Agronomy education meeting provided for local farmers

2014-03-17T12:39:00Z 2014-03-17T23:02:22Z Agronomy education meeting provided for local farmersColleen Brunner Butte County Post correspondent Rapid City Journal

NISLAND | In an ongoing effort to help provide solid and up-to-date information for farmers on different options and opportunities, CBH Cooperative and Finkbeiner Feed and Seed of Belle Fourche, have been presenting educational meetings around the companies' service area in local communities including Union Center, Belle Fourche and Nisland.

The most recent meeting was an Agronomy Education Meeting held in those three areas March 4 and 5, with some as breakfast meetings, some as luncheons and some in the evening. A courtesy meal was provided along with the information.

"We held the first meeting the first week of February," said Meghan Foos, representative for both CBH Cooperative and Finkbeiner's. Foos, who graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID and graduated with a Major in Animal Science and a Minor in Range Science is highly qualified to facilitate the meetings and provide information on a variety of topics.

Matt Moore, Assistant Manager at Finkbeiners and a graduate of BHSU has worked for the company for the past six years.

"The topic (at the first meeting) was DuPont Ag Products and spray advice on water pH as well as the correct mixing for the order," shared Foos. "We are doing these meetings to help give more education to growers about pesticides, plant nutrition, seed, and a variety of topics that growers request. Farming practices are progressing and Western SD growers need to get the information so that they can progress, too. We are offering special discounts at each meeting so that it is more enticing for a producer to try new or different products."

Foos said the next meeting will be a spray clinic on April 2 and 3. and the Butte County Weed and Pest meeting will follow on April 9. Those meetings will be held at Pepper's 401 in Nisland at 11 a.m. and at the Belle Fourche Country Club at 5 p.m. The Butte County Weed and Pest meeting will follow on April 9 so these opportunities should help prepare those who are interested in attending the Butte County meeting.

At the meeting at Nisland on March 5 at 12 p.m. at Ma and Pa's restaurant, two different companies were represented besides the two hosting the meeting. Brian Leighton of Crop Products Services/Loveland account manager and Bill Mayhew of AMVAC both spoke about their services and the usability of different products for different needs.

Foos is excited about helping local growers to learn more so they can be better producers. She encourages all local farmers to attend the meetings to become better informed on the new products and services available in the local area as well as what the two companies can provide.

Contact info for Foos is 605-645-7556 or mfoos@cbhcoop.com and for Moore it is 605-723-3333.

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