Posts Tagged With: Organic Farming

Organic Kitchen

It comes as no surprise that organic food sales continue to rise. It all boils down to what the market wants, and right now the market is demanding clean, fresh foods. Now, more than ever, the majority of consumers pay close attention to what they’re putting in, not only their bellies, but their children’s as well. Farmers have taken note, and are working diligently to fill that void. Along with several other grain buyers, we help farmers achieve their goals of producing certified organic food for the masses.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 U.S. Organic Industry Survey, total organic food sales in 2015 were $39.7 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year. Take a look at where your state stacks up.

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This spring, the OTA will be releasing its’ 2017 industry survey which will look at the U.S. organic market in 2016.

Organic foods can now be found in the kitchens of 82.3 percent of American households. What’s interesting though, is how clean eating and organics are becoming the norm, even when eating out. While vacationing with my husband in Arizona, we were pleasantly surprised to find a lot of the local eating establishments catered around the organic lifestyle. Restaurants such as Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen, True Food Kitchen, Grabbagreen, and our personal favorite, Prep & Pastry.

While not all their menu selections are certified organic, they only serve locally sourced food and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The hubs had The Dip (italian beef), I had the Cubano (honey roasted ham, duck confit, house pickles, swiss cheese, stone ground mustard), and our sweet, great aunt had the Grilled Cheese (tea smoked tomato, white cheddar, brie, parmesan rubbed asiago bread, arugula pesto) with Tomato Bisque. That grilled cheese was on point!

Anyway, we are very excited to be a part of this movement and look forward to working with both transitional and organic growers in the future!

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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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LaCrosse Seminar to Feature Independent Plant Breeder & Consultant

Surprise your valentine with the opportunity of a lifetime! Give him/her the gift that keeps giving. As they say, knowledge is power.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for our upcoming seminar, “Bios for Transitioning to Organics.” We’re so excited to discuss various ways to improve your organic operation or offer support to begin your transition journey. No matter which stage of organics you are in, we’re here to help.

In addition to discussion on dry beans, organic programs, crop rotation options, insect/disease control, and biologicals for transitioning, we’ll also be discussing nitrogen fixation from the roots up. Madison-based independent plant breeder and consultant, Ken Kmiecik, will focus on biological nitrogen fixation and strengthening the plant/bacteria/soil system.

With 40 years experience in researching field studies, genetic resources, plant breeding, related laboratory techniques, and plant pathology in the most common bean production areas, we’re so excited he’ll be joining us in LaCrosse.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, there’s still time. Call us today at 815.872.1190 or email info@agrienergy.net. Our seminar will be held from 1:00pm-9:00pm February 22 at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center, 1835 Rose St., LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  

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Hope to see ya there and Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

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St. Cloud Agenda Posted

Who else can’t believe our St. Cloud seminar is only 2 weeks away?! Time just keeps flying by, and we’re so excited to offer this 1-day seminar.

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We’ll be kicking the day off promptly at 9:00am with a few words from our General Manager, Dean Craine, followed by our featured speaker Dick Goff.

Dick has a degree from the University of Minnesota in horticulture and plant pathology. He worked several years as an agronomist for pesticide, seed, and fertilizer companies before beginning a long career as a field representative for Midwest Labs of Omaha, NE. He is now semi-retired and will be sharing with us how calcium can play a key role in soil and plant health. His many years of trouble shooting soil conditions has given him an unparalleled ability to share with us “what works” in sustainable crop production.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Fertility Programs to include discussion on SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi), and Residuce®
  • Seed Selection
  • Weed Control
  • Insect & Disease Control
  • Dry Bean Harvest
  • Dry Bean Marketing

If any of this strikes your interest, please RSVP by January 4 by calling 815.872.1190 or emailing info@agrienergy.net. If you do come, be sure to register for the Minnesota Organic Conference and visit us at the trade show. We’d love a chance to further help you plan your 2017 fertility program so you can spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Please note: We will be closed for the holidays from December 23-January 2. If you happen to RSVP during this time frame, please leave a message at any of the contacts above and we’ll get you added to the list. When leaving a message, please remember to include your name, state, and specify the St. Cloud seminar.

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Considering Organic? Omaha meeting agenda posted

As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season, as early as November 29! As most of you know we have 7 seminars scheduled through February and today, we’re releasing the agenda for our Omaha meeting, which will be held the week after Thanksgiving.

Omaha will be a bit special because it will be held at Midwest Laboratories on 13611 B Street. Midwest Labs is where we send our soil samples and attendees will have an opportunity to tour their facility. It’s quite impressive really! You will get to see their tissue, soil, and microbiology labs.

Anyway, if you can join us on the 29th, and we really hope you do, this is what you’ll be in for:

  • How to Maintain a Strong Biological Component for Sustainable Crop Production – Larry Zibilske, Texas Plant and Soil Lab 
    • Biology is essential in sustainable crop production. We’ll discuss how soil microbes, organic matter, soil biology, along with chemical and organic fertilization practices effect crop production. We’ll also explore ways to test soil quality.
  • AgriEnergy Resources Biologicals – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • We’ll take you down the road of biological farming and how improving your soil with SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi) and Residuce® could potentially help benefit your bottom line!
  • Midwest Labs Q&A with John Menghini PLUS a tour – John Menghini, Midwest Labs
    • What goes into a soil analysis you may be wondering? Wonder no more. This tour will take you above and beyond what goes into a typical soil analysis. Learn about aflatoxin and petiole tests too!
  • AgriEnergy Resources Organic Products – Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources 
    • Learn what our organic programs entail and how we help guide customers through the transition period. We offer many programs including soil treatments, in-row and 2X2 starters, along with side dress and foliar, using both liquid and dry organic products. Our new program includes a liquid calcium treatment, which we’ll share numerous successful stories.

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      This is an organic snap bean field located in Wisconsin. Learn tips on how to achieve a similar result in Omaha!

  • Organic Insect & Disease Control Products/Programs – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska
    • Each year has it’s up’s and down’s. Learn to combat challenges with ease, no matter the situation. We’ll explore programs that include products to be used on field corn, popcorn, seed corn, dry beans, soybeans, green beans, garbanzo beans, wheat, spelt, barley, oats, emmer wheat, and various grasses.
  • Organic Weed Control – Farmer Panel 
    • Hear from real-life farmers who combat obnoxious weeds like foxtail and giant ragweed by using flamers, tine weeders, cultivators, and more! These guys have some of the cleanest fields we have ever seen!
  • Q&A with the Experts – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant; Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska; Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Have questions how to improve your operation? We can help. Bring your questions on wheat and specialty grains, potatoes, corn, alfalfa, vegetables, beans, and transitional cropping.

If you want to be a part of our kick-off event from 9am-4:30pm, please reserve your spot by November 21 by calling 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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Weather Wednesday 9/28/16

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in north central Illinois. Harvest is still rolling along. Folks seem to be making good progress and with little to no rain in the 7-day forecast, odds are pretty good, they’ll get a lot done through the weekend.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: Fall weather is upon us. Day time high’s of eighty degrees, night’s drop down to low thirties. We have had no precipitation and none in the forecast for the next seven days. Good harvest weather in Nebraska!

Ken Musselman: There is a fair amount harvested in Iowa, however, there are some delays as the rains ranged from .5-16 inches last week. There’s lots of variability in soil conditions, but I have heard there are a lot of 70-80 bushel beans.

Gary Campbell: Heavy rain and flooding for the last month has made corn silage and hay cutting a real struggle for many in Western Wisconsin. Edible bean growers are waiting for fields to dry to begin harvest.

Ray Roettger: We just got some rain in Southern Indiana, which has been good for late beans.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest!

New to Daily Dirt? We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Comment below with where you’re from and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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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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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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Are you ready for our seminar & field day?

Have you made your reservation for our Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day on September 8?

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Be sure to ask about our FALL SPECIALS!

If not, there’s still a few seats open. We’d love to connect with you!

Just to refresh your mind, we’re ready to launch our new products! Be among the first to see how they work and hear the science behind them.

Here’s a full topic/speaker agenda (with links to their presentations:

Our field day is scheduled from 9:00am-5:00pm Thursday, September 8 at Wise Guys Bar & Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois. Reserve your seat today by calling 815-872-1190 or emailing info@agrienergy.net.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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Biological Farming Seminar: Residue Management & Fall Fertility Programs

Field residue. It can be abundant, especially after a big harvest. It can deplete the nitrogen in the soil affecting next year’s crop. But did you know there’s something you can do right now to set the table for next year’s crop? Something as simple as turning a yield-robbing liability into a yield-enhancing asset. That’s right: a yield-enhancing asset.

At our upcoming seminar & field day agronomists Ken Musselman and Gary Campbell with share residue management techniques that have been proven to work throughout the United States. They will discuss everything that goes into proper residue management – biologicals, appropriate tillage, timing, cover crops, and crop rotation.

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Why are most of these fields covered in snow while some portions aren’t frozen? Could proper residue management be the reason? Find out on September 8!

Both Ken and Gary have been with AgriEnergy Resources for 25+ years. They have helped growers all over the United States come up with fertility programs that fit their specific needs on any crop, any soil, anywhere. With the right residue management program, they’ve seen improved seedbeds and increased crop yields.

The duo will share tips to help you prepare for winter so you can jump out of the gate strong next spring. You’re not going to want to miss this session at our Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day scheduled from 9:00am-5:00pm Thursday, September 8 at Wise Guys Bar & Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois. 

A complimentary lunch will be provided  for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP by calling AgriEnergy Resources at 815-872-1190 or emailing info@agrienergy.net by August 31st. Click here for more information.

Tune in tomorrow to get a feel for how our field and plant tours will be!

 

 

 

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