GROWMARK Reports Record Sales, 2nd Best Year

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK CEO Jeff Solberg had great news for the system’s stakeholders at the Annual Meeting in Chicago Friday. “Our sales this year are $8.5 billion, which is a record level of sales for us,” Jeff said. “A lot of that is price inflation, we’re a commodity based business, but we also have a lot of volume growth there – higher …


GROWMARK Annual Meeting is Value Driven

Cindy Zimmerman

The theme of the 2011 GROWMARK Annual Meeting is Value Driven and there are over 1,000 stakeholders attending the meeting in Chicago this week. I spent a few minutes with Dan Kelley, Chairman of the Board and President of GROWMARK, prior to the opening reception Thursday night about what value-driven means to GROWMARK. “The GROWMARK system has historically been recognized …

Audio, Farming, GROWMARK

Seven Wonders of Corn Yield World

Cindy Zimmerman

Seven has always been considered to be the perfect number, so it’s no surprise that there are seven factors that make up the combination for consistent high yielding corn crops. A new website looks at “The Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World,” based on the research of University of Illinois plant physiologist Dr. Fred Below. Dr. Below has been …

AGROTAIN, Audio, BASF, Corn, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK

cropNAtion A Virtual Coffeeshop For Farmers

Chuck Zimmerman

GROWMARK announced their sponsorship today of a new online location for farmers called cropNAtion. You can create a free account and be in on the start of a new social network for farmers. I’m sure they’re looking for feedback. Today’s farmers and ranchers are so busy increasing their productivity to meet the needs of a growing world that they don’t …

GROWMARK, Social Networking

Retail and Acquisitions Put the GROW in GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

Retail businesses and acquisitions really put the “Grow” in the GROWMARK system. Shelly Kruse is GROWMARK vice president of retail and acquisitions and I spoke with her earlier this year about her job. “I work a lot with our retail divisions, which are member cooperatives that have actually merged into GROWMARK,” Shelly said. Three of those retail divisions are located …


GROWMARK Awards Jim Evans Endowed Chair

Chuck Zimmerman

This is Jim Evans leading an FFA reporters workshop sometime in the 1960’s. The Endowed Chair in Agricultural Communications in his name at the University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences just got a large donation. If you haven’t made a contribution, please consider doing so. GROWMARK, Inc. announced today a $100,000 award to the University of …

Education, GROWMARK, University

Save Our GPS Coalition Expands

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition to Save Our GPS is growing as new evidence mounts that a proposed communications network would interfere with GPS systems. New agriculture industry members of the coalition include AGCO, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North American Equipment Dealers Association, and USA Rice Federation. A report was …

Audio, Farming, GROWMARK, Precision Agriculture

Proposal Could Cost Farm GPS Users

Cindy Zimmerman

A company that wants to create a new, integrated wireless broadband/satellite network is facing opposition from agricultural global positioning system (GPS) providers and users. As we reported on Precision Pays, Virginia-based company LightSquared has proposed to set up 40,000 wireless broad-band stations across the nation on a frequency that is right next to the one used by GPS. Opposition to …

GROWMARK, John Deere, Leica Geosystems, New Holland, Precision Agriculture, Technology

Growing Precision Farming at GROWMARK

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. Meet Sid Parks, Manager, Precision Farming. That means we talked about FS Green Plan Solutions, a broad area of products and services offered to local FS retailers. The definition of precision farming is very broad and the technology is advancing at a fast pace. For this reason Sid says …

Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK


Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. I talked propane with Randy Miller, Director of Propane Operations. He says that they’ve been marketing propane for years with grain drying being a big part of their business. Home heat is also important. They’ve expanded their territory significantly, including into the northeast. Randy says that propane is a …

Agribusiness, Audio, Energy, GROWMARK