Posts Tagged With: Faith

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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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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A Traditional Christmas

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that my siblings and I are very traditional. We’ve had our family traditions since we were little kids and every year we look forward to our said traditions. Like picking out the best Christmas tree on the lot to get it home and figure out it was lop sided or enjoying mom’s special stuffed blueberry french toast Christmas morning or grandma’s famous cheese soup or the cousins’ dollar gift exchange. Over the years, if mom tried to change the menu we’d get very upset…I mean it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the stuffed blueberry french toast!

Fast forward a few years and here we are all grown up and married, starting traditions of our very own. I remember when I got engaged, a very wise woman told me it’d only get better from there. I nodded and smiled, but in the back of my mind I didn’t think anything could get better than the Christmas I got engaged. I mean the love of my life getting down on one knee, professing his undying love, and slipping a very sparkly rock on my finger with a tear in his eye. Nothing could beat that moment!

Or could it?

One year later, I’ve realized that very wise woman was right. It really does get better. This will be our first Christmas as husband and wife in our home together. While we don’t have too many Christmas decorations yet, we did get a steal on an artificial pre-lit tree and got a few BOGO ornaments to add to our collection we’ve gathered over the years. It’s been fun seeing the gifts pile up and deciding which family traditions to carry on and which ones to start.

We enjoyed putting together our very first Christmas card from the Sanden’s and dressing up our dog as a reindeer (she hates it but we love it). This year, we’ve decided Christmas morning will be all ours. We will make my famous, homemade cinnamon rolls, drink our coffee (his hot chocolate), and open our presents from each other. Then we’ll share the rest of the day with our families.

That same wise woman also said it gets even better from here when babies show up. Until then, I’ll take her word on that and enjoy posing our dog in front of our tree.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.S. AgriEnergy Resources will be closed for the holidays December 24-January 3. We will re-open for business on January 4, 2016. We sincerely hope you can enjoy your traditions during this special season!

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What are you thankful for?

Today, we’re thankful. Thankful to live in small-town U.S.A., capturing scenes like this, even in the midst of a storm.

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Reminders from up above that there is always a silver lining; you just need to know where to look. So, yes, today we are thankful to be a part of a growing agricultural community. We’re thankful for our roles in providing America with healthy food, beginning in healthy soil.

From our table to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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My first harvest as a farm wife

Well you guys, I survived my first harvest as a farm wife! Some of you may remember our dream barn wedding on September 5. You might be a farm wife if you plan your wedding date right at the end of cattle showing season and right before harvest starts! Needless to say, upon returning from our wonderful honeymoon in the Caribbean, we hit the ground running.

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I wouldn’t have had it any other way. So grab that cup of coffee, sit back, and relax as I reflect on my first harvest as a farm wife.

1) Farm life. It’s nothing new to me knowing you can never really have a set plan in the middle of harvest, spring, or calving season. Regardless, as soon as the weather turned brisk, the hubs and I eagerly anticipated a late night date that included homemade chili, cornbread, and our favorite movie. Well we got the chili part, which was then followed by an hour truck ride to get parts for the combine (which conveniently broke down right after we decided we could actually watch a movie). It ended up to be the perfect date night, though, as we jammed out to our favorite love songs without a care in the world.

2) Speaking of machinery parts, I’m getting used to all the weird looks I get when I go pick up nuts, bolts, and a whole bunch of other parts that I pretend I know exactly what to do with. One of these days, I really will know what to do with them!

3) I’m pretty good at driving the combine…on auto-steer.

4) One weekend the hubs comes home to a totally made-over office. The next a totally made-over guest room. Crazy what can be accomplished when not planning a wedding. Wonder what will be next?

5) The raccoons are vicious. Seriously those suckers want to die, zigzagging all over the road and such. Bump. Splat. Game over. RIP raccoon. Car on the other hand still needs some tender loving care. As of right now the bumper is barely hanging on by 6 zip-ties.

It's these simple moments I treasure the most. Riding in  the combine on a Saturday morning. Please excuse the hair...This was after one of those runs I was talking about.

It’s these simple moments I treasure the most – combine rides post-run.

6) Speaking of raccoons…The next day the survivor (as they run in pairs in our neck of the woods) of “Bump. Splat.” jumped right into the hubs corn head. Talk about suicidal! It survived, but lost a leg. Be on the look-out for a 3-legged raccoon!

7) I’ve learned some pretty tasty recipes that are great for on-the-go. Our favorites this year have been spaghetti squash and banana-chocolate chip muffins.

8) My runs are so much more enjoyable when I can run to the field, hop in the combine with my cute farmer, and then run home.

9) If we’re being honest, I took complete advantage of my down time to actually process all that’s happened – marriage, name change, and of course turning HIS “bachelor pad” into OUR home.

10) Last but not least, I’ve taken great pride in the work my husband does. One day I asked him, “If money and time were not a factor, what would you be doing right now?” He replied, “Combining corn. I love combining corn!”

And I love this little life we’re building together.

Here’s to many more safe and bountiful harvests!

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Uncle Si the Scarecrow

You guys! We built another scarecrow again! Meet Uncle Si, the one, the only, the AgriEnergy Scarecrow!

Posing with Uncle Si, the AER Scarecrow.

Posing with Uncle Si, the AER Scarecrow.

Every year, our town hosts a Scarecrow Festival and every year we put our heads together to come up with something great! Last year we created a farmer who didn’t win the contest but ended up welcoming all our guests up our lane. We called that a win in our book! Seriously he stood proudly at the end of our lane until the snow blew.

This year we decided on a Duck Fertilizer Dynasty theme. From the camo, to the tea cup, to the glasses made out of wire, this is our best crow yet!

Hop on over to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and give our big man a “like” and a comment. Be sure to “like” the chamber’s page as well. Maybe this’ll be our year to win the whole contest!

P.S. Tomorrow we will share some behind the scenes photos. Stay tuned!

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