BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2018) – GROWMARK recognized several award winners at its 2018 Annual Meeting and Agribusiness Symposium.
Friend of GROWMARK award
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation was recognized with a Friend of GROWMARK award in celebration of its 100th anniversary and impact on agriculture.
"Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has been a leader in agriculture and a servant to its members," said GROWMARK Chairman of the Board and President John Reifsteck. "Just as farmers 100 years ago couldn't have dreamed of today's agriculture, I think today's farmer would not dream of life without Iowa Farm Bureau. Over the coming years and decades, as agriculture continues to change and evolve, we are confident about one thing remaining constant: our strong relationship with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. We have a solid history of working together on projects of mutual benefit and serving members' needs, which has proven beneficial for the last century, and will guide us and future generations of both organizations."
A second Friend of GROWMARK award was presented to Jay Vroom. Vroom is retiring later this year after 30 years as CEO of CropLife America.
"Jay has steered the ever-important organization through challenges and triumphs, addressing important issues ranging from farm bills to food quality to endangered species to pesticide registration. His leadership has guided CropLife through six presidential administrations and sixteen congresses," said GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin. "We offer our sincere congratulations on your long career, and recognize your investment in the future of our noble profession. Thank you for your positive influence on cooperatives and for being a champion of the GROWMARK System."Energy Market Development awardsGROWMARK recognized three FS companies for excellent in sales of Deiselex Gold, FS lubricants and FS propane. The award is handed out to the company with the largest percentage volume increase over the previous year. The award is measured from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.
The winners are:
St. Clair Service Company (Dieselex Gold)
Sunrise FS (FS Lubricants)
Southern FS (FS Propane)
GROWMARK also recognized its 2018 Endure 4R Advocate award winners.
· Tim Berkland - GROWMARK
· Gary Brandt - Gateway FS
· Courtney Mahr - West Central FS
· Sal Pustizzi - GROWMARK FS
· Todd Wibben – Evergreen FS
"These five crop specialists were nominated by their companies as individuals who work diligently with their growers to improve water quality, manage nutrients sustainably, and engage in soil conservation practices," said GROWMARK Vice President of Agronomy Mark Orr. "These initiatives are paramount to all of us throughout the GROWMARK System."