Agriculture and Farming

Iowa Ag Sec. Northey Sees Business Standing Strong Through Soft Ag Market

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IA Ag Secretary Northey

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Sept. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey made a stop at Salford USA in Osceola, Iowa Wednesday afternoon. Taking time from his busy schedule, Secretary Northey wanted to make sure he continued his discussions with agribusiness professionals and hear, firsthand, the issues they face during the downturn in the Ag market.

During his 2-hour visit and tour, Northey had conversations with Operations Manager, Robert (Tom) Kober, Plant Manager, Randy Beckett, as well as Clarke County Development Corporation’s (CCDC) Executive Director, Bill Trickey. Much of the dialogue was focused on the volatility of today’s Ag environment and its affect on manufacturing and the local economy, as well as Salford’s positive impact on Osceola’s economy and growing workforce.

When asked about the recent market downturn and how he saw it affecting businesses, Northey said, “There are a lot of people still buying, maybe repairing used equipment, but it’s not like everyone’s shutting down. I’ve talked to people that have said ‘I’ve been conservative, paid stuff down, and now’s the time to trade or upgrade equipment.'”

For Salford, while the softer market has been noticeable, the impact hasn’t been as bad. Through strategic planning and seasonal sales preparations, Kober assured Northey that numbers were looking good, even in the down cycle, which means they’d positioned themselves to benefit even more when the market rebounds.

“This will be a different market,” Kober stated, “Salford brings something so different to the game – even with additional sales staffing – we’ve positioned ourselves where we can benefit – and be a benefit – throughout these changes.”

Canadian-owned Salford Manufacturing moved their USA operations to Osceola in 2007 and soon after showed the company’s focus on integrity, quality, and support of their employees was a priority. Bill Trickey explained, “CCDC gave them our Board of Director’s award because, even during the downturn, they kept their employees on – cleaning, painting, and what-not. And when things picked up, instead of hiring new guys, they gave ’em overtime and helped make the changes needed to make ends meet. That’s why they’re one of our favorites.”

Salford USA staffs 40-45 tradesmen and manufacturing specialists out of Osceola, Iowa. Their primary product is their I-Series secondary tillage products, including field cultivators, fertilizer applicators, coulters, and other field production attachments. Their company’s foundation in Ag manufacturing, along with their founder’s “Don’t touch it unless we can make it better” attitude positions them perfectly for rapid growth and impact in a highly competitive U.S. Ag Manufacturing market.

“One thing that separates us from {the others} is the quality and strength of our equipment,” said Randy Beckett, Plant Manager, “If it never breaks, and you can run it for ten years, you have something that’s pretty valuable. And that’s something farmers understand.”

For more information on Salford USA, contact Robert (Tom) Kober, Operations Manager, Salford, Inc., 925 Furnas Drive, Osceola, IA 50213. Phone: 641-432-6036, email: tom.kober@salfordmachine.com, web: http://www.SalfordMachine.com/.

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Health Experts Advocate for Patients to Heal and Prevent Disease through Locally-Grown Natural Foods

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., April 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EnviroIngenuity today added two health experts to its urban hydroponic vertical farming division. Dr. Dave Williams and Dr. Steven Dreyer join EnviroIngenuity.

Dr. Dave Williams, MD, MPH, Board Certified in Preventive Medicine is completed his residency at Loma Linda University in 2001 and serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Inc., a clinic that helps patients optimize health through assessment, education and therapeutic lifestyle measures that improve health and reduce risk for disease.

“Medical science has shown that the major chronic diseases affecting Western societies are due to underlying processes transpiring in our bodies,” said Dr. Williams. “Hydroponic vertical farming processes results in clean, natural food that is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Consuming fresh, unprocessed, locally-grown produce reduces disease-triggering processes. By making these healthy nutritional lifestyle choices, we can strengthen our body’s immune systems and combined with more exercise and rest, we can all dramatically improve how we feel and enjoy life.”

Dr. Steven Dreyer, DC, FACO also joined the EnviroIngenuity team. An expert in providing specialty care for complicated injuries to the neck, back, and joints, Dr. Dreyer has incorporated extensive nutritional counseling, exercise and preventive health care programs into his practice. He provides intensive personal one-hour nutritional consultations with functional laboratory analysis incorporated.

“EnviroIngenuity’s hydroponic vertical farming processes allow people a way to heal themselves by growing their own pesticide-free produce in very small spaces,” said Dr. Dreyer. “When we eat fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, we benefit from a greater concentration of enzymes and nutrients that can be lost during the food distribution process. What really intrigues me is the way kids take to the vertical home gardens. One day I hope to see my own kids comparing the quality of the produce they grow with each other and understand why it is so important to eat fresh greens.”

EnviroIngenuity’s Verti-Gro(R) hydroponic commercial and home garden systems dramatically increases affordable access to locally grown, natural produce while reducing water use by 85 percent, land use by 70 percent and fertilizer consumption by 50 percent and completely eliminating pesticide use. High-yield vertical home gardens eliminate the need to transport food from the field to the store and then to the home, cutting greenhouse gas emissions over 90 percent. Commercial Verti-Gro(R) hydroponic vertical farms enjoy the same resource efficiencies.

“For years I’ve wanted to find a fun way to engage youth with science and technology and assist them to become more conscious of how natural processes work and why. I’m particularly interested in teaching them how to grow natural, clean food and for them to connect with where their food comes from. When youth they learn early the simple processes of growing food, they develop many valuable skill-sets that can help them throughout their life. Hydroponic vertical home gardens do all that and more plus provide a fun, healthy activity for parents to interact with their kids.” said Erik Cutter, Managing Director of EnviroIngenuity. “Hydroponic vertical farming can correct many shortcomings in the modern American diet by helping families to grow nutritious, flavorful fruits and vegetables at home on a year-round basis.”

About EnviroIngenuity:
EnviroIngenuity was founded in 2009 by Erik Cutter. The company is comprised of forward-thinking professionals, whose goal is to take advantage of the growing demand for more efficient, cost effective sustainable energy solutions, employing solar PV, hi-efficiency LED lighting, green building and hydroponic vertical food production technologies.

EnviroIngenuity’s mission is “advancingreenergy” and reducing waste, thus better utilizing limited natural resources. As we invest in a lower carbon future, the EnviroIngenuity team is focused on helping organizations move forward to deploy sustainable energy solutions using disruptive technologies. http://www.EnviroIngenuity.com .

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Farm of the Future Opens to the Public on Saturday, March 17

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EnviroIngenuityTEMECULA, Calif., March 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm. More than 11,250 Verti-Gro “towers” produce large sweet strawberries, using less than 85 percent of the water required in traditional row production.

The Grand Opening celebration is open to the public on Saturday March 17, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms (in Rainbow Valley), located at 5452 5th Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Tel (951) 212-5805

Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is the first commercial strawberry farm in Southern California to employ vertical hydroponic farming, which promises to change agricultural technology. The Fietz’s three-acre farm, located in Temecula’s Rainbow Valley, would not have been possible due to a lack of water. After drilling their well, they were able to pump just 20 gallons per minute, not nearly enough to grow strawberries commercially.

“An unforeseen water shortage rendered this property unfarmable without vertical hydroponic technology,” said Ken Fietz, Sr. “The Verti-Gro equipment is far more cost effective than the competition and uses 85 percent less water than row farming.”

Vertical farming methods save space, energy and water resources. Just as important, the berries are picked by the consumers on site, removing fuel and transportation costs.

“People no longer have to visit the Epcot Center to see the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr. “I’ve been in the strawberry industry for 40 years and water and pesticides have always been huge issues. Add in lots of manual labor and it’s tough to make a dime at the end of the day. Since my son, Kenny, was willing to take the reins, I helped him implement this highly efficient system that does away with lots of extra expense and reduces the use of pesticides.”

Kenny Fietz, Jr., an agricultural graduate from California State University at Chico, operates the farm with his dad and together they now nurture 45,000 strawberry plants of varying varieties on one acre using the automatic drip system and limited pesticides.

“Because the Verti-Gro system doesn’t use soil, there are no issues with soil borne diseases or pests,” said Fietz, Jr. “The hydroponic process doesn’t require the use of pesticides for these common problems. Energy requirements are also dramatically reduced and harvesting is much easier to perform when you can stand upright instead of stooping over to pick the berries.”

Future plans include developing an urban agriculture learning center offering education on growing a wide range of fruits, microgreens and vegetables using advanced hydroponic processes.

“Our vision is for families to come and enjoy a warm day outside, pick strawberries and dip them in chocolate, picnic under the shade trees, enjoy a healthy experience together and even learn about the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr.

Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is open seasonally March through August, Thursday through Sunday. Check their website at www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com for availability. There is no cost to visit. Visitors will receive a warm hello, a bucket and scissors, a quick education about strawberry harvesting and then be set free to select and harvest their own berries. The U-pick berries are priced at $3 per pound.

Last month, EnviroIngenuity announced a partnership with Verti-Gro® to represent and promote hydroponic vertical farming systems throughout Southern California.

Verti-Gro Inc. designs and manufactures cost-effective, high density hydroponic growing systems. It offers stacked towers to suit large-scale commercial production needs which can be downsized for residential use and Community Supported Agriculture.

About Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms:
The family-owned and operated farm produces strawberries using the highly efficient Verti-Gro hydroponic system. This innovative farming process provides many earth-kind benefits. Their U-pick model offers families the opportunity to pick the freshest, sweetest berries, as well as experience first-hand how they grow. The fun, interactive farm is a great place for the whole family. Whether you come to pick sweet fruit, learn more about farming, enjoy a picnic or grab a few strawberry goodies at their strawberry store, The Fietz family promises you won’t be disappointed. Plan your visit at http://www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com .

About EnviroIngenuity:
EnviroIngenuity was founded in 2009 by Erik Cutter. The company is comprised of forward-thinking professionals, whose goal is to take advantage of the growing demand for more efficient, cost effective sustainable energy solutions, employing solar PV, hi-efficiency LED lighting, green building and vertical food production technologies. EnviroIngenuity’s mission is “advancingreenergy” and reducing waste, thus better utilizing limited natural resources. As we invest in a lower carbon future, the EnviroIngenuity team is focused on helping organizations move forward to deploy sustainable energy solutions using disruptive technologies. More information: http://www.EnviroIngenuity.com .

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards iFOS Multi-Year Contract to Provide Professional Support Services for Financial Computer Systems

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Intelligent Fiscal Optimal SolutionsWASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS), LLC, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Agency has awarded a multi-year contract to provide application development, maintenance and support for the agency national financial systems.

Other project objectives include management and support of national web sites and production related duties in addition to providing helpdesk services to customers. Through the Financial Computer Systems Support contract, iFOS will provide programming and user support by maintaining and/or improving the agency’s Working Capital Fund (WCF) report center website and assisting end users in obtaining the required reports for operational decision-making. These services will be part of the Forest Service efforts to maintain and improve reporting efforts of the agency-wide financial operations.

The firm will also conduct and monitor full-scope Certification and Accreditation (C&A) program phases that integrate into the agency specific System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). This effort will continue to provide the agency with an understanding of how C&A corresponds to the overall implementation of a system within the Forest Service environment. iFOS delivers formally documented recommendations on overall security posture enhancements for public systems.

“iFOS looks forward to providing dedicated expertise at government agencies like U.S. Forest Service. The entire firm is excited on receiving the Financial Computer Systems award. It demonstrates our ability as a small business is able to deliver big results,” commented Tawanda M. Smith, President and CEO, iFOS, LLC.

About Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS), LLC:
Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS)(R) Managing Consultants, LLC is a 8(a) certified, woman-owned small business of staff augmentation, management consulting and training of Accounting, Acquisition, Grants and Financial Management Support Services. iFOS offers specialized Business and Financial Management Solutions to help public agencies and other organizations with their oversight responsibilities of pre-audit readiness, business intelligence and analytics and electronic modernization of public systems. The company professionals have 100+ combined years of prior public service expertise and have successfully completed assignments to improve the quality of fiscal programs including the oversight, maintenance, administration, reporting and audit of complex public operations.

The company is headquartered in Clarksville, Maryland. For more information, visit: http://www.ifoscorp.com .

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