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Welcome to the MPS In Action blog, your AgVenture Seed Company link to the latest in news, information and education from across our independent Regional Seed Company network and the industry as a whole. Check this space often for the latest tips to increasing production and profit on your farm.

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August 29, 2014

Labor Day  is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

August 28, 2014

If you are hoping another part of the country has a crop failure so your market price goes back up on corn and soybeans, it won't be the southern Delta coming to your rescue.  I just spent 3 days there this week and the corn crop is solid, the bean crop is awesome in LA, MS, AR.  Early soy yields in Louisiana are 85 to 90 bpa, with good farms at 110!

Market price is not under your control.  Forget about it.  Each year you will grow corn and soybean crops whether prices are up or down.  Do the things that you can control, utilize the training and help your AgVenture Yield Specialist has that will make you more bushels per acre.

Peace and MPS

Jeff Shaner, AgVenture's Product and Technology Manager

August 27, 2014

SUTTON, NE / KENTLAND, IN (August 25, 2014) – More than six hundred crop producers from across southern Nebraska recently participated series of AgVenture of Nebraska Seeds Partners (AVN) Field Days. A total of four events were held showcasing the latest corn and soybean seed genetics and technologies, and providing customers with information and fellowship. Events were held at AVN locations at Minden, Sutton, Wood River and Ashland, Nebraska.

AVN Partner Dennis Kenyon said, “We were pleased to welcome so many customers through the four Field Day events. There is still no substitute for evaluating crop characteristics in the field, onsite, and in an environment similar to your own growing conditions. These Field Days provided our customers with the opportunity to see and discuss the many merits of our deep product portfolio.”

Throughout the Field Day series, AVN team members Jeremy McCroden, Ryan Gannon and Dustin Schwenka led discussions at the plots highlighting the merits of several cutting-edge hybrids and varieties new to the product line up this year. McCroden said, “We are excited about how these products are performing and what new options they offer customers in terms of overall plant health and ability to yield under specific Nebraska growing environments. Together with the right insect and disease resistance packages and careful management practices, we are helping our customers reach new yield goals and improve their profitability across their operations.”

AVN Partner Tim Weeces added, “The team we have here has done their job extremely well; reaching our customers with outstanding adapted seed products, and helping them get the most out of ever bag of seed. Our customers across an expanding geography have had improved profitability as a result. That’s what this company is all about.”

Recently AgVenture, Inc. General Manager Dave Trienen praised AVN’s team members. “AVN has continued to grow with great momentum. They are now among the fastest growing and the largest independent regional seed companies in our network and in the country.”

Kenyon said, “We founded this company fourteen years ago with very humble beginnings. Today, we have some of the sharpest, most focused seed professionals in the industry working hard for our customers and our business. Looking at the map, our reach has expanded to five states. Our team works hard for their customers, putting great seed products to work on their farms.”
 

August 25, 2014

SUTTON, NE / KENTLAND, IN (August 22, 2014) – AgVenture of Nebraska Seeds Partners (AVN) marked the retirement of District Sales Manager Ken Erickson of Ravenna. At a Field Day at Sutton, AVN founders Dennis Kenyon and Tim Weeces acknowledged Erickson’s many contributions to their customers, to the business, and to Nebraska’s agriculture industry through his years of dedicated service.

Since 2004, Erickson has worked as a District Sales Manager with AVN. Kenyon said, “It has been a privilege to work with Ken these past ten years. He brought with him a wealth of experience and we have all benefited from his knowledge, wisdom and wit. Ken has always put his customers first. AVN is, in part, who we are today thanks to his many contributions. He has been a valued team member and will remain a trusted advisor.”

Weeces added, “Ken is a true seed professional whose 42 years in the industry have had a lasting, positive impact on Nebraska agriculture. During the past decade of service to AVN, he has helped build our company and our reputation. We are each grateful for having had the opportunity to work together for our customer’s profitability.”

In honor of his service and dedication, Erickson was presented with a Fredric Remington sculpture. Erickson said, “It is hard to believe it is time to retire, and it is really hard to leave. I have loved working with this group. They are so strong in their agronomics, and are dedicated to their customers’ success. I’ve watched this company evolve and grow. Our business is about helping people. That has made it not be work, but a pleasure to work together every day.”

Picture:  AgVenture of Nebraska Seed Partners (AVN) presented Ken Erickson with a sculpture upon his retirement from the company. Pictured left to right; Tim Weeces, Ken Erickson
and Dennis Kenyon.

Erickson and his wife, Judy, have two grown children; Heidi Riessland and her husband, Cody, live at Pleasanton, and son, Brett Erickson and his wife, Irina, live at Hastings.

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.

August 20, 2014

Just growing corn or are you on an "AgVenture"??

Close to harvest season in Belzone, Mississippi.

August 19, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 18, 2014) – In a two-day event held in Moline, Illinois, AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) held the last in a series of three intensive workshops for the 2014 Summer Interns and Trainees. Throughout the summer, the 2014 class members, comprised of seventeen summer interns and new employees, participated in the workshops to help them develop skills in communication, customer relationships and agronomics.

AVI Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “Each time we got together, you could see the growth in these individuals and in the group. These young professionals are incredibly eager to learn and proficient at putting the information to work.”

Weitl continued, “We saw significant growth in their communication and agronomy skills. Our in-field, on-site agronomy training gave our participants many useful tools and techniques to take back to their own Regional Seed Company (RSC) customers. At this last workshop, participants gave a presentation on some specific aspect of the summer experience they can use in the future. Their presentations showed confidence, personal and professional growth and a true willingness and commitment to help customers improve profitability.”

“I learned so much this summer,” said AgVenture of Eastern Kansas Summer Intern Leanne Milleret. “Learning and practicing networking and communication skills was very helpful. It allowed me to better understand how to listen, learn and share new ideas and different practices. I enjoyed learning about AgVenture’s strong network of independent seed companies and their approach to their customers, products and business. Beyond that, we all made life-long friends and will have this great, shared experience as we start our seed careers.”

Bryce Borkgren of AgVenture Pureline at Princeton, Illinois said, “Our field training really provided us with solid tools we have put to use this summer. I really appreciated the opportunity to focus on the agronomics, but then better understand the importance and relevance of communicating that with our customers.”

 

AVI Marketing Lead, Penny Taylor said, “With the support of AVI leadership team and our outstanding consulting experts, and incredible guidance and direction from their RSCs and mentors, these young professionals leaving our program are better equipped to serve agriculture. It feels great to know the future of the seed business will be influenced by these individuals. It is also very gratifying to know that two of the class members have accepted full time positions with their RSCs and will continue to have a positive impact on our own customers now and well into the future.”

The 2014 Intern and Trainee Class included participants from more than a dozen academic institutions nationwide and represented RSCs from across the country. AVI staff will be visiting college and university career fairs this fall to reach out to the prospective class of 2015. Contact AgVenture or your local RSC for more information on how to apply as an intern.
 

August 18, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 18, 2014) – AgVenture, Inc. continues to grow in scope, acres, reach and personnel. The nation’s largest network of independently owned and operated Regional Seed Companies (RSCs) has welcomed Frank Peterson to serve as Western Regional Business Development Manager. Peterson brings three decades of experience and expertise to RSCs from the Dakotas to the Gulf, and from the Rockies to the Mississippi River.

Dave Treinen, AgVenture, Inc. General Manager said, “Our RSC network is growing. We continue to gain more customers. We continue to earn 100 percent of our customers’ business. Our products and year-round professional seed support together have a positive and significant impact on their bottom line.”

Treinen added, “With our continued growth, we are pleased to welcome Frank to our leadership team. He is an important addition to our network, and is uniquely equipped to provide our RSCs with the guidance and direction that best allows them to do what they do best – help every grower realize greater profitability on every acre.

Peterson has most recently been a successful independent business owner and operator. He said, “Having personally experienced the demands and challenges of independent business ownership, I can relate to our RSC owners. They are a remarkable group of seedsmen and business professionals. Their commitment to their customers’ success comes first each and every time. They attract and build strong teams of employees who share their vision. The success and growth of these companies across the region is testament to the both the products and the people.”

Peterson worked for a decade in the corporate seed business with Novartis where he served in leadership, sales and business development roles. His early career was in the ag retail and fertilizer business, working in the western Cornbelt. He remains active in the family farm in South Dakota.

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.

August 14, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 14, 2014) – AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) has welcomed a new seed company to their nationwide network of independently owned and operated regional seed companies. Northwest Iowa Ag, LLC, of Moville, Iowa will provide AgVenture® brand corn, soybean and alfalfa seed products to farmers across the area, along with year-round professional seed support services.

Northwest Iowa Ag President, Larry Janssen said, “We are proud to join AgVenture’s distinguished network of independent seed companies. We provide customers with access to a deep product portfolio of the latest and seed genetic and technology combinations in the industry. With AVI’s support, we are building a strong team of dedicated, highly-trained seed professionals to work one-on-one with our customers throughout the year. We are confident in these seed products and the strategies and tactics that will help our customers reach new goals in yield and profitability on every acre.”

Five family members have joined together to establish the new business. Partners, in addition to Janssen, include Will Wollesen, Casey Willer, Gary Janssen and Dillon Janssen. The family has been farming in the area since 1982. Janssen said, “We have had great success with our AgVenture products and seed support. As our younger family members joined our farming operation in the past five years, we saw this as a great opportunity to extend the advantages to others in the area.”

AVI was founded in 1983 and provides its Regional Seed Companies with access seed sourced from multiple platforms, tested and proven to perform in local soils and agronomic environments. In addition, through AgVenture’s alliance with PROaccessSM, growers can access both some new and some familiar product choices.

Chuck Schneider, AVI Business Development Director commended the company principals for their eager approach to launching the new business. “Northwest Iowa Ag’s team members fully recognize the challenges of profitable crop production in this region. Beyond the exceptionally strong product lineup, they have made a commitment to providing customers with innovative grower-focused tools and techniques.”

Janssen explained, “Our Maximum Profit System™ is an innovative, systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yields, lowering cost per bushel and improving overall farm profitability. It brings together the best and latest converging technologies including seed genetics and traits, accuracy in seed placement, and year round support to help manage and sustain advancements. Additional programs such as AgVenture’s ProfiZone™ program allow us to optimize our recommendations to growers. It helps provide a specific understanding of seed, nutrient, environmental and management practices. Better input management can provide huge advantages in yield and profit.”

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.

August 13, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA/ROSCOE, SOUTH DAKOTA (August 13, 2014) — Kevin Scherr has joined the family business, AgVenture Scherr’s Seed. As an AgVenture Yield Specialist, he will provide year-round professional seed support to customers in north central South Dakota.

AgVenture Scherr’s Seed President Steve Scherr said, “I am very proud to officially welcome Kevin to our team. He really is an invaluable resource and support to the business, to our customers, and to our team members. Besides welcoming him as a professional, I’m proud to have my son joining our family business. He has grown up working in and around all that we do. He fully understands our commitment to our customers and their profitability.”

Kevin Scherr said, “This is the job for me. I’ve grown up learning the business and have always known this is what I wanted to do. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed participating in every aspect of our business; from seed treatments to inventory, from learning all about our hybrids and varieties to supporting customers in the field. I truly enjoy working with our customers and look forward to a long career helping them advance their goals.”

During the last several years, Steve Scherr says the Roscoe-based independently owned and operated Regional Seed Company has continued to experience tremendous growth across the Dakotas. He notes that as more customers select and plant the locally adapted seed, they are actively shifting more or all of their acres to the AgVenture® seed products.

“Our hybrids and varieties are really performing well. We have access to the latest and best seed genetics and technologies available in the seed industry. It’s a deep portfolio of products that are specifically adapted to our Dakota growing environments. Our team of AgVenture Yields Specialists works directly with our customers year-round to help them do all they can to maximize their profitability. Our Maximum Profit System™ is helping customers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall productivity. We are pleased to continue to expand our team to serve Dakota farmers,” Scherr said.

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.

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