We Represent the Future of Agriculture
This collaboration of major agriculture sectors creates an influential driver of the productivity, sustainability and profitability of the industry. By bringing the members together in one spot, we aim to provide a forum for industry discussion and bridge the gap between environmentalism and production agriculture.
Brian and Darren Hefty are the co-hosts of the Ag PhD television program, which airs nationally on the RFD-TV channel. Growing up working on the family farm, both Brian and Darren developed a healthy respect for the farmland that provided their livelihood. As a result, Brian and Darren became agronomists and farmers who strongly believe in the role that proper land stewardship plays in feeding an increasingly populated and hungry world. Farmers grow the food that feeds our world, and responsible nutrient management is the cornerstone of ensuring the viability of farmland to make feeding the world sustainable for generations to come.
AgroLiquid manufactures and markets an entire line of fertilizers formulated with scientifically based recommendations to help growers achieve the best possible yields and crop quality while employing sustainable agricultural practices. For decades this company has worked years ahead of the industry in response to the demand for environmentally friendly products. Advanced crop fertility products and agricultural practices grow from intense agronomic research and applied technology. AgroLiquid owns and operates the 462-acre North Central Research Station where thousands of replicated plots prove the company’s products and recommendations.
Responsible Nutrient Management requires the application of more usable plant food and in smaller quantities; by stressing the importance of balanced formulations that include micro nutrients, precision placement, and prescription programs, AgroLiquid achieve the same, and often better, results.
Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association
PNDSA is a non-profit association formed to provide information exchange, advocacy on conversation policy issues and research coordination that supports the adoption of environmentally sustainable and economically viable direct seed cropping systems. PNDSA unites growers under a cropping system, rather than one specific crop. We are passionate about bringing together diverse groups with common interests to advance the future of sustainable farming.
Direct seed farming systems place seed and fertilizer in one – two passes directly into the crop residue and root structure from last year’s crop. Specialized equipment opens a narrow seed row in largely undisturbed soil and the plants grow up through that seed row. The crop residue and root structure keeps the water and the soil in the field, reducing soil erosion by 90% (through wind and water), mitigates offsite movement of agriculture chemicals tied to soil particles, improving water and air quality. Other benefits include sequestration of carbon in the soil, improved soil health, reduction of fossil fuel usage and emissions, reduction of field burning, and improving wildlife habitat.
Consumers Supply has been serving agriculture since 1956 as the premier wholesale distributor of products and services for farmers and ranchers. Consumers Supply provides retail customers with products for animal nutrition, feed ingredients, feed grade pharmaceuticals, amino acids, nutritional pre-mixes and specialty products for the livestock industry.
In addition to their work in wholesale goods they also have developed a line of companion animal products including horse feeds, pet foods, show feeds, and pet treats.
The Consumers Supply facility is certified by the Facility Certification Institute (FCI), a feed industry standard to ensure feed and food safety and by the American Feed Industry (AFIA) Safe Feed/Safe Food Program and are also a HACCP certified.
Hagie Mfg. is in the business of solving problems.
In 1947, Ray Hagie saw a need and solved a problem with his invention of the world’s first self-propelled sprayer and the founding of Hagie Mfg. For the next 67 years, Hagie has continued to be a pioneer in the industry with innovations such as front-mounted booms, hydrostatic drives, hydraulically-adjustable booms, amongst recent innovations including an applicator with tracks.
It’s not any coincidence that the company that invented the industry 67 years ago is still by far the most innovative today. It’s in our DNA. In our commitment to delivering revolutionary products to the market, we do a significant amount of research and testing, with the understanding that not all the experiments are going to deliver results. Although taking those risks may not generate an immediate payoff, it us up to companies like ours to quickly react to evolving needs and provide innovative solutions that enables our customers to be as efficient and productive as possible.
We live and breathe innovation every day. This is the reason that Hagie Mfg. exists and will continue to be the reason that we are sustainable for the next 67 years.
Hefty Seed Company
Ron Hefty founded Hefty Seed Company in 1969 as Hefty Farm Supply. As time went on, seed sales became a major focus for Ron, and led to the only name change in company history. Hefty Farm Supply became Hefty Seed Company in 1984. That same year, a seed cleaning facility was constructed at Baltic.
Midwest Laboratories, Inc. opened its doors for business as A & L Midwest Agricultural Laboratories on May 15, 1975 in rented quarters in Omaha, Nebraska, the first branch operation of the Memphis-based laboratory. At the controls were Kennard Pohlman and John Torpy, with extensive experience in soil and chemical analysis. Later, John DeBoer would bring computer expertise to add to the equation.
Despite the tenor of the times, the fledgling company grew and prospered. In 1980, they purchased a 11,700 square foot building at 13611 B Street and, in 1981, after extensive remodeling to accommodate their needs, they moved in. In 1985, the company officially split with A & L Laboratories, but retained the name until June of 1993 when the company was emancipated from the A & L name and chose the current name of Midwest Laboratories, Inc.
The new building provided expansion of gas chromatography, environmental and microbiology departments as well as providing more space for soil, feed, fertilizer and food analysis. But, even as they moved into the new building, the vision of the company founders told them it was inadequate for their needs and they began to plan for an expansion.
In the years that followed, Midwest has grown in breadth and quality of services as an environmental laboratory with a strong base in agriculture and industry. The business philosophy of the company is to operate from one central location using representatives to expand their reach. A two-story addition was designed to blend in with the existing one-story building and provide the necessary space as well as state of the art facilities. In 1988, the company occupied the new structure, which brought the total square footage to 40,000 and allowed for the expansion of staff and facilities.
Today, the six-building campus houses over 90,000 square feet of laboratory and support area. Each laboratory maintains its own complement of staff, instruments and support personnel matched to the analytical needs of that particular department. As a whole, the staff at Midwest is dedicated to offering a broad spectrum of capabilities within the realms of Agriculture, Environment, Feed, Food and Fuel. Midwest services clients throughout the 50 states and continues to expand in the areas of new methodology development and state of the art instrumentation. Today our staff of 125 employees have accumulated over 1,000 years of service to our company.
Midwest Labs continues to maintain an environment in which we can excel in providing our clients timely, accurate and defensible data in an ethical manner.
No-Till Farmer Magazine
Now in its 40th year, No-Till Farmer delivers information monthly to nearly 7,000 paid-subscribing farmers on a broad range of agronomic practices designed to help conservation-tillage-minded producers improve their no-till and strip-till management. No-Till Farmer is also online at www.No-TillFarmer.com. Improving fertilizer efficiency and effectiveness, while protecting our natural resources and farmer profitability, are an important editorial focus. For more information about No-Till Farmer, contact executive editor/publisher Darrell Bruggink.
PNC Bank, Agribusiness
PNC is one of the Top 20 agriculture banks in the nation and has supported the industry for many years. You require bankers that understand how a farm or agri-business operates, in addition to the market trends that may impact your business and financial stability. At PNC, we have a dedicated staff of agricultural bankers devoted to keeping your farm or agri-business running smoothly and profitably. Our sales team is committed to building solid, long-term relationships with agriculture producers and agri-businesses.
PNC is also dedicated to the communities where agriculture producers work and live through our close working relationships with agricultural associations and local extension offices, in addition to supporting county fairs and industry specific conventions.
RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000. RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment.
Rural Media Group
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and western lifestyle. RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RURAL TV, RFD-TV the Magazine and RFD-TV the Theatre. RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000. RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RMG acquired FamilyNet, America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family. RURAL TV produces rural business news covering commodity markets for both cash and futures. Daily productions include Market Day Report and the Rural Evening News. RMG networks are distributed into more than 63-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. RFD-TV The Magazine is the print programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 180,000 paid subscribers. RFD-TV The Theatre is a 2000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, MO where entertainment programming is produced. Corporate headquarters are in Omaha, NE, and production operations are in Nashville, TN.
Soil Test Pro
TapLogic is focused on developing cutting edge information tools for the farmer. Simple by design and easy to use, these web and mobile based solutions are created to put information in the right hands at the right time.
Our flagship product, FarmLogic/FarmPAD, provides growers with advanced, yet practical web-based and mobile technology for the farm. Launched in 2009, the FarmLogic System enables growers to build better records and increase the efficiency of their operations. Information about farming activities is secure and readily available on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. Customer support is available 24/7.