Posts Tagged With: Livestock

USDA Offers Grants for Organic Agriculture

At AgriEnergy Resources we pride ourselves in being a leader within the biological/organic farming community. With great leadership, comes great mentorship. We’re always looking for opportunities where our customers can benefit. Whether it’s a list of transitional buyers here, organic buyers there, or product giveaways/discounts at our seminars, we always have your best interest at heart.

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We test a variety of product combinations, new products, and more on our summer research plots. Here, a few of our agronomists are comparing soybean roots this past summer.

In fact, we came across this exciting funding opportunity from the USDA. With the continued demand for organics, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering up to $3.8M in funding to support research, education, and extension for both new and existing organic farmers and ranchers.

Research areas include documenting and understanding the effects of organic practices such as crop rotation, livestock-crop integration, organic manure, mulch/compost additions, cover crops, and reduced or conservation tillage on ecosystem services, greenhouse gas mitigation, and biodiversity.

If this is something that interests you, click here for more information. Applications are due March 9.

If you do end up receiving a grant, keep us in mind. Every year, we conduct a variety of research trials.

Good luck!

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Farm tours to feature variety of AER products

Ohio Farm Tour memo2Here’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 27 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, organic consultant Reggie Destree, 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:

Stoller Organic Farm – 8:30 a.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.

Andy Mast Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 3444 East Messner Road, Wooster, Ohio. Andy and his sisters grow organic produce for Greenfield Farms. They have focus on growing squash, zucchini, and kale. Andy will discuss what he has done to make his farm more productive. Join us in the discussion.

Greenfield Farms Cooperative – 11:00 a.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.

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Guests will get the opportunity to visit farms such as this one operated by Scott Stoller, which is also the first stop of the morning. 

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

Ervin Miller, Jr. Farm – 1:15 p.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 his crops look good. He uses a variety of tools for weed control and bought a new Multivator (in the row rototiller).

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 2:30 p.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. This year they made the decision to transition about 1,000 acres to organic production with 60 acres of organic corn and 200 acres of organic hay this year. They have used AgriEnergy corn starter and applied foliar fertilizer to their hay, corn, and small grains. Their organic corn looks very good and their organic hay quality was excellent. Join the discussion of their farming practices and see the modern equipment and technology they use.

Craig Stoller Farm – 4:00 p.m. at 14665 Mt Eaton Road, Rittman, Ohio. Criag Stoller and his family are Organic Valley members and milk Holsteins. He is a young farmer that has been using AgriEnergy products for several years. Join us as we visit his farm and discuss his farming practices.

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.

 

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Goin’ Showin’

Picture this…

You wake up before the crack of dawn. Wash your steer. Dry your steer. Feed your steer. Fit your steer.

THEN, it’s show time. You walk into the ring, sweat dripping down your back, heart a pounding. The judge walks slowly around the ring evaluating each and every steer. You catch his eye. He sees you. He keeps watching you and your animal. The ring is silent. You can hear a pin drop. Then in one swift movement he slaps your steer. Your eyes well up as you catch your families eyes in the stands. Your mom is snapping pictures like a crazy lady. Your dad’s fist goes in the air with a victory punch. Your brother is stunned. Your sister is in shock. You just won the Illinois Sate Fair junior steer show. You can’t believe it. You set out with a goal the previous year and you achieved it. The long hours spent in the barn have finally paid off. You won the whole show.

Posing for a picture with Scotty (the show steer), country music star Scotty McCreery, and Governor Bruce Rauner, 4-Her Taylor Donelson, of McClean County, was all smiles during the Illinois State Fair 'Sale of Champions.' Scotty was performing in the grandstands when he heard the grand champion steer was named after him and thought he'd come check it out. Such a cool moment for Illinois 4-H! Photo credit: Scotty McCreery Facebook

Posing for a picture with Scotty (the show steer), country music star Scotty McCreery, and Governor Bruce Rauner, 4-Her Taylor Donelson, of McClean County, was all smiles during the Illinois State Fair ‘Sale of Champions.’ Scotty was performing in the grandstands when he heard the grand champion steer was named after him and thought he’d come check it out. Such a cool moment for Illinois 4-H! Photo credit: Scotty McCreery Facebook

While the entire audience can relate in your joy, there are some people, outside of the bleachers, who have no idea what it means to accomplish something as big as winning a livestock show. That is why, at this year’s Illinois State Fair, agriculture was brought back to the front and center, highlighting our state’s deep agricultural roots.

And that is why, we at AgriEnergy Resources, are proud supporters of the Illinois State Fair.

What was really neat about bringing agriculture back to the center of the fair, was that the championship drives was held in the Coliseum located right in the middle of the fairgrounds. Previously, the championship drives were held in the junior barns.

This year, people roaming the Midway had the opportunity to see for themselves how great agriculture is, including Governor Bruce Rauner and country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. They got in a bidding war during the auction of the grand champion steer. The governor ended up winning the bid with a record-breaking $61,000. Proceeds will go back to Illinois 4-H and FFA while the meat will be donated to the University of Illinois.

All in all, it was a great year for the Illinois State Fair and all the exhibitors. There’s something to be said about the fair, whether you’re into livestock or not. Among the array of foods, concerts, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, horse races, rides, games, there’s something for everyone.

We are so excited to see where the future of Illinois agriculture is heading and we can’t wait to visit our local county fair next week.

What’s your favorite part about the fair?

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Oh The Places You Will Go Sweet Child

No one told me the places I’d end up in when I donned that national blue and corn gold jacket for the very first time.

No one told me I’d end up in Colorado working with some of the best girls a cowgirl could have.

No one told me I’d meet my very best friends.

No one told me I’d start a legacy that would soon end up in the winners circle.

No one told me FFA would change my life.

Thank you FFA for helping  me discover my passion in the beef industry.

Thank you FFA for helping me discover my passion in the beef industry.

But it did.

Here at AgriEnergy Resources, we support the National FFA Organization for these very reasons.

FFA is so much more than cows, sows, and plows. It’s about overcoming your fear of public speaking. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone. It’s about meeting new people. It’s about finding your passion. It’s about giving back.

It’s about finding that one thing that drives you, chasing after it with all you’ve got, failing, getting back up, trying again, and watching everything come together.

With that, our hats our off to all FFA members today as we celebrate National FFA Week. Now go chase your dreams. Who knows, you may even surprise yourself!

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We Are Blown Away

By all of you – our customers, dealers, distributors, speakers, and friends.

Seriously, you guys are awesome! You made our winter seminar a smashing success and we enjoyed every minute of it.

For those of you that couldn’t make it, the day was filled with twelve speakers from throughout the country speaking on a variety of different topics, including cover crops, banding and split applying nutrients, alternative crops, non-GMO seed, livestock, nitrogen management, and so much more.

What kind of seminar is complete without door prizes? 40 of our 250 guests were lucky enough to win some of our AER gear for staying the entire day.

What kind of seminar is complete without door prizes? 40 of our 250 guests were lucky enough to win some of our AER gear for staying the entire day.

Our speakers were people like you and I. People passionate about farming. People who have been farming for years. People who each had their own unique, personal stories, and when gathered in the same room, made a killer combination.

We received a lot of questions from people looking to make changes to their operations as the next generation takes over. Growers were considering adding livestock to their operations as well as transitioning to all organic acres and planting non-GMO seed.

If you are one of these people and didn’t get a chance to get all of your questions answered, we’d love to talk with you. Feel free to call us at (815) 872-1190 or email at info@agrienergy.net.

Until then, we want to know your thoughts. Please comment below with what your favorite part of the day was, how you heard about the event, why you came, and any other comments/concerns.

Oh and if you missed our general manager Dean Craine on WJBC Radio, check it out here.

Again a sincere thank-you from everyone of us here at AgriEnergy Resources for making the time to attend our event.

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How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy: Diversify with Livestock

Do you have a passion for livestock? Have you considered converting your flat prairie “row crop” land into pasture?

Jeremy House, along with his wife Cherie, work together on most every aspect of the farm. Photo credit: meadowhavenfarm.com

Jeremy House, along with his wife Cherie, work together on most every aspect of the farm, including chicken chores. Photo credit: meadowhavenfarm.com

Livestock just might be the key to your farm’s profitability in 2015 and beyond.

Nearly anything “livestock” is very valuable today. Both meat and dairy markets are doing well and those animals leave behind really good fertilizer. We’re not the only ones who see the value in a diversified operation.

Jeremy House, co-owner and co-operator of Meadow Haven Farm near Sheffield, Illinois, has seen first-hand the value livestock can add to any operation. At our upcoming seminar he will be sharing with us his journey in raising free-range chicken, certified organic pastured pork, eggs, turkey, and certified organic grass-fed beef.

Some of the House's cattle grazing in the snow.

Some of the House’s cattle grazing in the snow. Photo credit: meadowhavenfarm.com.

Along with his family and Meadow Haven Farm co-owners Allan and Jeanne Sexton, House is a strong advocate for diversified organic farming and strives to create a healthy environment for their antibiotic-free animals and chemical-free pastures. Prior to co-owning Meadow Haven Farm he worked on a dairy farm with his dad.

What do you think? Does a good crop rotation and manure make for a profitable farming system?

Find out at our seminar “How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy – 10 Practical, Profitable Solutions” from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29 at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. For more information click here, or call (815) 872-1190 to reserve a spot by January 21.

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Understanding soil quality: Part 3

So far we’ve learned that healthy soil leads to healthy animals and healthy people.

But how is that related to various forms of native vegetation?

Well, the former chairman of the soils department at the University of Missouri, Dr. Albrecht, studied just that and correlated that information with the conductivity of the soil for radio reception as mapped by the National Broadcasting Company.

His basic thesis was that higher rainfall patterns in the eastern and southeastern United States have leeched out the native soil fertility elements. Therefore, even though there is ample water in the eastern states, there are not enough of the necessary fertility salts for either good radio reception or for production of protein rich crops. He explained that the low protein crops such as virgin pine trees grow naturally in these areas. In the arid west the fertility salts are ample in the soil, but the moisture is deficient for ideal electrodynamic behavior which gives both good radio reception and higher protein and mineral content for crops.

Understanding Soil Quality

Rainfall and temperature determine the degree of soil development. A moderate rainfall pattern results in development of a soil that is good for production. Higher rainfall area soils are weathered to a greater extent and therefore not as adequate for protein production. The higher rainfall areas are capable of growing more vegetative bulk which also means more decay. With decay, more carbonic acid is formed and the resulting acidity replaces the soil’s natural calcium and magnesium.

Moderate rainfall patterns in the west, and higher rainfall but more moderate temperature in the northwest, form soil clays with a greater capacity to hold or absorb nutrients. Soils formed in the eastern states under higher rainfall patterns and the increasing temperature going from the north to the south means a different clay is formed. These clays have fewer nutrient holding capacity. This explains why coniferous forests grow here, because there is little protein potential in these areas.

It is clear that Dr. Albrecht was correct, and as farmers seek to increase yields it is possible to get a combination of carbohydrates and proteins, or only carbohydrates. Dr. Albrecht tied his explanation to climate, natural soil development, and native habits of buffalo and other animals. Many scientists have now concluded that farmers, through poor soil management, have depleted the nutrients from even the most productive soil areas. In other words, commercial farming as we have known it for the past several decades has greatly accelerated nature’s natural processes.

Next week, we’ll discuss what Andre Voisin, of the Academy of Agriculture of France, noticed when understanding soil quality.

Until next time, happy trails!

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You want the dirt? We got it!

No, not that dirt. Dirt dirt. Soil dirt. You know the black stuff that makes crops grow.

From this day forward we strive to be your one-stop shop for all things dirt related and beyond. We’re so excited to join the social network to better connect with YOU — our friends, our customers, our family.

So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride. It may be no surprise to many of you that we strive to lead the transition to biological farming by providing training and products to innovative farmers. We believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production and the foundation for healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy livestock, healthy food, and healthy people.

Dave and Carolyn Larson had no idea the legacy they were about to start when AgriEnergy Resources was founded.

Dave and Carolyn Larson had no idea the legacy they were about to start when AgriEnergy Resources was founded.

And this is our story.

It all started 27 years ago in 1987 when one innovative, American farmer founded AgriEnergy Resources to provide fellow agricultural producers with the educational opportunities, quality soil fertility products, and support services necessary for implementing renewable farming systems. For it was that year that Dave Larson started a legacy that would continue well beyond his lifetime.

This legacy would soon spread from Princeton, Illinois to several of the continental United States as well as countries outside of the U.S.

Much like all of us that are currently living out his legacy here at AgriEnergy Resources, Dave had a love for the land. Guess you could say farming was in his blood.

In 1977, he embarked on an exhaustive study of alternative philosophies and methods for agricultural production. He researched and applied principles offered by universities, other soil fertility specialists, and proponents of the Biological Theory of Ionization. This research, coupled with his own observations of the laws of nature, led him to an understanding of a group of basic principles. These principles, when applied to production agriculture, became the basis of what is now biological farming and the basis of what Daily Dirt is really about.

So, yes, we will bring you the Daily Dirt of the agricultural world, but Daily Dirt is so much more than that. It’s about a lifestyle. An all consuming faith. A passion.

It’s about the innovative, American farmer.

Until next time, happy trails!

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