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At our upcoming seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, we have some of the best in the industry offering their insights. Here is who will be there and what you can expect to learn:
- Organic Valley – Organic Valley is a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and have been leaders in organic agriculture since 1988. Their decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals, and the earth. With this philosophy they’ve been able to steadily increase milk pay price (while conventional prices have been a rollercoaster), offer premiums to farmers in transition, and offer various other opportunities in beef, pork, eggs, produce, and grain. East Central Division Manager for Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Kevin Kiehnau, will share how demand for organic products has grown dramatically, the demographics of those markets, and the opportunities that exist for farmers, and help provide what consumers want today. Kevin raises organic beef with his family in Door County, Wisconsin and has been working with member growers for over 10 years.
- Clarkson Grain – Clarkson Grain is an Illinois-based grain, oilseed, and ingredient supplier to the food manufacturing and animal feed industries. They specialize in the growing, storage, and processing of identity-preserved, non-GMO and organic corn, soybeans, and soy ingredients. They procure their corn and soy raw materials from grower partners throughout the United States and Canada. Organic Transition Coordinator for Clarkson Grain, George Kalogridis, will discuss the increasing demand for their exclusive corn and soybean varieties, and ways you can help meet this demand. George has been involved in organics since the 1980’s. For the past 3 years, he was a Certification Officer for ECOCERT ICO. He was a founding member of the Florida Organic Growers, opened the first organic wholesale produce operation in Florida, and was the Vice President of Grower Operations for Earth’s Best Baby Food in Vermont.
- Bay State Milling – Bay State Milling is a family owned company with a strategic intent to support the growth of the next generation of grain based foods in North America by providing the leading array of plant based ingredients. Since 1899, they have proudly provided exceptional quality flour and grain products while continuing to build on their legacy as they bring new supply chains and technologies into their realm of capabilities. Bay State Milling processes both conventional and organic flours. Specialty Grain Originator, Doug Lockwood, will talk about grain supplies that Bay State Milling needs now and in the future. He has been with the company for over 15 years.
- Bay Shore Sales – Bay Shore Sales is family owned and offers a full range of organic and commercial inputs, including tine weeders, seed, poultry products, and organic fertilizers. They’re one of the country’s largest providers of certified organic black beans, but also offer navy beans, small reds, pinto, cranberry beans, great northern, and a variety of kidney beans. Owned and operated by Jim Sattelberg (and his family), Bay Shore Sales is located in the thumb of Michigan. Jim is well versed in the financial, marketing, and production considerations and processing needs for specialty grain and edible dry bean success. As the demand for these crops has grown, the Sattelberg family has expanded into buyer relations, processing, seed and equipment sales to better help other farmers fit these crops into their rotations.
- Goodness Greeness – Goodness Greeness is the Midwest’s leading source for fresh, organic produce and the largest privately held organic distributor in the country. Founded in 1991 by CEO Robert Scaman, Goodness Greeness was the first ever certified organic operation in Chicago. The company directly supplies over 300 stores that include the region’s largest supermarkets and independent retailers. They’re committed to supplying customers with the finest organic food from around the world, while at the same time furthering purchases from Midwest’s small and medium sized, local, organic farmers. Robert will talk about demand, what buyers want, and how growers can capitalize.
- Organic Consultant – Reggie Destree, a Wisconsin-based Organic Marketing Consultant and former organic farmer, is so passionate about organic farming that his license plate says ORGANIC! Reggie stays on the cutting edge of organic marketing opportunities and trends, and will introduce you to several you might just want to pursue. He is also an expert on organic production (soil fertility, plant health, weed & insect control, tillage, etc.) and a representative for both Dramm Fish and AgriEnergy Resources. Reggie will tell you how to “cash in” on both certified and transitional specialty and traditional organic crops.
Our seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar. Reservations were due by January 18, but we have a limited number of seats still available. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or email@example.com.