One Landmark Team Makes a Difference

One Landmark Team Makes a Difference
Landmark Services Cooperative donates over 115,000 meals to families in need

COTTAGE GROVE, WI, December 23, 2019 – During the season of giving, Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) did just that to help local families in need. Thanks to the generosity and caring nature of the employees, members, and business partners, LSC was able to raise and donate 115,614 meals to Second Harvest Foodbank through their NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign, far exceeding last year’s number of 81,982.

LSC is proud to be a diamond sponsor and support this campaign to help end hunger in our communities. This is the seventh year of partnering with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin on the NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign. The foodbank receives over one million requests for help with food security in the 16 counties it serves.

Together, over the course of the campaign employees and members participated in various events, including an online auction, online pet/farm animal costume contest, balloon pop, soup & bread contest, ice cream social and much more. Money raised from each of the events was donated to the campaign.

“Our Landmark team truly exceeded all my expectations with their generosity and big hearts during this campaign. The impact their donations will have in our local communities is absolutely remarkable,” said a heartfelt Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC.

Grain Exchange – Weather Forecast Continues to Bring Optimism

A quick glance at the local 10-day forecast gives me optimism that there will be the weather windows needed to do what we look forward to all year, harvest grain. Wisconsin’s soybean harvest came in at 32% completed vs last week’s 15% while the 5 year average for the same time frame was 55%.  For the US, the soybean harvest is at 46% completed vs an average pace of 64%.  Wisconsin’s corn harvest sits at 7% completed and the 5-year average is 24%.  The US is currently 30% completed vs a 5-year average of 47%.

Although crop progress was viewed slightly bearish, overnight markets made their way higher as traders say China has issued another 10 MMT quota of duty waivers for US soybeans. President Trump claims China has indicated that negotiations are advancing with hopes an agreement can be made next month in Chile.  The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister said they have achieved some progress and the world wants the two countries to end their trade war.

Over the last few weeks as harvest has been delayed and some optimism has grown in trade, funds have purchased bean futures and a modest amount of corn and wheat.  Although overall their position is viewed neutral, it allows for slight support of farmer selling as harvest moves slowly and business decisions are made in the spot market. It is important to always keep in mind breakeven and de-risk when possible/profitable. This year handling the crop will incur greater cost with extra drying, trips to town and most importantly quality management.  With the possibly of more discounts/costs in this crop making timely sales will be as important as ever.

Applications Now Open for the Landmark Scholarship Program

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to announce that applications are now available for high school seniors and current college students to apply for LSC’s 2020 scholarship opportunities.

Once again, LSC will be awarding $750.00 scholarships to fifteen exceptional students. Applications are available on the LSC website at landmark.coop/landmark-gives-back, and completed applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced later in December, 2019. All Landmark members, employees and their children are eligible to apply for the scholarship program.

The LSC scholarship program was created to recognize and reward success as well as encourage academic, professional and leadership development among post-secondary students.

“We cherish the opportunity to be able to support our area students in pursuing and continuing their education,” says LSC’s CEO and President Jim Dell, “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and it’s highly rewarding to play a small part in their continued growth and development.”

LSC is committed to building a stronger future for its members and communities, as well as the agricultural industry as a whole. This scholarship program is one of the many ways that LSC aims to give back to its members. Since its first awarded scholarship in 1989, the LSC scholarship program has bestowed a total of $245,850 in scholarships to deserving students.

Landmark Heating and Cooling and Lennox Industries Team Up to Help a Neighbor

Landmark Heating and Cooling team members in Cottage Grove, WI, know that the frigid winter temperatures will be here soon. That’s exactly why they will be spending next Saturday morning installing a new furnace for helping a deserving Edgerton family. The recipients this year are the Gumbles. Teagan has health issues that are reactive to heat, cold, humidity, allergens and clean air so a program like Feel the Love can really make a difference in her quality of life.

For ten years the Landmark Heating and Cooling team has donated all labor and installation materials to install a brand new high-efficiency furnace, which is  generously donated by Lennox Industries, for a family whose existing unit is severely inefficient or unrepairable at no cost to the recipient.

The Wisconsin family was nominated and selected as part of the Feel the Love program, which asks members of the community to nominate people who are in need. Nominations for the program are accepted year-round, with recipients chosen based on specific criteria each September—before the temperatures start to drop.

“It’s such a rewarding program to be a part of,” says Tom Stangl, sales coordinator at Landmark Heating and Cooling, “There’s no better feeling than knowing that you’re bringing warmth and a sense of security to a well-deserving neighbor in your community. For me, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday.”

Building Excitement in Evansville

COTTAGE GROVE, WI, September 17, 2019 – Landmark Services Cooperative is excited to announce it will break ground on its new 28,000 ton dry fertilizer building at 2:00p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The new building will be located at 750 South County Road M in Evansville. The project will start this fall with an anticipated completion of early summer 2020.

At the June board meeting, the agronomy senior management team presented the opportunity to build a 28,000 ton dry fertilizer plant in Evansville, which was unanimously approved by the board. This new expansion will bring additional dry fertilizer storage capacity, while improving customer service, operational efficiency, and speed of service for members. The increased capacity also means the cooperative will be able to take larger product positions and capture freight savings.

The new plant will allow faster loading, resulting in shorter wait times for the tender fleet and members getting direct loads. Loading time of tender trucks and semi-trucks will be under ten minutes versus 30 minutes in the past. Other key benefits for Landmark members include:

  • Blending 250 tons per hour.
  • Receiving product at 600 tons per hour.
  • Flexibility of fertilizer delivery to Landmark by rail or truck.
  • Cost savings related to insurance, utilities and repairs with older facilities.

“As our membership continues to grow, we remain focused on our ability to serve members’ operations of all sizes in the most timely and efficient manner,” said Landmark CEO & President Jim Dell. “Landmark is proud to be committed to our members’ current and future needs.”

For more information on Landmark Services Cooperative’s programs, contact Chrissy Long at chrissy.long@landmark.coop or 608-819-3126.

Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality products and services. For 85+ years, Landmark has provided farm-related products and services to its more than 11,000 members in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Employing more than 300 full-time people and reaching sales in excess of $373 million, Landmark provides a customer service-oriented approach in the communities it serves. For more information, visit landmark.coop, or call 800-236-3276.

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Landscapes Newsletter | Fall 2019

We’ve got something really big coming soon, something that will help us service our members’ needs for years to come… More details inside our latest newsletter.

Improve My Fuel Economy by 5%? Sign Me Up!

Are you using #2 diesel in your trucks, tractors or construction equipment? We can help you make a meaningful improvement in your fleet’s efficiency and productivity, just by upgrading to premium fuels formulated to meet the needs of today’s engines.  Customers who have made the switch report results ranging from greater fuel economy to reduced downtime – true bottom-line benefits that can mean so much to operations like yours.

Now is the perfect time to make the change to Cenex® Premium Diesel Fuels, because they’ve recently been enhanced to address the tough challenges of new and existing engine technologies.

Modernized diesel engines (2007 models and newer, built to meet EPA emission standards) operate under higher temperatures that can literally “cook” typical #2 diesel, leading to problems such as injector damage, filter clogging, power loss, poor starting, costly repairs and even engine failures. Cenex Premium Diesel Fuel is now the only diesel fuel on the market containing a special additive to help prevent these fouling issues.

We’re confident that no other diesel fuel contains a more complete, balanced and quality additive package. Compared to typical #2 diesel fuel, Cenex Premium Diesel Fuels:

• Improve fuel economy by as much as 5 percent On $3.00 fuel that’s $.15/gal savings!
• Increase power by up to 4.5 percent
• Boost fuel lubricity by 10-15 percent
• Extend life of injectors/injector pumps
• Lower maintenance costs
• Have a higher cetane number (at least 45 but commonly 48)

As an authorized, branded distributor, we can help you put enhanced Cenex Roadmaster XL® Premium Highway Diesel Fuel and Ruby Fieldmaster® Soy-Enhanced Premium Diesel Fuel to work in your fleet today.

Have you contracted your Fall 2018 fuel needs yet?  Landmark can also help you secure pricing for your 2019, 2020, or even 2021 fuel needs.  Need a tank upgrade?  Ask about our 0% Financing Tank Program.

For more information on our Cenex Premium Diesel Fuels and programs contact Landmark today and speak to one of our Energy Specialists.

800-236-3276 ext. 3140

energyinfo@landmark.coop

 

Landmark Welcomes New Leadership – Lee Parker

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Landmark welcomes Lee Parker as vice president of energy and retail services

COTTAGE GROVE, WI, July 9, 2019 – Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is pleased to announce that Lee Parker has accepted the position of vice president of our energy and retail services division, effective June 17. In this role, Lee will be leading the energy and retail services team focusing on strategic planning, business profitability, and employee growth and development.

Lee comes to Landmark with vast experience in the agricultural industry, most recently serving as the vice president, energy operations at Central Valley Ag in Nebraska. He graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in agriculture technology management, ag economics, and natural resources/environmental science. Lee has a comprehensive understanding of cooperative energy services throughout the lower Midwest. His experience consists of managing cooperative energy divisions, creating and operating various energy LLCs, and leading the operations of family-owned independent energy retailers.

At LSC, he looks forward to continued change, and offering services to the members and customers that can assist and improve their operations. In his spare time, Lee enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his girlfriend, Bobbie Jo, and their four collective children.

Landmark Supports Local Farm Breakfasts

Wisconsin farmWisconsin’s iconic farm breakfasts are a quintessential part of the annual festivities of June Dairy Month. Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is proud to sponsor several farm breakfast events throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s farm families host breakfast on the farm events that bring the table-to-the-farm. These family-friendly events are open to the public and offer the opportunity to enjoy Wisconsin-made fresh dairy products, farm tours, wagon rides, kid-friendly entertainment and, of course, farm animals.

This year, LSC sponsored twelve dairy breakfast events including: Columbia Moo-Day Brunch hosted by Kessenich Dairy – Dan, Pam and family; Cows on the Concourse; Dane County Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Klondike Farms – Kevin and Erika Klahn and family; Green County Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Dave and Kathy Minder and family; Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Mighty Grand Dairy Farm; Lafayette County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Cottonwood Dairy; Marquette County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Marquette County Fair Grounds; Richland County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Junction View Dairy; Rock County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Dennis and Barb Kersten; Sauk County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Melvin, Doris, and Greg Lohr Farm; Winnebago County Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Knigge Farm; and Winnebago-Boone Farm Breakfast hosted by Luckey Dairy Farm.

“The Klahn family and Klondike Farms were so honored to be hosts of this year’s Dane County Breakfast on the Farm,” stated Erika Klahn of Klondike Farms. “The support the Dane County Dairy promotion receives from companies like Landmark makes the whole event possible.”

“Breakfast on the Farm is an important event because it creates a positive environment to share the agricultural story,” commented Yogi Brown, treasurer of the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee. “It’s great to see thousands and thousands of folks enjoying themselves at the dairy breakfast and expose many non-farm and farm people to modern agriculture. Landmark has supported the Breakfast on the Farm for many years and understands the importance of helping promote community and telling the Ag story.”

Landmark Sponsors Local Summer Lunch in the Park Program

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to once again sponsor the Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) Lunch in the Park summer food program for children.

For many years, the Lunch in the Park program has been a dream of ECO to help end child hunger. ECO understands that many of the children receiving free and reduced lunch at school during the school year suffer greatly during the summer months due to lack of food options and availability at home. The Lunch in the Park program kicked off on June 10th at Central Lutheran Park in Edgerton and serves from 12pm to 1pm, Monday through Thursday. The program is supported 100 percent by private donations. This year, LSC provided over 2,000 beef sticks and a monetary donation to the Lunch in the Park program.

“LSC’s partnership has given Lunch in the Park another year to provide children and families an opportunity to enjoy a meal together,” expressed Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO. “On the first day we served 73 meals, which is 39 more meals from the first day last year! It is great to see the yearly growth as Lunch in the Park continues to serve more kids. LSC’s continued support helps us to reach more children and families each summer.”

Finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger with programs like these are a natural fit for an agricultural cooperative like LSC. “We are excited to participate in the Lunch in the Park program for a third year by partnering with ECO to help serve food to children in need. ECO puts on a great program that helps fill the nutritional need for students in the summer while Alyssa makes everyone feel welcomed,” commented Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC. “We are proud to be a part of their efforts.”

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