GROWMARK Grain Division Growth

Cindy Zimmerman

The GROWMARK Grain Division is making news. First off, the division will have a new VP as of November 1. Brent Ericson has been named Vice President, Grain, replacing Davis Anderson, who retired in September. As VP, Grain, Ericson will be responsible for the overall management, oversight, support and growth of GROWMARK’s grain business, which includes 80 grain members and …

Grains, GROWMARK

Farm Progress Show Progress

Chuck Zimmerman

I have to confess that working in air conditioning beats the 102 degrees in the media tent around noon yesterday! It may have been a cooker out there but this year’s Farm Progress Show was great in a lot of ways. Attendance seems fantastic and with the great weather all of the demonstrations were able to run as scheduled. This …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK

Get Connected to GROWMARK CropNAtion

Cindy Zimmerman

At the 2011 Farm Progress Show, GROWMARK is showcasing CropNAtion “the place for busy, progressive farmers and ranchers” to connect. GROWMARK’s Heather Miller was signing people up for the agricultural social media site at the GROWMARK tent and Chuck talked with Cory Winsted about it. “You could say that CropNAtion is a virtual coffee shop, where a producer can be …

Audio, GROWMARK

Illinois Farm Bureau is Proud GROWMARK Parent

Cindy Zimmerman

As GROWMARK enters its 85th year, the Illinois Farm Bureau (ILFB) is proud to have watched the cooperative grow into something bigger and better over the years. “The GROWMARK system started under the auspices of Illinois Farm Bureau years ago, so we’re kind of the parent of the organization,” said ILFB president Philip Nelson at the cooperative’s annual meeting last …

Audio, Farming, GROWMARK

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 …

Audio, GROWMARK

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