I grew up on a small dairy farm in Lomira, WI, one of 8 children. I founded Kondex in 1974, along with a lot of help from my family. At Kondex our mission is Feeding & Fueling the World. We spend every day developing new ideas and products that have greatly improved harvesting of hay & forage crops, corn and small grains. We were told many times that something could not be improved, but we always came up with a great idea that resulted in faster cutting speeds or reduced plugging for farmers. As an example, on the farm growing up, we used 7’ mowers that cut at about 2 miles an hour. Today, with many improvements from Kondex and others, combines are harvesting grain with headers 40’ wide and cutting in a range of 6-8 miles an hour.
American farmers need greater stability with commodity pricing which generally is covered through crop insurance. A 5 year ag bill that includes crop insurance is needed.
American agriculture is very “cutting edge”, with many improvements occuring every year. We are doing a substantial amount of work with European farming initiatives. We can learn a lot about their renewal farming practices and apply more of this technology here in North America.
Renewal energy, particularly cellustic, will continue to provide added revenue for producers.