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Funding a High Tunnel Through the NRCS EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

Pro Solar Star High TunnelHere at FarmTek, we understand the benefits of growing within a high tunnel. It adds consistency to your crops, lengthens your growing season and promotes locally grown produce. Thankfully, we are not the only ones that see these positives of high tunnel crop production. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also noticed these advantages and has taken an initiative to encourage more farmers to grow in a high tunnel or hoop house. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding was established to encourage season extension of high value crops. NRCS funding is available through the 2014 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to all growers and is a great option for those looking to fund or purchase a high tunnel. Read more

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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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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Fall 2012 Photo Contest Results!

The iF FoundationThe results are in for our Fall 2012 Photo Contest! With all of the great entries we received this time around, it was difficult for our judges to narrow the pool down to just one winner and five runners-up. We received photos of a huge array of products, from greenhouses and high tunnels, to poultry equipment, to barn curtain and shade material. A big thank you to everyone who sent in photos this year. Don’t be discouraged if you weren’t a winner this time. We will be doing this contest again shortly, so keep the entries coming!

Here’s a look at our winners!

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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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2012 Photo Contest Results

The results are in! After much debate and a whole lot of photo admiration, our team of judges has chosen the grand prize winner and runners-up for our 2012 Photo Contest. We’d like to thank everyone that shared their great photos and thoughtful testimonials about our products.

Without further ado—here’s our grand prize winner!

Name – Richard Staus
Location – Hastings, MN
Product – Gro-Max Gothic High Tunnel
Place – First

Gro-Max Gothic High Tunnel 2
Gro-Max Gothic High Tunnel 1“Shopping for the right greenhouse was as important to me as purchasing a vacation home, especially since I knew how much time I’d be spending in it. After checking with several companies, I consulted with a sales rep at FarmTek and felt confident that he could help me make the right choice for my family’s new greenhouse.”
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Take a Lesson from FarmTek U

Since FarmTek was founded, it’s been our goal to help make your life easier. We provide the products you need and we also have the expertise to go along with them. Over the past year, we’ve been adding to the educational resources available to you, our customers. These resources include hands-on training at our Technology Center, virtual webinars, a video library and more. If you aren’t already aware of what we have to offer, let me tell you more.

Technology Center hydroponics setupTechnology Center: In the past year, we’ve built two greenhouse facilities to serve as demonstration areas to teach the public more about sustainability and locally grown produce. In our 35′ by 48′ greenhouse, we are modeling year-round, in-ground high tunnel production, as well as three different hydroponic systems. Our 80′ by 50′ greenhouse is devoted solely to hydroponic production. Attendees at our hydroponic and fodder workshops gain hands-on experience in these greenhouses.
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Top 10 Reasons You Should Own a High Tunnel

Pro Solar Star High Tunnel
Farmers looking to extend their growing season are wisely turning to high tunnel growing. Do you have one yet? If not, here are the top ten reasons a high tunnel can change your farming operation for the better, whether you are a backyard farmer or working 100 acres. Read more

3 Steps to Repair your Greenhouse or High Tunnel for Spring

Commercial GreenhouseHere comes spring! Sounds like good news, but the experienced grower knows it’s time to get down to business. The beauty of using a greenhouse or high tunnel is having control over the climate. With holes or damage to your structure, you lose that benefit. Now’s the time to make your post winter repairs and do some spring cleaning. So, let’s talk about greenhouse and high tunnel repair. Read more