Ag Day 2015

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National Ag Day activities are conducted by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s Chair is Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In this week’s program I talked with Colin about the work of the ACA and this year’s activities. I also spoke with Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, an Ag Day sponsor and sponsor of my coverage of Ag Day activities …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK, NCBA, ZimmCast

GROWMARK Report on Perception & Commodity Pricing

Jamie Johansen

A new report from GROWMARK Research demonstrates how commodity market capital flows distort our perception of the effect that news has on commodity prices. “News, Money and Prices” shows that money flows constitute an independent causal force on prices that have a life of their own; they represent additional demand. Often, it is not the news causing prices to rise; …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, GROWMARK, Research

GROWMARK Reports 2014 Growth

John Davis

Illinois-based cooperative GROWMARK has some pretty positive news from its new 2014 annual report. The company says it had $10.2 billion in sales, delivering a return on capital of more than 12 percent and growth from almost every division within the company. Sales in nearly every division of GROWMARK grew in 2014, with the Plant Food Division and our East …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Cultivating Master Farmers Program

John Davis

Learning from someone who has “been there and done that” can be some of the most valuable lessons of all. That’s why GROWMARK, along with the other sponsors, including 1st Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Illinois, Illinois Farm Bureau, Monsanto, and Prairie Farmer are looking for applicants for the Cultivating Master Farmers (CMF) program for the class of 2017. Now …

Ag Group, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Essay Contest to Teach Ag, Writing Skills

John Davis

Agribusiness GROWMARK is once again sponsoring its annual essay contest with the goals of helping young people develop their writing skills, learning about current issues affecting agriculture, and understanding the unique role of cooperatives. In its 22nd year, the theme for the 2015 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “Exploring Careers in Agriculture,” and it’s open to all high school FFA members …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Preparing for Next Season

Cindy Zimmerman

A farmer’s work is never done so now that the harvest is complete, it’s time to prepare for next season. “We’re getting done getting the ammonia on because of the cold weather,” said GROWMARK Regional Agronomy Business Director Nate Pierce during an interview at the NAFB convention last month. “We need to start making our plans and working with the …

Audio, Farming, Fertilizer, GROWMARK, NAFB

GROWMARK Highlights 2014 Achievements

John Davis

A new report from GROWMARK highlights the company’s achievements in the fields of agronomy and energy production during the past year. This company news release says Fiscal Year 2014 was in the top five income years in company history, with volume records in agronomy and energy products coupled with significant investments in information management technology and infrastructure improvements leading to …

Agribusiness, Agronomy, Energy, GROWMARK, Renewable Energy

FS Crop Advisers Help with Nutrient Management Plans

Cindy Zimmerman

This is the final installment of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK John Musser, a crop adviser with Stephenson Service Company, has been a crop consultant for over 30 years and a Certified Crop Adviser for the past two decades. He was the 2012 winner of the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award for helping his growers …

Audio, Conservation, Cooperatives, Farming, GROWMARK

Top 100 Ag Cooperatives

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s still National Cooperative Month, which is when USDA traditionally releases its top 100 list of agricultural cooperatives. According to USDA, Iowa has the most agricultural cooperatives of any state at 16, up from 11 a decade ago. Minnesota ranks second among the states, with 13. It is followed by Nebraska with nine, Illinois and Wisconsin with five each, then …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK, USDA

GROWMARK Encourages Proactive Nutrient Management

Cindy Zimmerman

This is the third of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK There are lots of good reasons to be proactive about nutrient management in agriculture, not the least of which is the threat of government regulation and litigation. “If we aren’t part of the solution, regulations and legislation will define agriculture and how we farm,” says …

Audio, Conservation, GROWMARK