Another Good Year for GROWMARK

Leah Guffey

Solid volume growth in GROWMARK business units produced record sales for the cooperative for the 2014 fiscal year, as numbers reported last week at the annual shareholders meeting in Chicago reveal. Retiring GROWMARK CEO Jeff Solberg reported estimated sales of $10.2 billion, with pretax income estimated at $180 million, which once again exceeds the key financial target of 12 percent …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Meet the New CEO of GROWMARK

Leah Guffey

As of September 15, GROWMARK will have a new chief executive officer. Jim Spradlin was named CEO of GROWMARK to replace Jeff Solberg who is retiring. Spradlin has a degree in business administration and economics from Illinois College and has held various positions within the GROWMARK System of cooperatives, including controller of Schuyler-Brown FS, regional administrative director, general manager of …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Red Cross Now Accepting “Gift of Grain”

John Davis

While cash might not always be plentiful in some parts of farming country, grain certainly can be. That’s why the American Red Cross has partnered with grain growers in Iowa who might not be able to give money but can certainly donate a portion of their harvest and cooperatives, such as GROWMARK, through the Gift of Grain program. The American …

Grains, GROWMARK

GROWMARK CEO Retiring Comments

Leah Guffey

After 38 years with one company, GROWMARK chief executive officer Jeff Solberg, has announced his retirement. Solberg joined GROWMARK in 1976 and has held many leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Finance, Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer. He was named CEO in November 2010 and assumed the CEO duties in January 2011. “My goal was to always become the Chief Financial …

Audio, GROWMARK

Come and Play at FS STAR Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

Visit the FS STAR Energy exhibit on lot 1302 at the Farm Progress Show and you can play some cool digital farm games, win some great prizes and learn more about nitrogen management. “Folks can learn about the best seed to plant on their acres, the best fuel to put in their equipment,” said Bev Long, Marketing Communications Manager for …

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

Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

Cindy Zimmerman

This is the first of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK In March of 2013, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency hosted a meeting of stakeholders to announce the beginning of a statewide Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Marcia Willhite, chief of the Illinois EPA Bureau of Water, says the first step in implementing this strategy was to get …

Audio, Conservation, GROWMARK, Water

GROWMARK Names New Vice President for Agronomy

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has announced the appointment of Mark Orr as Vice President of Agronomy, succeeding Jim Spradlin who was recently named GROWMARK CEO-elect. “Mark brings proven leadership experience and an excellent understanding of retail agronomy marketing and operations to this role,” Spradlin said. Orr began his career in the GROWMARK System career in 1990 at Schuyler-Brown FS. He served as controller …

GROWMARK

GROWMARK Picks AgIntegrated for Info Platform

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has teamed up with AgIntegrated (AGI) for the development of FS Advanced Information Services (FS AIS), a suite of tools to “connect data, analysis, insight, and application into one complete user experience for advanced field optimization.” AgIntegrated is an independent provider of ag information management consulting and technologies based in Pennsylvania and President Duane Reese says they are excited …

Audio, data, GROWMARK, Technology

Legislative Issues for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress back in session this week after the 4th of July holiday, but with all the recesses and holidays coming up before the November elections, there is little time left for them to actually do any work. Board members for GROWMARK recently visited Capitol Hill to talk with their congressional representatives about issues important to them. Our guest on the …

Audio, Government, GROWMARK, ZimmCast