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United Cooperative donates money to the Lodi Agricultural Fair - July 2015

United Cooperative was excited to support the Lodi Agricultural Fair with a monetary donation this year as they celebrated their 150th year! To celebrate this huge milestone, the fair board invited Ben Brancel; WI Secretary of Agriculture, Stephanie Klett, WI Secretary of Tourism and Teyanna Loether, 68th Alice in Dairyland to welcome guests and speak to the group about the importance of agriculture, and how local, free fairs help develop our youth and provide budget-friendly entertainment to the community. Pictured left to right: Dave Endres, Fair board member, Abbey Wethal, United Cooperative representative, Don Ness, Lori Ripp and Russ Cross, Fair board members.

Construction at the Hillsboro agronomy location - May 2015

Construction is under way for the new 12,000 sq ft warehouse at our Hillsboro agronomy location! This new warehouse will be used for seed and chemical storage.

United Cooperative donates $1,000 to Lebanon EMS - May 2015

Kris Duffy (left) presents Kyle Sippel of the Lebanon EMS (right) with a donation to upgrade and replace their defibrillator. The Lebanon EMS serves the Lebanon, Hustisford, Ashippun and Emmet communities.

United Cooperative donates $5,000 to Rural Health Initiative - May 2015

David Cramer (left) presents Rhonda Strebel of Rural Health Initiative (right) with the first of three donations to Rural Health Initiative, a non-profit program designed to address health and safety issues facing family farms. Trained professionals complete a complimentary home visit and perform a health risk assessment with immediate test results and provide information on preventive health care.

United Cooperative makes three Hillsboro/Wilton-area donations, August 2014

Jim Swagel, left, United Cooperative dairy and livestock nutrition specialist in the Hillsboro area, presents a $2,000 donation to Joan Holig toward construction costs for the new Robert Holig Dairy Pavilion at the Juneau County Fairgrounds. Joan’s husband, Bob Holig, passed away in 2012 at 51 years old. A fundraising process was started shortly their after to build a new dairy barn at the Juneau County Fairgrounds in Holig’s memory.

Nicky Degenhardt, left, United Cooperative Wilton feed, agronomy, and energy location manager, presents a $1,000 donation to Bill Degenhardt of the Norwalk Lion’s Club for their annual Norwalk Lion’s Club Truck and Tractor Pull. Proceeds from the event help support the Norwalk-area community.

United Cooperative presents a $1,000 donation to the Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull in Hillsboro. Jim Swagel, left, United Cooperative dairy and livestock nutrition specialist in the Hillsboro area, stopped on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and presented the check to committee members James Slama, center, and Zach Bender, right. Proceeds from the Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull benefit various causes in the Hillsboro area.

United Cooperative donates to Green Valley Enterprises, July 2014

The annual Green Valley Enterprises Ham ‘N Jam fundraising event was held Sat., July 26, 2014. Once, again, this year, United Cooperative was one of many major sponsors. Pictured here: Bob Cleland, left, United Cooperative propane delivery specialist, presents United Cooperative’s $500 donation to two Green Valley Enterprises’ clients: Tony Beauchamp, Lomira, center, and Camille Butler, Beaver Dam, right. Green Valley Enterprises has been serving Dodge-County area special needs families for more than 40 years.

UC helps buy bleachers for Kewaunee County Fair show ring, July 2014

United Cooperative has donated $1,700 to help purchase seven bleacher units for the Kewaunee County Fair Livestock Show Ring in Luxemburg. United Cooperative employees presented 4-H exhibitors with the check on Wednesday, July 23, in Denmark. Brian Huntowski, United Cooperative energy service manager, is presenting the check on the left, and Ron Jacobson, United Cooperative energy distribution manager, is on the far right.

County-fair season is in full swing, July 2014

Marty Kaul, left, United Cooperative nutritionist from our Wilton location, presents a $1,000 donation for the small-animal learning center (pictured in back) to Monroe County Fair Board members Dr. Steve Doll, middle, vice president, and Simon Wells, secretary.

United Cooperative donated new gates for the swine barn at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. Front row, left to right: Alan Schroeder, United Cooperative Sauk City feed and grain location manager; Jesse Even, LaValle; Lily Marten, Reedsburg; Brianna Marten, Loganville; Lillian McPherson, LaValle; Brooke Benseman, LaValle; Lucas Riberich, Rock Springs; Nicole Riberich, Rock Springs; and Jeremy Peebles, United Cooperative energy sales specialist, covering Baraboo, Reedsburg, and Hillsboro areas. Back row, left to right: Katie Hacker, Sauk City; Jacob Sprecher, Sauk City; Logan Sprecher, Sauk City; Adam Nolden, Prairie du Sac; Luke Sprecher, Sauk City; Sally Albers, Prairie du Sac; Maddie Bonham, Baraboo; Kelsey Brown, Baraboo; Sarah Albers, Prairie du Sac; Marlee Bonham, Baraboo; Joe Acker, Reedsburg; and Abby Field, Reedsburg.

United Cooperative participated in the Fond du Lac County Fair youth livestock auction. Left to right: Logan Birschbach, Eden, Taft 23 4-H Club, and Joseta Halbur, United Cooperative energy sales specialist.

Video from one of our drones, July 2014

One of our drones captured this video at our July 17th Answer Plot in South Beaver Dam. You can see the different colors of the hybrid varieties. In addition, the yellow-colored corn in the background is a nitrogen study where insufficient nitrogen was applied. Drones are proving to be a useful tool in helping the agricultural industry produce an abundance of food for the world's growing population.

United Cooperative donates to Kendall Fire Department, July 2014

United Cooperative recently donated $1,000 to the Kendall Fire Department toward paying off the loan on one of their trucks. The Kendall Fire Department provides fire protection for Kendall and three area townships. Pictured here: Dar Petersen, center, manager of United Cooperative’s Kendall Cenex Fastrip, and Colleen Johnson, right, manager of United Cooperative’s Kendall feed and farm supply store, present the $1,000 donation to Richard Martin, left, of the Kendall Fire Department.

United Cooperative improves efficiency in Rock Springs, July 2014

Our Rock Springs grain location has removed the old scale house and is preparing to break ground for a new office, with scale house included, at the same location -- by the scale and probe. It will improve efficiency and be much more easily accessible to our patron members than the current office. A temporary trailer near the scale and probe serves as a scale house in the interim.

United Cooperative studies drones for use in crop scouting, June 2014

United Cooperative is in the preliminary stages of using drones for crop scouting. We're hoping to roll out more use of the technology in the future.

Jim Kemink, left, United Cooperative vice president of agronomy and seed sales, and Duane Swenson, United Cooperative agronomist, watch what the drone is seeing (center) with it's camera on a smartphone.

Our agronomy interns are learning about the drones they're studying with while interning at United Cooperative this summer. Left to right: Wade Oehmichen, BASF; Kevin Beth, intern at our Reedsburg and Prairie du Sac locations; and Mike Buiter, intern with our South Beaver Dam and Deerfield locations.

Grain-bin construction underway in Auroraville, June 2014

We’re adding a new 651,000-bushel grain bin in Auroraville. It will be filled by a 16,000-bushel-per-hour conveyor and unloaded by an 11,000-bushel-per-hour conveyor with a single-pass, zero-entry bin sweep. Foundation: 658 cubic yards of concrete and 82,000 pounds of rebar. General contractor: Grain Elevator Services LLC, New London, Wis. Benefit: faster service for our Auroraville customers during the busy harvest season.

Warehouse space added in Sauk City, June 2014

If you haven’t seen it, yet, our Sauk City feed and grain location features a new 12,000-square-foot warehouse addition (far right). Major benefit: We have more product and ingredients readily available for our member customers.

United Cooperative helps build handicap-accessible playground equipment, May 2014

United Cooperative has donated $1,000 toward the addition of handicap-accessible playground equipment in Horicon's Kiwanis Park. Left to right: Jenny Harris and Liz Darner, community leaders and fund raisers with the Horicon Phoenix Program, and Lyle Poch, manager of our Horicon grain location.

Patronize your local United Cooperative Cenex Convenience Store

Here's a 1-minute snapshot of our Watertown Cenex store. Enjoy!

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