AER Events

Winter Seminar Dates Announced

We have some exciting things planned for this year’s seminars so be sure to stay tuned for a formal invitation! In the meantime, save the date that works best for you!

Winter Seminar save the date

Hope to see you there!

 

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Farm tours to feature a variety of AER products

Here’s a chance to see a few farms with strong fertility programs using some of our products including, Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, starters, foliar applications, in-furrow, and side-dress. At AgriEnergy Resources, we believe there’s still another opportunity to turn a good crop into a great crop. Join us from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 on several farm tours in Ohio, hosted by John Daniel Schlabach of JDS Seeds. We will visit 6 farms and learn what others have done to manage their crops. One of our agronomists, Gary Campbell, will be there all day discussing how late-season foliars can complement a strong early season program. He will be joining speakers John Daniel Schlabach, Kevin Fowler of Fowler Seed Marketing, and participating farmers. It should be a great day to get your questions answered while learning from some of the best. The following farms are participating:

Darry Neuenschwander and Sons – 8:00 a.m. at 2887 West Lebanon Road South, Dalton, Ohio. Darry and his sons have a conventional dairy and grow corn, alfalfa, and soybeans. They plant non-GMO corn for silage and grain. They applied SP-1™ with 28% nitrogen at planting and are having an excellent crop year so far.

Scott Stoler

Guests will get the opportunity to visit farms such as this one operated by Scott Stoller, which will wrap up the day’s tours. 

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 9:00 a.m. at 647 South Kurzen Road, Dalton, Ohio. Fred and Scott Myers farm about 3,000 acres with about 1,200 acres in hay production. Last year they transitioned 1,000 acres to organic production, plus had 60 acres of certified organic corn and 200 acres of certified organic hay. This year they are transitioning an additional 1000 acres. They have used AgriEnergy corn starter and applied foliar fertilizer to their hay, corn, and small grains. They will be showing the modern equipment and technology they use to get the job done.

Venture Heritage Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 13777 Arnold Road, Dalton, Ohio. Jon is farming on Steve Steiner’s farm. We’ll look at his organic no-till corn planted into hairy vetch, along with his vegetables and small scale equipment.

Ervin Miller, Jr. Farm – 10:45 a.m. at 4347 Welty Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Ervin and his family grow organic corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture. He has been using AgriEnergy products for several years and has been using 4010 forage peas as a spring slowdown crop with excellent results. He uses a variety of tools for weed control and bought a new Multivator (in the row rototiller).

Jake’s Restaurant – 12:00 p.m. at 6655 East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Join us for lunch at Jake’s.

Trent Troyer Farm – 12:45 p.m. at 5537 South Apple Creek Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Trent Troyer is growing organic corn, hay, and soybeans and has been using AgriEnergy products for six years. He has 5 broiler houses where he sells and spreads broiler manure. See how he utilizes broiler manure and foliar application on his farm.

Greenfield Farms Cooperative – 1:45 p.m. at 6464 Fredricksburg Road, Wooster, Ohio. Tour Greenfield Farms’ dry fertilizer mixing plant and their warehouse distribution center. See local produce being brought in and prepared for shipment to area retailers.

David Colvin Farm – 3:00 p.m. at 9135 Geyers Chapel Road, Creston, Ohio. David and his family are members of Organic Valley and have an organic dairy, and also grow corn silage, alfalfa, and pasture. They are using AgriEnergy starter and foliar programs on their farm.

Stoller Organic Farm – 4:00 p.m. at 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Scott and his family are Organic Valley members and grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, and pasture. Scott uses a variety of tools for weed control and was one of the first farmers in the area to use AgriEnergy products. He also built a new milking parlor and expanded his herd. This year he has a large organic corn variety plot, a soybean plot, and a fertility plot for AgriEnergy.

There is no need to RSVP for any of the farm tours; just show up and attend as many as you prefer. Feel free to stay the whole day or enjoy only a handful of tours.

For more information call John Daniel Schlabach at 330-465-1794.

ALSO, if you’re in the Evansville, Wisconsin area on August 3, be sure to visit us at the Doudlah Farms Organic Field Day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.at the Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Cooksville, Wisconsin. Organic Farmer Mark Doudlah will be showing some of his farming practices that include several of our products. Call him at 608-490-0926 or mark.r.doudlah@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

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Next Year starts NOW!

I’m sure many of you are reading this in the combine. And that’s okay! What you do this fall “sets the table” for success in 2017, and we can help you set the table with both products and discounts!

15% Cash Discount* on all Dramm Fish products
10% Cash Discount* on all other AgriEnergy products**

With years and years of experience, we can help you figure out several timely issues on your farm:

  • Residue Management
  • Fall Seeding
  • Fertility for Fall Crops
  • Cover Crops
  • Preparing Forages and other Perennials for dormancy
  • Soil Testing

And, be sure to ask us specifically about the benefits of our biologicals in the fall:

  • Residuce®
  • SP-1™
  • Myco Seed Treat®

There’s still time to set the table for 2017! 

*Cash Discount applies to product delivered by November 1, and paid for within 10 days of invoice receipt
**Discount does NOT apply to commodities or pesticides

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FALL SPECIALS through November 1st

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Did you hear about our FALL SPECIALS?

Whether you need a late season foliar to finish out this year’s crop, or you’re ready to set the table for next year’s crop, we’re here to help you.

What you do today sets the tone for your next growing season. Why not make it a great one with some major DISCOUNTS?

The following discounts are good on deliveries through November 1:

  • 15% cash discount on all Dramm fish products
  • *10% cash discount on all other products when paid
    within 10 days of billing

*Offer excludes commodities and pesticides.

Give us a call today!

 

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Should you consider organic farming?

2016 winter seminarTrade show after trade show, we get asked, “I know something’s got to change. Should I consider organic farming? I’m just not sure.”

We say, “Absolutely!”

You don’t have to start big, rather make a small change little by little. Maybe start transitioning one field versus all of your fields. There will be a lot going through your head. You’ll have many questions. That is why we’re bringing a real life banker, an organic consultant, and organic farmers to our upcoming seminar. They will help answer some of those tough questions.

  • Banker’s Perspective – Richard Ritter, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending at Flanagan State Bank in Gridley, Illinois, was once quoted saying organic farmers are generating “more consistent income, more annual net income, and less risk of the lender with higher crop insurance guarantees.” He has over 23 years experience and is credited for developing Flanagan State Bank’s quarterly newsletter, “Farming with a Future,” that is mailed to over 1,000 farmers and landlords in central Illinois. He grew up on a family farm producing and marketing corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, beef, chickens, eggs, milk, and butter. At the end of the day, Richard Ritter believes organic commodities are less risky than conventional.
  • Consultant’s Perspective – Gary McDonald was born and raised on a central Illinois grain and livestock farm where organic farm practices were used before it was labeled “organic.” He rented his first farm in 1979 and transitioned nearly 1,000 acres to what today would be considered Certified Organic Production. Currently Gary is involved in hands-on Organic Farm Management, working with all facets from organic system planning, to records, to inspection, and marketing. He specializes in weed control and marketing, as these consistently prove to be the most talked about.
  • Organic Farmers’ Perspectives – Jerry and Cindy Glaser farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef near the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. This husband-wife team will discuss why they got into organics, why they’ve expanded their organic operation, and everything in between…the questions, the challenges, the do’s and don’ts, the finances, and the rewards.

While the option to go organic is ultimately up to you, we are here to help answer any of your fertility questions.

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, but reservations are needed by January 18. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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My 28-Year Biological Farming Journey

2016 winter seminarWhen I first came to AgriEnergy Resources, I noticed something different than any other place I’ve ever worked. I noticed their team work, their love for the land. I was in awe as I sat back listening to each of the agronomists talk about the land and how they were going to help each individual customer. I was even more in awe when I learned how many different soils they’re working with from Colorado to New York. It takes skill to be able to come up with fertility programs to address specific needs of each soil type and customer. As I watched them interact with a few customers, their eyes would light up. As I dove even deeper into this biological journey, I realized how they not only care for soil health, but our health as well. It was then I knew I was right where I needed to be; helping promote biological farming and giving hope to those who feel they’re at a dead end. For if it wasn’t for the seed our founder, Dave Larson, planted 28+ years ago, I’m not sure I’d be here, or for that matter, get the opportunity to hear Jim Mitchell speak at our upcoming seminar Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future.

Jim Mitchell was one of AgriEnergy’s first customers, and has graciously accepted our invitation to share his biological farming journey with us. Jim and his wife, Shirley, farm over 1500 acres of non-GMO corn and soybeans near Eaton, Ohio. He began his biological farming journey in the 1980’s and has been a grower and distributor with us ever since. He will share with us his successes and some growing pains he’s encountered along the way. We’ll learn his keys to consistently high yields while holding down NPK fertilizer input costs. Learn how success next season can begin with last year’s residue breakdown and learn why Jim believes in biological farming.

Our seminar 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, but reservations are needed by January 18. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

P.S. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for daily seminar updates.

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Controlling your Future

2016 winter seminar Some of the best advice I gleaned in college was “control the controllable and everything else will fall into place.” I like to be in control. I like to make plans. I like to execute my plans. I like to predict the outcome. I enjoy crushing my goals. I like the challenge.

As you can imagine, this advice did not sit easy in my college brain. Since then, life has taught me that sometimes, no matter the plans you have, something always derails you. It doesn’t matter how passionately you felt about a certain goal or how hard you worked something will always knock you over. Now, being married to a farmer, that is some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. If I tried to control everything, I don’t think I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

Sometimes the only thing keeping me going is knowing I did everything in my power to achieve certain goals and that alone eases my sometimes anxious heart. It’s knowing I did my very best and the leaving the rest up to the good Lord. And it’ll work out exactly as it should, even if it’s not exactly how I would’ve envisioned. So what’s that have to do with controlling your future? Well with yesterday’s wisdom and today’s technology, the future is indeed a bright one. Start by controlling what you can control and plan to attend our seminar Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at Timber Creek Convention Center in Sandwich, Illinois.

We will be focusing on everything we’ve learned in our 28+ years of experience as well as where the markets are heading well into 2016 and beyond. Let us help you control the controllables!

Our complete agenda is as follows:

  • Controlling your Future – Dean Craine
  • My 28-Year Biological Farming Journey – Jim Mitchell
  • Priority #1: Soil Health – Dr. Rick Haney
  • Priority #2: The First 40 Days – Ken Musselman, Jerry Carlson
  • Priority #3: Satisfy the Consumer – Anthony Suau
  • New & Emerging Markets
    • Organic Valley – Kevin Kiehnau
    • Clarkson Grain – George Kalogridis
    • Bay State Milling – Doug Lockwood
    • Bay Shore Sales – Jim Sattelberg
    • Goodness Greeness – Bob Scaman
    • Organic Marketing – Reggie Destree 
  • Should you Consider Organic Farming?
    • Banker’s Perspective – Richard Ritter 
    • Consultant’s Perspective – Gary McDonald
    • Organic Farmers’ Perspectives – Jerry & Cindy Glaser 
  • A 12-Month Fertility Program: Addressing your Priorities, Controlling your Future – Ray Roettger

Virtually meet each speaker and get a sneak peak of their presentations right here leading up to the seminar. We’re so excited about this year’s speaker roster and hope you are too. Learn why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production.

RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 18 at 815-872-1190. A complimentary meal will be available for all pre-registered guests. We have also reserved a block of rooms at Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) for $119 + tax until January 8 and $169 + tax after January 8. Please call 630-273-6006 for those reservations. Timber Creek Convention Center is located at 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548, just 30 miles from Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 39.

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Seminar speakers confirmed

AER 2016 Winter SeminarWhen I was a little girl, there was nothing better than climbing up in the combine and watching the hopper fill up with corn while sitting on Grandpa’s lap. There was something almost magical about seeing all that corn. Fast forward 20-something years and I still get a thrill watching the hopper fill up with corn. Except now, it’s with my husband. Farming was easy then on Grandpa’s lap when our biggest concern was what Grandma was making for lunch. Now, with our own money invested in the farm, it’s a bit more challenging at times. While we still look forward to those hot meals delivered to the combine, we now find ourselves playing the markets, finding new ways to diversify our farm, and building relationships with area farmers.

And WE want to establish a relationship with YOU! By now many of you have heard about our upcoming winter seminar, “Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future.” We have an outstanding speaker line-up confirmed as we hope to offer some practical advice that you can begin applying as soon as you leave our seminar on January 26.

In addition to some of our agronomists, we have confirmed speaking times with Jim Mitchell, Jerry Carlson, Dr. Rick Haney, Jerry & Cindy Glaser, Anthony Suau (Director of Organic Rising), Kevin Kiehnau, Reggie Destree, Richard Ritter, Gary McDonald, a Clarkson Grain representative, Doug Lockwood, and Mark Egan, among a few others.

Topics include soil health, 28 years of biological farming, new & emerging markets, and organic farming considerations. Learn why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production.

Our seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 8:30am-5:00pm at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, IL 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the Convention Center). Please call 630-273-6006 to reserve your room today. Rooms will be $119 plus tax until January 8 and $169 plus tax after. There are no other lodging options in Sandwich, however, some hotels are available along Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 39.

More details will be provided in January, but if you plan to come please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 18 at 815-872-1190. A lunch will be provided for all those that RSVP.

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Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future

We are so excited to announce our 28th annual winter seminar has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:30am-5:00pm in Sandwich, Illinois. With yesterday’s wisdom and today’s technology, your farming future is a bright one. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

AER 2016 Winter Seminar

Learn from an outstanding speaker line-up why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production. Hear experts on soil health, new marketing opportunities, new soil tests, reducing risks, and more. Our detailed agenda will be announced in December.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the Convention Center) at our group rate (includes hot breakfast buffet) of $119 + tax until January 8 or $169 + tax after January 8. Call 630-273-6006 to make your reservation. There are no other lodging options in Sandwich, however, some hotels are available along Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 90. Timber Creek Inn & Suites is located at 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in January!

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Winter meeting season

It’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about winter meetings already. As we start gearing up for our own winter seminar in January we thought we’d share some others we plan on attending. As many know, there’s no better place to network than at a winter meeting filled with farmers! Take a peek at the following list; maybe there will be one in your area!

  • Iowa Organic Conference – November 22-23, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Transitioning to Organic – December 1, Morris, Minnesota
  • Transitioning to Organic – December 2, Lamberton, Minnesota
  • Transitioning to Organic – December 3, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Midwest CSA Conference – December 3-4, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Beginning Farming Panel: So you want to be a farmer – December 5, East Troy, Wisconsin
  • Planning Your Farm Transition – December 5, Plainview, Minnesota
  • Great Lakes Fruit Vegetable & Farm Market Expo – December 8-10, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • ACRES U.S.A. Conference – December 9-10, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Conservation Tillage Conference – December 15-16, Willmar, Minnesota
  • IL Organic Conference – January 6-8, Springfield, Illinois
  • Great Plains Growers Conference – January 7-9, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • MN Organic Conference – January 8-9, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Transitioning to Organic Grains – January 13, Woodstock, Illinois
  • Mid-Ohio Growers Conference – January 14-15, Dalton, Ohio
  • 2016 Grassworks Grazing Conference – January 14-16, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  • Planning Your Farm Transition – January 16, Plainview, Minnesota
  • 36th Annual Ecofarm Conference – January 20-23, Pacific Grove, California
  • NPSAS Winter Conference – January 21-23, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Farmers Teaching Farmers – January 22-23, Ames, Iowa
  • AgriEnergy Resources Annual Winter Seminar – January 26, Sandwich, Illinois
  • Southern SAWG Conference – January 27-30, Lexington, Kentucky
  • North Central Ohio Grazing Conference – January 28-29, Dalton, Ohio
  • Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference – January 29-30, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Northern IN Grazing Conference – February 5-6, Howe, Indiana
  • Missouri Organic Conference – February 5-7, Springfield, Missouri
  • Texas Organic Conference – February 11-13, Rockwall, Texas
  • Southern Iowa Grazing Conference – February 12-13, Bloomfield, Iowa
  • Planning Your Farm Transition – February 13, Plainview, Minnesota
  • OEFA Organic Conference – February 13-14, Granville, Ohio
  • Moses Organic Conference – February 25-27, LaCrosse, Wisconsin
  • Oklahoma Organic Conference – March 3-4, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Organic Growers School 23rd Annual Spring Conference – March 11-13, Asheville, North Carolina

Will you be attending any of these? If not, are there others you’d add to the list? If so, please leave them in the comments below. It’s always nice to know what’s going on.

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