Session
Title: 4Rs Thru Precision Ag
Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM
Moderator: Peyton Harper
Farming Smarter, Not Harder

Farming Smarter, Not Harder will be looking into the 4R’s and how we work with our farmers, focusing on precision ag to help produce the best crop they can.  

John Peters (speaker)
Sales Manager
Wilbur-Ellis
John Peters is the Sales Manager for Wilbur-Ellis Company in Western Oregon. Wilbur-Ellis is one of the largest family-owned companies in the world. Specializing in agricultural inputs for producers. Raised on a family farm, John grew up with a love for agriculture. Graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Crop Science, John has been working along side producers for 16 years helping them make the best decisions for their farms. In 2018 he received the prestigious 4R Nutrient Stewardship Advocate award from TFI along with his customer Sodbuster Farms. John and his wife Sarah reside on a small farm in Western Oregon with their five children.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Economic Benefits of a PA Based 4R System

Most view the 4R Nutrient Stewardship system as an environmental impact strategy. But have you thought about the 4R strategy as a beneficial economic system? With proper implementation of precision agriculture and data collection, 4R nutrient management not only reduces nutrient waste and runoff, but provides farmers with an economic blueprint that will place fertility investment in the proper places to maximize production, increase fertilizer efficiency, therefore yielding greater returns on investment.  Join Grant as he discusses the decisions he makes to achieve the goals of greater profitability through strategic investment in a precision based 4R nutrient system.

Grant Strom (speaker)
Co-Owner/Operator
Strom Farms
Brimfield, IL 61517
US

Grant Strom, 37, owns & operates a 5,500 acre corn, soybean, and hay farm with his family in Knox County, Illinois. They also have a small beef cattle herd and operate a custom drying and storage business for corn. The Strom family operation focuses on maximizing profits by utilizing precision agriculture to increase operating efficiencies and production while implementing a 4R Nutrient strategy on the diverse land their farm includes. Grant was named a 2017 4R Advocate by The Fertilizer Institute, currently serves as president of the Knox County Farm Bureau, as an Illinois Soybean Association Ambassador, and a leader for his local 4-H Club.

Length (approx): 20 min
 
The Economics of Conservation Practices

Farmers operate within the confines of the market system, and while there are opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment, each farmer must carefully weigh how those decisions impact them and their family’s financial future. The objective of Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is work one-on-one with farmers to help them understand the costs and benefits of adopting new conservation practices. Utilizing aggregated and anonymized farmer data to serve farmer needs in a way that demonstrates how conservation practices affect both society and farm income.

Travis Deppe (speaker)
Director of Precision Conservation Management
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Bloomington , IL 61702
US
Travis Deppe leads Illinois Corn’s water quality and sustainability initiatives focused on implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and meeting supply chain sustainability demands. In partnership with others, he develops and implements education, outreach, and research to help Illinois corn farmers reach their nutrient loss goals and engage in the sustainability conversation. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), and most recently worked as a sales agronomist within the Growmark retail system. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a minor in agronomy from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in crop and soil science from Illinois State University. Travis Deppe is also involved on the family’s 1,500-acre corn and soybean farming operation in Logan County, Illinois.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Panel Discussion - 4Rs Thru PA
John Peters (speaker)
Sales Manager
Wilbur-Ellis
John Peters is the Sales Manager for Wilbur-Ellis Company in Western Oregon. Wilbur-Ellis is one of the largest family-owned companies in the world. Specializing in agricultural inputs for producers. Raised on a family farm, John grew up with a love for agriculture. Graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Crop Science, John has been working along side producers for 16 years helping them make the best decisions for their farms. In 2018 he received the prestigious 4R Nutrient Stewardship Advocate award from TFI along with his customer Sodbuster Farms. John and his wife Sarah reside on a small farm in Western Oregon with their five children.
Grant Strom (speaker)
Co-Owner/Operator
Strom Farms
Brimfield, IL 61517
US

Grant Strom, 37, owns & operates a 5,500 acre corn, soybean, and hay farm with his family in Knox County, Illinois. They also have a small beef cattle herd and operate a custom drying and storage business for corn. The Strom family operation focuses on maximizing profits by utilizing precision agriculture to increase operating efficiencies and production while implementing a 4R Nutrient strategy on the diverse land their farm includes. Grant was named a 2017 4R Advocate by The Fertilizer Institute, currently serves as president of the Knox County Farm Bureau, as an Illinois Soybean Association Ambassador, and a leader for his local 4-H Club.

Travis Deppe (speaker)
Director of Precision Conservation Management
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Bloomington , IL 61702
US
Travis Deppe leads Illinois Corn’s water quality and sustainability initiatives focused on implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and meeting supply chain sustainability demands. In partnership with others, he develops and implements education, outreach, and research to help Illinois corn farmers reach their nutrient loss goals and engage in the sustainability conversation. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), and most recently worked as a sales agronomist within the Growmark retail system. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a minor in agronomy from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in crop and soil science from Illinois State University. Travis Deppe is also involved on the family’s 1,500-acre corn and soybean farming operation in Logan County, Illinois.
Length (approx): 20 min