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The Equity wins 2021 Excellence in Business Award

May 03, 2021

The Equity wins Excellence in Business Award for long-term growth

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The Equity Farm & Home Store Expanding

Apr 23, 2021

The Equity Farm & Home Store in Effingham is set to expand into a new warehouse.

Mark Cullen

Mark Cullen Elected to NGFA Board of Directors

Apr 01, 2021

NGFA Members Elect Officers and New Directors The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) announced its members elected officers and new directors. Congratulations to Mark Cullen, Senior Vice President, Feed and Livestock, The Equity for being elected to the NGFA Board.  

Mark Cullen, Senior VP, Feed & Livestock

The Equity welcomes Senior VP, Feed & Livestock

Jan 20, 2021

The Equity is excited to welcome Mark Cullen to our Team as the Senior Vice President of Feed & Livestock. Mark was most recently the Executive Vice President of Animal Nutrition at Landus Cooperative. Mark's extensive background in feed manufacturing, soy processing, animal nutrition sales, domestic and international brand management, and his industry knowledge in swine, dairy, beef and other species will be a nice addition to the experience of the Team members in the departments he is leading.

Planters Precision Expands Footprint - Announces acquisition of Saddoris Precision Meter

Dec 30, 2020

Planters Precision, an innovative precision ag company owned by The Equity, is excited to announce its acquisition of Saddoris Precision Meter, a precision agronomy company located in Moweaqua, Illinois. Saddoris Precision Meter will operate as a new location for Planters Precision.

The Equity welcomes New Loan Portfolio Manager

Dec 07, 2020

The Equity is excited to welcome Jennera Clark to our Credit Department as the Loan Portfolio Manager. Jennera goes by ‘JJ’ and will be heading up the GO FLEX program where growers can finance crop inputs to take advantage of early pay discounts.

Planters Precision Expands Footprint - Announces acquisition of H & H Precision

Dec 02, 2020

Planters Precision, an innovative precision ag company owned by The Equity, is excited to announce its acquisition of H & H Precision, a Precision Planting and Yetter Equipment dealer located east of Gays, Illinois. H & H Precision will operate as a new location for Planters Precision.

Effingham blood drive flyer

The Equity to Host Blood Drive

Dec 01, 2020

The Equity will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, December 21st from 9 am to 2 pm. The mobile unit will be located at The Equity Farm & Home Store parking lot on Temple Avenue. If you are wanting to give, visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive and search for sponsor code ‘EFFEQUITY’ to book a time.

Altamont new office location

The Equity Altamont Multimillion Dollar Expansion

Oct 08, 2020

Effingham Daily News - written by Chris Mills   A multimillion dollar expansion of The Equity is underway in Altamont, according to Altamont Operations Manager Clint Bowman and Sales Manager Brett Stuemke.“We just got the point we had to expand,” Bowman said. “We definitely outgrew our old building.”When The Equity made Altamont its third location in 1976, it used an existing building on the property for the office and warehouse. That was recently demolished to make room for new construction. Since 1976, Equity built an 80-by-100-foot building on its Altamont property for fertilizer, along with a shop and chemical building. The shop and chemical building came down as part of the property demolition and the fertilizer building on the east portion of the property remains.The Equity’s COO of Agronomy, Tim Bence, said The Equity now has 23 locations in south-central Illinois.Bowman said they have been considering expansion of the Altamont facility for several years.  “We’ve been kicking the idea around for five years and this time last year it became a sure thing,” Bowman said.Bowman said currently being laid is the concrete work on the north side of the property for a 40-by-80-foot office building that will have an 80-by-120-foot attached shop. There will also be a 80-by-100-foot building dedicated to chemicals with an attached 80-by-232-foot warehouse for chemicals and seed.“Once the chemical building is finished, it will be fully state of the art and automated,” Bowman said. “It will make it more efficient and quicker to load things out. We’ll be able to load more trucks out at one time.”He said the expansion would not include a dedicated retail store front like the Effingham Equity facility.“We do sell bags of lawn fertilizer and grass seed, however, we don’t really keep a large inventory on hand,” Bowman said.  Offices are temporarily located in trailers parked on the property until the construction of the new office is complete.“The office and shop is projected to be completed the first part of December and the rest of the project is supposed to be complete by March 1,” Bowman said.Bowman said almost of all the work on the new buildings are Effingham County contractors.“For the most part, we are staying with local contractors on this job,” Bowman said.He said major contractors working on the project are RC Buildings, based south of Altamont, which is putting up the new buildings, Dale Esker Concrete Construction is pouring the concrete, R and H Plumbing and Heating is working on plumbing and electric and Sandschafer Electric is working on electric.“This is a unique location,” Bence said about Altamont. “This is the one location we have co-managed by two individuals and they do an outstanding job.”Bence said he credits the Altamont expansion on the hard work of co-managers Bowman and Stuemke. Bowman has been working at the Altamont facility since 2006, and Stuemke has 16 years working for The Equity.“They are the one’s who put all of the work in and built the Altamont branch up and have a lot to do with the new design,” Bence said. “Altamont is a little unique because it is managed by two individuals.”Stuemke said The Equity serves several farms in the Altamont area.“We have from 100 to 120 individual farms we service,” Stuemke said.“We service about 200,000 acres of corn, soybeans and a little wheat,” Bence added. Bowman said Altamont Equity employs 21 full-time staff members and adds 10 to 15 part-time workers during its busy seasons.Read More

Charles Leitz and his son Ben pig barn

First-year Farmer Meets Challenges with Support

Oct 03, 2020

Illinois Farmer Today - Charles Leitz and his son Ben have had an eventful first-year as pig farmers but are pleased with how they have managed in the trying conditions of 2020. 

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