Case Studies Region: Midwest

Tim Gomez – Kansas Dairy Ingredients

Tim Gomez will never forget his 10-day trip to Switzerland in January 2020 right before COVID-19 brought the world to a screeching halt. The Kansas entrepreneur wasn’t there to ogle at the Matterhorn or buy a cuckoo clock. Instead, Gomez toured farms in Gstadd—a place where cheesemaking has been revered for centuries—to learn more about […]

Brent Zimmerman – Saucy Brew Works

In the early days of Saucy Brew Works, Brent Zimmerman got a piece of advice he hasn’t forgotten. An equity investor told the company’s CEO and co-founder to “get internal culture right.” Zimmerman, who started the brewery with Eric Anderson, has kept this message in mind with every business decision he’s made in the five […]

Jim Wells – North American Bison LLC

If that classic cowboy song had been accurately written, generations would have grown up singing: “Oh give me a home where the bison herd roam….” For it’s bison, not buffalo, that once roamed the North American plains by the tens of millions. But Brewster M. Higley, the 19th century Kansas doctor who penned “Home on […]

Caribou Coffee

Whether reading data from the National Coffee Association or merely walking around in public, it’s clear to see the presence of coffee in the United States beverage arena. Forty percent of 18 to 24 year olds and over 50 percent of 25 to 39 year olds will enjoy at least one cup, and on average […]

JP Tournoy – Ciranda

Since the dawn of agriculture, food production has been a social endeavor, from the planting and harvesting of crops to the trading of commodities between communities. Though times and technologies have changed, JP Tournoy wants consumers to understand the bigger picture of global food production, which is still highly social, he says. The CEO of […]

Alex Allen – Pearson’s Candy Company

Most people have something nostalgic that immediately transports them back to their childhood. Maybe it’s a classic arcade game, a Saturday morning cartoon or the first album they ever loved. For some, it’s a piece of candy, but not all candies taste like they did a few decades ago. Recipes and suppliers change, as do […]

Hanby Farms Inc.

The proof is in the photo, Ron Seitz tells Terra Firma in January. Control, a much-loved thoroughbred in Frazeysburg, Ohio, was losing weight and going wobbly despite his owner, Pat Bringardner-Lang, sparing no expense and effort to keep him healthy after his racing days ended. So in early 2017 Bringardner-Lang paid a visit to Hanby […]

Kip Williams – R&C Welding Fabrication Trucking & Crane

You might say they’re generalists who approach any project with a specialist’s touch. For that’s the best way—maybe the only way—for such a heavily capitalized company to operate on the vast heartland  plains as well as in the Rocky Mountain states. Work may not be plentiful at any given time, but when a project arises, […]

Fusion Ag Solutions

Agriculture is often about delayed gratification—hard work, attention to precise measurements and yields that can’t always be predicted or controlled, all contributing to long-awaited harvests.  But plenty of contractors serving commercial growers take a shortsighted approach to the placement and installation of their farming infrastructure. Equipment like feed mills, grain elevators and grain bins are […]

Milis Flatwork

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board says that at last look, the dairy industry was bringing in over $43 billion to the state’s economy, with much of the credit due to the almost 1.3 million cows on 9,520 licensed dairy farms. On average, each of those prolific bovines produces 2,739 gallons of milk a year—and, of […]

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