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October 30, 2009 09:33 AM


Welcome Aboard, Missy Bauer!
I still remember the day that our field agronomist, Ken Ferrie, called and told me that he had just met Missy Bauer. "She's wound for sound like you are. You just wait, you'll be impressed,” Ken predicted. He was dead right.
A couple of years passed before I got to spend much time with Missy, who was a recent graduate of Purdue University with a master's in agronomy (and a bachelor's in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University). It didn't take long before I was secretly hoping that we could someday work together. Now, years later, Ken and I are incredibly excited to have Missy joining our Farm Journal Test Plots team as Associate Field Agronomist. All three of us—and the rest of our plot team—are looking forward to adding the extra agronomic horsepower and expertise.
Missy is based in Coldwater, Mich., and closely works with farmers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Her base gives us the chance to have plots in new soil types and more weather zones. It also expands our ability to offer the training sessions you've been asking us to host.
Watch future issues of Farm Journal and visit for specifics. Right now, though, I can share that we have a Winter Semester of Farm Journal Corn College and a late-winter planter clinic in the works. If you want to be on the early sign-up list for either event, send an e-mail to We'll hold you a spot.
 If you have suggestions for new plots or training events we should tackle, zap me an e-mail. We always listen to your requests and do our best to respond. That's how we got started doing plots in the first place nearly 18 years ago!
Farm Journal Test Plot Team Adds Agronomist
We're proud to announce that Missy Bauer is joining our Farm Journal Test Plots team. Working closely with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie, Bauer assumes her role as the new Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist in January 2010.
She is no stranger to the graduates of the Farm Journal Corn College, having served as a key presenter the past two years. You might also recognize her from previous agronomic stories in the magazine.
"I'm pleased to have Missy joining us,” says Ferrie, who continues to guide the overall plot efforts. "Her passion for growing crops, learning more and sharing her knowledge is powerful. She is a great addition.”

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Win Recognition and a Free Trip
At press time, the hosts of the upcoming Ag Connect Expo announced three awards programs to recognize:
  • Ag Woman of the Year          
  • Community Impact Leadership
  • Ag Innovation
Winners will be named for all three awards, and each will win round-trip airfare and four nights' hotel stay for two in Orlando, Fla., for the Ag Connect Expo, Jan. 13–15, 2010. The runner-up in each category will receive free admission, show badge and education session passes for Ag Connect Expo. To learn more, enter yourself or nominate someone deserving, go to and complete the application.
Entries are due by Nov. 29, 2009. Finalists will be posted online, and voting for the winners will begin Dec. 4, 2009. Winners will be announced the week of Dec. 14, 2009.

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