GROWMARK Embraces Change in Agriculture

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin said the company’s new strategy – based on the acronym ‘GROW’ – is not just focused on getting bigger. It’s focused on getting better. During a shared address at the company’s annual meeting in Chicago, Spradlin and Board Chairman John Reifsteck reflected back on the past 30 years or more in agriculture, sharing both personal experiences …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK: Our Strategy is to ‘GROW’

Carrie Muehling

The theme of the 2018 GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago is more than just a theme. It’s also the strategy the company will use moving forward. The executive team is focusing on the word “GROW” – an acronym they plan to use to reflect an entire enterprise strategy across all of the cooperative’s business units, according to Ann Kafer, vice …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Launching GROWMARK System University

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK employees will see a change to how they access training and development opportunities with the launch of GROWMARK System University, or GSU, introduced during the company’s annual meeting in Chicago. “We want to help our employees to understand that there will now be one place to go to search for training and development opportunities, and that one place will …

Audio, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Collaborates with NRCS on Sustainability

Carrie Muehling

A Memorandum of Understanding between GROWMARK and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is yet another way the agricultural cooperative is showing a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. “Our goal, or our vision, is to help to enhance the relationship and the knowledge of NRCS and our local FS team members at the local level,” said Liz Hobart, GROWMARK …

AgWired Precision, Audio, GROWMARK, Sustainability

Unique Field Showcases FS InVISION Hybrids

Carrie Muehling

A Central Illinois corn field has helped GROWMARK to shared excitement about the FS InVISION brand in a unique way during the 2018 growing season. The field features two FS InVISION corn hybrids, planted with a multi-hybrid planter. The difference between the shorter-stature 61S variety and the taller 62Z plants, which also have a slightly different tassel color, brought out …

Audio, Corn, GROWMARK

ZimmCast 594 – Ag Media Summit Recap

Cindy Zimmerman

The 20th annual Ag Media Summit was held Aug 5-8, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ. This year the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences joined the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, Livestock Publications Council and the Connectiv Agri-Media Committee. In this ZimmCast, we hear from outgoing AAEA president Julie Deering about how the industry …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, AMVAC, FMC, GROWMARK, John Deere

Zimfo Bytes 8/10

Carrie Muehling

Eleven cotton producers from the Southeast will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of August 13 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Crop Science, a division of Bayer, through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. is now in its 30th year and …

Biofuels, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, Peanuts

Solar Project New to GROWMARK Distribution Facility

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has been looking at alternative sources of energy for its Alpha, Ill. distribution center since 2010. After previous opportunities to use solar or wind power did not add up for the company, they found the right fit with a solar project completed in the summer of 2018. GROWMARK is working with Straight Up Solar and investment partner Shine Development …

AgWired Energy, Audio, Energy, GROWMARK, Solar

GROWMARK Changes Support Supply Chain Operations

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has appointed Rod Wells to the new position of Executive Director, Enterprise Supply Chain Optimization effective August 1. In this role, Wells will lead the overall GROWMARK supply chain organization from the various wholesale divisions through corporately-owned retail divisions and FS member cooperatives to the farm gate. Wells has 31 years of experience with GROWMARK. He most recently served …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Wants More Interns to Stay

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK would like to see more of their interns to choose a full-time career at the cooperative after completing the internship experience. The Exploring Agriculture program is geared towards community college students and those with an interest in the operational side of GROWMARK’s business. This year a total of 32 interns joined that program, being placed throughout the cooperative’s core …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Education, GROWMARK, Intern, Internship