Industry News

Published on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:12am

Industry News

Bale Squeeze for Large Rectangular Bales
Worksaver, Inc. offers two new large rectangular bale squeeze models for handling large wrapped or unwrapped rectangular bales, the SSBS-48D and GLBS-48D.  The bale squeeze arms open to handle bales from 48” to 96” in width and up to 3,400 lbs.  Both models can also handle round bales.   

The SSBS-48D mounts to skid steer loaders and tractor front loaders that use the industry standard “universal” skid steer quick attach system, while model GLBS-48D is designed for tractor loaders with the Euro / Global tool carrier.  These units are shipped with cylinders and hoses.
Worksaver, Inc. is a manufacturer of agricultural, industrial, commercial and construction equipment for a variety of applications for property owners, farmers, ranchers, contractors and many others.  A variety of equipment is able to fit skid steers and front loaders and tractors.     
For more information, contact Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056-0100.  Phone: 217-324-5973.  Fax: 217-234-3356.  Website:

2017 Sprint Accelerator Program
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, recently announced sponsorship of the 2017 Sprint Accelerator, an innovative program that helps accelerate and grow startup businesses.
DFA’s program will focus on startups in the AgTech arena, which can offer support and foster technologies to help manage the Cooperative’s nationwide operations. Specifically, the Cooperative is looking for AgTech startups with applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain, including, but not limited to, product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability.
“New developments in agriculture and food production are key to ensuring that we continue delivering nutritious dairy to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner,” said Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff at DFA. “This partnership with the Sprint Accelerator offers us a unique opportunity to connect with AgTech entrepreneurs who have ideas on how technology can bring greater value to our dairy-farmer owners – whether it’s on the dairy farm, in the transportation network, in our plants, even connecting with consumers in grocery stores, farmer’s markets or at the dinner tables.”

As a sponsoring company for the Accelerator, DFA will provide mentorship, connections and resources to help accelerate the growth of the AgTech startups selected. Highlights of the 90-day program include:
• Targeted, strategic meetings with senior DFA team members to discuss business development, pilots and potential sponsorships;
• Mentoring from DFA senior members and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities; and
• Business building sessions around product, brand and marketing
“We are now in the fourth year for the Sprint Accelerator program and have seen tremendous success with the participating startups,” says Doug Dresslaer, Manager, Sprint Accelerator. “For our latest evolution of the program, we wanted to join with other businesses in the Kansas City area and think our partnership with DFA is a win-win for not only Kansas City but the agricultural tech community.”
Applications are open now at The 90-day program will begin on April 3, 2017.

Jeff Wheeler Joins Diamond V
“It is my pleasure to introduce Jeff Wheeler, MS as the newest member of the Diamond V team,” says Kevin Larson, Director, National Accounts for Diamond V. “In his new role as a National Accounts Manager, Ruminant Field Technical Specialist, Jeff will be responsible for providing sales and technical leadership for our business in North America.”

Wheeler was raised on a dairy farm in Mansfield, PA and was active in dairy cattle showing and judging through 4-H, FFA, and the Junior Holstein Association. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, graduating with a BS in Dairy Science. After graduation, he was a Region Manager for Pennsylvania Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) where he was involved with training and certifying supervisors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Wheeler then continued his education at UGA and received his MS in Ruminant Nutrition. His experience at Athens included teaching in the classroom and laboratory and coaching the Dairy Judging Team.
 After completing his Master’s, Wheeler joined Farmland Industries as a Dairy Sales Manager, working in the Midwest. His experience at Farmland ranged from providing on-farm nutrition and technical support to supervising dairy consultants and managing a start-up business in Wisconsin. Most recently, he was a Key Accounts Manager for Zinpro Corporation providing strategic direction and value added support for dairy producers across the U.S. Wheeler resides near Millerton, PA.
 “We could not be more excited to have Jeff provide leadership and strategic guidance for our business in North America,” Larson adds.
 For more information contact Diamond V at 800.373.7234 or visit