AgVantage FS Honored for Commitment to Conservation Practices

Ag Leader Award for Conservation presented by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig

Des Moines, Iowa.– AgVantage FS was recognized today for its dedication to strong conservation practices at the Iowa Agribusiness showcase. State Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Iowa Ag Leader Award for Conservation to AgVantage FS.

“The Secretary’s Ag Leader Awards are presented to businesses and individuals who dedicate their time and talents to advancing agriculture, the backbone of our state’s economy and communities,” said Naig. “As I travel the state, I see countless examples of farmers and landowners who are embracing a culture of conservation. I’m proud to recognize the AgVantage FS team as ag leaders who are advocates and local resources for increasing conservation practices in the communities they serve.”

AgVantage FS General Manager Matt Kruse, Agronomy Marketing Manager Tom Severson, and Certified Crop Specialist Jay Matthews received the award today.

"AgVantage FS supports and encourages best management practices in farming, including using the 4R nutrient framework to apply the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place,” said AgVantage FS General Manager Matt Kruse.

Based in Waverly, Iowa, AgVantage’s CCAs work with farmers to implement practices that conserve the land, protect water quality and maximize nutrient utilization.

As part of a memorandum of understanding between GROWMARK, Inc., and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), AgVantage FS has initiated a pilot project with the local USDA NRCS to encourage collaboration at the local level and enhance service to their mutual customers. AgVantage FS has also partnered with county Farm Bureau offices to develop a traveling conservation trailer to assist with outreach and education.

Matt Kruse, Tom Severson and Jay Matthews received the award on behalf of AgVantage FS.

About GROWMARK, Inc.

About GROWMARK, Inc:

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. More information is available at

1701 Towanda Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61701