Solar Project New to GROWMARK Distribution Facility

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has been looking at alternative sources of energy for its Alpha, Ill. distribution center since 2010. After previous opportunities to use solar or wind power did not add up for the company, they found the right fit with a solar project completed in the summer of 2018. GROWMARK is working with Straight Up Solar and investment partner Shine Development …

AgWired Energy, Audio, Energy, GROWMARK, Solar

GROWMARK Changes Support Supply Chain Operations

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has appointed Rod Wells to the new position of Executive Director, Enterprise Supply Chain Optimization effective August 1. In this role, Wells will lead the overall GROWMARK supply chain organization from the various wholesale divisions through corporately-owned retail divisions and FS member cooperatives to the farm gate. Wells has 31 years of experience with GROWMARK. He most recently served …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Wants More Interns to Stay

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK would like to see more of their interns to choose a full-time career at the cooperative after completing the internship experience. The Exploring Agriculture program is geared towards community college students and those with an interest in the operational side of GROWMARK’s business. This year a total of 32 interns joined that program, being placed throughout the cooperative’s core …

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GROWMARK Promotes Sustainability with Endure Initiative

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK‘s Endure 4R Advocate Awards program and Enduring Farms program are working together to recognize individuals for using best management practices and to tell that story to those outside of agriculture who want to know how farmers are practicing stewardship on their land. GROWMARK Director of Agronomy Marketing and Agronomy Services Ryan White says they continue to grow the programs, …

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GROWMARK Welcomes Student Interns

Cindy Zimmerman

Forty-one college students are exploring agricultural career opportunities this summer as GROWMARK interns, and another 19 students are taking part in GROWMARK’s summer Exploring Agriculture Internship program. ​The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, communications, and product and service-related activities. The group kicked off the program at the GROWMARK corporate office on Monday, May 21 and will reconvene in June …

Cooperatives, Education, FS System, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

Cindy Zimmerman

Fifteen agriculture students have been selected as the second class of recipients of the GROWMARK Foundation scholarship. More than 170 students from across the United States and Ontario, Canada, applied for the award. Applications were evaluated by a panel of agribusiness professionals, and the funds are available for the fall 2019 semester. “Each scholarship is worth 1500 dollars,” says Karen …

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GROWMARK: Agriculture Background Not Required

Carrie Muehling

Although GROWMARK and its FS Member companies are clearly rooted in agriculture, a farming or agribusiness background is not required to thrive as an employee there. GROWMARK’s Director of Talent Management Tom Swearingen is a prime example of that. Originally a commercial airline pilot, Swearingen left that industry after the events of 9/11/2001 changed it forever, and came back to …

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GROWMARK Recruits and Retains Top Talent

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK and FS member companies work hard to recruit and retain top talent, and there are a few reasons they’ve had success. “The two things that we’ve done to really try to recruit top talent are to make sure that there is great, positive brand awareness around our employment brand, and the increased use of technology to make sure our …

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ZimmCast 584 – More NAMA, Farm Bill & Precision Ag

Chuck Zimmerman

There is a mix of topics in this week’s ZimmCast. In this week’s program you will hear: Interview with Marina Menendez, Distillery Madison Interview with Diane Riley/Brenda, Kondex Interview with Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK USDA story on Precision Ag Advancement We have new members of the #GoldenMic Club, some discussion on sustainability as it relates to the Conservation Title of the …

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GROWMARK Talks Farm Bill Priorities

Carrie Muehling

The House version of the farm bill is expected to come to the floor this week, and GROWMARK is among those weighing in with policymakers about priorities for the legislation. The cooperative is particularly looking for support of the Conservation Title, among others. “Important to conservation is to make sure that we have program funding to put conservation practices on …

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