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A Father’s Day Poem

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Brian  & Emery at their first baseball game.

When we got married, my dad gave the sweetest father of the bride speech. It started with how excited he was when I was born and went on from there. Anyway, he laughed as he remembered showing me off at the hospital to anyone that would listen. I laughed too, but I didn’t fully understand his excitement until we became parents. And my husband did the same thing with our sweet bundle of JOY.

He was so proud. As we approach our first Father’s Day as parents, I want to first and foremost acknowledge our dads who have set the bar pretty high for my husband. You guys are always good for a listening ear, a good laugh, and a helping hand.

Now, to my husband, you’ve been rocking this whole fatherhood thing.

I thought it’d be fun for him to write down what’s going through his mind as we approach his first Father’s Day, but the only word he kept repeating was JOY.

So, filled, with JOY, I decided to write a poem to capture his first Father’s Day. At least from my perspective 😉

When You Became a Dad

Watching you become a dad
Has been more than just a fad.
It’s been exhilarating,
And overwhelming to see
How well you love
Your daughter and me.

Diaper blowouts, boogies, and a
Lack of sleep,
Got nothing on you!

For in it’s place, is a JOY so deep
That was awakened
When a special, little girl let out her first cry.

From matching shirts to tractor rides
She adores you, and you her
Especially when
Those sweet, baby blues
Gaze directly into your heart!

They say a dad is an ordinary man turned by love into a hero, an adventurer, a storyteller, and a singer. This couldn’t be more true.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

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More than BBQ

As we were brainstorming ideas centered around Memorial Day, it was hard. I mean, there’s really no words to portray how thankful we are for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If you find yourself missing a loved one this weekend, please know our hearts are with you. As we approach the holiday weekend, let’s hit pause and remember.

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In observance of Memorial Day, our main office will be closed. We will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.

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From mom, with love

They say mothers and daughters become closer when daughters become mothers. Already having a close relationship with my mom, I didn’t think much of it, but over the course of time, it’s so true. Having my own sweet baby, has bonded my mom and I in a whole new light. Especially as we approach my first Mother’s Day as ‘mommy.’

So to my mom, thank you for your unending sacrifices that you’ve made and continue to make for our family. It doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for everything you endured both emotionally and physically to bring Tyler, Kalie, and I into the world. Also, I’m very sorry for making you feel guilty for not spending enough time with us when Kalie came into the world. 😉 I now know how emotionally and physically draining one newborn can be, let alone having 2 older children to love on at the same time. Thank you for loving us through our awkward phases, rebellious phases, achievements, engagements, weddings, and now, pregnancies. I know I wasn’t the easiest person to get along with being pregnant. My hormones were CrAzY! Thank you for bringing me maternity clothes to help me feel girly when I felt like a killer whale. Thank you for bringing meals when I was too sick, and then too weak to cook. And finally, thank you for instilling the confidence in me that I really can rock this whole mom thing!

Now, to my daughter, thank you for making me a mommy. Aside from being your daddy’s wife, it’s the best role I’ve ever had. Nothing prepared me for your first cry after 36 hours of labor. I still get chills thinking about it. You were so beautiful. Every day you amaze me. God pulled out all the stops when He created you and chose me to be your mommy. Some days I don’t feel qualified to be your mommy, but you make it so easy. I love when your eyes light up on our adventures. I love your gentle, but mischievous spirit. You have filled my heart with more joy than I ever thought possible, and I can not wait to watch you grow. But take your time. There’s no rush to grow up. I promise to always be there for you no matter what. I’ll do my best to expose you to new things, but also, how to appreciate the simple things in life. We’re going to have so much fun. I love you, sweet girl!

To my mother-in-law, thank you for raising such a patient, caring, young man. He went from being your sweet baby, to that curious little boy, to my best friend, to my husband, to the best daddy to our little girl. I’m sure it wasn’t easy letting him go and allowing us to cling to each other as we figured out this whole marriage and now parenting thing. We are so thankful to have you in our lives.

They say only superheroes wear capes, but I think every mom deserves a cape. They’re the real superheroes working quietly behind the scenes to make sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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This is one of my favorite pictures taken at the hospital – grandma, mom, Emery, and me.  There’s something so special about these generation photos. My Grandma has set a high bar for the rest of us. I hope to continue her legacy of faith, family, gardening, and good cookin’ with Emery.

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The Next Generation

As some of you know, I’ve been on maternity leave for the last 12 weeks. It’s been nothing short of miraculous. I never considered myself as the maternal type. I was totally content being a dog mom. But then, along came Emery Ann.

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7.4 pounds, 20 inches, and pure joy on January 24, 2018. Now, my husband, Brian, and I  can’t imagine our lives without her. She’s our little sidekick. She’s quickly learning about the finer things in life like…

Family bonding in the tractor.

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And cows go moo. She seriously lights up when you ask her what a cow says, and she’s only 3 months! Smart girl if you ask me.

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Maybe this week, we’ll introduce her to the chickens!

But seriously, we’re so happy we get to instill in her, from a very young age, the value of a hard day’s work. A love for the land. A love for animals. And a love for others.

Who knows, maybe in another 20 years or so, she’ll be selling SP-1™ and Myco Seed Treat®!

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Sanden Garden: A Product of AgriEnergy Resources

Can anyone else believe we’re nearing the end of planting? The season flew by, and as with any year, we have faced our fair share of setbacks, but our little seedlings are tough and will persevere!

Speaking of tough, we have lots of exciting things happening this summer. Some of you may remember my garden from last year where I threw a bunch of seeds in the ground and hoped for the best? Well, we’re STILL eating on those butternut squash, beets, and jalapeño peppers!

This year, I decided to use some of our SP-1™, Pillar, and Myco Seed Treat® (MST), and of course some compost from one of our very own salesman, Alan Dale. His site, Rare Earth, is actually within walking distance from our house, and you’d never know he’s making compost. Rare Earth is the only compost site in the state of Illinois that hasn’t had an odor complaint filed against it. This man knows his stuff!

Anyway, I planted cilantro, carrots, lettuce, watermelon, peppers, radishes, beets, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and zucchini. Check it out!

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate the week following planting (very cold and lots of rain), but I’m pretty happy with the differences we’re seeing so far.

Notice Molly (our dog), photobombing at .17! She always has to sneak her way into photos in a not so stealthy way, but hey at least she loves to be in the garden with me! And my husband, he makes the best taste tester. Who knows you may even see more of them around these parts as the garden takes off!

Hopefully we’ll have more differences to report next week, but until then if you’re seeing any success with our products, I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. We also have research plots going in PA, OH, NY, NE, ND, MI, WI, IN, NE, IA, AZ, CO, AL, GA, MN. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some exciting results! Stay tuned!

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Happy Holidays!

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Remembering Ray

This man. Raymond Roettger. August 21, 1945 – November 27, 2016. Salesman – Servant – Friend.

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Raymond Roettger                                                                    

This man touched so many lives in his short 71 years on earth. In fact, he’s one of the reasons AgriEnergy Resources exists today. He convinced our founder, Dave Larson, that he indeed had to start a business to sell his fertilizers 29 years ago. And here we are today, thriving, thanks to these 2 innovative farmers.

The first time I met Ray was at the ACRES Conference 2 years ago. He came up to me after a session and with a silly grin asked, “Where are you taking me to eat, Mom?” You can imagine my surprise as the age difference was pointed out! I was 25; he was 69. Since then, he’s become more than a co-worker to me. He became a friend.

At this past ACRES Conference we learned just how much he impacted not only us, but his customers as well. It was weird setting up our booth without him, but somehow we made it through. It was made a bit easier by the wonderful words and memories from so many others. Such as Edwin Blosser. Edwin runs Midwest Bio Systems in Tampico, Illinois and has worked with Ray for years. He said, “Ray was a wonderful friend, someone who would empathize with any struggles I would share. Someone who I was comfortable in confiding to, although I had not had the opportunity lately, as our paths didn’t cross much recently. Ray’s passing is a loss that causes us to stop in our tracks, understand anew that life is short and that we want to live it to the fullest, honoring God in thankfulness. I thank God for the privilege/gift of knowing Ray, being able to interact with him, and being challenged to improve as a result of our interaction!”

Another testament to Ray was from our owners, Paul and Barb Aley. They will remember his off the cuff jokes and his passion for the soil. “Ray was so down to earth in personality and literally with his profession. He was/is just priceless and we thank the Lord for him and for knowing him. Ray is unforgettable. I write this laughing as I know he and Dave are swapping stories with great guffaws. Those two and their humor. But at the root of both these personalities was integrity of caring for life: soil, crops, people.”

J.P. Aley adds his first impression of Ray was not what he expected. He found Ray standing up, with his head in a lampshade! Turns out that was the only place Ray had cell service as he was trying to talk with a customer. “I will forever be grateful to Ray,” J.P. said. “Sure he was a fantastic salesman, and will be greatly missed at AER; but even more importantly, I will always be grateful for the kind of person he was. He helped people, and loved doing it. We’re all lucky to have known him.”

Lucky we are. His fellow salesman always looked forward to working with him and hearing him speak at seminars.

“He could turn a dry and technical topic like soil fertility into a motivational speech that left the group of farmers pumped up and ready to take on any challenge,” said sales agronomists Gary Campbell. “I will always remember the 2 legged horse videos and pictures of tractors buried to the cab, reminding us to find humor in any situation and give thanks for the many blessing in our lives. It could always be worse!”

Sales agronomist Ken Musselman remembers, “I think of the time several years ago before cell phones when I was helping Ray with summer field visits. We finished a long day in his area and were heading north for more visits the next day. There were a couple of people from Australia with us so we were in at least 2 vehicles. Ray and I got to Terre Haute at 2am and Ray said it was time to call it a day. So we were sitting in a parking lot facing the highway so we could flag down the other vehicles to let them know we were stopping. Ray and I had trouble keeping our eyes open as we watched for them. You could always count on short nights when traveling with Ray. He always said he didn’t want me to get bed sores.”

But that wasn’t all Ray became known for at AgriEnergy. He named his GPS after our communication gal, Mardel Robinson. “So she could always tell me where to go,” he used to say.

That sense of humor will definitely be missed. Especially by our human resources gal Linda Dickinson, “He was a wonderful person and had a big heart! I will miss his phone conversations and his sense of humor.”

And our general manager, Dean Craine. You could always tell when he had been out with Ray. He’d always come back to the office as happy as can be, with a renewed sense of vision.

The list could go on, but I think you get the idea. Raymond Roettger will be greatly missed not only by us, but by many of you too.

So, Ray, if you’re reading this somewhere beyond the clouds, we’d like to send you off with this Irish proverb. May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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Roettger remembered for serving attitude

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a dear salesman, friend, and servant. Ray Roettger lost his battle with Lymphoma at 1:00 a.m. Sunday, November 27. ray-roettger

He was a great asset to our team and always had a
mischievous grin on his face. You could always count on Ray to help you with anything. Whether it was a fertility program for your farm or just a listening ear, he always made time for you.

As we celebrate Ray’s life this week, please feel free to send us your memories and we’ll share them on our social media pages.

Memories can be sent to our communication strategist at ksanden@agrienergy.net.

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Happy Thanksgiving

As I was going through my emails this morning, I came across the following quote. Usually, I think to myself, “What a nice thought!” And that’s as far as it goes. However, this quote really resonated within me.

The quote: “God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.– Frank Arrigazzi

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. How many times do you catch yourself groaning? There are so many days where I tear myself down. Whether it’s, “I wish I could be as good at my job as ______,” or “I wish I had the endurance of ______ at the gym,” or “Too bad we didn’t have a house like _____,” or “If only I could be as good of a wife as _____ is to her husband.”

But then I remember. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made me for who I am and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this very moment. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. I realize my life isn’t so bad; it’s actually pretty great. I mean I have a job I love (and awesome customers!), a CrossFit box (gym) that’s always challenging (and cheaper than therapy!), a charming little house (filled with love and some chaos!), a supportive church family, and an adoring husband. I can’t imagine my life any other way. Now, I realize in the blink of an eye, life can change and things won’t go according to plan. But in this very moment, in this very minute, I have everything I need. I am thankful. I am grateful. I am blessed.

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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. My Thanksgiving wish is that you, too, will gain true unlimited inspiration, even if it feels the world is caving in around you.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

 

 

 

 

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Harvest is underway

This picture.

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This picture illuminates everything I love about fall. My farmer. My dog. Fresh picked butternut squash. Corn ready to be picked. Crisp weather. I could go on, but I won’t bore you with every single little detail we love about fall 😉

In a perfect world, this picture is what every farm family looks like the night before harvest. One last family dinner followed by some time of just being together before all the craziness starts. This picture illuminates the excitement of another bountiful crop. I mean even Molly (our dog) is smiling!

And so it begins. Harvest 2016.

From our farm family to yours, we wish you a very safe and bountiful harvest season!

 

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