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Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year

dairy barn with fansAs some of our avid readers already know, it is my favorite time of year—FALL!  This means finishing up hay crops, chopping corn and traveling to livestock shows. In the dairy industry, the Super Bowl of dairy shows is World Dairy Expo. Expo is a place where the industry comes together to celebrate its finest members, as well as look to the future, by displaying the best of the best in newest innovations and products.

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

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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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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

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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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Military Life to Farm Life ― An Interview with a Farmer-Veteran

Here at FarmTek, we know our veterans and our farmers are the backbone of this country. What better way to pay tribute to our nation’s independence than to celebrate our veteran farmers? That’s why FarmTek has teamed up with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to provide discounted supplies for returning service men and women to start new careers in agriculture.

Our guest author, Emily Goldsher, interviewed one member of this program to learn more about the transition from military life to farm life. Matt Soldano, U.S. Marine and proprietor of Southtown Farms in New Jersey, shares his story.

First, can you tell me a little about yourself and your time in the United States Marine Corps?

FVC BrochureMy name is Matt Soldano. I was an active duty Marine from 2002 to 2006. I started off working as a field artillery cannoneer until our unit became a provisional rifle company, as the Iraq war progressed. From 2004 to 2005 I deployed with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion 10th Marine Regiment, to the Al Anbar Provence of Iraq. There, I served as a fire team leader in charge of three other Marines. Our unit was charged with defending the outer perimeter of the Abu Ghraib prison. After returning from Iraq, our unit transitioned back to an artillery battery, where I served as an Ammunition Team Chief until my end of active service in 2006. Read more

Spotlight on The Baalands – “Fabric Structures are Hard to Beat.”

Sheep Farm Livestock Housing 2Many farmers are often in search of a cost-effective and comfortable environment to house their livestock during the winter. Now that spring has sprung, how did your livestock fair over the winter season? If you’re looking into a better situation for next year, see how one of our FarmTek customers solved her animals’ winter blues with a ClearSpan™ Storage Master SolarGuard Building, which she uses for sheep housing and extra storage space.

Susan Shoenian, the owner of The Baalands sheep farm in Clear Spring, MD, prefers that she has a barn for lambing and sheltering her animals during the winter. She explains, “I’m a firm believer in housing sheep in the winter because it cuts down on my labor, since feed and water are in the barn. Less feed is needed because the sheep are warmer and don’t have to walk as far, and they don’t beat up the pastures.” Read more

Spotlight on Pure County Pork and their Healthy Hog Housing

 Pure County Pork - Healthy Hog Housing 1More and more people are realizing the significance of knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced. So, raising livestock that will eventually be sold as food has to be done in a way that makes the consumer feel comfortable feeding it to their families. This means that it is crucial to care for the animals in the healthiest, most humane way possible from day one until they are sent off to their final stop. Paul Klingeman, owner of Pure County Pork, realized that he needed to find a cost-effective, clean way to house his pigs in order to keep his customers, as well as the animals, happy. He found exactly what he was looking for in fabric structures. Read more