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Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day

We will be hosting a Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day Thursday, September 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at Wise Guys Bar & Grill iDenman Farms editedn Princeton, Illinois. Biologicals are the root of our success and we invite you to hear how and why they work, as well as seeing them shine in corn and soybean plots. Plus, the time has come to unveil our
NEW PRODUCTS!!

This seminar & field day is another opportunity to learn about plant protection, antioxidants & polyamines, and fall fertility programs.

Then we’ll go out to the field and show you how we’ve improved each set of corn roots as shown in thebare soybean plants cropped 2 picture above. And how you can, too, with one simple tweak.

We’ll also show you how we grew more productive soybean plants (see the picture to the left). The stripped plants are showing the treated set (right) produced 48% more branches and 27% more productive nodes than the untreated counterpart.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net by August 31. Wise Guys Bar & Grill is located at 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Scott Stoler

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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New & Emerging Markets

Not sure where the markets are headed in 2016? We can help!

At our upcoming seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, we have some of the best in the industry offering their insights. Here is who will be there and what you can expect to learn:

  • Organic Valley – Organic Valley is a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and have been leaders in organic agriculture since 1988. Their decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals, and the earth. With this philosophy they’ve been able to steadily increase milk pay price (while conventional prices have been a rollercoaster), offer premiums to farmers in transition, and offer various other opportunities in beef, pork, eggs, produce, and grain. East Central Division Manager for Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Kevin Kiehnau, will share how demand for organic products has grown dramatically, the demographics of those markets, and the opportunities that exist for farmers, and help provide what consumers want today. Kevin raises organic beef with his family in Door County, Wisconsin and has been working with member growers for over 10 years.
  • Clarkson Grain – Clarkson Grain is an Illinois-based grain, oilseed, and ingredient supplier to the food manufacturing and animal feed industries. They specialize in the growing, storage, and processing of identity-preserved, non-GMO and organic corn, soybeans, and soy ingredients. They procure their corn and soy raw materials from grower partners throughout the United States and Canada. Organic Transition Coordinator for Clarkson Grain, George Kalogridis, will discuss the increasing demand for their exclusive corn and soybean varieties, and ways you can help meet this demand. George has been involved in organics since the 1980’s. For the past 3 years, he was a Certification Officer for ECOCERT ICO. He was a founding member of the Florida Organic Growers, opened the first organic wholesale produce operation in Florida, and was the Vice President of Grower Operations for Earth’s Best Baby Food in Vermont.
  • Bay State Milling – Bay State Milling is a family owned company with a strategic intent to support the growth of the next generation of grain based foods in North America by providing the leading array of plant based ingredients. Since 1899, they have proudly provided exceptional quality flour and grain products while continuing to build on their legacy as they bring new supply chains and technologies into their realm of capabilities. Bay State Milling processes both conventional and organic flours. Specialty Grain Originator, Doug Lockwood, will talk about grain supplies that Bay State Milling needs now and in the future. He has been with the company for over 15 years.
  • Bay Shore Sales – Bay Shore Sales is family owned and offers a full range of organic and commercial inputs, including tine weeders, seed, poultry products, and organic fertilizers. They’re one of the country’s largest providers of certified organic black beans, but also offer navy beans, small reds, pinto, cranberry beans, great northern, and a variety of kidney beans. Owned and operated by Jim Sattelberg (and his family), Bay Shore Sales is located in the thumb of Michigan. Jim is well versed in the financial, marketing, and production considerations and processing needs for specialty grain and edible dry bean success. As the demand for these crops has grown, the Sattelberg family has expanded into buyer relations, processing, seed and equipment sales to better help other farmers fit these crops into their rotations.
  • Goodness Greeness – Goodness Greeness is the Midwest’s leading source for fresh, organic produce and the largest privately held organic distributor in the country. Founded in 1991 by CEO Robert Scaman, Goodness Greeness was the first ever certified organic operation in Chicago. The company directly supplies over 300 stores that include the region’s largest supermarkets and independent retailers. They’re committed to supplying customers with the finest organic food from around the world, while at the same time furthering purchases from Midwest’s small and medium sized, local, organic farmers. Robert will talk about demand, what buyers want, and how growers can capitalize.
  • Organic Consultant – Reggie Destree, a Wisconsin-based Organic Marketing Consultant and former organic farmer, is so passionate about organic farming that his license plate says ORGANIC! Reggie stays on the cutting edge of organic marketing opportunities and trends, and will introduce you to several you might just want to pursue. He is also an expert on organic production (soil fertility, plant health, weed & insect control, tillage, etc.) and a representative for both Dramm Fish and AgriEnergy Resources. Reggie will tell you how to “cash in” on both certified and transitional specialty and traditional organic crops.

Our seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar. Reservations were due by January 18, but we have a limited number of seats still available. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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Priority #1 – Soil Health

As you know, we take soil health very seriously. It’s only when you maintain healthy soil that yields can improve. Once you’ve started working with the soil, then you can begin implementing other changes. But what changes should be implemented and are they the right changes? We’ve found the Haney Test to be very helpful in this area. So much so that the mastermind behind the Haney Test, Dr. Rick Haney, has graciously accepted our invite to speak at our upcoming seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future.

Healthy soil should have thriving biological activity, such as these earthworms.

Healthy soil should have thriving biological activity, such as these earthworms.

Dr. Rick Haney worked for farmers and ranchers off and on from 1975-2000 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from SWOSU in 1993. He then continued his education earning a Master’s Degree in Soil Microbial Ecology from Texas A&M University in 1997 and a PhD in Soil Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2001 followed by a Post Doctorate in Herbicide Chemistry in 2002. He is currently a Soil Scientist with the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory through the USDA-ARS in Texas. He will share with us a deeper knowledge of the Haney Test and how we can better achieve soil health. Through an integrated approach, the Haney Test uses chemical and biological soil test data to mimic nature’s approach to soil nutrient availability. It’s designed to work with any soil under any management scenario because the program asks simple, universally applicable questions. Make soil health a priority on your farm. We bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!

Our seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar. Reservations were due by January 18, but we have a limited number of seats still available. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future

We are so excited to announce our 28th annual winter seminar has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:30am-5:00pm in Sandwich, Illinois. With yesterday’s wisdom and today’s technology, your farming future is a bright one. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

AER 2016 Winter Seminar

Learn from an outstanding speaker line-up why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production. Hear experts on soil health, new marketing opportunities, new soil tests, reducing risks, and more. Our detailed agenda will be announced in December.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the Convention Center) at our group rate (includes hot breakfast buffet) of $119 + tax until January 8 or $169 + tax after January 8. Call 630-273-6006 to make your reservation. There are no other lodging options in Sandwich, however, some hotels are available along Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 90. Timber Creek Inn & Suites is located at 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in January!

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Let’s go “back to the future”

Today, October 21, 2015, is the day the movie Back to the Future II was set to take place when it was shot and released in 1989.

For those of you that aren’t aware, this movie is about the adventures of a time traveler as he travels 26 years into the future to protect his future children from trouble. Needless to say some of the things predicted in the movie, like the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, were completely preposterous (at the time). Well today, October 21, 2015, the Chicago Cubs are vying for their chance at winning it all. First time playing in the post-season since 2008.

Twenty-Six years ago, we were just beginning to find our stride in biological farming. With many, many years of research and experience, 26 years ago is when it all came together. 26 years. We had combines, but we had to physically drive them at all times. Auto-steer wasn’t invented. We had no fancy cell phones to connect with everyone on our team. We had to physically talk with them.

Photo credit: Back to the Future II movie

Photo credit: Back to the Future II movie

Now, 26 years later, we don’t even have to be in our combines to drive them. We can connect with multiple people by the click of a button. We’ve even experienced the hover board and automatic shoe-lace concepts that were referred to in the movie as well.

Who knows what we’ll be experiencing in another 26 years, but we have some pretty lofty dreams in agriculture:

“In the year 2041, agriculturalists will have realized that insects and disease are not the result of a pesticide deficiency or lack of genetic traits. They will have found soil health and proper crop nutrition do a much better job of protecting plants from both insects and disease. We’ll also have learned that the resultant plants have a much higher nutrient density and are greatly beneficial to the livestock and humans that eat them, helping to improve human health. The medical field will also look at nutrition as the first line of defense for human health instead of what the pharmaceuticals used in the past.” – Ken Musselman, AER Agronomist

“I want a scanner like on Star Trek, where you just point it at the soil and plants, and it knows exactly what is needed in microbes and fertility for maximum health. Then a fleet of drones (with scanners) hovering over the fields will be spraying on the right stuff instantly.” – Gary Campbell, AER Agronomist

“I’d like to see small individual machines that run by themselves in between the rows, operated by GPS and sensors. These machines will then come back to the mother machine to fill up when empty. They could be designed to do a number of things – dry or liquid fertilizer, spread or drill cover crops, light cultivation, mowing, flaming etc. This would also help mitigate compaction.” – Eric Johnston, AER Agronomist

“With all these small machines, scanners, drones, sensors…I’d like to see a method that automatically keeps track of the expenses for every single application, product, tillage, etc. as that process is completed!!! With it being so individualized, that the expenses could be viewed for the entire farm, and then ‘drilled down’ by field, by acre, by crop. You would then have records showing the costs/income for every area (big or small) of ground that is farmed in a way that could be easily analyzed and compared along with information for projections. All of this to be done automatically without any human input, so there is no chance of information or costs slipping through the cracks. All while the farmer is having his second cup of coffee!” – Annette Lord, AER Accountant

“I’d like to see a machine that takes a picture of your garden and/or freezer filled with farm fresh meat that does all your meal planning for you. It will break out an entire week of meals using what you have available. That would almost make cooking fun!” – Katlyn Sanden, AER Communication Strategist

What would you like to see in the year 2041? Leave your ideas in the comments below!

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AgriEnergy Resources Conference Giveaway

ACRES U.S.A. Conference is right around the corner and this year we are giving away 2 passes to ACRES to one lucky farmer, which will also guarantee a travel voucher for 2 (travel & lodging) to AgriEnergy’s annual winter seminar in January.

ACRES U.S.A. is North America’s oldest publisher on production-scale organic and sustainable farming. For more than four decades their mission has been help farmers, ranchers, and market gardeners grow food organically, sustainably, without harmful, toxic chemistry.

A glimpse into what this year's trade show could look like...Last year's birds eye view.

A glimpse into what this year’s trade show could look like…Last year’s birds eye view.

If you’ve ever attended before, you know what a world-class educational and networking event it is. If you’ve never been, trust us, you’ll walk away with so many ideas to maximize profits for the 2016 season. Jam packed with seminars and workshops, you will get the opportunity to “pick the brains” of the most innovative farmers, consultants, soil & crop advisors, authors, nutritionists, holistic veterinarians, researchers, beekeepers, geologists, soil microbiologists, and more.

The conference will be held December 9-11 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and our seminar will be held the last week of January in Illinois. To qualify for your chance to win the jackpot, tell us the first thing you’d do when you get to ACRES (if you win) on Facebook and/or Twitter using the hashtag #AERatACRES and fill out this short questionnaire.

Good luck!

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It’s that time of year again…

Time for the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. Originating in 1962, the Farm Science Review now draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers, and agricultural enthusiasts from across the country and Canada. With 4,000 product lines from roughly 620 commercial exhibitors and engaging workshops, presentations, and demonstrations, there is something for everyone.

This is one event we look forward to each year.

We'll have a booth in the Fowler Seeds Tent again this year, along with Barenbrug and Master's Choice.

We’ll have a booth in the Fowler Seeds Tent again this year, along with Barenbrug and Master’s Choice.

The Farm Science Review will run through Thursday, September 24. For a list of new equipment and technology to be featured this year, click here.

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Hatzenbichler products taking organics by storm

Today’s organic farmers operate some of the most high tech machines seen in the industry. Technology that includes GPS RTK guided planters and cultivators, rotary hoes, sophisticated spray rigs, and tine weeders. Seriously, check out this video of the tine weeder that the Hatzenbichler company put together.

See this product and other state-of-the art equipment up close during the Doudlah Farms/Dramm Corporation/AgriEnergy Resources Organic Field Day 10am-3pm Tuesday, August 11 at Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Evansville, Wisconsin.

Mark Doudlah, of Doudlah Farms, will be demonstrating his very own Hatzenbichler tine weeder in dry beans (weather permitting) and Matt Sattelberg, of Bay Shore Sales, will discuss weed control and dry bean harvesting. Bay Shore Sales, located in Michigan, carries a full line of Hatzenbichler products.

Sattelberg will also be at the Matt and James Beran/Souhrada Custom Spraying & Ag Products/Dramm Corporation/AgriEnergy Resources Organic Field Day Tuesday, August 4 10am-3pm at Beran Bros. Farm, 10083 110th Street, Lime Springs, Iowa. Please RSVP for both field days by calling AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190.

For more information about our upcoming field days, click here.

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Itinerary posted for field days

Our full itinerary has been posted for our upcoming field days we’re co-hosting in August. Keep in mind that the last day to RSVP for the Matt & James Beran/Souhrada Custom Spraying & Ag Products/Dramm Corporation/AgriEnergy Resources Organic Field Day is Monday, July 27 and the last day to RSVP for the Doudlah Farms/Dramm Corporation/AgriEnergy Resources Field Day is Monday, August 3.

Take a look over the complete itinerary and let us know if you have any questions.

Organic Field Days August 2015

Reserve your spot today by calling AgriEnergy Resources at 815-872-1190 or emailing info@agrienergy.net.

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