L.E.A.D Academy

Liqui-Grow is excited to announce the launch of a new education platform designed to share information with our growers on agronomy technologies, product development research, local and national economic data, and more.

Over the past 50 years, Liqui-Grow has invested heavily in agronomy research to develop cutting edge products that achieve profitable high yields. We have historically shared our insights with local growers, and now plan to expand that effort.

Virtual Learning Seminars

We have partnered with regional experts to host these sessions.

CARBON MARKETS: Cover Crops & The Current & Future Impact Of Carbon Credits

2/9 @ 9:00am
Sustainability CEUs: 1
Carbon market and all the buzz. Experts will discuss the immediate impact of carbon credits and cover crop strategies and review what to expect for the next 3-5 years.

Speakers
Mariah Murphy, Land-O-Lakes
John Tinsman
Jake Vossenkemper

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CARBON MARKETS: Cover Crops & The Current & Future Impact Of Carbon Credits

2/9 @ 9:00am
Sustainability CEUs: 1
Carbon market and all the buzz. Experts will discuss the immediate impact of carbon credits and cover crop strategies and review what to expect for the next 3-5 years.

Speakers
Mariah Murphy, Land-O-Lakes
John Tinsman
Jake Vossenkemper

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Maximizing Yields with Co-Applied Nutrients and Fertilizer Banding

2/11 @ 9:00am & 2/12 @ 7:00am
Nutrient Management CEUs: 1
Using co-applied nutrients is key to maximizing yield effects from banding. This talk will review all current and future technologies.

Speakers
Jake Vossenkemper

2/11 @ 9:00am

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2/12 @ 7:00am

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Short Corn & Updates On New RW Traits & Control Strategies

2/16 @ 9:00am
Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5
Crop Management CEUs: 0.5
A review of the latest data on short corn and the new corn traits in the R&D pipeline.

Speakers
Connie Davis
Jody Gander

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Biologics And All The Buzz

2/18 @ 9:00am
Crop Management CEUs: 1
A review of five years of field testing and which biologics increase yields and profit in our geography.

Speakers
Jake Vossenkemper

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Strategies For Increasing Profitable Soybean Yields

2/19 @ 9:00am
Crop Management CEUs: 1
A review of techniques, products, and new technologies that can be incorporated to increase profitable soybean yields.

Speakers
Jake Vossenkemper
Katie Hess

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State Of The U.S. & Ag Economy & Future Outlook

2/23 @ 9:00am
Professional Development CEUs: 1
An expert panel discusses the U.S. and Global economic outlook and anticipated impact on the ag economy in 2021.

Speakers
John Tinsman
Scott Tinsman
Curt Strubhar, Advance Trading
Jake Vossenkemper

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Agronomy Expert Panel Discussion

2/25 @ 9:00am
An open question and answer sessions with various experts in agriculture. Growers will have an opportunity to ask questions about what keeps them up at night.

Speakers
Matt Blythe, Bayer
Jake Vossenkemper
Hov Tinsman
Katie Hess

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Improve Yields with Fungicides and Insecticides 2021

6/10 @ 9:00am
On site in Roseville, IL, Dr. Jake Vossenkemper shares the latest research and tips on how to improve yields with fungicide and insecticide application. This webinar will cover… • Weather Outlooks and Disease • Diseases in Corn and Diseases and Insect Pest in Soybean • Best Application Practices and Pesticide Products

Speakers
Jake Vossenkemper

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Predicting Nitrogen Loss with NVision Ag, 2021

6/21 @ 9:00am
Dr. Jake Vossenkemper interviews Dr. Peter Scharf, Founder & CEO of NVision Ag, about his studies and advice for predicting and rescuing nitrogen deficient corn.

Speakers
Peter Scharf
Jake Vossenkemper

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Speakers

Jake Vossenkemper, PhD

Jake Vossenkemper, PhD
Dr. Jake Vossenkemper earned a Master’s of Science in the Plant and Soil Sciences from Oklahoma State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. He has been conducting applied crop management research for over 13 years. Previously he was a research fellow at the University of Illinois and an Agronomy Research Manager for DuPont Pioneer. Currently he leads all agronomy research and product development for Liqui-Grow.

Katie Hess

Katie Hess
Katie Hess was raised on a grain farm in Northern Illinois. She graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Ag Business and a minor in Agronomy. She has 10+ years of experience in seed, chemicals, fertilizer, and precision ag product management, and she has her CCA and 4Rs NMS certification. Katie is the Seed and Seed Treatment Manager for Liqui-Grow.

Scott Tinsman

Scott Tinsman
Scott Tinsman is COO of Twin State, Inc. and the Liqui-Grow brand of fertilizers. He is also Chairman of Rock River Lumber and Grain, CEO of Sivyer Steel Castings, LLC, and a managing partner of Twin State Technical Services. Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University, B.S. of Industrial Engineering. Prior to joining the family business, Twin State Inc, in 1989, Scott was employed by IBM in engineering, sales, and finance leasing. Active in his community, Scott has served as a volunteer for many Quad City organizations including as a Board of Directors member for several businesses and non-profits, school board member and board president for Bettendorf Community School district, and The Fertilizer Institute (Washington, DC).

Hovey Tinsman

Hovey Tinsman
Hovey (Hov) grew up in the Quad Cities and graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado. He joined the family business, Twin State Liqui-Grow, in 1983 and was based in Madison, WI where he developed the liquid fertilizer footprint in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. He relocated to corporate headquarters in Davenport, IA in the early 1990s. In 1997, first-generation ownership began a five year transition to the second generation, and Hov was named President in 2002 and maintains that position today along with management of the revenue strategy.

John Tinsman

John Tinsman
John studied Economics at Northwestern University and University of Oxford. John previously worked as an institutional crude oil market maker and securities trader in Chicago before returning home to join Twin State Inc. as Director of Purchasing, Trading, Investments. John takes part in the financial management of Twin State Inc., and procures Ammonia, Urea, UAN, Potash, Phosphoric Acid, Phosphates, Zinc, and Sulfur for the fertilizer plant. John specializes in supply and demand forecasting and economic trend analysis.

Mariah Murphy

Mariah Murphy
Mariah Murphy is the Sr. Manager of Member Owner Engagement for Truterra LLC, a division of Land O’ Lakes. Graduating from Northwest Missouri State with a double major in Agronomy and Horticulture, Mariah began with Winfield United and was a seed DSM prior to joining Truterra in 2017. She grew up on the family farm in NW Missouri and currently resides in Missouri Valley, IA with her husband Mike and son Wallis where they are active in his family farm.

Curt Strubar

Curt Strubhar
Curt Strubhar is a Commercial Merchandising Consultant and Vice-Chairman of ATI. Raised on a central Illinois grain farm, Curt graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Economics and started his career as an ag chemical sales rep. He joined ATI in 1995. Curt serves as a commercial consultant with clients that include grain warehouses and grain end users. He has clients from the Corn Belt through the Hard Red Winter Wheat Belt. Curt’s tenure with ATI has included travel to Brazil, South Africa, and Ukraine to help identify opportunities in those regions. Curt is a current member of the National Grain and Feed Association's Risk Management Committee and a subcommittee for the CFTC’s Ag Advisory Committee. He is a past Alliance Board Member of the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois and a long-time member of the Workforce Development Committee.

Connie Davis
Connie Davis, Corn Systems Market Development Manager Disease, Yield and Stress for Bayer Crop Science. She is the technical lead for US Markets on current and new yield and stress traits in corn, and is responsible for technical project prioritization, product positioning and coordination of field protocols and research programs for the US corn business to support new corn product launches and corn systems focused on diseases and short corn. She has experience with cross functional collaboration from Technology R&D to Marketing and Sales support with customer facing field teams. She also has extensive experience in corn breeding, trait integration and field research in 21 years with the company.

Matt Blythe
Matt Blythe is a Key Account Manager for Bayer Crop Science. In this role, Matt works with accounts on all aspects of the overall Bayer portfolio which includes Dekalb/Asgrow, Bayer Crop Protection and Climate. Matt has 26 years of experience with Bayer indifferent roles across areas in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Matt lives in Williamsburg, Iowa.

Jody Gander
Jody Gander is a Market Development Manager for Corn Traits within the Corn Agronomic Systems Group at Bayer Crop Science. In this role, Jody works cross-functionally with several organizations across Bayer to develop and support the next generation of corn insect control technologies as well as to support their current commercial corn insect trait platforms. Jody joined Monsanto in 2007 as a Technology Development Representative (TDR) conducting research trials and providing sales support to the various Monsanto seed brands. Prior to joining Monsanto, Jody served as a Technical Service Representative with American Cyanamid and as a Research Agronomist/Agronomic Research Manager with Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Jody has a B.S. in Agricultural Education and an M.S. in Agronomy, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas.

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