Posts Tagged With: Organic Farming

What are disease suppressive soils?

What’s all this fuss about disease suppressive soils, anyway? According to one of our speakers at our upcoming seminars on Feb. 6 & 8, disease suppressive soils are soils that support beneficial microbes that inhibit specific soil-borne plant diseases.

“The growing understanding of disease suppressive soils is exciting, but there’s still enough left to learn to make them a bit mysterious and very tantalizing,” explained Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We are thrilled to glean more expertise from Michael!

Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be sharing. He’s currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.

Intrigued by what you just saw? Reserve your spot today by contacting us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

Michael spent 10 years at Kentucky State University, conducting research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by farms operating with limited resources. He has done extensive research in disease suppressive soils and will share his discoveries. He has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.

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2018 Winter Seminar Series

AgriEnergy Resources winter seminar series entitled “What’s New In: Weed Control, Disease Control” will kick off with a 1-day seminar in Indianapolis on Feb. 6, followed by another 1-day seminar in Des Moines on Feb. 8. Both seminars will feature the same information and will be a day for growers to learn the latest in weed control, as well as soil tilth and disease suppressive soils.

“We are excited to feature some experts in soil and crop health and share our discoveries with our guests. It’s been a fun year experimenting with our products on different crops as we have seen consistent results,” said AgriEnergy Resources general manager Dean Craine.

Specifics include:

  • Machinery – Harrow, Rotary Hoe, Tine Weeder, Finger Weeder, Roller/Crimper No-Till, Optic Guidance, RTK Guidance, Cultivator, High Speed Disc, Spring Tillage Techniques, Weed Puller, Flamer, Weed Zapper
  • Fertilizer Placement
  • Soil Fertility
  • Crop Rotation
  • Manure vs. Compost
  • Organic Herbicides
  • Band vs. Broadcast Application
  • Cover Crop Weed Suppression
  • Tilth Amendments

Speakers include:

  • Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Michael Orzolek, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Cody Wilkinson, Tillage Specialist, John Deere
  • Indianapolis Weed Control Panel: Gary McDonald, Tom Besecker
  • Des Moines Weed Control Panel: Paul Huenefeld, Dennis Demmel, Scott Shriver

The Indianapolis seminar will be held on Feb. 6 from 8am-5pm at the Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 317-631-2221.

The Des Moines seminar will be held on Feb. 8 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131. 515-270-8890.

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

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This is a free event and a complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 23, 2018 at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

We hope to see you in February!! 

 

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Coming to a mailbox near you…

Are these hot-off-the-press invites! We’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on lately.

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In addition to Michael Bomford and Michael Orzolek, we have an exciting speaker roster. Stay tuned for a complete agenda.

In the meantime, save the dates. The Indianapolis seminar will be held at the:

  • Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • 317.631.2221
  • 8am-5pm

The Des Moines seminar will be held at the:

  • Hilton Garden Inn8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
  • 515.270.8890
  • 8am-5pm

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

To reserve your spot, give us a call 815.872.1190!

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Fall fertility meeting in Ohio

Here’s another opportunity to learn about fall fertility if you missed us at any of our summer events. We’ll be speaking on ways to increase biological life in the soil and the many successes we’ve seen in crops this year at an informational meeting hosted by Tom Besecker of Advanced Biological Solutions on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30am-3:30pm in Cynthiana, Ohio.

We will be joining speakers Reggie Destree and Tom Besecker to bring you a day jam-packed with useful information. Reggie will be sharing about soil health, pest & disease control, weed control, and vegetable production. Tom will be sharing about cover crops and tips to improve pastures. We are so excited to be a part of this event and sincerely hope you can make it too!

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advance registration. Please RSVP to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or Michael Auker 937-365-1329 by November 3. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in downtown Cynthiana.

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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!

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Hope to see you there!

 

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AER Seminar Scheduled in South Dakota

If you’re in the South Dakota area on July 26, here is another opportunity to see some of our products in action. Organized by our sales representative, Alan Dale, here is all the information you’ll need.

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Alan covers South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri. He will be joining speakers Ken Musselman and Reggie Destree.

The Watertown Event Center is located at 1901 9th Avenue SW, Watertown, South Dakota. A complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy 815-872-1190 by July 17.

Hope to see you there! We’re excited to show how our products have been performing in the Dakotas.

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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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