KENTLAND, INDIANA (November 24, 2014) — Ames, Iowa-based AgVenture GroMor, LLC has welcomed Gary Hammitt of Vincent, Iowa to serve central Iowa farmers as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Hammitt, an agronomy professional with thirty years of experience, will work directly with GroMor customers year-round utilizing his teaching skills, agronomy research expertise, and crop input and fertility management skills.
AgVenture GroMor CEO and General Manager, Jim Groepper said, “Our customers and our company have gained a valuable resource in Gary. His professional dedication to providing practical, science-based methods that improve productivity and profitability align seamlessly with our GroMor mission. Our commitment to our customers includes providing them access to the best seed genetics and technologies along with year-round professional seed support to make that improved profitability a reality.”
Hammitt’s career has been dedicated to teaching and learning, researching and applying practical management solutions to optimize crop environments and yields. For fifteen years, he served as Agronomy Research Manager for the Land O’Lakes AnswerPlot™ farms across a four state region. There, he led research and events for farmers focused on improving farm productivity by using the best possible technology within the agro-ecological environment, and combining that with specific management practices. As an Environmental Management Specialist for the Iowa Soybean Association, he worked on the Boone River watershed to manage environmental incentive programs for the region. The Boone River watershed is considered an area of significance because of its aquatic biodiversity. It was identified in the Upper Mississippi River Basin Plan as an area with significant plant and animal life. It is one of few HUC 8 watersheds that are completely within the state of Iowa. With Iowa Select Farms, Hammitt paired his nutrient management and fertility skills to oversee manure management operations for more than one hundred thirty hog farms.
“Joining AgVenture GroMor is a perfect fit,” said Hammitt. “It is a capstone opportunity that allows me to utilize all of my agronomic skills together in support of our customers. The seed products, the attention to production practices and the professionalism and camaraderie of the GroMor team are each outstanding. I look forward to helping our customers get the most out of their inputs, maximize yields, improve their APH and increase their overall, long-term profitability.”
In 2012, Hammitt’s family was awarded an Iowa Heritage Farm award for having the farm in the family for more than 150 years. He was also the recipient of the Iowa Ag Environmental Leadership Award. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Ag Education. Hammitt and his wife, Jenice, have three children.
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.