Archive | January 2013

Servi-Tech in Haiti

Jolene Bauer travels on mission trip

Dodge City customer service representative Jolene Brauer and eight members of her congregation participated in a mission trip to Haiti the third week of January.

“I’d like to thank everyone who made donations of goods or cash for the trip,” Jolene said. “We had three very ambitious goals and were able to touch on each goal.”

Those goals were to divert a river, begin construction on an orphanage, and perform medical well-checks.

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Team members inspect the foundation of the orphanage when they delivered the generator.

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Team members survey the work to be done for the river diversion project.

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Jolene Brauer visits with a villager that she met two years ago on her first visit to Aquin, Haiti during a medical well-check.

The river was a project the team first learned about two years ago. The movement of the river due to a hurricane several years ago was devastating to a village of farmers. It was the goal of the team to divert the river to help make the village more agriculturally productive. However, unbeknownst to the team, Hurricane Sandy did even more damage. Any work the team had planned would be disastrous to another group of farmers. Concern brought the team to government officials that were unaware of the severity of the river situation. 

Although the team did not move any rocks, the team did move officials to action. Haitian officials now have a greater awareness of the severity of the issue and promised further investigation and work on the river to ensure the villagers remain self-sustaining and increase their productivity.

The team had great hopes to be able to work on the construction of a hurricane and earthquake resistant kit home for an orphanage. However, due to logistics, the home did not arrive until the end of their stay in Haiti. Fortunately, they were able to procure and deliver a generator to the site of the orphanage so that when the home was delivered, work could begin immediately. A team arrived in Haiti from Wisconsin to begin work on the orphanage the day Jolene’s team left.

Four of the eight team members have a medical background. One member, a retired military officer with experience in third world countries, was invaluable with his background and leadership to the success of the medical mission. Several local community members were treated and given care by the team. The team also performed well-checks on over 90 villagers from infant to elderly with symptoms ranging from minor aches and pains, to severe and potentially life-threatening ear infections.

According to Jolene: “The completion or work on these three goals pale in comparison to the growth in faith of the team members and our witnessing and sharing Christ’s love with the Haitian people. We were able to pray and show compassion for many needy people. We learned what it means to ‘Grow in Faith; Impact the World’ by volunteering our time to the poor, the needy, and the oppressed. Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers of our mission.”

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A typical home in the village. Average household is about 8 – 12 people.

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Villagers doing laundry in the river – about a half-mile walk from their homes.

New Website: mp2.ag

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

We recently published an article in The Wichita Eagle, Kansas’ largest newspaper, about a new project we’ve been working on.

Here’s part of the story:

New website promotes agriculture information, news

One of the most striking issues facing modern agriculture is the disconnect between those who are producing goods and services and those who are consuming.

Less than 2 percent of the U.S. population is involved in agriculture. And yet, American farmers feed not only those in the United States, but others across the globe.

A troubling trend has begun to infiltrate the world of agriculture: ignorance of the processes that are used to produce safe, reliable food while being a good steward of the environment.

The 98 percent of Americans who aren’t in agriculture are hungry for information about where their food is coming from, but there aren’t many options for them that bridge the gap between agriculture and the average lay person.

Until now, and the introduction of MP2, short for “Making the Planet More Productive.”

MP2 (located at www.mp2.ag) was launched earlier this month, and it serves several purposes.

Here’s what MPlooks like. Take a look and tell us what you think!

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Awards

Good afternoon!

Last week our agronomists gathered in Kearney, Neb. for Servi-Tech’s annual Professional Development Conference. During PDC more than 90 agronomists attend educational sessions on a variety of topics and also attend an awards ceremony.

Here’s a list of everyone who won awards, along with a photo gallery. Congratulations to the winners!

Senior Agronomist
Steve Charles
Jeff Schneweis
Heather Johnson
Andy Runyan
Jeremy Gerloff
Corey Fairley
Clinton Burmester

Technical Service Agronomist
Clinton Burmester

30 Year Award
Rick Runyan

25 Year award
Randy Royle
Jean Glover

20 Year Award
Shane Wurm
Jeff McDaniel
Brad Wasson

15 Year Award
Joe Osterhaus
James Bieker
Kyle Fulton

10 Year Award
Teresa Wright
Sean Jenkins

400,000 Acre Award
Steve Kramer

300,000 Acre Award
Kelly Popp
Mike Dart
Clark Poppert

100,000 Acre Award
Andrew Vrbka
Bryce Vance
Jeremy Evans

Rookie of the Year
Mark Dorcey

Leadership Award
Travis Kinnison

Agronomist of the year
Ross Enslin

 

Professional Development Conference

Servi-Tech agronomists are in Kearney, Nebraska this week to continue their world-class education programs.

Memories Monday

Servi-Tech in the late 1980s.

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