit Acquires Lobdell Transportation

Cindy Zimmerman

Manito Transit of Bloomington, Illinois has acquired the assets of Lobdell Transportation, Inc., a family-owned trucking company based in Lena, Illinois. The acquisition comes with 21 tractor units, 22 fuel tankers, and eight pressure vessels capable of hauling propane and anhydrous ammonia, as well as a two-bay maintenance shop. Manito Transit now operates 120 trucks, serving customers in 13 states. …

Audio, Biofuels, GROWMARK, transportation

Builta Named GROWMARK Vice President, Energy and Logistics

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has named Mike Builta the new Vice President of Energy and Logistics. He will replace Kevin Carroll, who will retire on February 15 after 32 years of service. GROWMARK’s energy and logistics division includes lubricants, propane, diesel and gasoline products. It also encompasses the warehouses for storage and transportation of those products. “It’s a huge portion of the business. …


GROWMARK Continues Nationwide Scholarship Program

Cindy Zimmerman

For the second year, the GROWMARK Foundation is offering a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, who are pursuing college degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field. “In the past, we offered some smaller regional scholarships but as our business has grown and evolved, we saw a need to provide a scholarship …


GROWMARK Announces 2018 Essay Contest Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has announced the winners of the 2018 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?” The four state winners are: Ross Tompkins of Smithboro, Illinois Anna Campbell of Hamlin, Iowa Chloe Momphard of Troy, Missouri Audrey Pelikan of Jefferson, Wisconsin Tompkins is …


GROWMARK Reports 2017 Numbers, Names Directors

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK reported $7.3 billion in sales for fiscal year 2017, up from $7.0 billion in 2016. The company shows a pretax income of $91 million, down from $116 million the previous year. “The fiscal year was not without its challenges, with economic conditions putting continued pressure on farm net incomes,” said GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin. “Warm winter weather lowered demand …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK

AgriVisor’s Insight Program Kicks Off Eighth Year

Carrie Muehling

Farmers will again have the opportunity in 2018 to commit bushels into the Insight managed bushel program through participating elevators across the Midwest. Participating farmers can choose any or all of four analysts including AgriVisor, who will then price grain out for them during a specific time period. Farmers can commit corn, soybean or wheat bushels to the program. They …

AgWired Precision, Audio, GROWMARK, Marketing

GROWMARK’s Wells Joins ARA Executive Committee

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK Crop Nutrients Division Manager Rod Wells is the newest member of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) executive committee. Wells has been involved in ARA for a number of years and believes it is an important place to participate. “It’s all about being engaged in the process. It’s about advocating for the industry,” said Wells. “It’s critical that we make …

AgWired Precision, ARA, Audio, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Opens New Tank and Truck Center

Cindy Zimmerman

Bolt cutters instead of scissors cutting through a chain instead of ribbon marked the grand opening of GROWMARK’s new Tank and Truck Center in Morton, Illinois last month. The bolt cutters were a last minute change when weather forced the celebration inside. Tank and Truck Center Sales and Operations Manager Mike Davis says they were supposed to use a blow …

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