GROWMARK’s FS Simulator Makes Training Fun

Jamie Johansen

GROWMARK’s FS applicator simulator was on display for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills. “To the best of my knowledge, this simulator is the first of its kind in agriculture being used for training,” said Erik Wilcox, …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Committed to Nutrient Management

Carrie Muehling

Nutrient management was a focus of the GROWMARK-FS System exhibit at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur. The regional cooperative has spearheaded a number of initiatives to help farmers learn more about nutrient management strategies and to assist them in executing those practices on their farms. “The main thing we do when we’re working with customers is trying to …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK, Nutrient Management, Sustainability

GROWMARK Eyes Priorities for New Farm Bill

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations heard some clear messages at a farm bill listening session during the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur. Spencer says agricultural producers in the Midwest have strong opinions about the need for crop insurance and how to improve current options. Farmers shared the desire for a strong safety net, hoping for improvements, …

Agribusiness, Farm Bill, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts​

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has donated $50,000 to support relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey through the Midwest Fo​od Bank,​ a Salvation Army​ First Responder organization. The contribution was made through The GROWMARK Foundation, GROWMARK’s philanthropic arm which supports not-for-profit charitable organizations. “They have put together disaster relief boxes to help those residents who have been affected by Harvey,” said GROWMARK Foundation manager Amy …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Food, GROWMARK

Illinois Farmers Reach Out With GROWMARK 4R4U

Carrie Muehling

Illinois farmer Jack McCormick uses social media platforms to share information about projects that can fit into the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy with other farmers and the general public. The effort is part of the Illinois 4R4U program, launched in October 2016. The collaboration between GROWMARK and county Farm Bureaus in Illinois includes trials on cover crops, nitrogen and …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Conservation, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK, Nutrient Management

GROWMARK Leading in Nutrient Loss Reduction

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK and the FS System have been leaders in the state of Illinois when it comes to helping farmers adopt best management practices to reduce nutrient losses, contributing to the success of the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. At the Farm Progress Show this week, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey visited the GROWMARK FS tent to learn what he can …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK

Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The directors of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency yesterday presented the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report at the Farm Progress Show. This report describes actions taken in Illinois during the last two years to reduce nutrient losses and influence positive changes in nutrient loads over time. Illinois’ Strategy is one of numerous other …

Audio, Conservation, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK, Nutrient Management, Water

GROWMARK CEO Reports at Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

The CEO for GROWMARK is Jim Spradlin. Jim took the stage at the annual meeting here in Chicago to report on how GROWMARK is maintaining a focus on its core values while adapting to changing market conditions, leadership and the importance of engaged employees, implementing a strategic plan and being mindful of environmental concerns. He told me that GROWMARK has …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

Preview of GROWMARK Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

Just prior to the start of today’s GROWMARK Annual Meeting I spoke with John Reifsteck, Chairman/President to get a preview. I’m a first time attendee, so I needed it! The theme for this year’s meeting is Execute with Excellence. John says that for GROWMARK it is not something you say or do once but it’s a habit. “We think it’s …

Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK and COFCO Announce Grain Partnership

Cindy Zimmerman

A new grain partnership was created on Friday between agricultural cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. and global supply chain agribusiness COFCO International Limited (CIL) providing a direct link from farmers in the Midwest to the global marketplace, and China in particular. “We now have a direct pipeline from our growers to the end user,” said Brent Ericson, GROWMARK Senior Vice President, Member …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Exports, Grains, GROWMARK, transportation