#Propane Power from @GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

Propane power is on a roll these days, going far beyond it’s traditional uses of home heating and grain drying, moving into areas such as fleet vehicles and irrigation engines. For this edition of the ZimmCast, I talked with Becky Hornblower, GROWMARK’s propane marketing and technical services manager, about everything that’s new about propane – from supplies and prices, to …

Energy, FS System, GROWMARK, Propane, ZimmCast

GROWMARK is Ready to Celebrate National Ag Day

Kelly Marshall

National Ag Day will be celebrated next week on March 15.  GROWMARK and its FS and grain member companies will be sponsoring the day with local and national activities to recognize the importance of agriculture.  Some of the activities in include involvement with the state and federal legislative process, Agriculture in The Classroom, and ag literacy efforts. “Ag Day is …

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Pollinators Part of @GROWMARK Endure Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Protecting pollinators is part of the GROWMARK sustainability initiative called ENDURE. “Sustainability is a very hot topic in the world today,” said GROWMARK Director of Strategic Agronomy Marketing Lance Ruppert. “As a company we’re trying to look at our internal actions to be sustainable as a system and get that message out.” Because pollinator health is so critical, Ruppert says …

Audio, Bees, GROWMARK, pollinators, Sustainability

GROWMARK with Ag Retailers in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

Joining the Agricultural Retailers Association last week in Washington DC was GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations Chuck Spencer, who joined in legislative visits to discuss key issues for the cooperative and the industry. Spencer says top legislative priorities for GROWMARK include the labeling issue for genetically modified products. “We need to have a federal standard on genetically …

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New Sustainability Initiative by @GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the definitions of sustainable is “able to endure or continue for a long time” and that is the main characteristic that GROWMARK has chosen to focus on with a new system sustainability initiative. GROWMARK Executive Director of Agronomy Marketing Ron Milby says the initiative fits in with the cooperative’s overall goals. “Our mission statement is ‘To improve the …

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GROWMARK’s Matching Gift Program Supports Local Giving

John Davis

A new matching gift program from GROWMARK will support local member giving. The company, through its foundation, is introducing a matching gift program to team up with its members in support of local non-profit organizations. The GROWMARK Foundation’s Enduring Commitments program will match a member donation between $1,000 and $5,000 to a qualifying 501(c)(3). Enduring Commitments is designed to partner …

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Wettersten Joins GROWMARK Corporate Relations Team

Talia Goes

Matt Wettersten is the new Publications and Media Relations Specialist at GROWMARK. He takes over for Cassie Becker who accepted a position outside the GROWMARK System. Wettersten comes to GROWMARK from WCIA-TV, the CBS affiliate based in Champaign, Illinois. He spent over five years there serving most recently as Sports Director. “It’s an honor to join such an outstanding team …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Announces 2016 Essay Contest Theme

Talia Goes

The theme for the 2016 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “What can young people do to ensure the sustainability of agriculture?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. This is the 23rd year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to …

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GROWMARK Becomes Partner for STEM Event

John Davis

Some ag students could be better prepared to compete in the job market in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers thanks to a partnership between the Illinois Agriculture Leadership (IALP) Class of 2016 and GROWMARK. The two paired up to host a Job Interview Career Development Event for high school students from around the state on November 17, at …

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Foundation Helps @GROWMARK to Give Back

Cindy Zimmerman

Investing in the future of agriculture and feeding the hungry are the main goals of the GROWMARK Foundation, which supports a variety of causes and organizations dedicated to those aims. Foundation manager Amy Bradford says they focus on five key areas. “Agriculture in general, education, leader development, supporting other cooperatives, and priority community needs,” said Bradford, who adds that the …

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