Forum Speaker Line-Up

The 6:00 news.

Text alerts on our cell phones.

Social media notifications.

Weather warnings coming across the radio.

The newspapers piling up on the end table.

Periodicals. Audio Books. Journals. Podcasts.

You don’t have to look far to find endless resources for constant feeds of information. In fact, it can quickly become overwhelming if you’re not effectively weeding out where and how you acquire your information.

Is the source reliable?

Is the information accurate?

Is it timely?

How does this affect me?

As sure as the constant drip of facts and figures continues, so does time pass by.

We understand that your time is important, that’s why the Winter Innovation Forum on February 22 is a can’t-miss event. In one day we’ve brought the nation’s best presenters to advise you on the industries that matter for your business.

We thought today may be a great time to introduce you to the eight individuals who will lead the discussions throughout the day on February 22.


Terry Barr

Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division,

CoBank, ACB

Terry Barr, a nationally recognized economist, is senior director for CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, an information-and-knowledge-sharing initiative created in 2009. The division draws upon the expertise and insights of experts inside CoBank as well as those of its customers and other third-party experts and professionals in the industries it serves.

Previously, Dr. Barr served as chief economist for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives in Washington, DC from 1985 to 2009. Prior to joining NCFC, Terry held several positions during a 14-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, which is responsible for coordinating USDA’s commodity forecasts and for publishing its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture as director of economic analysis. Terry holds a doctorate in economics from Washington State University.

Missy Bauer, Crop Consultant, B&M Crop Consultingmissybauer_cropped

Missy Bauer is an independent crop consultant with B&M Crop Consulting out of Coldwater, MI. She acts as the Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist and coordinates the Farm Journal Test Plots in the eastern Corn Belt.

Missy also is an agronomist for AgDay Farm Journal College TV. Missy has hosted Corn College and Soybean College in addition to helping Ken Ferrie with Corn College in Heyworth, IL. Previously, Missy had been a field agronomist with The Andersons for eight years. She coordinated agronomy research farms in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio which were used to educate customers on agronomic practices, test new products and systems, and to evaluate current products.

Bauer holds a B.S. degree from Michigan State University where she majored in Crop and Soil Science and an M.S. degree in Agronomy from Purdue University under Dr. Tony Vyn. Her M.S. research and thesis work studied “The Feasibility of Fall Strip Tillage for Corn Production in Indiana”. She completed her Masters degree and graduated from Purdue University with a 4.0 GPA in April of 2001. Missy is also an active certified crop advisor (CCA).

Bauer is originally from Grant, MI where she grew up on a cash crop and cattle farm along with her five older brothers and four sisters. Missy resides in Coldwater, MI with her husband who is also an independent crop consultant with B&M Crop Consulting and their three children; Kathryn, William, and Anna.

Chuck Conner
President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Charles F. (Chuck) Conner became president & CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) on January 22, 2009. As president of NCFC, Conner will oversee the organization’s work to promote and protect the business and public policy interests of America’s farmer-owned cooperatives. He will also provide the strategic vision for the trade association as it continues to seek new ways in which to add value for its membership.

Prior to joining NCFC, Conner had served as the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture since mid-2005. In this capacity, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) overseeing day-to-day operations of the department. Conner interacted directly with President George W. Bush and his senior staff to formulate domestic and international food, trade, security and energy policy. He led development of the Bush Administration’s $300 billion Farm Bill proposal and the strategy to educate and inform industry, constituents and Congress.

From August 2007 to January 2008, Conner served as both USDA Secretary and Deputy Secretary. He played a key role in developing the Administration’s immigration policy including important changes to the H2A program.

Conner’s experience also includes the assignment of Special Assistant to the President, Executive Office of the President, from October 2001 to May 2005, working on the 2001/2 Farm Bill to develop the strategy behind the transfer of several USDA agency functions to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.

From May 1997 to October 2001 Conner served as President of the Corn Refiners Association. He also served for 17 years as an advisor to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Conner is a graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and is the recipient of Purdue’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife Dru have four children.

14-dlugosz-headshotSteve Dlugosz, CCA, Agronomist, Harvest Land Co-op

Steve Dlugosz received a BS in Agronomy from Purdue University in 1980, and a MS in Entomology from Purdue University in 1991. He started his career as an Area IPM Extension specialist for Purdue, and worked an eleven county area of southwest Indiana. In 1985, he went to work for Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Inc. He has held various agronomic positions within the Cooperative system over the years of industry consolidation, and is currently the Lead Agronomist for Harvest Land Co-op.

Steve has been heavily involved in the CCA program since its inception, and has served in a number of leadership roles including Chairman of the International CCA Board in 2006. Steve has also served on a number of agricultural and industry boards and committees over the years. In 1997 he was appointed by the Governor of Indiana to serve on the Indiana Pesticide Review Board and currently serves today. He testified before two different Congressional Committees on Agriculture in 2005 and again in 2010

dysleTodd Dysle, UAN Products Manager, CHS

Todd Dysle has had a 31-year career in the Crop Nutrient industry, working for a retail/wholesale fertilizer distributor. He has spent more than 10 years with two international trading companies. Dysle joined CHS in 2008 as the Product Manager for UAN (Nitrogen Solutions) and has since handled all crop nutrients at one time or another. Today he manages the UAN and the Ammonia books

It with great fondness that Dysle shares his fertilizer business experience with you today. He has witnessed many industry changes over the years and very much enjoys sharing that information with farmers.

Todd Dysle was raised on an Ohio dairy farm where his passion for agriculture was ignited. He went on to serve as a State FFA Officer and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University. Dysle went on to be a Farm Broadcaster for 10 years and also a part time grain farmer.

Dysle has lived with his wife Paula in the Tampa, FL area the past 18 years. In his spare time he enjoys travel, golf, and his two granddaughters who reside in Ohio.

capture1Adam Ringo, Manager, Refined Products Supply, CountryMark

Adam Ringo joined CountryMark in July 2012 and currently oversees refined product supply. Adam is responsible for purchasing and reselling refined products by barge, pipeline, and over the rack to maintain a balanced supply system. He also uses fundamental and technical analysis of the energy markets to properly execute strategies within CountryMark’s risk management program. Moreover, time is spent outside the office at member forums educating CountryMark’s customer base on the Risk Management options provided to them through the cooperative system. Prior to CountryMark, Adam acted as an advisor for a natural gas midstream investment company that specialized in midstream processing plants located in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Adam was also with Summit Energy based out of Louisville, KY where he worked as a natural gas Sourcing Analyst.

Adam has a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and a minor in Finance from the University of Louisville – Louisville, KY.

smith-charlie-091504Charlie Smith,
President/CEO, CountryMark

Charlie Smith is President and CEO of CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. (CountryMark). CountryMark’s operations encompass oil exploration and production, refining, and distribution-refined products to its branded retailers. Charlie began his career with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) where he held a number of petroleum-related assignments in Houston, Anchorage and Dallas. In 1991, he joined a leading international petroleum consulting firm where he became Vice President and Director, managing the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Charlie joined CountryMark in his current capacity in January 2003. Charlie holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and is a graduate of the Hoosier Fellows program at Indiana University’s Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. He also is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Charlie served eight years on the Advisory Board of the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture for which he received the Partner in Progress Award from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. He currently serves on the Board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Advisors for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis), the Board of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, and the Industry Advisory Council for Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering. Charlie recently received the 2015 Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award.

bio-picture-annAnn McLay Taylor
Director of Talent Acquisition
Land O’Lakes

Ann McLay Taylor is Director of Talent Acquisition, and in this role leads recruitment for the organization as well as oversight to College Relations of Ag Business Recruitment for member coops. She contributes to the broader talent management initiatives for the Land O’Lakes enterprise, and has recently acted as an advisor for the Learning and Development Council and for the Emerging Leaders programs at Land O’Lakes. Prior to her current position, she held the role of Human Resources Director for Dairy Foods, Purina Business to Business, and the Corporate Centers for Land O’Lakes, Inc.

In addition to spending more than 15 years in her career at Land O’Lakes and through various roles within the HR organization, she previously held roles as Division Director for Robert Half, International and in Corporate Human Resources for Merrill Corporation. Ann holds a College of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

If you attend one meeting this winter, make it this one.
All the experts, in one place, on one day.

Registration will open on January 23.

Visit our website to learn more.

2017 Scholarships Available

It’s already January. Can you believe it?


The school year is half over; kindergartners are almost to first grade and sixth graders are almost to the middle school and seniors are almost finished with locker combinations and mandatory gym class. Time really flies, doesn’t it?

The students in our trade territory aren’t just the local teens or FFA members, they’re part of our Harvest Land family. We’ve seen some of them learn how to drive by picking up feed at our Ag Centers, we’ve visited with them at the counter about their 4-H projects, and we’ve even gotten the real story about how the dent in their dad’s farm truck really came to be. We’ll be honest: We kind of miss the local kids when they grow up and go to school.


So, we try to help them out a little if we can.

Harvest Land proud to offer twelve $1000 agricultural scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to seniors graduating high school in 2017.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • be a high school senior entering a post-high school agricultural program
  • be involved in agriculture in their local community
  • and live or attend school in Harvest Land Co-op’s market area.


These scholarships will focus on need and leadership potential of future contributors to the agricultural industry. You can access the scholarship application here.

Applications are due MARCH 1, 2017 and can be emailed to  or mailed to the following address:

Harvest Land Co-op

Youth Development Committee

ATTN: Lindsay Sankey

P.O. Box 516

Richmond, IN 47375

Questions can be directed to Lindsay Sankey at 765.962.1527.

We invite you to share this information with a graduating senior who plans on studying agriculture after high school. The future of our agriculture industry is exciting, and we want to help the youth in our communities get there.
Hagerstown FFA Officer Team

Covered In Dust

Harvest Land gave a gift over the last couple weeks, but we never want it used.

We want it sitting, untouched, covered in dust.

We want it stored in a secure but visible place, waiting with dreadful anticipation that it may be needed, but we want not a hand to be laid upon it.

In two, five or ten years, we don’t want to see a finger print on its shiny exterior; not a smudge. We want it to be in the same, pristine, brand new condition it’s in right now. Except maybe, covered in dust.

Our cooperative lost two customers due to grain entrapment in 2016. What an eye-opening year for the rural communities in which we live and work. As a farmer-owned cooperative doing business across state lines and in many different areas, we are committed to the safety of our employees, and also the safety of our members.

In December Harvest Land donated rescue tubes to two fire departments in areas that did not have grain rescue equipment. The first donation was to Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department in Fayette County, Indiana and the second went to Geneva Volunteer Fire Department in Adams County, Indiana. The rescue tubes donated can be used as a tube or wall in any free-flowing material such as sand, grain, gravel or in trench collapses.

President/CEO Scott Logue makes the grain tube presentation to the Bentonville Fire Department
Allen Bollenbacher (L) presents the grain tube to the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department

As we charge ahead with a new generation gradually taking over the reigns on the family farm, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of grain entrapment with our customers and also youth in agriculture programs, such as FFA.

A grain entrapment trailer will be on display and conducting live entrapment demonstrations during our Winter Innovation Forum. We ask that you tell others about the Forum and invite them to bring someone who might find this entrapment information valuable. Attendees are invited to participate in the live entrapment demonstration to fully understand how incredibly strong the force of moving grain is.

At the Winter Innovation Forum we’ll also have information on how you can find resources to get a grain safety tube in your area. Help us leave no rural community in our territory uncovered. Join us at the Forum to learn more; Forum registration will open up in January.


We understand the members of our cooperative system are not just farmers; they are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. They are someone quite special. 

The teenager who is thinking more about their Saturday night plans than the bin work at hand.

The parent who is thinking more about their seventh-grader at lunch than the auger below them.

Veteran farmer who is feverishly preparing for his 44th planting season.

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If we can get this safety information to one person and help them understand just how quickly grain entrapment happens and how strong the crushing force is, these efforts will have paid off countless times over.

We want to reach everyone.
The young and old. The seasoned and proud. The curious and fresh.
For once, we’re ok with giving you something you’ll leave untouched, covered in dust. 

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: Stockman Style

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm,

Not a creature was stirring, in shop or in barn;


The halters were hung along the barn beams with care,

In hopes that a new heifer calf soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of blue ribbons danced in their heads;

And Mama in her wool socks, and I in my flannel,

Had just settled down to begin surfing some channels;

When out in the barn lot there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the recliner to see what was the matter;

Away to the window I snuck over to see,

Drew up the blinds, and knelt down on one knee;

The moon so bright I could see plain as day,

The cows had gotten out and were heading for silage and hay;


Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But real life cowboy, wielding wrangling gear;

He, an old but alert roper, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be Cowboy Vick;


More rapid than eagles his lasso he aimed,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now Rosewood! Now Lady! Now Rhonda and Minnie!

On Flossie! On Monica! Corona and Penny!”

“To the gate of the feed floor! To the north end of the pen!

Move your sound-footed legs and behind fences get in!”

A stampede of heifers and cows, knowing they’d done bad,

Soon met Cowboy Vick and all knew he was mad;


So up to the double gate the coursers they walked,

And to keep them off the highway, Vick and his horse blocked;

And then in a twinkling, I saw through the snow,

The single file line of bovine did go;

Cowboy Vick latched the gate, and was turning around,

He jumped back on his horse and came with a bound;

He was dressed all in leather, from his hat to his boot,

And his clothes were all tarnished from the working chute;


A bundle of barbed wire and twine was flung on his back,

And he looked like a fence builder just opening his pack;

His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples how merry,

His cheeks were like roses, from the wind of the prairie;


His droll little mouth was drawn up from a chew,

And the scar on his chin told a story no one knew;

The length of a rope he held tight in his teeth,

And blowing snow encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face, and broad shoulders, too,

And his pearl snap shirt was quite far from brand new;

He was rugged and worn, an intriguing old man,

His skin was like leather, from the sun it was tan;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;


He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And did a head count of cows; then turned with a jerk;

And laying his hand aside of his horse,

And giving a nod, I knew he proved quite a force;

He sprung to the saddle, to his horse gave a whistle,

And away they both fled, like the down of a thistle;


But I heard him exclaim, as he rode out of sight-
“Latch the gate next time, and to all a good night!”

Christmas With Clayton

The holidays are a time for family.

That’s why last Saturday we set aside an evening to enjoy it with those employed by Harvest Land at our cooperative-wide Christmas party in Indianapolis. We invited each employee to bring a guest for an evening of awards, fellowship and, well – food.  More than 400 hundred employees and guests drove into the city for the event.


Believe it or not, the highlight of the event wasn’t in ice-cream sundae bar. No, the highlight of the evening was when Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy surprised guests and took the stage as the final few seconds of his Rio race played on the screen.


Clayton is the son of Harvest Land employee Mark Murphy from our Lena Ag Center location.

In the spirit or rural community support and the cooperative family, our employee group has loved watching Clayton run and pave his own road to the Olympics. Just days after winning Bronze in Rio, he kindly agreed to spend the evening of December 10th with Harvest Land.

We handed the microphone over to Clayton and he humorously told us the story of his road to Rio and the collision of cultures during that experience. He creatively tied his experience of growing up in rural Darke County, Ohio and showing pigs to the success he’s had running.


Clayton revealed to the audience that he remembers when his parents wouldn’t be home and he’d briefly consider not working with his 4-H pigs. How would they know if he’d done that work if no one was there to hold him accountable? In an effort to do what’s right, he did the work every day, even without anyone watching. That mentality has lead him to success on the track. Clayton has learned to push himself appropriately every single day, even when no one is watching. Except now, everyone is.


Clayton runs on a worldly stage now, representing rural America and everything great that can come to those who work hard and do what’s right, even when no one is looking. 




Harvest Elite Winners Announced


Our 2016 Harvest Eilte contest concluded Wednesday night. Harvest Elite is a yield competition facilitated by Harvest Land, Mycogen and Croplan. Specifics of the program include:

Elite Qualifications

1. Minimum order quantity of 300 bags of Croplan or Mycogen beans or 80 bags of Croplan or Mycogen corn

2. Grower must qualify for Grower Rewards through Harvest Land

3. Crop Plan must be completed and order must be submitted

4. Field must be identified with YieldPro Specialist

5. Fields must be 90 by 500 feet

6. Fields must be identified by a Croplan or Mycogen Sign

7. Field must be weighed by a Certified Harvest Land Representative

Benefits of the program include a discount on seed pricing as well as an all-expense paid trip to Dreams Riviera Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico in February. That’s right: While we’ll be firing up the tractors to move snow these Elite growers are headed to Mexico!



Check out a little more about the exciting, competitive Harvest Elite program:

Congratulations to the 2016 Harvest Elite Winners! Your commitment to strategic planning for continued success and stewardship of seed and soil have not gone unnoticed.












Do you want to be a part of this competition next year? Contact your YieldPro Specialist today to learn more.

A Recipe Fresh off the Farm


That’s a wrap!

Harvest season is over and now farm families begin to focus on a few other activities: Christmas, football and basketball seasons. All three new points of focus offer great opportunity for one thing: trying out a new recipe.

This week Harvest Land farmer-member Heather Hill partnered with the Indianapolis Colts Best Tailgate on Fox 59 WXIN Indianapolis and Registered Dietitian Kim Galeaz to introduce a tailgate (or Sunday afternoon couch session, or holiday party) recipe that uses a staple product from right off the farm: farm fresh pork.

While serving as an AGvocate and telling her  story on the news, Heather made a great point that farmers are the original tailgaters, since we eat so many meals on the tailgate of the truck during the spring and fall seasons. We couldn’t agree more! We also couldnt be more proud to have one of our members on television discussing how products grown right in here in our trade territory make it to the general consumers’ supper table.


See the segment here.

Poblano Pork Chili

  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn or vegetable (soybean) oil
  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¾ cups finely chopped onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) salsa verde (green chili salsa)
  • 2 large poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cans (4.5 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz.) white or golden hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

Garnishes/toppings: Crushed corn tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream, angel hair coleslaw, sliced radishes, lime wedges.

Heat oil in a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork cubes and cook, browning on all sides and stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.

Place pork in 5-quart slow cooker pot along with broth, onions, garlic, poblanos, green chilies, hominy, cumin, oregano, cloves, black and red pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. At the 7 ½ hour mark, remove ½ cup chili liquid in glass bowl and add flour; stir to make a paste.

Add this paste back to chili and stir well. Add beans and stir. Cook another 30 minutes or until chili is thickened slightly. Stir in cilantro. Serve with desired garnishes and toppings, and corn tortillas, too. Makes about 14-15 cups (7-8 servings).pork-poblano-chili

Recipe by culinary dietitian and nutritionist Kim Galeaz, RDN CD

We should note that even though this has affiliation with the Indianapolis Colts, we invite  Bengals fans to enjoy this recipe, too.


Fire Training

Part of our commitment to the rural communities in which we do business is ensuring operational safety. We understand that our equipment, vehicles and busy employees burn up the road in small towns across Indiana and Ohio state lines, so safety for our employees, members and communities is our top priority.

In an effort to educate those who keep our home towns safe, we recently hosted fire training for local fire departments. Departments from Centerville-Abington, Williamsburg, Straughn and New Castle, Indiana each participated.



The training allowed fire departments to do a live burn with propane tanks and also learn how to get flames under control in small teams. Participants were also coached on how to best shut off tanks.


This education is fundamental in equipping responders – who may have to fight rural fires where propane heats residences – with the best understanding during pivotal circumstances. Harvest Land also donated the propane for the event.

We are grateful for the turnout we had and the interest shown by all departments. Thank you for working with Harvest Land to keep our communities and homes safe!

On His Way

No one likes unexpected company, so we’d like to give you a heads up now: A visitor is coming.

He won’t leave dried up toothpaste in the bathroom sink but he might be the reason for an extra long shower.

He won’t clean out your refrigerator or cupboards but he may be the reason why you insist on chili at least one night a week.

He won’t talk your ear off over morning coffee but he may be the reason you’re late to work.

Be warned: There is a very good chance he’ll overstay his welcome.

Old Man Winter


Before he gets here, make sure you’re prepared for the guy. The preparedness goes beyond bags of salt, electric blankets on the beds and making sure the kids’ snow boots still fit (they don’t, by the way).

How can Harvest Land help? We’d like to help ensure that icing and gelling of your diesel fuel don’t interfere with your routine during these cold winter days.


  1. Talk with your EnergyPro Specialist about adequately treating your bulk fuel tanks for the temperatures you will be dealing with this winter. Our energy professionals are trained to help customers develop plans for ensuring their diesel fuels will provide optimal performance all winter long.

2. Installing a 30 micron filter on your fuel storage tanks in preparation for the coldest months of the year can help insure the performance of your diesel fuel all winter long. Need new fuel storage tank filters? Contact us today for the winter diesel fuel supplies you need.


3. Wind chills in the negative numbers will make outdoor experiences uncomfortable for people and animals, but will not have the same impact on diesel fuel. When determining how diesel fuels will operate, it is more important to study air temperatures. Over-treating diesel fuel with either additives or kerosene to compensate for bitterly cold wind chill factors can significantly increase the cost of operating your diesel engines. Our promise to our customers it to deliver premium diesel fuels that are properly treated to maximize fuel value and keep your diesel engines running strong all winter long.

4. Block heaters are not designed to warm an engine. They are designed to maintain the heat already generated in the engine. Thus it is crucial that the truck be plugged in while the engine is still warm.

5. Remember to unplug diesel vehicles before starting them. Two to three seconds of the engine running while the block heaters are plugged in is enough to burn out the block heaters.


6. Icing can be as much of a challenge to diesel fuel, as can fuel gelling. Because of the threat of icing, we regularly check the fuel storage tanks we fill for moisture. In addition to good tank maintenance practices, CountryMark premium diesel fuels also contain powerful de-icers, which dramatically lower the point at which free water in the fuel system freezes.

7. Remember to drain fuel water separators. As the ambient air temperatures fall, the ability for water to condense in fuel tanks increases and can be carried into the filter/heater unit. During periods of extreme cold this should be done on a daily basis. The fuel filters on your vehicle are the only protection the engine has against contaminants in the fuel. A larger micron fuel filter should never be used to extend filter life or increase flow on the vehicle. It may void the warranty and can be damaging to the pump and/or the injectors.


8. Be sure air hoses are hooked up to each other or to the dummy gladhands when the equipment is not in use. This is one of the leading causes of brakes freezing up.

9. Be sure gladhands hook up tight. If they go on loose they will come off in a tight turn and will cause unnecessary cycling of the air compressor. Make sure you have a nice and snug fit.


10. When temperatures drop to their coldest, make sure you are running a HIGH CETANE diesel fuel. Cetane is a measure of diesel engine startability. The higher the cetane number, the quicker the fuel will ignite. CountryMark premium diesel fuels have a minimum cetane number of 50, which give these on-and off-road diesel fuels a significant advantage in colder conditions.

11. Did you know CountryMark kerosene is treated with lubricity additives to protect fuel injection system components? We don’t believe you should have to pick between cold weather operability and protecting your fuel injection system components. CountryMark premium diesel fuels are built to meet the needs of today’s modern diesel engines.


12. Premium diesel engine oils, such as CountryMark Advantage 15W-40, are formulated to provide increased cold weather start-up protection at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the kind of diesel engine oil you need when temperatures are at their coldest!

13. In late winter months, temperatures can swing dramatically causing condensation to collect in fuel storage tanks, which can then lead to icing should temperatures drop again dramatically. Keeping fuel tanks full this time of year will minimize opportunities for condensation and ice-related fuel failures.

14. Mark your calendar to change fuel storage tank filters back to a 10 micron filter as spring weather approaches.


Trumps Wins: Now What?

America just witnessed a presidential election like we’ve never seen before. As the dust settles and the nation gets back to business, we thought it might be insightful to provide some information regarding President elect Donald Trump’s take on agriculture.

Penton provided these questions and Mr. Trump responded.

Who will be your closest advisors in understanding more about the needs of rural America?

Trump: The Trump Administration will be a pro-agriculture administration. As president, I will fight for American farmers and their families. I am proud that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will be our nation’s next vice president. Mike will be a trusted source of counsel for me on many issues, including agriculture. I have also assembled an Agriculture Advisory Committee comprised of dozens of leaders who represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities. Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving with them in serving all Americans from the White House.

The discussion now revolves around whom Trump has chosen to sit on his Ag Advisory Committee. The latest names are as follows:

▪ Charles Herbster, chairman of the advisory committee, Angus cattle farmer, Falls City, Neb.; owner of The Conklin Company, a chemical marketing-distribution company in Kansas City, Mo., and owner of a cattle breeding operation in Northern Virginia.

▪ Sam Clovis, national co-chair of the Trump campaign, professor at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.

▪ Rebecca Adcock, senior director of government affairs, Crop Life America.

▪ Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

▪ Former Florida state Sen. J.D. Alexander, a Republican, former CEO of Atlantic Blue Group, Inc., a rural property company in central Florida, and of Alico Inc., and great-grandson of Napoleon B. Broward, governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909.

▪ Jay Armstrong, operator of Armstrong Farms, Muscotah, Kan., former chairman of the Kansas Wheat Commission and former chairman of the Farm Foundation.

▪ Gary Black, Georgia agriculture commissioner.

▪ John Block, former Agriculture secretary, senior policy adviser at OFW Law.

▪ State Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-N.D.

▪ Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, a Republican.

▪ Charles Bronson, former secretary of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

▪ Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a Republican.

▪ Edwin Camp, farmer and chairman of Western Growers.

▪ Chuck Conner, CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Conner is scheduled to be a speaker at our 2017 Winter Innovation Forum on February 22. He is going to present an update on how the election of Trump will directly affect agriculture.


▪ Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

▪ Harold Cooper

▪ Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, a Republican.

▪ Former Michigan state Rep. Gene DeRossett, who also served as the Agriculture Department’s state director for Michigan.

▪ Former Rep. Tom Ewing, R-Ill.

▪ Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, a Republican.

▪ Oklahoma state Sen. Eddie Fields, a Republican, chair of the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

▪ Former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, R-Ill.

▪ Bill Flory, Idaho wheat farmer.

▪ Steve Foglesong, former president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

▪ Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, a Republican.

▪ Bob Gray

▪ Bob Goodale, former CEO of Harris Teeter.

▪ Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

▪ Michigan state Sen. Mike Green, a Republican.

▪ Helen Groves, rancher, daughter of Robert Kleberg of King Ranch.

▪ John Harris

▪ Ron Heck, Iowa farmer and past president of the American Soybean Association.

▪ Former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican.

▪ Wyoming state Rep. Hans Hunt, member of the state House Agriculture Committee and rancher.

▪ Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi commissioner of agriculture and commerce.

▪ North Carolina state Sen. Brent Jackson, Brent, a Republican.

▪ Rick Johnson

▪ A.G. Kawamura, farmer and former California food and agriculture secretary.

▪ John Kautz, CEO of Ironstone Vineyards, California.

▪ Doug Keesling, grain and livestock farmer, Kansas.

▪ Carol Keiser

▪ Charlotte Kelley, cotton grower and ginner, Tennessee.

▪ Mark Killian, farmer, rancher and Arizona state Agriculture commissioner.

▪ Charles Kruse, farmer and former president of Missouri Farm Bureau.

▪ Brian Klippenstein, executive director of Protect the Harvest.

▪ Trent Loos, writer.

▪ Forrest Lucas, CEO of Lucas Oil.

▪ Mike McCloskey, CEO of Fair Oaks Farm.

▪ Nebraska state Sen. Beau McCoy, a Republican.

▪ Ted McKinney, former director of global corporate affairs, Elanco Animal Health and current Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

▪ Bobby McKown

▪ Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture commissioner.

▪ Patrick Morrisey

▪ Jim Moseley, former Agriculture deputy secretary.

▪ Missouri state Sen. Brian Munzlinger, Republican and chairman of the Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee.

▪ Oklahoma state Sen. Casey Murdock, a Republican.

▪ Tom Nassif, CEO of Western Growers.

▪ Phil Nelson

▪ Steve Nelson

▪ Garry Niemeyer, former president of National Corn Growers Association.

▪ Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

▪ Former Georgia Gov. Sonn Perdue, a Republican.

▪ Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former state Agriculture commissioner.

▪ Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Agriculture commissioner.

▪ Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group.

▪ Kimberly Reed

▪ Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese.

▪ South Dakota state Sen. Larry Rhoden, former House majority leader and Senate majority whip; chair, Senate Agriculture Committee.

▪ Bill Richards

▪ Al Rider

▪ Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican.

▪ Dale Reicks

▪ Martha Roberts

▪ Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

▪ Ken Rogers

▪ Marcus Rust, CEO of Rose Acre Farms, an Indiana egg producer.

▪ Leslie Rutledge, attorney general or Arkansas and co-chair of the National Association of Attorney General Agriculture Committee.

▪ Bill Schuette

▪ David Spears, former member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

▪ Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry commissioner.

▪ Red Steagall, official cowboy poet of Texas.

▪ Iowa state Rep. Annette Sweeney, former chair, Iowa House Agriculture Committee.

▪ Kip Tom, CEO of Tom Farms, Indiana, and farmer in South America.

▪ Johnny Trotter, CEO of BarG and Texas farmer.

▪ Steve Wellman, former president of the American Soybean Association.

▪ Walt Whitcomb, Maine agriculture commissioner.

▪ Georgia state Sen. John Wilkinson, a Republican, member of the state Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee.

▪ Alan Wilson

▪ Doug Wilson

▪ Fred Yoder, chair of the The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance.

Source: The Hagstrom Report

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Agriculture has an estimated 2 million workers here illegally. How will you ensure the ag sector continues to remain viable and have access to needed workers? And what will be key components of your farm labor immigration policy?

Trump: I recognize the unique labor challenges facing the American farm community and will include farmers and ranchers in the process of determining the best possible immigration policies. To be clear, the Obama-Clinton system of open borders is wreaking havoc on our rural communities. Enormous stresses are being placed on state and local government services, while jobs for American citizens and wages for American workers are in decline.

Here are my three core principles of real immigration reform:

  1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
  2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
  3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.


Agriculture is very concerned about current costs and negative impact of over-regulation. How would you resolve that concern?

 Trump: Our nation’s regulatory system is completely broken. Terrible rules are written by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who often know nothing about the people they are regulating. The regulators have all of the power, and our nation’s farmers are often forced to endure costly, burdensome and unwise regulations that are bad for American farmers and consumers. In many instances, extreme environmental groups have more influence in setting the regulations than the farmers and ranchers who are directly impacted.

As president, I will work with Congress to reform our regulatory system. We will reduce the power of government bureaucrats, and increase the freedom of our nation’s farmers to be as productive as possible. We will increase transparency and accountability in the regulatory process. Rational cost-benefit tests will be used to ensure that any regulation is justified before it is adopted. Unjustified regulations that are bad for American farmers and consumers will be changed or repealed. There will be no more “sue and settle” deals with extreme environmentalists.


Do you support the current Waters of the U.S. rule proposed by the Obama Administration? How do you plan to pursue this going forward?

Trump: No. I will eliminate the unconstitutional Waters of the U.S. rule, and will direct the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to no longer use this unlawful rule and related guidance documents in making jurisdictional determinations. This rule is so extreme that it gives federal agencies control over creeks, small streams, and even puddles or mostly dry areas on private property. I will also ensure that these agencies respect the valid exclusions under environmental statutes for agricultural practices. As importantly, I will appoint a pro-farmer administrator of EPA.


How will your tax plan benefit farmers?

 Trump: I have announced a comprehensive tax reform plan. Under my plan, we will:

  • Simplify taxes for everyone and streamline deductions. Biggest tax reform since Reagan.
  • Lower taxes for everyone, making raising a family more affordable for working families.
  • Dramatically reduce the income tax.
  • Simplify the income tax from 7 brackets to 3 brackets.
  • Exclude childcare expenses from taxation.
  • Limit taxation of business income to 15% for every business.
  • Make our corporate tax globally competitive and the United States the most attractive place to invest in the world.
  • End the death tax.

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The U.S. Farm Bill will be written during the next presidency. What do you envision being its key components?

Trump: The Trump-Pence Administration will be an active participant in writing the next Farm Bill and delivering it on time! Our farmers deserve a good farm bill written by those who are thankful for our remarkable food system in this country. I support a strong safety net for our nation’s farmers.

U.S. agriculture heavily relies on trade. How will you protect agricultural trade while renegotiating trade deals?

Trump: As president, I will be an aggressive proponent for defending the economic interests of American workers and farmers on the world stage. I will fight against unfair trade deals and foreign trade practices that disadvantage the United States. I strongly oppose TPP as drafted and will work hard to develop trade agreements that are in the national interest and benefit American workers, including our farmers.


How do you anticipate encouraging policies that allow for protecting the environment while still protecting land owners’ rights and ability to use the land?

Trump: America is blessed with abundant natural resources and beautiful wildlife. Our nation has a proud tradition of conservation and stewardship. This is more true for farmers than anyone else. Farmers care more for the environment than the radical environmentalists. Regrettably, many of our federal environmental laws are being used to oppress farmers instead of actually helping the environment. For example, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has a poor track record of actually helping to recover animals at risk of extinction. In truth, the ESA has become a tool to block economic development, deny property rights to American landowners and enrich activist groups and lawyers, without actually helping those species that deserve protection. Instead of saving endangered species, the Obama-Clinton bureaucrats are endangering American workers with disastrous choices made at the whim of extreme activist groups.

As president, I will direct the Interior Department and Commerce Department to conduct a top-down review of all Obama Administration settlements, rules and executive actions under the Endangered Species Act and other similar laws, and we will change or rescind any of those actions that are unlawful, bad for American farmers and workers, or not in the national interest. I will also work closely with Congress to improve and modernize the Endangered Species Act—a law that is now more than 30 years old—so that it is more transparent, uses the best science, incentivizes species conservation, protects private property rights, and no longer imposes needless and unwarranted costs on American landowners.

With regard to property rights, it is also important to mention that I will appoint conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will defend the constitutional rights and protections of all Americans.

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Interview answers pulled from Farm Progress