Salute To Service: Bryant Team

We received 68 nominations from Harvest Land customers and employees nominating their peers in 2019 for our Salute to Service program. This was an amazing response to a simple ask! Salute to Service Banner

This week we wanted to share with you the nomination that took home second place. We’re proud of the work this team – because it took everyone! – did in the community during a time of great need. Read on:

We are nominating Allen Bollenbacher and his entire team at the Bryant location. In the spring of 2019, a tornado touched down on the Blackford/Wells county line north of Montpelier.  The tornado ran straight east up the county line impacting farm after farm for 5 miles.  The tornado struck at night and everyone along the road awoke to a heartbreaking scene of destruction.  Luckily only a few suffered building damage, but trees everywhere were broken and lain flat. Not long after daylight, Allen and several employees from the Bryant Coop showed up at our farm.  The cleanup was overwhelming and took our family days to finish.  What Allen and his team did that first day made it possible to get out of the driveway and move about the farm to care for livestock and repair fence. The most impressive thing though, is what they did when they left us. Allen and his team worked their way east down the county line helping a long string of my neighbors in the same way.  I have heard from several that the help was greatly appreciated. We all need to remember to help one another and to demonstrate that kindness and compassion beyond our familiar circle of family and friends.  No doubt Allen and his crew first showed up to help our family.  For years, we’ve worked together with the folks at HarvestLand Bryant to improve our farm operation, but we weren’t customers that morning.  We were just folks that needed a hand.  Allen and his team proved that as they worked their way east helping out my neighbors all along the way.

Submitted by John & Michael Maddox

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Ag Center Manager Allen Bollenbacher
Thank you, Allen and the entire Bryant team, for doing the right thing on behalf of our cooperative. Your service to the community made a difference in the lives of many!

The Salute to Service program started over again in January. If you encounter a wonderful experience with a Harvest Land employee, we encourage you to shoot us a note at nominations@harvestlandcoop.com or call our CEO, Scott Logue, at 765.962.1527.

 

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Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation and Cooperation

In 1930, America was on the cusp of the  Great Depression and the Dust Bowl began.

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But times weren’t all bad that year.

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Because it was in 1930 that the first diesel engine automobile trip was completed (Indianapolis to New York City) by Clessie Cummins, founder of the Cummins Motor Company.

And in 1930, Hostess Twinkies were invented.

But perhaps our favorite fact is that, in our east-central Indiana area, the Articles of Incorporation for the Wayne County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc. were signed and notarized on March 12, 1930.

Meaning, Harvest Land Co-op will turn 90 years old on March 12. 

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We’ve changed a lot in that time! We are no longer a resource for seed potatoes, lumber or even poultry.

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Today, we’ve evolved to meet our farmer-owners’ needs, and those have certainly changed over time. Technology, demand, family dynamics, weather trends, markets and beyond have each been factors of our longevity and our story.

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In ninety years, we’ve also joined forces with 18 other cooperatives in our trade area to better serve the members.

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Much changes in ninety years, but our commitment to the cooperative spirit remains unwavering. We thank you and your family for the partnership you’ve shown us over the last ninety years.

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We would not be here had a group of farmers not wanted to find a better way to do business, together. And we’ll only remain strong – and around for another ninety years! – because of our farmer-members.

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YieldPro’s Success with Grower Andy Bracken

When farmer-owner Andy Bracken volunteered to go on camera and discuss YieldPro’s proven success on his farm, we jumped on the opportunity to pay him a visit.

 

  • Bracken Farms, Lapel, Indiana, has utilized YieldPro since 2004, finding success in many different areas of the program.
  • Grid sampling has offered savings over time that have truly penciled out profitably for their farm.
  • ​The expert and timely support that comes with YieldPro is the greatest benefit they’ve experienced over the years.

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Watch this brief video to hear Andy Bracken, Harvest Land farmer-owner, and Steve Dlugosz, Agronomist, discuss the YieldPro benefits Bracken Farms have gained over the years. 

 

 

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: 2020 Scholarships

It doesn’t matter if a student is going to college to study agronomy, diesel mechanics, agriculture education, food science or veterinary medicine: every penny counts when it comes to paying for higher education.

That is why Harvest Land has committed to awarding $1,000 scholarships to 2020 high school graduates who are going on to study agriculture in college.

Who qualifies?

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 2, 2020 and can be emailed to scholarships@harvestlandcoop.com  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 765.967.7539.

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.

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Custom Application Education & Exploration

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Earlier this week we hosted nineteen high school students who have expressed an interest in the work that Harvest Land does. These students had all attended our Career Days which we hosted in November 2019. Following the event, they indicated that they were interested in more information regarding Custom Application.

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As we build relationships with students across our region and explain our Co-op and the careers that we offer, it is important that we give them the opportunity to dive deeper into what that entails exactly. It’s easy for us to say, “Here is a TerraGator. You could be a Custom Applicator and operate this someday,” but for a student that has never had the opportunity to operate a machine of that size, that can sometimes seem unrealistic or leave them feeling that they wouldn’t be qualified.

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Our goal of these workshops was to give students the opportunity to actually sit behind the wheel and operate those large pieces of equipment, to try their hand at our Applicator Simulator and to provide the steps that they could take that would lead from graduation to a successful career.

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As a Co-op, successful Custom Applicators are absolutely pivotal for our business’ success.

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Shenandoah (7), Upper Valley Career Center (6), Miami Valley Career Technology Center (1), Hamilton Southeastern (1) and Monroe Central (4) all brought students to the custom application exploration event.

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The event included stations that covered a number of topics, including:

  • Soil Sampling – Operation of RTV and collection of a soil sample
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • Classroom Session – Custom Application 101
  • Applicator Simulator

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Brandon Lanman, Applicator, visits with a student

Our YieldPro team was instrumental in putting this event on. They organized stations and hosted the site for the day. Harvest Land had applicators join us from various ag centers to teach at the stations, giving the students a true look at the position from those to experience it daily.  Joining us were Brandon Lanman and Duane Brooks (Wayne County Ag) as well as Gaar Holp and Michael Bennet (Central Ohio Ag).

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Duane Brooks prepared a table with an actual look at potash, MAP, and urea as well as scaled equipment and educational manuals.

Danielle Baumer, HR Support at Harvest Land, organized the event. “We truly enjoyed engaging with each and every student that joined us for the Custom Applicator Workshop. We appreciate the time that they’ve taken to learn more about the opportunities that present themselves within our Cooperative and look forward to working with them again, whether it be at future workshops, Career Days, or within internships or employment. If these students are any indication of our future, the future is bright.”

We’re excited to host such students who have a sincere interest in what we do. Thank you to all teachers who made the day out of school possible for these students.

To learn more about this position within Harvest Land, watch this!

 

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805 Years of Service

Like so many businesses today, we have a list of positions open for hire.  While we eagerly look for the best and brightest to join our team, we remain tremendously appreciative of and thankful for those who have dedicated years of service to our team.

In 2019 we had several employees celebrate service milestones with our cooperative. In fact, if you total the years of service (in 5-year increments), these individuals contribute a total of 805 years of service in 2019. We’re proud that Harvest Land provides a place for these folks to utilize their talents and dedicate their time outside of the home.

That being said, we offer a sincere Thank You to each person listed below. These photos were taken at our annual Christmas party, and some may not have been present.

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Gina Felton, Richmond Grain, 5 years of service

Miles Arthur, Hagerstown, 5 years of service

David Vansickle, North Crops, 5 years of service

Ryan O’Neal, Rushville, 5 years of service

Theresa Townsend, YieldPro, 5 years of service

Gary Bouse, Limberlost, 5 years of service

Mark Murphy, Covington/Lena, 5 years of service

Jason DeBoo, Energy Sales, 5 years of service

Tracy Soper, IT Dept., 5 years of service

Cody Sorrell, College Corner, 5 years of service

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Tammie Fox, Richmond Credit, 10 years of service

David Fisher, Randolph Ag, 10 years of service

David Sweet, East Crops, 10 years of service

Curt Naylor, YieldPro, 10 years of service

Brian Henderson, Ohio Liq. Fuels, 10 years of service

Mark Mendenhall, Ohio LP, 10 years of service

Mark Miller, IT Dept., 10 years of service

Karla Jones, Millville Grain, 10 years of service

Andrew Pokorny, Millville Grain, 10 years of service

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Charlie Sellers, Indiana Liq. Fuels, 15 years of service

Juan Gomez-Rangel, Central Crops, 15 years of service

Bob Higginbotham, North Crops, 15 years of service

Eric Whitenack, Limberlost, 15 years of service

Adam Culy, Central OH Ag, 15 years of service

Buck Combs, College Corner, 15 years of service

Davey Norris, College Corner, 15 years of service

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Kathy Fuchs, Central Crops, 20 years of service

Gary Davis, Transportation, 20 years of service

Tim Deardorff, Energy Sales, 20 years of service

Allen Wampler, Kalmbach Feeds, 20 years of service

Tim Wicker, Seven Mile, 20 years of service

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Roger Boyd, North Crops, 25 years of service

Les Milner, North Crops, 25 years of service

Jeff Ott, Central OH Ag, 25 years of service

Butch Shiebla, Hagerstown, 30 years of service

Don Orschell, Pershing, 30 years of service

Tim Hendricks, North Crops, 30 years of service

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Vickie Ramsey, Richmond Office, 35 years of service

Bob Temple, Indiana Liq. Fuels, 35 years of service

Teresa Fisk, Central Crops, 35 years of service

Rusty Keller, Randolph Ag, 35 years of service

Royce Cook, East Crops, 35 years of service

Trena Bertsch, Kalmbach, 35 years of service

John Ott, Central OH Ag, 40 years of service

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Steve Middendorf, Richmond, 45 years of service

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One Way We’re Working to Be Environmentally Responsible

Our ag centers were recently recognized by Winfield United for their dedication and efforts to eliminate landfill waste and respect the land by recycling agricultural plastic. delaro jug

What is agricultural plastic? 

It is the containers that hold crop protection products such as Bayer’s Delaro.

The jugs are then triple rinsed by the Harvest Land ag center and Winfield United provides large recycling bags where the plastic is placed.

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Winfield picks up the waste, and then works with another company to send the plastic through a grinding process to create crash barrels and highway cones. 

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Congratulations to the top three ag centers for their work in recycling this waste:
Lynn: 1015 lbs. 
Winchester: 725 lbs.
Hagerstown: 508 lbs.
We’re proud to continue to find ways to
sustain the environment, the land, and the family farm.

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2020 Election Results

Three farmer-members were elected to Harvest Land’s Board of Directors through a member election, and those results were announced earlier this week at our annual meeting. Only one of the three is a returning board member, while the other two replace retiring directors, Steve Hill and Lloyd Lee.

 

District 1: Doug Brumfield

1_Doug Brumfield_DirDoug is 55 years old and resides in the Winchester, Indiana area.  Doug and his wife,
Judy, have two children, Ben and Rachel.  Doug has been farming for 25 years and farms 1,100 acres. Doug attended Union City Community High School and Purdue University,
graduating with a degree in Agriculture Economics.  Doug is a graduate of CountryMark Management training and has 13 years grain merchandising experience.

 

District 2: Adam Schwering

SchweringAdam is 35 years old and has resided at his rural Rushville, Indiana address for eleven years.  Adam and his wife, Jenna, have a daughter (7) and son (2).  Adam has been farming for 15 years and farms 1,800 acres. He also operates a wean to finish barn in partnership with his brother. Adam graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, majoring in Farm Management. We are excited to welcome Adam to the Board and look forward to the insight he’ll provide as a young farmer.

 

District 3: Tom MyersTom Myers

Tom is 56 years old and has resided at his rural Miami County address for 36 years. He
and his wife, Alice, have two sons and one daughter, all of which are married, and also three grandchildren. Tom has been farming for 39 years and farms in Concord and Newton Townships of Miami County. Tom is a new addition to the board and we’re so pleased that he will represent such a strong part of our trade territory.

 

 

Harvest Land is very fortunate to have such outstanding farmer-members serve on our Board, representing all areas of our territory. We look forward to 2020 and the advancements we can make with such leadership.

 

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Spring Soil Sampling

Is it possible to transition your fall soil sampling to the spring? Of course! And there are many advantages in doing so, including:

  • Avoid the fall rush
  • Receive information back in plenty of time to work with YieldPro specialist throughout the summer to make a sound plan moving forward
  • Consistent soil conditions in the spring, compared to following a dry summer
  • And more!

Tune in to hear agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Roger Boyd discuss the merits of spring soil sampling.

 

 

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Last Call: Annual Meeting Tickets, Election

By now you’ve hopefully read through our 2019 Annual Report which was delivered to our farmer-owners in December. The book catalogs the fiscal year, fall 2018 to summer 2019…what a year to write about!

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Also in the Annual Report packet were biographies and voting ballets for each of our three districts. This is a big election year with two long-serving Directors retiring off the board.

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Pictured L-R is Tom Tucker, Chairman of the Board, retiring Director Steve Hill and Scott Logue, CEO.
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Pictured L-R is Tom Tucker, Chairman of the Board, retiring Director Lloyd Lee and Scott Logue, CEO.

Steve Hill, Greenfield, IN, and Lloyd Lee, Eldorado, OH have been tremendous assets to our Board of Directors. Their history with our board – and those co-op boards before Harvest Land – runs deep and they’ve been a part of many large and small decisions that have progressed our farmer-owned cooperative to where it is today. We’re proud to be associated with such men who are deeply devoted to their families, farms, and communities, and we’ll surely miss their insight and contributions to our cooperative.

We highly encourage you to read the biographies and vote for your district. 

Also, this is your last call to buy tickets for our Annual Meeting! Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 21. 2019 Ticket
To assist us with meal planning, please purchase tickets ($5.00 each) no later than January 14 from any director or at any Harvest Land facility office. This $5.00 ensures your seat at the meeting.

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Don’t forget: Ticket sales end on January 14 and

the event is at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 on January 21.

We’ll see you there!

 

 

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