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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. The
team of more than 100 Pioneer Hi-
Bred agronomists from across the
country converged in Indianapolis
recently to learn more about to
day’s latest crap production and
precision fanning technologies
from leading university and com
pany experts.
The educational conference
featured presentations on topics
such as new herbicide systems, in
sect and disease management
strategies for com and soybeans.
1997 Pioneer agronomy research
findings, performance and man
agement of ECB-rcsistant com
hybrids, and new products under
development for special end-use
markets.
“Pioneer has a long standing
tradition of providing agronomic
knowledge and in-field assistance
to our customers to help them im
prove profitability. Our Agro
nomy Conference is an integral
part of that effort and sets the
stage for our efforts during the
roming crop season,” said Paul
Carter, agronomy sciences man
ager at Pioneer in Des Moines,
lowa.
With an estimated 80 percent of
Pioneer® brand hybrids being
consumed by livestock, a focal
point of the conference was an up
date on the Pioneer-Optimum
joint venture and new products
under development for end-use
markets. Agronomists learned
more about the pending launch
and agronomic management of
highly available phosphorus com
hybrids. These hybrids allow live
stock to absorb mote of die phos
phorus, leaving less to be excreted
in manure.
Other products in development
include com hybrids high in avail
able lysine and hybrids that com
bine the benefits of high oil, high
lysine and highly available phos
phorus. Soybean varieties win
soon feature value-added traits
such as high oleic, low linolenic,
low saturates, high protein and
high sucrose for use in the food,
feed and industrial markets.
“Pioneer agronomists not only
hear from leading university and
industry experts plus the Pioneer
team of nearly one dozen agro
nomy research managers and pre
cision farming experts, they have
a unique opportunity to learn from
each other during our Hall of Ideas
exhibition,” Carter said.
An agronomic trade show of
sorts, the Hall of Ideas featured
mote than SO exhibits from Pion
eer agronomists, researchers, pro
duct managers and technical ex
perts from across the country. Pre
sentations on insect and weed
management systems for soy
beans and com were popular
among the agronomists attending.
‘Today, seed is often the de
livery mechanism for weed and
insect management choices. Pion
eers agronomy research has been
evaluating these different systems,
many since before their introduc
tion to producers,” said Dennis
Wickham, agronomist from Hil
liard, Ohio. “I can take this in
formation back to the customers in
my area to he!)) them evaluate
these systems and determine
which systems best fit their pro
duction challenges and profit
ability goals.”
In addition to information from
Pioneer, the agronomist* also
heard from Tom Bauman. Purdue
University and Bob Hayes from
the University of Tennessee on the
Conference Shows Producers
How To Benefit From Technologies
efficacy and crop responses from
new herbicide systems.
Precision farming presentations
on yield map interpretation and
split planter comparisons also
were popular among the agronom
ists attending.
“Proper use of yield monitors
and mapping systems and the in
terpretation of the data from these
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -
United Ag Services recently held
its annual meeting at the
Holiday Inn.
In his opening remarks,
President J. W. Welch stated
how pleased he was with the
continued sustained growth of
United Ag Services and its mem
ber cooperatives.
Membership grew by 31 per
cent this past year. He believes
United’s basic structure of pro
viding member services and
quality markets while not being
required to invest in bricks and
mortar appeals to dairy farmers.
A strong commitment to sustain
ing the family farm without
regard to size is the basic con
cept of United and its members
cooperatives.
James Patsos, United CEO,
presented the financial report.
United continues to maintain a
strong equity position. Earnings
are kept at a minimum in order
to maximize the return to the
dairy farmer members. Many
cooperatives brag about the
thousands or millions of dollars
returned to their producers
without revealing the true mea
sure - the amount per hundred
weight returned. United’s phi
losophy is to improve the month
ly milk checks of its members.
Efficiencies in operations
have allowed United to have no
increase in dues since its incep
tion more than 10 years ago.
United has also been able to
enhance its income by providing
accounting, employee payroll,
and other services to individual
dairy farmers and other agricul
tural businesses.
In his management report,
Patsos remarked about how
challenging a time we have in
the dairy business today - possi
bly one of the most exciting
items in history. Plant sales, co
op mergers, Federal Order
reforms, and the Northeast
Dairy Compact expansion into
New York and Pennsylvania all
demand our attention and
involvement.
Currently milk prices have
shown some improvement; how
ever; we can expect normal sea
sonal adjustments this year.
Moreover, we should not see the
dramatic changes in prices
which took place over the past
several months.
The current strong national
economy will help buoy the
demand for diary products,
thereby helping to uphold better
milk prices this year.
Patsos also spoke about the
cooperative’s efforts to work
with dairy farmers in western
New York to develop a market
for organic milk.
Peter Fredricks of the market
Administrator’s office discussed
the Federal Order Reform
process and the timetable of vot
ing and implementation. He
encouraged the dairy farmers to
systems to help develop site-spe
cific management plans are the fo
cus of our precision fanning ef
forts,*’ said Phil Bax, agronomist
from Spencer, lowa. “In my area.
I’ve also worked with producers
to conduct split planter compari
sons. This technique lets a pro
ducer compare two products or
United Ag Services Posts Reports
attend the hearing in Syracuse
and submit written comments
regarding the proposed order.
Edward Gallagher, director of
planning and regulatory reform
for Dairylea, spent considerable
time discussing the proposed
order reform and how it would
impact the dairy farmers. He
urged all members to write to
USDA Secretary Glickman,
requesting the use of Option la
for pricing class I milk. Option
lb would reduce class I prices by
Agricultural
Leaders Complete
UNIVERSITY PARK
(Centre Co.) - A seminar on the
role and responsibilities of the
director in leading an agricul
tural cooperative was held at the
14th Annual Cooperative
Director Institute here at the
Penn Stater Conference Center
Hotel.
More than 40 participants
from 13 states and several inter
national representatives attend
ed the institute, which offers
issue-driven educational pro
grams to develop the business
and leadership skills of coopera
tive members.
Sponsored jointly by the
Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture and Penn State’s
Cooperative Business Education
and Research program
(CBERP), the institute identi
fies and develops emerging lead-
Dairy Profit Seminars
At Empire Farm Day
STANLEY, N.Y. - Keep the
dates of Aug. 11-13 open for the
fourth annual Dairy Profit
Seminars to be held at Empire
Farm Days in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
at the Rodman Lott Farm.
Management seminars held
daily offer new ideas and infor
mation for Northeast dairy pro
ducers. Complimentary lunch is
served to all dairy producers
who attend.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 features
alternative management styles
and employee relations.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 overviews
cow comfort and using sand bed
ding for the ultimate in cow
comfort. Thursday, Aug. 14 high
lights nutrition and will espe
cially emphasize on-farm shrink
- how to avoid feed loss after
your commodities are on the
farm.
Melanie Wickham, Empire
Farm Days Show manager, said
“The Dairy Profit Seminars are
a tremendous way for dairy pro
ducers to keep up the the latest
information while seeing and
management practices in parallel
strips across a field to help choose
the method that offers the greatest
production benefit It’s just one
more way we can help producers
maximize the return they get from
Pioneer products.”
Comparisons can include estab
lished versus newew hybrids or
varieties, two fertilizer treatments
$1.07 per hundredweight when
fully implemented. He also dis
cussed the effect of the change
from farm point pricing to plant
point pricing.
Following the discussion
period, Robert Nichols, Addison,
N.Y. Don Hamilton, Millerton,
Pa.; and Laverne McCarty,
Forksville, Pa.; were re-elected
to the board of directors Eldon
Towner, Bath, N.Y. and
Douglass Steward, Rome Pa.
were newly elected directors.
ers within the cooperative com
munity.
The institute trains directors
of the region’s member-owned
cooperative organizations to
build the knowledge and skills
needed to succeed in the rapidly
changing business environment.
To be successful, cooperatives
must maintain and increase
their value by helping members
improve profits, gain access to
markets and services, and limit
risk.
Other topics addressed at the
institute included director liabil
ity, communications, strategic
issues in cooperative mergers
and joint venturing, board man
agement relations, leadership,
strategic planning, understand
ing cooperative finances, and
the changing legal and regulato
ry environment.
Aug. 11-13
hearing what others in the
industry are doing. The panel
discussions featuring your peers
allows everyone to learn some
thing new. Be sure to join us.”
Seminar sponsor Agway
Agricultural Products offers the
daily sessions as a way for
Northeast diary producers to
continually gain useful manage
ment information. Mark Giles,
director of strategic develop-
ment, said “We feel very strong
ly that the Dairy Profit
Seminars are invaluable for all
our customers. The seminars
address topics that are timely
and useful in today’s dairy
industry.”
With hundreds of exhibits
and displays, Empire Farm
Days offer many opportunities
for farmers to see the latest
agricultural technology and
products. Plan now to attend.
The Dairy Profit Seminars are
sponsored by Agway Ag
Products, Syracuse, N.Y. and
coordinated by HFW Commun
ications, Sandy Creek, N.Y.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 25, 1998-C3
such as starter and no starter, two
seeding rates or seed treatments or
products from different seed com
panies.
The Pioneer Agronomy Confer
ence is a week-long event held
each year in February. This year’s
event was attended by guests from
Europe, Africa and Asia.
Because United Co-op has a one
member, one-vote policy, the
increase in membership
required the addition of two
directors to the board.
Outgoing President J.W.
Welch was presented a plaque in
recognition of his many years of
dedicated service to dairy farm
ers. Douglas Stewart also made
a presentation to Welch since he
has resigned as president of
Progressive Dairymen’s
Cooperative.
Cooperatives
Directors Institute
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Keynote speakers included
Bruce Anderson, professor of
agricultural economics at
Cornell University; Gordon
Milbrandt, cooperative leader
ship consultant from Spokane,
Wash.; Don Schriver, executive
vice-president of newly formed
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
Cooperative Inc.; Dennis
Mullen, president and chief
executive of Agri-Link Foods
Inc.; Donald Dufek, retired
senior vice-president of Kroger
Foods Inc.; Poerter Little, vice
president of Coßank; Chris Fox
of Agway Cooperative Inc.; and
William Frantz, manager of
environmental affairs for Ocean
Spray Cranberries Inc.
Dr. Robert D. Steele, dean of-
Penn State’s College of.
Agricultural Sciences, ancf-
Samuel E. Hayes, Jr.,
Pennsylvania’s secretary of
culture, addressed the confer
ence at separate luncheons. A
panel of industry experts led dis
cussion of key issues driving
strategic moves by their organi
zations.
Following presentations by
Mullen, Schriver and Dufek on
behalf of AgrilLink Foods (Pro-
Fac), DFA Cooperative Inc. and
Kroger Foods, respectively, the
panelists answered questions
about their recent experiences.
An advanced director insti
tute, coordinated by Cornell
Cooperative Extension and
Northeast Cooperative Inc., and
Kroger Foods, respectively, the
panelists answered questions
about their recent experiences.
An advanced director insti
tute, coordinated by Cornell
Cooperative Extension and the
Northeast Cooperative Counsel
(with support from Coßank), is
scheduled for November 1998 in
Albany, N Y. Penn State CBERP,
with the Pennsylvania Council
of Cooperatives, also offers on
going training in cooperative
principles; general business con
cepts and practices; and leader
ship for cooperative employees,
young cooperative leaders, and
older teens. For more informa
tion, call Penn State CBERP at
(814) 863-0644 or send electron
ic mail to cberp@psu.edu.