Seed Consultants celebrates 25 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Based in Washington Court House, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox and today has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes.“Seed Consultants has experienced tremendous growth over our first 25 years,” said Daniel Call, the general manager. “We are grateful to our customers and employees who have allowed us to experience this growth and success. We are excited to continue this growth and service to our customers over the next 25 years.”In 2000, the company built a state-of-the-art conditioning facility at its Washington Court House location with a cleaning capacity of one million units of soybeans and wheat. In 2001, SCI purchased the retail seed sales of Warner Seeds of Bradford, Ohio and entered into a long-term agreement with Warner Seeds for irrigated production of hybrid seed corn. The corn production arm, Warner Seeds and Dull Homestead, recently invested more than $3.5 million in new construction and renovation of their seed corn plants. In 2009, SCI purchased an additional warehouse in Sabina, Ohio, gaining an additional 130,000 square feet of storage space.SCI has remained focused on customer service, good business practices and values while continuing to grow the business. Seed Consultants was built on a foundation of honesty and ethical treatment of customers, and continues to live up to that legacy.SCI has committed tremendous resources to determining where hybrids and varieties are best adapted and supplying customers with elite genetics that will perform on their soils. Seed Consultants corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa varieties are selected specifically for the eastern Corn Belt’s unique soil types and growing conditions. Since 2008, SCI is the only eastern Corn Belt based seed company with four national and 31 state winners in the NCGA Yield Contest. On average, SCI annually plants more than 45,000 yield plots at 75 research locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.last_img read more

From Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden Creatures

first_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”An Achiever’s Reflection on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustAugust 27, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community” With eight years of Geocaching HQ experience, graphic designer Roxxy is one half of the creative creatures that make up the design team here at HQ! She’s been designing souvenirs, geocoins, art, and more since 2010 and she is the artist behind the mythical beings of Hidden Creatures. We chatted with Roxxy to learn how Geocaching souvenirs come to life!Going back to the beginning, were you always interested in art growing up?Always! I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been drawing. My mom used to give me her old art supplies and a big stack of blank paper, and I’d sit on the living room floor and do nothing but draw. She never stopped encouraging me, so I never stopped drawing.What is the first geocaching souvenir you created?I think it may have been the Arizona souvenir for the US—it was inspired by the kind of post card you’d buy along the side of the highway if you were driving through. We made all of the US souvenirs in alphabetical order, but we released them in order of statehood, so one of the first ones anyone saw might have been Pennsylvania or Georgia…How many souvenirs have you created for geocaching?I’ve lost track, to be honest, but it’s over one hundred by now. I started with about one third of the US states, the Canadian provinces and territories, and the states of Australia (that’s around 36 right there), and after that I’ve lost track. That’s where we start to add souvenirs for more countries, plus promotion souvenirs, and event souvenirs.What is your favorite part of designing souvenirs?When I was designing country souvenirs, I really liked the research. It gave me a reason to learn about a place I haven’t been to, and find out what their customs and traditions were, but also what the fun or silly stuff was about a place that made it unique. Sometimes it was really hard to find just one thing to feature for the souvenir itself, because there were so many wonderful choices. I hope I made good ones.For promotional souvenirs, like Mary Hyde or Mission GC, I really enjoy figuring out the best way to bring the idea to life. For example, during Mary Hyde, I found out that the best way to make something look like a hand-drawn map, torn into four pieces, and then beat up, is to actually make a hand-drawn map, tear it into four pieces, and beat it up! I spent part of an afternoon making stains and rubbing sandpaper on a map I had created (and photocopied, just in case I went too far).I have to say, my favorite part about designing any souvenir, is seeing how people respond to them. I like to make things that make people happy.What is your favorite souvenir to design? (Promotional, Country, Etc)Promotional souvenirs are my favorites, because that’s when I get to try different things. I don’t just design the souvenirs for our promotions, but I often get to design the geocoins and social media images as well. If creating a souvenir is like making a cake, then creating the artwork for a whole promotion is like throwing a party.How did you decide on the different Hidden Creatures?There are so many to choose from, that we had to give ourselves some guidelines just to even get started. We began by narrowing it down to four types of environments—forest, oceans, deserts, and mountains—and then started looking for which creatures could be found there. We also looked at creatures that appear in different cultures and mythologies, and tried to use them whenever possible. Then we tried to pick the 12 most recognizable creatures that didn’t look too similar to each other.It was a lot of research and work, and that was before I even started to figure out what they were going to look like.What was your inspiration behind the World Turtle?I knew I wanted a creature that somehow combined all four of the environments, and I wanted it to be big, so that left me with only a few options. A creature like the World Turtle shows up in a few different mythologies, either as the turtle that supports the world on its back (with the help of four elephants), or as a whole country or island that rests on the back of a giant turtle living in the middle of a lake or ocean. The idea of the World Turtle felt big and wonderful, and I knew we had to have one.What is the process for creating a souvenir?The first step is always research; we need to know what we’re trying to show before we can show it. I often do a little extra research on my own, to make sure I haven’t missed any details, and I’ll gather up some reference as I start to get some ideas. We also figure out the best way to show our souvenir.For Hidden Creatures, I started with sketching—yep, everything starts with a real life pencil on real life paper—and I tried a few different ways of putting something together. It’s easier to explore a lot of different ideas when I can compare them to each other right in front of me at the same time. This is usually the most time-consuming and important step for me, because it’s where most of the idea takes shape.Once I have a sketch done, I’ll scan it into the computer, refine it digitally, and then start to add ink, color, and effects.Which Hidden Creature souvenir is your favorite?I’ve spent so much time with each of them that I can’t pick just one. All of the Hidden Creatures have something about them that makes them my favorite, and that thing is usually something that happened along the way to creating a wonderful, magical creature for you to enjoy. I still think of the moment I got the sketch just right, or the hours it took to get the fur just right, or how I figured out how to paint crystals.I do like finding out everyone else’s favorite. I think it’s always a little surprising! People who I thought would like the Mermaid the best end up falling in love with the Yeti, or someone wasn’t very interested until they found out there was a Kraken at the bottom of the ocean. I like to see how excited people are about finding their favorite.In the end, the best part of bringing a souvenir promotion to life—whether it’s the souvenirs or the storyline—is hearing all of the fun geocaching stories that come out of each adventure. Hidden Creatures starts June 27! Share your favorite mythical creature souvenir with #hiddencreatures on social for a chance to be featured on the Geocaching blog in August!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

PostRank Live with Google Buzz Firehose

first_imgBefore now, PostRank, the popular social media analytics service, had to manually crawl all Google Buzz accounts and subscribe to the public feeds it found separately prior to meshing that information with the rest of its data. It was unlikely that all the public feeds made it into PostRank and the process “imposed a high server tax for both sides.”Now, however, with the Google Buzz firehose, PostRank subscribes to one real-time PubSubHubbub feed of all publicly-available Google info. PostRank’s users, the company says, will notice a big difference in the amount and depth of Buzz content. PostRank’s Ilya Grigorik explains. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#RSS & Feeds#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “If you’re an Analytics subscriber, then you will see greatly improved coverage of Google Buzz starting today: more users, more meta-data, and a more complete activity stream on your dashboard. And if you’re a user of our Data Services, RSS feeds, or API’s, then you will also undoubtedly benefit from the improved coverage of Buzz activity: more accurate engagement scores, and more accurate PostRank scores.”PostRank measures the level of public engagement with online content. It determines how interesting and relevant a piece of content (blog post, article, vides, etc.) is “by analyzing the types and frequency of an audience’s interaction” it. So the ability to completely represent a popular service like Buzz is integral to maintaining PostRank’s efficacy. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of PostRank and Google Buzz.last_img read more

Mumbai rave party: IPL players Rahul Sharma, Wayne Parnell test positive for drugs

first_imgIn a sensational development in the Oakwood party case, cricketers Rahul Sharma and South African cricketer Wayne Parnell, both of whom play for IPL team Pune Warriors, have tested positive for consumption of drugs.Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil said on Friday that 42 out of the 44 whose tests were being awaited have tested positive for drugs. While Nangre Patil did not name Parnell and Sharma, the two had consumed drugs.According to Patil, the two who tested negative for drugs are women. “Only two of the 44 detainees have tested negative and both are women,” said Nangre Patil, refusing to divulge any identities.Police sources said that Sharma has tested positive for the consumption of cannabis. However Nangre Patil refused to confirm it. Police sources said that the reports were sent by the forensic sciences laboratory (FSL) in Kalina on Friday. The samples were taken from the detainees who had been taken to the Bhabha and JJ hospitals.Nangre Patil added that out of the 44, 35 have tested positive for cannabis, three for cannabis and cocaine, while four others for cannabis and MDMA (Ecstasy).Earlier, the police had received the first set of test reports of 46 detainees out of which 44 had tested positive. These included actor Apurva Agnihotri, model and cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi’s son Angad Bedi and fashion designer Rocky S.last_img read more