GROWMARK Illinois Essay Contest Winner Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

GROWMARK has announced the Illinois state winner of their essay contest for FFA members. The theme this year was “The Importance of Agriculture in Everyday Life” and the winner is Keirra DeCamp of Pleasant Hill. In her contest entry, DeCamp said: “So, the real question here is: ‘Where would you be without agriculture?’ Without agriculture, you would be inconvenienced, naked, …

Agribusiness, Education, GROWMARK

Getting Logistical With GROWMARK

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. I talked logistics with Tracy Mack. He says they deal with storage and movement. That includes well over 100,000 truck loads of product a year, 650 barge loads, 9,000 rail cars and an occasional vessel. They do wholesale operations for members but also have a supply chain optimization tool …


GROWMARK Facilities Planning and Logistics

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. We’re going to talk about facilities planning and logistics with Tom Nealey, Facility Planning/Certified Grain Systems Specialist. He says they touch many parts of the company from an equipment standpoint. That includes fuel and propane delivery trucks. Also included are national account programs for members for equipment, vehicles and …

Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Media Day Tour

Cindy Zimmerman

I had the opportunity for the first time to attend the GROWMARK media day this week to learn a little more about this large and diverse farmer cooperative. Among our stops was the Christian County FS facility in Millersville, a new 12,000 ton facility primarily for DAP and potash. “We moved from five facilities down to this one facility,” said …

Audio, GROWMARK, Video

Marketing and Risk Management With AgriVisor

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. We’re going to talk risk management with Cory Winstead, AgriVisor, a joint venture between GROWMARK and the Illinois Farm Bureau. AgriVisor is a full service Agricultural Advisory firm that works closely with you, to provide a complete set of Agriculture Risk Management tools and Marketing services that are unique …

Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Names 2011 Essay Contest Winner

Chuck Zimmerman

For the eighteenth year, GROWMARK held it’s Iowa Essay Contest. The winner in 2011 is Sarah Goode of Coggon, Iowa. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Importance of Agriculture in Everyday Life.” In her contest entry, Goode said: “At the forefront of technology and innovative comprehension, agriculture provides for our basic needs and cravings, aiding our way of …

Education, GROWMARK

Get Energized With GROWMARK

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest installment of our “Getting To Know GROWMARK” series. Today we’ll talk energy because the company is a provider of a full range of energy products and services that includes a complete line of quality lubricants, fuel and fuel additives, and dependable heating and drying with GROWMARK propane. They also offer risk management services. To tell us about …

Audio, Energy, GROWMARK

NCFC Honors GROWMARK Employees

Cindy Zimmerman

Agwired congratulations go out to GROWMARK System employees who were recognized at the recent 2011 National Council of Farmer Cooperatives’ (NCFC) Information Fair, a communications contest that recognizes excellence in the publications, member relations, and marketing products of farmer cooperatives. Earning first place honors were: Amy Bradford, corporate communications manager, and Ann Kafer, director, Corporate Communications & Marketing Services, in …


Ag Lawyer Warns of Government Regulation

Cindy Zimmerman

The challenge to American agriculture to produce more food, fuel, and fiber on decreasing acreage continues to be challenged by governmental regulation, according to Gary Baise, agricultural lawyer with Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Bode, and Matz law firm in Washington, D.C. “Don’t think they (the EPA) can’t shut you down,” he said at the recent GROWMARK FS Green Plan Solutions …

Government, GROWMARK

Getting to Know GROWMARK – MID-CO Commodities

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK is a multi-layered cooperative with five wholly or partially-owned subsidiaries, six retail subsidiary divisions, and controlling interests in several related endeavors – all aimed at improving the profitability of its member-owners. As part of our series on getting to know GROWMARK, we’re getting to know not just the company, but the people who make it all happen. MID-CO COMMODITIES …

Audio, Grains, GROWMARK