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For Immediate Release: May 9, 2024

ALCIVIA Awards 25 Scholarships to Local Youth Pursuing Secondary Education

COTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA is pleased to announce the winners of our annual scholarships. The cooperative recently presented 25 scholarships of $1,000 each to a group of local high school seniors and collegiate students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarships were awarded during ALCIVIA’s annual scholarship reception, which was held virtually to bring students together from across the state of Wisconsin. Recipients were able to discuss future goals and aspirations with ALCIVIA leadership during the reception.

“Here at ALCIVIA, we focus on giving back to our communities in the areas of safety, hunger, and youth development. It’s great to see that go to work with these scholarships and getting to watch the students grow to their next level,” said Jim Dell, CEO and President. 

The ALCIVIA scholarship program encourages academic, professional, and leadership development. ALCIVIA is delighted to announce the 2023-24 winners:
 
High School Recipients            
Alana Durtschi – Albany High School, attending UW-La Crosse 
Alicia Hill – Arise Virtual High School, attending Carroll University  
Alyssa Nowak – East Troy High School, attending Gateway Technical College
Brian Styer – Menomonie High School, attending UW-Madison
Camryn Kirkham – Augusta High School, attending Chippewa Valley Technical College
Chance Austin – Milton High School, attending Iowa State University 
Charlotte Tompkins – Rio High School, attending UW-La Crosse
Cole Weisenbeck – Durand-Arkansaw High School, attending UW-Platteville 
Dani Graff – Markesan High School, attending UW-Platteville 
Elena Weber – Durand-Arkansaw High School, undecided
Gabrielle Neumann – Osceola High School, attending Iowa State University 
Hillary Klubertanz – Columbus High School, attending Kansas State University 
Luke Fischer – Lincoln High School, attending UW-Madison
Luke Hying – Waterford Union High School, attending Southwest Technical College 
Lundyn Carlson – Pepin High School, attending University of Minnesota Twin Cities  
Megan Glover – Markesan High School, Fox Valley Technical College
Olivia Saxe – Mondovi High School, undecided
Payton Calvert – Cuba City High School, Southwest Technical College 
Sarah Jensen – Amery High School, attending Minnesota State University 
Tyce Bettenhausen – Cambridge High School, attending UW-Platteville 
Valery Vayserberg – McFarland High School, undecided 
                       
College Recipients
Erik Schultz – Blackhawk Technical College
Karyn Duddeck – UW-Stout
Kendra Goplin – South Dakota State University
Kyle Diedrich – UW-Whitewater 

ALCIVIA has awarded more than 900 scholarships totaling more than $490,850 to students since 1989 in support of building a strong future for its members, its communities, and the world.

 “Each year the recipients impress us with their dedication to their academics, extra-curriculars, and community involvement. We are so grateful to get to play a part in their academic and career journeys,” Board Chairman Jim Lange shared. 

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by our passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, our engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of our customers, including competitive operating loans and input financing, as well as best-in-class products and services for the agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain needs of our customers.

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ALCIVIA is investing in a John Deere lease program that will replace one-third of our agronomy applicator machines each year with new machines. The team at ALCIVIA is extremely excited for our machines to be consistent, making it easier for our operators to change machines and flex throughout the territory. This new program will enhance ALCIVIA’s existing capabilities and will drive efficiency and greater profitability for our members and customers.

This year, ALCIVIA is adding 24 new machines to the agronomy fleet. Our objective is to be on a three-year rotation so one-third of the machines will be new every year and will be replaced every three years. The machines are backed by John Deere’s robust warranty, and we are looking forward to less downtime, fewer breakdowns, and easier and more cost-efficient troubleshooting. Additionally, the common parts needed to fix the machines will be uniform and on-hand for quicker repairs. With the wide range of machines in ALCIVIA’s current fleet, efficiency and cost of repairs has looked much different in the past.

With the ever-evolving and fast-paced world of technology, ALCIVIA is excited to align with our mission of delivering innovative solutions to our members. The opportunity to cycle machines faster will allow us to offer the most up-to-date technology available. This is equally exciting for current and future ALCIVIA custom application operators, knowing that they will be able to get into newer machines with the highest efficiencies and latest technologies.

The ALCIVIA team is excited for this program to kick off this spring so we can continue to provide innovative and responsible solutions to our members and customers. Keep your eye out for these new machines across the ALCIVIA footprint!

ALCIVIA values the safety of our members, customers, and employees first and foremost. As we enter planting season, we want to take this opportunity to provide a short refresher on planting safety.

The planter has a lot of moving parts and while most of them are small and internal, or hidden behind shielding, there are still dangers that operators should be aware of to ensure a safe spring planting season.

Many of the dangers of a planter are not obvious because they are hidden in potential energy (or stored energy). Potential energy on a planter can be in the form of gravity, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, or other forms. When working with gravity, it is important to remember that the planter could lower down at any moment, posing a risk of harm to you and/or others. Proper installation of safety stops or pins could save a foot, arm, leg, or even a life. Never get under a planter without first making sure that the safety stops are installed.

In a planter, pneumatics are used in several ways, but row unit down force and row cleaners are two of the most common. Draining the air pressure from the system before servicing the machine is important. Hydraulic pressure is also used almost everywhere on the machine. Hydraulics play into several dangerous scenarios. First, if a hydraulic line blows, the planter could have unexpected movement. This sudden and unexpected movement may include the planter lowering, a wing folding/unfolding, a marker lower unexpectedly, and more. There is also the possibility of hydraulic oil injecting into your body. Never check for hydraulic leaks with your hand; always use something other than a body part when feeling around for the leak. With hydraulic pressures on some machines getting above 6000 PSI, the oil has great force when there is a pin hole leak in the system.

Newer planters are using electricity to run meters and other parts of the planter. With the increase in technologies, the voltages powering the new systems are rising to the point that an accidental contact could pose dangerous health risks. Know your planter and know what you are dealing with. If you are unsure about your machine’s electrical system, get the help of a trained professional to help diagnose and repair your machine.

ALCIVIA is taking delivery of 24 new application machines for use this season. Even with a new machine, ALCIVIA applicators are trained to do a walk-around prior to use to make sure all their safety equipment is in order. This includes items like lights, slow moving vehicle signs, mirrors, fire extinguisher, windows, first aid kit, and personal protective equipment. Just because it worked yesterday, doesn’t mean it will work today.

While it is easy to talk about safety, it is challenging to change habits. Safety doesn’t start overnight; it needs to be worked on every day. With the fast-moving pace of today’s world, it is easy to take a chance to keep moving in the field. Efficiency is everyone’s goal, but it is important to slow down and make sure we can accomplish this in a safe manner. ALCIVIA’s value of safety refers to our commitment to the health and well-being of our co-workers, families, customers, environment, and communities. Please incorporate safety into your own every day this season.

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2024

ALCIVIA Breaks Ground on New Hager City Facility

COTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA’s Board of Directors broke ground on the new state-of-the-art rail loading grain terminal in Hager City, WI on April 4. In attendance were key vendors and partners for the project and members of ALCIVIA’s leadership team. 

The new facility will be built on 40 acres and has over 21,000 linear feet of Class I BNSF track. The facility will bring grain terminal assets to producers in west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.

Features of the new grain facility include upright grain storage space for 3.9 million bushels serviced by two 4,700-bushel per hour grain dryers and three 1,500-bushel capacity dump pits that will move grain at a combined handling speed of 60,000 bushels per hour. 

Once built, ALCIVIA will have three shuttle loading facilities on three different Class I railroads (BNSF, UP, CPKC), access to the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and logistics to domestic corn ethanol plants and soybean crush plants. This positions ALCIVIA with highly desirable domestic and export market access and arbitrage.

“This project will give us a lot of flexibility for our members, our customers, and our trade territory. We are really looking forward to working with the railroad and the community to build this site into something special,” stated Jim Dell, ALCIVIA CEO and President.

The estimated project completion date is March 2025. Visit ALCIVIA.com/HagerCity for more information and updates or to view a livestream of the site.

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by a passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, ALCIVIA’s engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of their customers, including competitive input financing, and best-in-class products and services in agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain.

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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2024

ALCIVIA Sells HVAC Business Unit to Action Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Electric (“Action”) and Hurlburt Heating, AC & Plumbing (“Hurlburt”)

COTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA announced the sale of their Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) business unit to Action Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Electric (“Action”) and Hurlburt Heating, AC & Plumbing (“Hurlburt”). This sale includes existing operations located in Cottage Grove, WI and Durand, WI.

The sale of the HVAC business unit allows ALCIVIA to continue their focused growth in the core areas of agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, grain, information technology, and input financing.

Partnering with Action and Hurlburt on this sale ensures a smooth transition for ALCIVIA’s HVAC customers who will continue to experience excellent customer service while being offered an expanded line of service and product offerings. All existing service contracts, contracted installs, and warranties will be honored by Action and Hurlburt.

Action: For over three decades, Action has provided exceptional heating, cooling, and plumbing services to the greater Madison area. Action’s commitment to ensuring the comfort and safety of the community remains unwavering, regardless of the weather conditions it faces.

Hurlburt: Since 1959, Hurlburt has been dedicated to providing top quality HVAC and plumbing services to its customers, as well as giving back to its community. Hurlburt serves Western Wisconsin through multiple locations in Menomonie, Eau Claire, and Hudson.

ALCIVIA, Action, and Hurlburt have similar approaches to business and are excellent partners for this business transition. As such, ALCIVIA’s HVAC customers will continue to experience superior value, services, and customer care.

“Action and Hurlburt have extremely strong reputations in the industry for their expertise, quality of service, and customer care. This transition will not only ensure the continuation of the high-quality HVAC services our customers deserve, but it will also provide a more focused and enhanced experience given that residential services are their core business,” said Jim Dell, ALCIVIA CEO and President. “We are continually evaluating our business strategies to ensure that we provide the best services and products that align with our core business competencies that exceed our members’ needs and expectations.”

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by our passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business, and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, our engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of our customers, including competitive operating loans and input financing, as well as best-in-class products and services for the agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain needs of our customers.

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Join Jim Dell, CEO and President of ALCIVIA, for an update on the current happenings at the cooperative. 

TIMESTAMPS: 
(01:38) Challenges to Opportunities
(05:14) Comments on the first five months of FY2024
(09:23) State of ALCIVIA Financials
(13:14) 2023 Patronage
(14:05) Advancing customer success
(14:18) Hager City Update, Evansville Bin Update
(16:45) Innovative Condo Storage   
(19:42) Master Agriculturalist Award
 

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For Immediate Release: December 14, 2023

ALCIVIA to Open New Facility in Hager City, Wisconsin

COTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA is excited to announce the purchase of 40 acres and over 21,000 linear feet of Class I BNSF track in Hager City, Wisconsin, where a new state-of-the-art rail loading grain terminal will be built. The facility will bring grain terminal assets to producers in west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. In addition to the grain facility, ALCIVIA has plans to build a 24-hour unattended, two-bay loading terminal for liquid fertilizer, a dry fertilizer transload, rail liquid propane unload, and storage at this site.

Features of the new grain facility will include upright grain storage space for 3.9 million bushels serviced by two 4,700-bushel per hour grain dryers and three 1,500-bushel capacity dump pits that will move grain at a combined handling speed of 60,000 bushels per hour. 

Once built, ALCIVIA will have three shuttle loading facilities on three different Class I railroads (BNSF, UP, CPKC), access to the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and logistics to domestic corn ethanol plants and soybean crush plants. This positions ALCIVIA with highly desirable domestic and export market access and arbitrage.

“It is our mission to advance our customers through innovative and responsible solutions,” shared ALCIVIA CEO and President, Jim Dell. “This new site will provide tremendous value to our members by offering state-of-the-art speed, space, and market access and utility. We are thrilled to be adding additional domestic and export market access that will have a positive impact on ALCIVIA members across our territory.”

Demolition is set to begin this month with groundbreaking scheduled for later this winter. The estimated project completion date is March 2025.

Over the last three years, including the new investment in Hager City, ALCIVIA will have invested $86 million in capital spending, and an additional $9.5 million for five strategic acquisitions, to strengthen their core offerings and service the needs of their current and future patrons. During that same period, ALCIVIA has returned over $13 million in cash to their members. 

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by a passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, ALCIVIA’s engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of their customers, including competitive input financing, and best-in-class products and services in agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain.

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Ashley Schumacher, Member Services Manager, ALCIVIA

Ashley.Schumacher@ALCIVIA.com; 608.819.3102

 

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2023

 

ALCIVIA and Partners Support Second Harvest in Efforts to End Hunger

COTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA and partners donated $40,000 combined to Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin and Second Harvest Heartland to support those facing hunger in our communities during the upcoming holiday season. This is the thirteenth year that ALCIVIA has partnered with the food banks, with a total giving of $245,100 throughout the years.

ALCIVIA is proud to be a continued sponsor of Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin and Second Harvest Heartland as part of the cooperative’s philanthropic efforts to end hunger. The two food banks served a total of 128 million meals last year to those struggling with hunger and food insecurity across 75 counties in their service areas.

“Working with these two organizations enables our investments in ending hunger in our communities to be utilized where they are needed most,” said Jim Dell, CEO and President of ALCIVIA.  

Ending hunger is one of the core causes that ALCIVIA supports in the ‘ALCIVIA Gives Back’ campaign. To learn more or to request a donation, please visit ALCIVIA.com/GivingBack.

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by our passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, our engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of our customers, including competitive operating loans and input financing, as well as best-in-class products and services for the agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain needs of our customers.

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PRESS RELEASE

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Ashley Schumacher, Marketing Manager, ALCIVIA

Ashley.Schumacher@ALCIVIA.com; 608.819.3102

 

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2023

 

ALCIVIA supports Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Agriculture Programming

Providing continued support to promote rural youth leadership development

Cottage Grove, WI – ALCIVIA and partners donated $15,000 to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation in support of their agriculture programming. This donation will provide resources needed to expand the reach of 4-H, introduce under-served youth to the organization, and provide expanded and engaging youth development programming that provides leadership opportunities.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of generous partners like ALCIVIA,” says Brenda Scheider, Executive Director of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. “ALCIVIA helps 4-H create cutting-edge, relevant programs for young people to learn real-world skills that will prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow, moving communities, the state, our country, and the world forward in ways no other youth organization can. We value our partners who help Wisconsin 4-H make a positive impact on our youth.”

ALCIVIA is committed to promoting agriculture and rural youth leadership development. Part of the ‘ALCIVIA Gives Back’ campaign includes supporting organizations that seek to promote a positive image of the agriculture industry and agriculture education, such as 4-H.

“The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation’s programming and outreach efforts align with the core causes ALCIVIA is proud to support, ” says Jim Dell, CEO and President at ALCIVIA. “We are excited to strengthen future generations of ag leadership.”

ALCIVIA is proud to be a platinum clover sponsor of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation as part of the cooperative’s philanthropic efforts to promote agriculture education and youth leadership development.

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by our passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, our engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of our customers, including low-interest operating loans and input financing, as well as best-in-class products and services for the agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain needs of our customers.

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PRESS RELEASEInformation Contact:Ashley Schumacher, Marketing Manager, ALCIVIAAshley.Schumacher@ALCIVIA.com; 608.819.3102For Immediate Release: April 25, 2023ALCIVIA awards 25 scholarships to aspiring local youth leadersCOTTAGE GROVE, WI – ALCIVIA is pleased to announce the winners of our annual scholarships. The cooperative recently presented 25 scholarships of $1,000 each to a group of local high school seniors and collegiate students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarships were awarded during ALCIVIA’s annual scholarship reception, that was held virtually to bring students together from across the state of Wisconsin. Recipients were able to discuss future goals and aspirations with ALCIVIA leadership during the reception.“We are so pleased to invest in the future of agriculture and young leaders. It is a pleasure to help students along their academic and career journeys. Awarding scholarships allows us to provide support to students continuing to advance their skillsets. Each year the recipients impress us with their dedication to their academics, along with their extra-curricular and community involvement,” shared Jim Dell, CEO and President of ALCIVIA.The ALCIVIA scholarship program encourages academic, professional, and leadership development. ALCIVIA is delighted to announce the 2022-23 winners: 
High School Recipients            Mariyah Creaser – Menomonie High School, attending UW-River FallsMolly Damm – Columbus High School, attending Winona State or UW-WhitewaterAmelia Dittman – New Richmond High School, attending UW-Madison or UW-Green BayClaire Esselman – Clinton High School, attending Iowa State UniversityRegina Frisle – Prairie Farm High School, attending UW-Madison or UW-River FallsAlan George – Mondovi High School, attending West Texas A&M UniversityAleah Kaeding – Augusta High School, attending Western Technical CollegeSophia Kamm – Baldwin-Woodville High School, attending UW-River FallsNathan Keleher – Benton High School, attending UW-PlattevilleKennedy Kuehni – Stanley-Boyd High School, UndecidedBrooke Luedtke – Pardeeville High School, attending UW-PlattevilleEmma Maly – Clinton High School, attending UW-OshkoshTravis Moelter – River Falls High School, attending UW-Eau ClaireLogan Osero – Amery High School, attending Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeConnor Weltzien – Arcadia High School, Undecided                       College RecipientsMadison Calvert – UW-La Crosse         McKenzie Calvert – UW-La Crosse        Bailey Dobbratz – Carthage College     Teagan Gray – UW-WhitewaterSophie Grieser – UW-Whitewater         Emma Lemke – UW-Platteville  Teresa Miller-Wathke – North Dakota State University  Simon Soldner – UW-River FallsNathan Sorensen – UW-Madison                      Bennett Wilks – Fox Valley Technical College   

ALCIVIA has awarded more than 900 scholarships totaling more than $465,850 to students since 1989 in support of building a strong future for its members, its communities, and the world.

“For many years, ALCIVIA has demonstrated a commitment to investing in the future of agriculture and the communities it serves through the Giving Back program. Getting to know the scholarship recipients and hear about their aspirations is inspiring,” said Jim Lange, ALCIVIA’s board chairman. Recipients were selected from a pool of applicants based on cumulative grade point average, leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal motivation, and academic and career goals. All members and employees of ALCIVIA and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses and high school seniors planning for post-secondary education were eligible to apply for the awards.

ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by our passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. Located in Wisconsin and serving farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, our engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions to help drive the immediate and long-term success of our customers, including low-interest operating loans and input financing, as well as best-in-class products and services for the agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain needs of our customers.