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September 27, 2016

WABASH, INDIANA (September 26, 2016) — As harvest gears up, AgVenture McKillip Seeds, Inc. continues to grow. The family-owned and operated Regional Seed Company welcomes Nicholas Weston to serve customers in west central Indiana as an AgVenture Yield Advisor.

Weston grew up in the family’s farming operation near Williamsport, Indiana. For the past eight years, he has worked in the precision farming industry in ag retail, and in individual sales and sales support. In addition, he is very active in the family farm.

Nicholas Weston

AgVenture McKillip Seed Marketing and Sales Manager, Mitch Snyder said, “Nick is a great addition to our team. He will be an important resource to our customers in west central Indiana. As a farmer himself, and with a strong agronomic and precision ag skill set, he’ll be an asset to customers as he helps them develop cropping plans for high yields and improved profitability.”

Weston said, “On our own farm, we’ve worked with AgVenture McKillip Seeds for the past several years. We’ve been very pleased with the products’ performance and with the professional support they provide us throughout the year. Their willingness to work one-on-one with customers, help them select the right seed for the right field, and fine-tune management practices adds bushels and profit to our bottom line. I am proud to be a part of the team. I look forward to helping others in this area reap the same rewards.”

Snyder said Weston’s presence fortifies the reach of the AgVenture® brand in the region. “Strong demand for our seed products is coming directly from customers who expect more. We focus on providing seed products that are specifically selected for and adapted to the local environments and management practices in which they are grown. Starting with a deep product portfolio of the latest seed genetics and technologies, we provide seed that meets or exceeds the highest industry standards for seed quality. Our seed treatments and state-of-the-art seed treatment application processes help ensure those genetics can get to work right at planting. Combined with our year-round local support and high-yield strategies, we support customers throughout the year and year-after-year to help them achieve higher yield goals and improve their overall profitability.”

Weston holds an associate degree in agribusiness from Ivy Tech. He and his wife, Veronica, have one son. They reside near Williamsport.

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.

 

September 23, 2016

WABASH, INDIANA (September 16, 2016) — AgVenture McKillip Seeds, Inc. recently welcomed more than 300 producers from across northeast Indiana and western Ohio to their annual Customer Appreciation Educational Field Day event. Held at the family-owned and operated seed business headquarters north of Wabash, Indiana, customers engaged in in-depth product discussions with leaders from McKillip Seeds and AgVenture, Inc. (AVI).

AgVenture McKillip Seeds Co-owner and Sales Manager, Troy McKillip said, “We were very pleased to share pertinent and practical information with our customers. This is such an important part of our ability to educate and inform our customers. We work directly with them throughout the year to help them make the best decisions in crop planning. Their profitability is a dir

ect result of getting the right seed products on the right soils, integrated with their production management practices.”

In rotating sessions, customers had an

overview of the 2016 corn and soybean crops. McKillip said, “In the corn sessions, we talked about our deep lineup of seed products with a broad range of genetics 

specifically selected for and adapted to our area’s growing environments and soils. We discussed the emerging technology pipeline and how that impacts customers’ cropping plans and seed purchase decisions.” AgVenture’s Chuck Schneider talked about current and new seed treatment offerings. Schneider also highlighted the extensive seed quality testing provided that exceeds industry standards. Field tours followed to show each of the products growing in the field.

The soybean sessions were led by AgVenture McKillip Seeds’ Mitch Snyder and AVI’s Jeff Shaner. Customers learned about AgVenture McKillip Seeds’ soybean varieties and their performance, and about the soybean technology timeline. Information was provided on the new technologies available to help manage herbicide resistance. Soybean plot tours followed. Also as part of the day’s activities, customers were invited to participate in Private & Commercial Applicator Continuing Education with Indiana Extension Educator for Ag and Natural Resources, Curt Campbell.

Since 1935, AgVenture McKillip Seeds has remained committed to enhancing their customers’ ability to farm profitably and exceed their farming objectives. Today, four generations of the family remain involved in the business. McKillip concluded, “We are proud to have such a sustained, positive relationship with our customers. For our customers with whom we have worked for generations, and for those new to our high-yield strategies, it remains a privilege to contribute to their profitability.” 

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.

September 20, 2016
By Heath Hill

Heath Hill farms 750 acres on the Southeast corner of Hamilton County in Iowa. We met up with him to hear how he and his AgVenture Yield Specialist are focusing on the details to increase yield across his operation. Watch the video to hear his story. 

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September 20, 2016
By Jackson Webb

This year, we did a really good job spacing out our acres so harvest would be easier to manage. We went real heavy corn this year — out of 4800 acres, we had 4000 acres of corn, 800 of beans, so I really didn’t want all that corn to be ready for harvest at once. We did a good job, so we could get all the corn harvested in a timely manner and didn’t have everything drying out in the field.

 At the time we were making the decision to do so much corn, bean prices were in the tank and corn had the most upside potential — or we felt like it did at the time. We second guessed ourselves watching the bean market this summer, but it is what it is.

 We had a lot of rain during planting, and we had neighbors that had tremendous amounts of flooding. I don’t know if you saw it on the news, but in Louisiana, they’d get 20-30 inches of rain at a time, and we’re right next to them. We didn’t get quite as much as they did, but we had a tremendously wet spring, and we stayed really cool a lot longer than we normally do, which pushed planting back. We were hitting 40-degree nights and it wasn’t conducive to corn seed.

 One of our fields in particular is ringed all the way round by two different bayous, and we had 160 feet of water all the way around on both sides of the bayou. We had to wait for the water to go down before we could plant, and sometimes we had to push and mud the seed in. When it kept getting later and later, we just had to plant — but that wasn’t much out of our whole 4800 acres, and it did end up looking okay.

 Over the summer in general, everything started to look fantastic. We feel like we kind of got it lit — fertilizer got out when it was supposed to, herbicide was on time, and we did some other proactive things. Everything was really timed out well and was done when it was supposed to be done.

 Wayne of course has been running around trying to field a thousand different phone calls and help us too. He’s still a huge part of this farm, and we’re slugging through it together.

Toward the end of the season, we were 10 days away from a massive drought, so we focused on irrigation. This year we didn’t see any disease or pest pressure or stress or anything. The weather was cooperative, and the corn loved it.

September 7, 2016

A crop plan is a farm’s business plan. It’s a roadmap with field-by-field decisions that will drive your future. At AgVenture, we pride ourselves on developing in-depth crop plans with our growers, and we utilize those plans every step of the growing season. The crop plan isn’t something you develop around harvest and let collect dust in a few months. It should be used at every decision point in every season as a guide for increasing yields and lowering cost-per-bushel.

There are three key questions to consider as you begin your crop plan.

1. Where do you want to take your yields in the next 3-5 years?
2. What is your plan to get there?
3. What is keeping you from getting there?

Your AgVenture Yield Specialist will ride combine with you and help start the conversation. Harvest is the ideal time to evaluate your chemical programs and any current management practices you have in place. Your AYS will help you determine what worked and what didn’t — and we’re not afraid to make recommendations that will put you ahead of the grower down the road. 

Learn more from Chuck Schneider, Regional Business Development Manager with AgVenture, Inc., as he provides some great tips on developing your crop plan.

August 29, 2016

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI/JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 26, 2016) – Dulaney Seed, Inc. President, Terry Dulaney recently was one of 17 members of a delegation visiting Cuba. Participants were all members of the Independent Professional Seed Association. Business leaders in the delegation represented various agricultural business segments serving the seed industry.

"It was certainly an eye-opening experience," said Dulaney, as he described the experience as taking a trip back in time. In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's State Department imposed the first trade embargo on Cuba. That action covered all U.S. exports to Cuba except for medicine and some foods. The Kennedy administration expanded the embargo in 1962 to include U.S. imports from the country. As a result, the state of Cuban agriculture is far behind production methods and yields typically found in the U.S. Earlier this year, President Obama announced that the United States would resume diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Terry Dulaney and the Cuban Minister of Agriculture

Dulaney recently presented a summary of his trip to AgVenture, Inc. Regional Seed Company owners and managers from across the country in Des Moines, Iowa. In sharing his impressions, he said, "Some things were as I had anticipated, others were very different. Buildings and infrastructure were reminiscent of a time 55 years ago. Many of the cars, tractors and agricultural equipment were from the late 1950's vintage."

As part of their visit, the delegation met with Cuban Minister of Agriculture, Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America. During the meetings, the group participated in discussions with Cuban officials concerning agricultural practices in the country as they look toward improving management practices and agricultural production. The group discussed agricultural markets and production, and the potential for new options for working together in the future.

Dulaney said, "We were very impressed with the variety of crops they grow. However, one of the biggest obstacles they face is storing what they produce in their climate. They were very interested in learning from our delegation about how we grow and store crops, particularly rice and corn."

The group toured several farming operations – some state owned and other private facilities that produced a variety of field crops, fruits and vegetables.

Overall, Dulaney said the trip was very interesting. "The people are very welcoming and friendly. It was a great opportunity to share, to mutually shed some light on issues, and to build a future framework for sharing research, information, and ideas. It makes you realize just how much agriculture has advanced in the U.S. in the past five decades. It also made me appreciate how we, in this industry, go about the business of producing food and feeding the world."

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 29, 2016

JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 24, 2016) – When it comes to learning with purpose, AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) provides interns and trainees with one of the most comprehensive education programs in the industry. "It is paramount that our AgVenture Yield Specialists are highly trained to be responsive and effective, helping our customers gain more profitability from every acre," said AgVenture, Inc. General Manager, Matthew Paul. "Our Intern and New Hire Education Program assures that each individual is exceptionally equipped to get the job done at the highest level."

Intern class of 2016

For more than 30 years, AVI has been the nation’s largest network of independently owned and operated Regional Seed Companies (RSCs). As a national brand, AgVenture has distinguished itself by providing high-performing, locally selected seed with industry-leading seed treatments and seed quality. In addition, AgVenture Yield Specialists and RSCs work together with customers throughout the year, providing them with the latest production management strategies and techniques, including the Maximum Profit System™.

The AVI Intern and New Hire Education Program is a ten-week hands-on, agronomic, sales and leadership experience. "It is comprehensive, and focuses on providing real-life field and networking experiences," said Program Coordinator, Nevada Weitl. "We take a dedicated approach to molding these young people through participation in classroom-type education, in sales professional improvement programs, and in-field agronomy training. They work with AVI staff, RSCs and industry leaders in agronomy and sales."

The 2016 class included 14 individuals from various universities and community colleges across the country. Weitl added, "We are actively working with universities and community colleges across the country to find the best recruits. The program has continued to grow, and we look forward to meeting with new intern candidates and future AgVenture Yield Specialists at college career fairs across the country this fall."

Dakota Westphal of Remington, Indiana served as an Intern with AgVenture D&M based at Kentland, Indiana. The Purdue University student said, "Through this internship, I learned in a nurturing, family environment. It allowed me the opportunity to learn and practice what I will be doing as an employee. I developed practical skills that will help my customers and the company in the future. It has had a huge, positive impact on my life and career."

Weitl added, "It is so important for participants to fully experience what our AgVenture Yield Specialist role is all about. As they experience the summer internship, they learn if the role is the right fit for their future. During the past four years, we have hired nearly half of those who have participated in the program. They are actively serving their customers year-round with one-on-one professional support. It is an advantage for our customers, our RSCs and our AgVenture® brand."

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

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.

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