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June 30, 2015

Chuck Schneider brings business development, leadership and marketing support to the AgVenture Regional Seed Companies (RSC) in the eastern U.S. He directs strategic growth initiatives and recruits new seed companies into the AgVenture national network. We caught up with Chuck to talk about how Regional Seed Companies help farmers get the best seed for their operation.

What role does the RSC owner play in finding and securing the best seed for a farmer’s fields?

Our RSCs build their product portfolio based on their geographical area. Since they sell directly to farmers in their regions, they spend time understanding their soil types, tillage practices, the growing environment and their customers’ operations.

In other seed companies, the seed selection is top-down, but our RSCs are actually picking the products they want produced based on the environment and their knowledge of their customer’s farming operations. From there, they find the right genetics and traits that fit those environments and operations.

How does the AgVenture Yield Specialist (AYS) ensure the grower gets the right seed for the right acre?

Again, we spend a lot of time with the growers developing cropping plans, and within the development of that cropping plan, we’re out looking at the field the prior year before they plant our products. During that time, we write a cropping plan for the hybrids we want to place on individual fields — and this is all based on the preliminary work our AYSs do with that grower. They truly gain a deep understanding of his operation. The AYS is always making sure that we’re placing the best possible genetics and traits we can with that grower.

How does this model differ from other seed companies?

Typically in the seed industry, a seed seller will go out, get the order from the farmer, deliver the seed and pick up the check. We spend more time with our growers than your typical seed salesman. The reason we do, is that we want to make sure we’re in the Circle of Influence. By doing that, growers can put their trust in us — we know more about our products than anybody else in the industry, and we know we’re putting the right product on the right fields.

How important is seed selection to the bottom line of the grower?

When you think about it, one of the top five factors to produce a top crop is the right hybrid on the right acre. In our training, we say 75% of the hybrids don’t get their full potential because they’re not placed in the right environment. So it’s critical that we do a good job of placing those products.

The other component is having a very comprehensive in-season management plan. It starts at the planter to make sure we’re planting impeccably. And then we implement that in-season management plan all through the growing season. That’s how we truly get the highest yield potential out of every acre with our products.

What do you do to help farmers realize the importance of the right seed and right management?

After working together for long enough, our growers have faith and trust in their relationship with their AYS. They know we understand their operation well enough and understand what’s critical to produce a top crop. They understand their AYS is there not to save them money, but to help them increase production and lower per-bushel cost. And we tie this all into the Maximum Profit System. By increasing their bushels per acre and lowering our per-bushel cost, that’s our equation to add profitability.

So what is the big picture of how RSCs benefit farmers?

It’s like a three-legged stool. First is product selection by the RSC — they have access to a very broad germplasm and trait portfolio. They work closely with our product management team to choose what will perform in their areas, and they test varieties locally in their regions also. Building the cropping plan and building trust between the grower and the AgVenture Yield Specialist is the second component. And third, planting the right seed on the right ground and implementing great in-season management practices year-round — these are the keys to increase production and lower per-bushel cost. 

June 26, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (May 29, 2015) — Mayberry Seed Co., Essex, Missouri has welcomed Trevor Jaco as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Jaco is working on farms and with customers across southeast Missouri.

Mayberry Seed Co.’s Matt Mayberry said, “It’s our objective to help Trevor learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Jaco said, “I have enjoyed working with the Mayberry’s last summer and again this year. I continue to be inspired and impressed by their knowledge and the professional approach they take to helping customers increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability. Every person takes their relationship with their customers very seriously. I continue to learn more about the many agronomic tools and techniques we can offer to help customers reach new goals. I look forward to using what we are learning in this summer training program.”

Recently, Jaco participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Jaco, a Whitewater, Missouri native is the son of Mike and Susan Jaco. He is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Agribusiness and Plant and Soil Science.

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.
 

June 26, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (June 9, 2015) — AgVenture ProfiSeed of Hampton, Iowa has welcomed Joel Johnson as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Johnson is working on farms and with customers across northcentral Iowa.

AgVenture ProfiSeed’s Lee Schaefer said, “It’s our objective to help Joel learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Johnson said, “I really appreciate the company’s approach to working with customers one-on-one. Having grown up on my family’s farm near here, it’s very rewarding to support our local farmers’ yield potential. I have already learned so much. We are actively evaluating stand counts, working in fields and helping customers assure they can use the best production techniques that help them increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve their overall profitability. AgVenture offers so many practical tools and techniques along with individual field support. I have great mentors and look forward to learning throughout the summer.”

Recently, Johnson participated in AgVenture’s intensive three-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Johnson, a Latimer, Iowa native, is the son of Craig and Nancy Johnson. He will be a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Agronomy.

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.
 

June 25, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (June 23, 2015) — AgVenture GroMor, an independently owned and operated regional seed company based in Ames, Iowa has extended its reach eastward. The growing company has hired Jason Hosek of Anamosa to serve east central Iowa customers as their AgVenture Yield Specialist.

AgVenture GroMor CEO and General Manager, Jim Groepper said, “Jason has dedicated his career to providing growers with economic and agronomic education to secure their profitability. His experience in agronomy, farm financial support, seed and entrepreneurship make him a uniquely qualified team member. He brings professionalism and leadership to our customers across eastern Iowa, allowing them to improve their profitability.”

Hosek served as an agronomist for a retail cooperative across a broad Cornbelt territory, managing independent seed sales, fertilizer and crop protection products. Previously, he served as a financial advisor and marketing specialist with a leading financial consulting service, supporting farmers in risk and planning management.
Groepper continued, “We are deeply committed to delivering the tools and techniques our customers need to improve their profitability. In times of tight margins, increasing yields is the first step toward securing profitability. Coupled with advice and support in the field, we do all we can to help each customer assure those goals are achieved.”

AgVenture GroMor has a dedicated, one-on-one professional support relationship with their customers according to Hosek. He added, “As in the financial business, managing your crop production for improved profitability requires careful benchmarking of every function you do, and an honest look at what you are not doing that precludes you from maximizing yields and profitability. Our Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) is a systems-based approach effectively helping growers achieve higher yield goals, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability. It is an approach that has proven its worth on farms across our area.”

AgVenture GroMor opened their doors in 2012, serving producers across central and east central Iowa. Groepper says, “We provide our customers with access to top quality seed products that are specifically selected and locally adapted to their growing environment. Our seed quality standards are among the very highest in the industry. Coupled with year-round access to professional support, we help growers implement the latest in converging technologies and seed genetics and traits. We’re confident Jason will be a valuable asset to eastern Iowa growers.”

Hosek and his wife, Amy, have three sons and are actively involved in the Anamosa community.

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.

June 24, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (May 29, 2015) — The Seed Source of Wayne, Nebraska has welcomed Jared Anderson as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Anderson is working on farms and with customers across northeast Nebraska.

The Seed Source owner, Lowell Schardt said, “It’s our objective to help Jared learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Anderson said, “It has been a busy start to the summer. I have really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the seed sales operation; and how AgVenture really focuses on treating the customer right, working with them year round to help them maximize profitability. It has been great to polish my agronomy skills and learn some new things. I’ve already learned things that will benefit me back at home and probably for my whole life. The team here is very easy to work with and very helpful. I look forward to learning more and working with our customers in their fields throughout the summer.”

This week Anderson participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Anderson, a Wayne, Nebraska native, is the son of Mike Anderson. He will return to Northeast Community College in the fall where he is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences with a focus on Agronomy.

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.

June 22, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (June 9, 2015) — AgVenture ProfiSeed of Hampton, Iowa has welcomed Sam Ludwig as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Ludwig is working on farms and with customers across northcentral Iowa.

AgVenture ProfiSeed’s Jeff Geisman said, “It’s our objective to help Sam learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Ludwig said, “This is my first internship, but I already can tell I will learn a lot. The field experience and practical instruction is very thorough. It is great information that we all can really use. I enjoy learning more about how AgVenture goes the extra mile to help their customers. I am looking forward to the whole summer experience.”

Recently, Ludwig participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Ludwig, a Wesley, Iowa native, is the son of Ray and Leslie Ludwig. He will be a sophomore at Iowa State University, majoring in Agricultural Studies.

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.

June 20, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (May 30, 2015) — AgVenture PureLine of Princeton, Illinois has welcomed Jordyn Minnaert as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Minnaert is working on farms and with customers across northwest Illinois.

AgVenture PureLine’s Todd Ashpole said, “It’s our objective to help Jordyn learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, she’ll sharpen her skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Minnaert, a native of Geneseo, Illinois comes from a farm family. She says she has been pleased to put her farm background to work. “I have a strong appreciation for the AgVenture brand and for PureLine’s direct interface with our customers. This company is truly unique in their approach to improving customer profitability. The seed products are specifically selected for and adapted to the local growing environment. Our Yield Specialists work with customers right out in their fields throughout the growing season. I’m excited to continue to learn more about the many innovative management techniques and production tools we use to help dramatically increase yields and improve overall profitability.”

As an example, Minnaert cited recent training and in-field experience. “We have been out in fields doing stand counts and measuring the benefits of our top quality seed planted to exacting standards. It makes a difference you can already see in the field.”

Recently, she participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Minnaert is the daughter of Jerrod and Tori Minnaert. She will be a senior at Western Illinois University in the fall, majoring in Agricultural Science with a minor in agronomy.

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.

June 19, 2015

My name is Aly Ries. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin Platteville majoring in Ag Business with a minor in Agronomy. I grew up in South East Minnesota on a crop farm, and I work part time on a dairy farm. Growing up on a farm, as well as being involved with organizations like FFA, taught me quite a bit about agriculture and inspired me to pursue a career in the industry. Prior to working for AgVenture, I interned at the University of Minnesota Extension- Rochester. After two years with the extension, I was hoping to find something related to sales. I chose to accept AgVenture’s offer because they offer a unique approach to sales. It is not just about selling seed, but rather selling a system that AgVenture stands behind. The AYS’s are there to help farmers build trust, improve operations and increase yields. They make frequent touch points with their growers and have good connections. I found all of this quite appealing and I wanted to learn more and become part of a successful company. Through this internship I am improving my sales skills and becoming a better-rounded individual. My hope is to be hired full time and continue to grow and evolve with the company.

 

June 16, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (June 9, 2015) — AgVenture Western Cornbelt of Manilla, Iowa has welcomed Cody Rolfes as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Rolfes is working on farms and with customers across west central Iowa.
AgVenture Western Cornbelt’s Mike Bieret said, “It’s our objective to help Cody learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”

Rolfes said, “This is already a very rewarding internship. As I transition what I’ve learned in the classroom and take it to the field, I’ve learned that AgVenture is so much more than seed sales. It is crop planning, management, scouting, crop health, fertility, soils, etc. We are working with our customers throughout the year, and are in their fields to assure the best tools and techniques are being used to maximize crop yields. Our AgVenture Yield Specialists are great mentors. I can fully understand their passion for the AgVenture brand.”

Recently, Rolfes participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”

The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.

Rolfes, a Carroll Iowa native, is the son of Jason and Janelle Rolfes. He will be senior at Iowa State University and plans to graduate in December with a degree in Agronomy.

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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