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Introducing our new bloggers

Meet our bloggers

If you are a devoted blog follower of ours, you may have noticed a few new contributors recently. Over the past few months, we have had several new writers contributing to the blog, and we wanted to take a moment to personally introduce our new team of writers. Learn more about our new contributors as they share some of their personal experiences and industry expertise that has led them to joining the FarmTek team. Read more

Breaking the Ice – Taking the initial steps to prepare for spring

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Although here in New England we were not pummeled with usual amounts of snow, there are still many places that were, and no matter how much snow fell, it is important to prepare for the warm weather ahead. Whether the temperatures rise slowly or swiftly, the spring season can be overwhelming with the amount of work to do around the barn. Help make your transition into spring a little less stressful with some of my helpful spring season preparation tips. Read more

Customer Spotlight: Underground Greens

IMG_6384Challenge – Time consuming growing process
Solution – Two HydroCycle 9″ Pro NFT Series Microgreen Trays
Application – Expanding a microgreen business

Maryna Higgins is the owner of Underground Greens, a microgreen business, which she started in her D.C. apartment in 2015. Higgins began by growing a few varieties of microgreens while testing the market, and early on she found that local chefs preferred having smaller, more frequent deliveries which Higgins then started to offer. Read more

Announcing our new Controlled Environment Agriculture experience!

image2aA lot has happened here at FarmTek since our last blog post. For one thing, a new year is now upon us, and in the transition from 2015 to 2016, we took a deep dive into our Controlled Environment Agriculture schools with one major question in mind, “How can we improve the overall CEA learning experience for our guests?” Read more

2015 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

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Our 2015 photo contest supplied us with literally hundreds of new customer submitted product photos, and our winning photos were just a small sampling of the great photos we received. If you haven’t had a chance to see our 2015 winning submissions yet, you can learn all about them in our 2015 Photo Contest Winners blog posted last week. With such a collection of high-quality submissions this year, we wanted to take a moment to share some of our other favorites with our Honorable Mentions category. Read more

Announcing the 2015 FarmTek Photo Contest Winners!

2015 Photo ContestOur 2015 photo contest proved to be another record breaker for us! After sorting through more submissions than ever before, we were finally able to narrow the field down to just our top six submissions. Congratulations to our lucky winners and thank you to all those who participated. Read more

Customer Spotlight – Krapfl Ag. Commodities

56 x 180 Petersburg, IALocation: Petersburg, Iowa

Challenge: Harsh weather and manure runoff

Solution: ClearSpan Beef Master Systems Building

Size: 56’W x 180’L

Application: Livestock Housing

Tim Krapfl, owner of Krapfl Ag. Commodities, knows all too well the unpredictability of the weather in Iowa. From cold winters to hot summers, Krapfl realized he needed protection from the elements for his beef cattle. Part of Krapfl’s business is backgrounding Holstein feeder cattle that can weigh anywhere from 300-600 pounds. He needed a large, open-air structure where he could protect his cattle from the weather, while also keeping tight control over manure runoff. He found this solution in a ClearSpan Beef Master Systems building. Read more

Economic, social and community support through Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USAFood, and how Americans buy, store and consume it, has become a heavily politicized issue in recent years. Lawmakers are currently bickering over how to handle crops grown using GMOs, and all you have to do is look around and you’ll find products proudly labeled “organic” or reusable containers made from recycled materials.  While this trend has had a number of positive and negative effects, one of the more beneficial aspects is that it has also made way for organizations, like Fair Trade USA, that spark economic, social and community change. Read more

Finding your manure match

ManureWhile it’s certainly not a glamorous job, spreading manure in crop fields, garden beds, high tunnels and more has proven highly beneficial in terms of crop yield and quality. When carefully planned, spreading manure can prove to be a cost-efficient manner of both soil management and fertilizer. Many farmers assume that all manure acts the same way, so very little research is done beforehand, leading to poor manure choices, which can damage crops and lead to long-term soil damage. This week, we will be covering some of the most commonly used manures and discussing the positives and negatives of each type. Provide your fields and crops with the nutrition they need by selecting the right manure for you. Read more

Preventing Barn Pests

Mouse in the barnSpring time is near, and that means that unwanted barn dwellers will soon come out of hiding and become active once again. Pests are not only unsightly, but can also be hazardous to your health and the health of your livestock. Whether your pest problem is large or small, quickly identifying and addressing any sort of issue is the proper thing to do. Read more