GROWMARK CEO Pleased with Pursuit of Maximum Yields

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK CEO Jeff Solberg is very pleased with response to the FS Green Plan Solutions program to help growers discover new methods that will help them attain maximum yields. I had a chance to chat with Jeff as he attended the Pursuit of Maximum Yields (POMY) grower event last week in Collinsville, Illinois. He told me that the program is …

Audio, Cooperatives, Events, FS System, GROWMARK, International

Getting Social with NCGA and GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

In this week’s ZimmCast you can hear about how GROWMARK is using social media to create a buzz and how the National Corn Growers Association is using social media for membership recruiting and grower services. At the NCGA biennial Membership Symposium last week in Florida, Chuck talked with Director of Development Tim Brackman and Nebraska Corn Growers Association chairman Brandon …

Audio, Corn, GROWMARK, NCGA, ZimmCast

Lowell Catlett Sees Bright Future for Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University economist and futurist, has been looking into the agricultural crystal ball for nearly 30 years. I remember seeing him speak back when Timbuk3 had their one-hit wonder “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” and Lowell used to gallop on stage to that tune wearing sunglasses. That song was a hit back …

Audio, GROWMARK, Precision Agriculture

GROWMARK Celebrating 2012 International Year of Cooperatives

Chuck Zimmerman

During this year that the United Nations has declared the “International Year of Cooperatives,” GROWMARK has a number of projects going on to participate. To learn about them I spoke with Amy Bradford, Corporate Communications Manager. Amy says GROWMARK has several programs underway. One of them works with their local cooperatives called, “You’re on the World Stage.” It allows them …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cooperatives, GROWMARK, Video

Social Media is a Great Tool for Cooperatives

Cindy Zimmerman

It has never been easier for cooperatives to reach out to members and potential members than it is these days with social media. One cooperative that has taken the social media plunge and found it very worth their while is Frontier FS, which covers the area around Jefferson, Wisconsin – right between Madison and Milwaukee. I talked with Becky Wiedenhoeft, …

GROWMARK, Social Networking

Mobile Technology Replacing Brochures At Trade Shows

Chuck Zimmerman

Why pack cases of flyers or brochures to stack in your trade show booth when you can just bring along an iPad to display more information in a multi-media format? Pioneer Hi-Bred used to bring along more than 50 different product brochures to trade shows. Now they bring an iPad with a company-branded app. Pioneer, along with GROWMARK, worked with …

Agribusiness, Apps, GROWMARK, Mobile, Pioneer

GROWMARK Launches History Website

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK is honoring 85 years of growth with a new history section on their website. The Our History site is designed to be as easy to use for people who want a little information as for those who want to dig deeply into the rich history of the System. Users will find seven “eras,” chosen by significant events which impacted …

GROWMARK

MyWay RTK Grows in 2011

Cindy Zimmerman

2011 has been a phenomenal growth year for MyWay RTK. The service was launched in the fall of 2010 to bring subscription-based Real Time Kinematic positioning and wireless Internet access to the state of Illinois. That has been more than accomplished with coverage throughout the entire state and base stations being added almost daily in other states from Iowa to …

Audio, GROWMARK, Precision Agriculture