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Introducing our new GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures website

GH Screen ShotFarmTek/Growers Supply, the industry-leading manufacturer of greenhouse structures with over 40 years experience and 14,000 structures in the field today, is proud to announce the launch of its new GrowSpan website. The site can be found at, and it represents the culminations of FarmTek/Growers Supply’s greenhouse rebranding efforts. Read more

Have you ever considered living in a greenhouse?

For most growers a greenhouses’ only use is for controlled environment agriculture and being able to grow produce year-round. But a group of agricultural innovators have discovered one of the simplest and most eco-friendly ways to save money on heating and electricity, and it involves shacking up with their plants. To these savvy, green-conscious trendsetters, greenhouses no longer have to be used purely for growing produce and relegated to a small space in the backyard. Instead, this group of innovators are embracing the greenhouse for its warm, cost-effective living space.

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2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
After receiving hundreds of submissions to our photo contest, we wanted to share with you some of our favorites. These photos may not have won a prize, but they still stood out and we felt that we needed to recognize them. We smiled, we laughed and we were awed by some of these great pictures and the stories we received with some of them. There are seven superlative categories and we selected a winner for each. These customers will each receive a dozen pair of our FarmTek Dot Grip Gloves! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!
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And The Winners Are….Announcing Our 2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Photo Contest Winners

It’s that time of year again! The photos came pouring in for our 2013 Fall Photo Contest and we’re here to announce the winners! As always, the quality and quantity of photos we received was large, but we were finally able to narrow it down to a top winner and runners-up. We loved seeing the submissions from our customers—from chickens and cows, to high tunnels and greenhouses, you all sent us some great photos and we love seeing our products in action. If you didn’t submit photos this time around, be sure to do so during our next photo contest. We’d love to see what you have to share! But for now, read on and see how our top finishers are using our products!

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Gone Fishin’ – FarmTek Dives into Aquaponics

aquaponics greenhouse

At FarmTek, we are always looking to try out new things. We stay up to date on the latest innovations and try to delve into new markets as often as we can. That’s why we are so excited to announce that not only do we have a great new aquaponic system at our Iowa location, but we have developed a line of aquaponic systems that will make its debut in our August catalog!

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – All-Natural Seed Prep

Fodder system with HPS lighting

Does the idea of preparing your fodder seeds in bleach make you turn up your nose? Are you concerned with creating the perfect balance of hydrogen peroxide and water for best sanitization? Well, fear no more as these steps are not required! We have recently concluded our testing of seed preparation with basic aeration and boy, are we impressed with the results! By simply soaking seeds in clean water with an aerating ceramic stone for 12 to 24 hours you can skip the sanitizing solution all together. Not only are we seeing superior mold protection throughout the growing process but we are also prompting germination while still in the soaking stage. With expedited germination a greater root mass is developed during the seven-day growing cycle.

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

Feed Buckets

Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your FarmTek products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite FarmTek items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! Since we love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 FarmTek gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of plantyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for FarmTek’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

New Products for Fall from FarmTek

Did you know that we update our catalog four times a year with new products? Our merchandising team works hard year round to find the best items to offer to our customers and the new additions to our Fall 2012 book are no exception. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll be getting the newest catalog next week. (If you aren’t on our mailing list, sign up so you don’t miss out!)

Don’t want to wait another week to find out what’s new from FarmTek? Here’s a special preview just for our loyal blog readers.

For Your Livestock

Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed SystemWith the drought across the country, we know many farmers are struggling to provide feed for their livestock. It’s times likes these when technological advancements such as hydroponic fodder systems are the most significant. Our Fodder-Pro 2.0 Mini Feed System is now available. A “mini” version of the full system, it can produce up to 125 lbs. of fresh, nutrient-rich fodder each day in a system footprint of only 56” wide by 122” high by 120” long. Feeding fresh fodder to livestock offers a variety of health benefits, including improved milk production in dairy cattle, higher fleece appearance in fiber goats and alpacas, higher energy levels in horses and more.
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Chill out! Keeping Livestock Cool on Hot Summer Days

It’s the official start to summer today and temperatures are quickly climbing to 97° here at our corporate offices in Connecticut. The farmers in the office are buzzing about keeping their animals cool during what looks to be a heat wave headed our way. Too much heat takes a toll on farm animals, just like with people, and can affect their health, fertility, and reproduction. In more serious cases heat stress can lead to disease, decreased growth and increased mortality rates.

Dairy Housing in a ClearSpan Fabric StructureKathy B., our guest dairy blogger extraordinaire, is keeping an eye out for warning signs of heat stress in her dairy herd. She pays close attention to any of her girls panting, open mouth breathing or eating less. Even a low level of heat stress in dairy cows can lead to decreased milk production. Read more