QC Corporation, a specialty micronutrients, ferrous sulfate, and custom compaction granulation products company, announces the addition of two leading sales professionals to oversee the company’s product development and customer service.
John Guglielmi joins QC Corporation as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Guglielmi has more than 24 years of agribusiness experience in wholesale and retail fertilizer sales targeting specialty agriculture, turf and professional horticulture markets. In his former role as Senior Vice President – Fertilizer Sales for Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, he worked to establish Ostara’s product into the supply chain and develop new opportunities. Mr. Guglielmi has also held sales leadership roles at The Andersons Plant Nutrient Group (Southern Region) and Douglass Fertilizer & Chemical.
QC Corporation has appointed Jake Socherman as National Sales Manager. Mr. Socherman has more than 22 years of wholesale and retail fertilizer sales experience primarily in the turf, professional horticulture and specialty agriculture markets. Most recently, he was the Fertilizer Sales & Product Manager for Sun Gro Horticulture where he developed a fertilizer product portfolio and managed a sales team that targeted specialty agriculture and ornamental markets. Mr. Socherman has also held sales and leadership positions in The Scotts Company, United Agri Products and Florikan ESA. At QC, Mr. Socherman will manage existing and new customer relationships and work with the QC development team to bring new and unique fertilizer products to market. He resides in West Linn, Oregon.
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John Deere has just officially launched their 2015 product line. This is being done over two weeks with dealers from around North America and the ag media were invited in to see the show. Feel free to use any content in your publications, websites or broadcasts.
2014 John Deere Product Launch Photo Album
John Lagemann, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, United States/Canada/Australia/New Zealand, Agriculture and Turf Division: Interview with John Lagemann
Bill Weber, Division Mgr. for Marketing: Interview with Bill Weber
Randy Kasperbauer, Product Mgr., Intelligent Solutions Group: Interview with Randy Kasperbauer
Condensed product reveal show: http://youtu.be/zpq-MoInxRY
Virtual Trainer: http://youtu.be/MKWL4PXW_5Y
Agriculture’s “Ditch the Rule” campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was highlighted at the Missouri State Fair this week.
Three Republican members of Missouri’s congressional delegation held a press conference at the fair, organized by the the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Farm Bureau. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, who each discussed their concerns with the rule and why it should be ditched.
Also speaking at the fair were Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst and NCBA Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. Missouri State Fair WOTUS conference
Thanks to Brownfield Ag News for providing the audio from the fair.
AgWorks holds it annual User Conference in Davenport, IA. The conference brings customer users together to see new software features like the just announced AgOS. Here are interviews and photos you may feel free to use. More will be added when available.
Interview with Greg Duhachek, AgWorks President: Interview with Greg Duhachek
Greg Duhachek welcoming remarks here: Greg Duhachek Opening Remarks
Photos from the conference can be found here: 2014 AgWorks User Conference Photo Album
For the sixth year now, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world were able to learn more about ethanol, courtesy of the Renewable Fuels Association, at the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD. RFA sponsored “Free Fuel Happy Hours,” offering a free tank of E10 93-octane fuel to riders at the Buffalo Chip Campground, as well as the annual “Legends Ride” where proceeds are donated to local charities, including the Black Hills Special Olympics. Motorcyclists at the rally also received free “Fueled with Pride” giveaways and informational materials on ethanol.
2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Photo Album
Ethanol at the Buffalo Chip –
Interview with Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip Campground
Motorcycles Fill Up on Free E10 at Sturgis –
Interview with Robert White, RFA, at 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
RFA Making Inroads in Motorcycle Education – Ethanol Report on Motorcycle Education
Michigan agricultural leaders held a conference call Thursday morning to discuss algae bloom issues and proactive water quality efforts being undertaken by producers in the state.
Taking part in the call were:
Michigan Agriculture Groups Discuss Water Quality
Jim Byrum, president, Michigan Agri-Business Association
Jim Zook, executive director, Michigan Corn Growers
Ken Nobis, president, Michigan Milk Producers Association
Mary Kelpinski, executive director, Michigan Pork Producers
Dr. Tim Boring, research director, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a media conference call to provide a six month update on Farm Bill implementation progress. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy reduces the deficit and helps grow the economy.
Since the Farm Bill was signed by President Obama on February 7, 2014, USDA has made progress throughout all Farm Bill titles including the launch of new conservation programs, updates to risk management tools, modifications to farm loan programs, announcements regarding available funds for agricultural research, disaster relief to farmers and ranchers and much more.
Listen to or download the press conference here: USDA Farm Bill Update
Why is the AgCareers.com annual HR & Food Roundtable keep growing each year? Because attendees note year after year that the presentations and workshops help them think outside the box. This year’s sold out event took place August 5-7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Roundtable is the largest event dedicated specifically for human resource professionals who are looking for more effective and creative ways to recruit and retain employees in the ag industry.
This year’s lineup of speakers includes engaging topics such as becoming an AgVocate; the new rules of the workplace and revolutionary new performance metrics for quantifying employee value to an organization; factors influencing recruitment; uncovering unique talent; recruiting veterans; and getting input from the next ag professionals: the students.
View the 2014 AgCareers.com HR & Food Roundtable photo album.
Interview with Eric Spell: Eric Spell Interview
Interview with Erika Osmundson: Interview With Erika Osmundson
Interview with Mary Barefoot: Interview With Mary Barefoot
Interview with Sarah Wilson: Sarah Wilson, Farmer on a Mission
Interview with Nicole Price: Nicole Price Interview
Interview with Ann Bares: Interview With Ann Bares
Interview with Ashley Heil: Interview With Ashley Heil
Interview with Bob Treadway: Interview With Bob Treadway
The 27th annual American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference was held in Minneapolis, August 4-6, 2014.
The conference is specifically tailored to the interests and needs of the people of ethanol — connecting ethanol producers with the farmers, researches, retailers, and support businesses to continue what all of them started a long time ago.
27th Annual Ethanol Conference photo album
ACE Celebrates “Power by People” – Brian Jennings, ACE Executive VP
ACE President Optimistic About Ethanol Industry – Interview with ACE president Ron Alverson, Dakota Ethanol
Collin Peterson Honored for Ethanol Support –
Interview with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) at ACE Conference
Students Present Research at Ethanol Conference -
Interview with Sahana Ramanna
Interview with Joseph Molde
Ethanol Plant Innovators -
Ron Alverson, Dakota Ethanol
Ray Baker, Adkins Energy
Mike Erhart, Prairie Horizon Agri Energy
Delayne Johnson, Quad County Corn Processors
RFS Update from EPA at ACE Meeting –
Comments from Paul Machiele, EPA
Future for Ethanol Blends –
Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior VP
Dean Drake, DeFour Group
Export Opportunities for Ethanol and DDGs –
Gene Griffith, Patriot Holdings, on ethanol exports
Clayton Haupt, CHS Renewable Fuels Marketing
Chad Martin, Eco-Energy
Urban Air Initiative Update at ACE –
Urban Air Initiative Update
Increasing Ethanol Plant Throughput – Interview with Paul Lopez, Syngenta Enogen
Another Successful ACE Conference – Interview with Brian Jennings, ACE Executive Vice President
ACE Awards Celebrate Power by People -
Interview with Gene Griffith, Patriot Renewable Fuels
Interview with Charlie Good, Iowa fuel retailer
Merle Anderson Presents Award to Rep. Collin Peterson
On July 5, Missouri voters will be deciding the fate of a constitutional amendment to protect farming rights in the state.
In this interview, Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst talks about Amendment 1 on the ballot, “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?”
Interview with Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst
Eco Agro Resources LLC announced the strategic transition of Ray Perkins to Chief Management Officer (CMO) based in Tampa, FL. Perkins is one of the founders of the company and will assume these new responsibilities immediately after serving in the sales management role.
“Ray has been a leader in developing this company,” said Andrew Semple, CEO and member of the Board of Eco Agro Resources™. “He has helped grow it from the start, adding customers around the world and Ray knows our products better than anyone else. I can think of no better person to help lead us to the next level.” His responsibilities will include developing management systems, policies and procedures for the rapid expansion of the company and its growing list of customers.
In addition, Douglas Zonta and Ciao Borges have been hired in Brazil to sell the full line of Eco Agro Resources products in South America. These positions report to Norm Davy who was recently hired to lead sales and marketing for Eco Agro Resources on a global level. Douglas Zonta will be the Director of Sales and Caio Borges will be the Regional Manager.
“I’m excited to be working with such a high caliber team in Brazil and the whole of South America,” says Norm Davy, EVP of Global Sales and Marketing. “As we expand our customer base, the experience that Douglas and Caio bring, and their knowledge and relationships will contribute greatly to our success.”
The company is working to fill a number of roles as it expands, adding new products and new customers. Eco Agro Resources is introducing innovative new technologies like N-Yield™ nitrogen stabilizer, N-Link™ slow release nitrogen fertilizer, N-Bound™ nitrogen stabilizer and Phosgain™, a phosphate efficiency product to the global agricultural markets.
AgWorks, LLC announces a partnership with Willard Agri-Service through its Ag Venture subsidiary to team up to deliver decision support services to growers. Willard Agri-Service has invested over 18 years developing a decision support system that creates real value for both the grower and retailer through their award winning HighQ® product. This product has been utilized on over 5 million acres and is a key tool in helping retailers realize the value of their data, and assist growers in making more profitable decisions.HighQ® harnesses the power of technology to provide growers with actionable information that enables them to make more profitable, environmentally sound decisions. By maximizing yields and generating the profits growers need to remain successful, HighQ® helps ensure that agricultural land stays agricultural land. The HighQ® DSS (Decision Support System) provides the grower with a tool to analyze numerous decisions they made during the growing season and how these variables affect profit per acre. It also provides a powerful community based benchmarking tool for a grower to anonymously compare their operation to similar operations in their area.
AgWorks, LLC has been building ag retail software tools for over 20 years and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The McGregor Company. AgWorks currently has retail customers in 27 states and has been focused on building tools that are the “core” of a retailer’s day to day operations.
AgWorks has acquired the HighQ® software and will be incorporating the functionality of HighQ® into AgWorks’ totally redesigned AgOS® software system. This system includes real-time inventory, agronomy operations, integrated precision, crop-season planning, fertilizer blending, logistics management, and now grower decision support tools all in a single software solution. This system also has integration points to most popular ag retail accounting systems. Ag Venture will continue as AgWorks’ exclusive distributer of HighQ® in Maryland and five surrounding states.
Both Willard and McGregor are CropLife Top 100 independent retailers and have combined ag retail service approaching 200 years! They are firmly committed to developing software solutions for retailers and growers. Both businesses are invested in technology and retail for the long haul. They feel it’s important that retailers and growers have a choice with their software tools, have control of their data, and how these tools are used to add value to the unique offering of each retailer.