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August 15, 2016

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI/JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 11, 2016) – "We are moving forward and making strong progress in advancing yields across the Mid-South." That was the message from Dulaney Seed, Inc. President, Terry Dulaney at their recent agronomy and sales technical conference held in Oxford, Mississippi. AgVenture Yield Specialists, sales and marketing team members from across the MidSouth joined together to sharpen agronomy and sales skills during the intensive two-day conference. Dulaney Seed General Manager, Charlie Robinette said, "Our goal is first and foremost to help our customers get more profitable results. That is why our staff is constantly involved in ongoing education. Environments, management techniques, production practices, and other factors are constantly changing. At the same time, so are seed products, seed treatments, and the fertilizers and crop protection products we integrate into our production systems."

Robinette said "Our AgVenture Yield Specialists are uniquely equipped with cutting-edge tools and techniques to support our customers in their operations. It takes a commitment to an integrated approach to continuously improve, and to reach new goals in a farming operation. We work to assure that our staff is ready – providing the specific in-field support and strategies that enhance yield and profitability throughout the growing season." Dulaney Seed participants heard from AgVenture, Inc. staff, and industry experts including Rod Osthus, of RC Thomas Company, the top seed sales training and consulting firm in North America. Thomas presented insightful topics to help AgVenture Yield Specialists provide the best in customer care in a fast-changing marketplace. Certified Professional Agronomist, Paul Bodenstine with Ag.Systems focused on the most current production techniques in corn, soybeans and wheat. He focused on maximizing yield potential by minimizing the crop's limiting factors.

Robinette concluded, "We offer the latest, locally adapted seed products, and the highest quality seed and seed treatments available. But what's unique is our commitment to see the crop through to harvest. By employing the specific strategies and tactics in our Maximum Profit System™, we can follow through to provide the resources and approaches that maximize yield and profitability on ever acre."

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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 15, 2016

KENTLAND, INDIANA/JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 10, 2016) – At their recent summer conference, held in Des Moines, Iowa, AgVenture, Inc. recognized Jeff Shaner for fifteen years of service to the company. Shaner, who serves as a Product and Technology Manager and Soybean Lead, works directly with AgVenture Regional Seed Companies (RSCs) and their staffs across the eastern Cornbelt and the Mid-South.

Shaner said, "The past fifteen years has been a time of tremendous growth for our company in terms of the expansion of the overall geography we cover, and for the national brand. It's been very exciting to be part of a company so committed to and engaged in our customers and their profitability."

Jeff Shaner

"During my tenure, AgVenture has further developed their identity; supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of local seed companies as they manage their seed product lineup, make decisions locally, and handle inventory for their areas and their customers. But we've further enhanced that as we have grown to bring the Maximum Profit System™ to our customers. Implementing that ideology helps crop producers get the most out of the seed products they plant. I'm very proud to be part of that, and part of AgVenture."

Dulaney Seed General Manager, Charlie Robinette, based at Clarksdale, Mississippi said, "Jeff is a consummate educator who takes his role very seriously. His product knowledge and understanding of our unique growing environments directly supports our business, and in turn, our AgVenture Yield Specialists' ability to deliver outstanding seed products to our customers. Jeff's willingness to go above and beyond has been demonstrated time and again. He's always ready to support us on any given day or situation."

Product and Technology Manager Scott Hart presented the award. He said, "Jeff's positive attitude and forward-thinking perspectives make working together for our team, and with our RSCs a pleasure. He knows our RSCs and their growing environments very well. He puts that knowledge to work to access the genetics and traits, the highest quality seed, and the seed treatments that allow maximum profitability for our customers."

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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 12, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 9, 2016) – The Mayberry Seed Co. team continues to grow. As demand for their seed products and year-round professional seed support services expands across southeast Missouri, they've welcomed AgVenture Yield Specialist Seth Hill of Dexter, Missouri to the team. Mayberry Seed Co. Sales Manager, Matt Mayberry said, "Seth began working with us five years ago while he was still in high school. It's been great to watch him grow and learn, and to play a part in his development as an agricultural professional." Mayberry pointed out that while working as an intern, Hill has been actively involved in all facets of their business. "He has been on farms and in fields focused on local crop production management. He's learned our seed business and seed treatment inside and out. In addition, he has participated in our rigorous training programs. There he learned from some of the country's top agronomy and customer service experts, while interacting with other trainees throughout AgVenture's nationwide network of Regional Seed Companies.

Seth Hill

For more than four decades, this family owned and operated Regional Seed Company has been providing farmers across the region with locally selected seed products and professional seed support. He continued, "As a family business, we're proud to acknowledge that with the addition of Seth, we're continuing another family legacy. Seth's father, Bryce Hill, has been a trusted part of our family business for many years." Hill said, "I am ready to put our seed products and Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) to work for our customers. I have seen what MPS can do to dramatically increase yields, improve APH, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability. I look forward to helping my customers raise 300-bushel corn crops for many years to come." He added, "The training I've received has been very comprehensive. Our product lineup is stronger than ever. Our team is genuinely focused on each customer's success. I'm very proud to work together to make a positive difference in each field."

Mayberry concluded, "Seth is a real asset to our customers and to our team. He has a passion for farming and is very observant in every situation."

Hill is a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where he majored in Plant and Soil Science.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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 12, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 9, 2016) – For more than four decades, Mayberry Seed Co., based in Essex, Missouri has provided area farmers with high quality, locally selected seed products. But their commitment to helping their customers goes far beyond the norm. In addition to top-performing seed, they provide their customers with year-round professional seed support.

The company has welcomed, Trevor Jaco of Whitewater, Missouri, as the newest AgVenture Yield Specialist. Trevor will work directly with customers across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

Mayberry Seed Co. Sales Manager, Matt Mayberry said, "Trevor has been with us three years as an intern where he has gained experience in every facet of our business. He has participated in our rigorous intern training program where he has been exposed to industry experts in agronomy and customer service. In addition, he's worked with and learned from others across AgVenture's nationwide network of Regional Seed Companies. We're confident in his abilities. When you combine that preparation with his ambition to help customers advance their goals, we're confident in his ability to get the job done."

Trevor Jaco

Jaco said, "This is a great company dedicated to their customers' success. I am very excited about our seed products, and what we can do together to make big improvements in yield and profitability across the area. We have the tools. We have the support. I'm pleased to be part of the team."

In addition to providing seed and in-season professional support, Jaco said, "I'm very excited about our new seed treatment system. It allows us to be incredibly precise with treatment application. Because our seed treatments are extremely uniform, it allows our customers to reap the benefits of that accuracy in performance. We can be far more responsive to the farmer, meeting their needs and providing the most accuracy in seed treatments."

Jaco is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where he majored in Agribusiness and Plant and Soil Science.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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 1, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (July 29, 2016) – AgVenture Pinnacle-Hampton has welcomed Joel Johnson as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Johnson, from Latimer, Iowa, will work with area farmers providing them with access to AgVenture® brand seed products and year-round professional seed support.

AgVenture Pinnacle-Hampton Manager Lee Schaefer said, "We are pleased to welcome Joel to our team. He has worked with us as an intern for the past several years. Throughout his internship experience, we've seen Joel grow in confidence and technical proficiency. His dedication to developing great relationships with his customers and co-workers has continued to result in positive gains for all. His enthusiasm and competency will be a valuable resource for farmers across our region."

Johnson grew up working in his family's row crop operation in north central Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agronomy. He has participated in three of AgVenture's intensive intern training programs to further hone his skills.

"My passion has always been row crop agriculture," said Johnson. "AgVenture's approach is really unique and it is making a huge difference on farms across our area. Our Maximum Profit System™ is helping our customers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability. The tools and techniques we use working one-on-one with our customers are driving their profitability to new levels. I am very proud of the way we do business, and to have the opportunity to contribute to my customers' profitability."

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. 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 and varieties it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area they serve. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.

July 28, 2016

KENTLAND, INDIANA/JOHNSTON, IOWA (July 26, 2016) – "Earning our way on your farm" was the title and the emphasis of Kentland, Indiana-based AgVenture D&M's recent Summer Sales Kickoff meeting. The locally owned and operated regional seed company welcomed sales professionals from across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky to participate in the intensive three-day workshop.

AgVenture D&M Sales Manager, Brian Maxwell said, "Our focus is always, first and foremost, on our customers' profitability. During the meeting, we focused on new tools, new products, and innovations that will have a significant and positive impact on our customers' operations. Our professional AgVenture Yield Specialists honed their skills and aligned strategies to best implement effective high-yield strategies across our territories. It's very exciting to work together to bring the latest in seed products, tools and tactics that support our customers' goals across the three-state region."

Team members from AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) joined the group, providing timely updates on crop production and customer support strategies. AVI Product and Technology Manager Scott Hart and Soybean Product Manager, Jeff Shaner each provided educational insights on several new and innovative additions to the company's product lineup. Shaner said, "We want our customers to have a great experience with AgVenture products. A couple of important steps towards achieving that goal are having AgVenture Yield Specialists who are well-equipped with product knowledge, and the leaders of your AgVenture Regional Seed Company working closely with myself and the rest of our other product experts to identify new genetics that excel in this geography".

AVI General Manager Matthew Paul shared the overarching vision of support provided to AgVenture D&M as part of the nationwide network of AgVenture seed companies. Paul said, "The integrity and enthusiasm of the AgVenture D&M team is highly esteemed. Their passion for their customers is what makes the company, our culture, and our network continue to succeed and grow."

Maxwell added, "Our ability to learn together is key to delivering on our commitment to each customer and their profitability. We talked about earning our way on your farm. That's precisely what we work to deliver our customers in every interaction. We provide unique seed products, year-round professional seed support and actionable production management strategies. Our Maximum Profit System™ helps customers dramatically increase yield, lower cost per bushel, raise average production history (APH) and improve overall profitability. We don't just say it, we do it. Our team members left the meeting with dedicated enthusiasm to helping each customer achieve their goals."

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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.

July 20, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (July 20, 2016) – "Higher yields and greater profitability start with a mindset," said Jeff Jackson, General Manager of Agrithm, LLC., Byron Illinois. "Our customers deserve the very best seed, professional support, and tools available to make those goals a reality. We take our role in that equation very seriously. Our continuing education workshops prepare us to deliver the support necessary to maximize profitably on every acre."

Jackson was one of nearly 40 AgVenture Regional Seed Company representatives from across the Midwest who recently convened in Moline, Illinois for the Summer Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) Workshop. During the two-day intensive training event, participants engaged in structured learning programs, and heard from industry-leading experts in agronomy, and professional seed sales and service.

AgVenture's MPS is an integrated approach to helping customers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel, raise average production history (APH), and improve overall profitability. It helps customers maximize profitability through careful execution of management tactics at each phase of crop planning, growth and development.

Jackson continued, "MPS is an approach that actually starts in the fall and allows forward progress toward achieving higher yields throughout the calendar year. We work one-on-one with and for our customers; from the time we meet with them at harvest to consider the tillage and residue management used to prepare for next year's crop. We support their specific selection of locally adapted, high-performing seed/trait combinations, and guide them toward impeccable planting standards. Once the crop is up, we are there working with them in the field to support their crop nutrient plans, their pest and disease management decisions, etc. At each step, we work to make a real and positive difference for our customers. Those committed to the program have yields that prove it."

Trevor Jaco, of Mayberry Seed Co., Essex, Missouri also participated in the event. He added, "Dramatic increases in yields come from a dramatic shift away from farming the same old way, and a renewed, long-term focus on yield and profitability. That's what MPS is all about. The more prepared, knowledgeable and equipped we can be to assure that happens for our customers, the better off they are. That's what this is all about."

Participants focused on professional sales training with Rod Osthus, President of the R.C. Thomas Company, the nation's top seed sales training and consulting firm. In-season agronomy management strategies were presented by Jerry Hartsock, Cutting Edge Consulting and Research Services, of Geneseo, Illinois. AgVenture, Inc. personnel provided in-depth product and technology updates along with strategies for success.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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.

July 6, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (June 30, 2016) – Kentland, Indiana-based AgVenture D&M continues to grow. As the company serves their growing customer base across Indiana, eastern Illinois and western Kentucky, they have a new hire who will be working close to the home base. Drake Babcock has joined the company as an AgVenture Yield Specialist.

AgVenture D&M Sales Manager, Brian Maxwell said, "Just as having the right seed in the right place is important to our customers, it's important that we have employees who know the land, the people and the community. We're very pleased to have Drake join our team. His competence and professionalism will be valuable assets to our customers and our team."

Drake Babcock

Babcock, a native of White County, has taught ag education at South Newton High School for the past three years. He is a graduate of Purdue University where he majored in Agricultural Education and Ag Business. Many across the area know him as a past state FFA officer. He served as treasurer and traveled the state and the region supporting the organization.

Babcock said, "One thing that really drew me to this company is their dedicated focus on education. They have a committed program for continued education for all employees. We dig deep to learn the latest tools and techniques that support our customers' goals."

He cited AgVenture's Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) as a prime example of how AgVenture D&M makes a difference for their customers. MPS is a systems-based approach that helps customers maximize profitablity through careful execution of management tactics at each phase of crop planning, growth and development.

Babcock said, "What we strive to do with MPS makes a real difference in the field and on the spreadsheet. At the end of the day, the numbers have to be there. From a business perspective, MPS drives the higher yields, higher APH, and lower cost per bushel. That has a positive influence on the bottom line – overall profitablity."

He added, "I am very excited to work directly with the families and farms in my home area. It's a real privilege to provide them with our seed products and our professional support to keep our communities thriving."

Babcock resides in Goodland, Indiana.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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 28, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (June 24, 2016) - AgVenture Pinnacle-Princeton, based at Princeton, Illinois has welcomed Emily La Sage as AgVenture Yield Specialist. She joins their elite team of agronomic professionals working directly with customers across northwestern and northcentral Illinois.

AgVenture Pinnacle-Princeton's Todd Ashpole said, "Emily brings a great enthusiasm to the job. She is very focused on providing our customers and their crops the specialized attention necessary to help them advance their production and profitability goals." He added, "Emily is a hard worker who has had several rigorous internship experiences prior to joining AgVenture Pinnacle-Princeton. She has gained experience and knowledge in the areas of ag finance, crop insurance, marketing and agronomics."

Emily La Sage

Ashpole said as the growing season progresses, they are witnessing the strong advantages that the Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) provides. He explained that MPS is a comprehensive production management approach that dramatically increases yields, lowers cost per bushel, and improves overall profitability.

"It takes an integrated approach, intensive management, and focus to push our productivity boundaries. Our team of AgVenture Yield Specialists across northern Illinois is dedicated to working one-on-one with our customers, helping them achieve those higher yield and profit goals. Emily is a great addition to our team. We look forward to influence on our customers' profitability.

Originally from Jackson, Wisconsin, La Sage is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she earned a degree in Agricultural Business. While at the university, she was an active member of Sigma Alpha sorority and Agriculture Ambassadors. She was a member of the BILSA Marketing Team, where she and fellow team members competed at the national level. She has shown dairy animals since the age of four. She has taken her passion for showing to the next level and is now a 4-H leader, guiding youth to learn and grow through showing livestock.

La Sage said, "I am very pleased to be part of AgVenture Pinnacle-Princeton. Our customers are among the most innovative and productive producers in the world. I look forward to supporting them throughout the years ahead."

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies 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 and varieties 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, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (June 23, 2016) - The fourth annual Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship has been awarded to Rachel Schurman, daughter of Jacob and Sherry Schurman of DeMotte, Indiana. Rachel is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Animal Agribusiness. The one-thousand-dollar scholarship is awarded annually to a college student pursuing a career in agriculture. Full-time students with a 3.0 grade point or higher are eligible. 

The scholarship recognition event was held on the campus of Purdue University and followed by a dinner. Schurman and her parents were welcomed by Beth Passwaters and members the AgVenture staff, and by Regional Seed Company representatives including East Coast Seed Owner, Mark Davis, and other interns and guests. 

The Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship was established in memory of Earl Passwaters, owner of East Coast Seed, who passed away suddenly in 2011. Earl’s wife, Beth Passwaters said, “The scholarship is offered on behalf of myself, and our children, Brian and Mandy. Throughout his career, Earl was passionate about working directly with young farmers. With a strong belief in the value of education supported by experience, he remained committed to supporting their efforts. Through the scholarship, his legacy endures.”

At the recognition program, Passwaters said, “We are very proud to offer this scholarship to Rachel. She is a dedicated student with a passion for the agriculture industry. We are proud to support her in her academic and ag career pursuits.”

Schurman said, “I am and honored to receive the Passwaters Scholarship. I appreciate the financial support. In addition, I am truly humbled by the outpouring of genuine interest in and support for me in my developing career offered by Mrs. Passwaters and everyone at AgVenture. Our family plants AgVenture seed. Their commitment to their customers is genuine, and that makes me feel very welcomed into the field of agriculture.” 

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. 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 and varieties 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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