Who we are.
Midwestern BioAg is an industry leader in biological agriculture with core facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa and a sales force and network of dealers that cover 29 states and three Canadian provinces. Midwestern BioAg provides a route to “better farming through better soils”. We show farmers how to create a tailored farm management plan that builds the capacity of the soil to provide a wide range of economic and environmental benefits for the farm. We then help them execute on that plan by providing unique knowledge and a range of conventional and proprietary products that increase the productivity of the land, crops and livestock. Farmers who apply these biological systems increase yields, gain efficiency of inputs and make more money. Midwestern BioAg has been successfully helping farmers for more than 30 years, with over 4,000 farmer customers on more than 1 million acres.
A recent strategic investment provides the impetus for substantial growth beyond our traditional borders, increasing our reach to new farmers and new regions. We have a comprehensive growth plan to grow direct sales, expand strategically through partnerships with large landowners and food processors and make targeted acquisitions to integrate the supply chain and develop new products. This investment has brought new energy, new personnel and an enhanced strategic plan to the company. Midwestern BioAg will now be able to take advantage of the increasing demand for sustainable farming and help farms be more resilient in the face of a changing climate, variable weather conditions and an uncertain economy.
Our program helps farmers work with the best of what nature provides them to improve soil health. Because of this, the environmental benefits are enormous: increased drought resistance and improved water usage, reduction or elimination of nutrient runoff, substantial reduction in carbon footprint, and the rebuilding of soils to counteract erosion. The human health benefits are also substantial because fully mineralized, biologically grown plants incorporate more nutrients into the crops and have little or no residues from the crop-protection chemicals.
What drives us.
Biological farming is a thoughtful, systems-based approach to farming that uses the best strengths of new technologies and of historical farming practices. It incorporates the best practices of conventional farming and organic farming. While some biological farmers go all the way to certified organic and show performances that can out perform conventional agriculture, most adopt a middle ground between the convenience of chemical agriculture and the increased profitability from using more biological systems tools. Biological farmers search for ways to have the farm’s biology and ecosystem provide services for free that the farmer would otherwise pay for through the use of chemistry or farm equipment.
The basis behind biological farming is that all of the living organisms in healthy soils play a vital role in nutrient cycling and uptake and by building upon life promoting systems in the soil you can optimize the health and growth of plants. The first step in biological farming is to test and balance the full range of minerals in the soil, and to replenish nutrients needed beyond the standard nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium of traditional fertilizers to include an equal focus on secondary minerals like calcium and sulfur and the full range of trace minerals. Moreover, we use mineral forms that are less damaging to soil life and combine different sources of carbon into carbon-mineral formulations that feed biology at the same time as they provide appropriate nutrition.
Biological farmers feed and grow microbial soil life by using carbon from compost, green manures, livestock manures and crop residues. They choose crop rotations and cover crops that increase biodiversity and fix atmospheric nitrogen, thereby minimizing the use of chemically produced nitrogen and providing a free alternative to the most carbon-intensive input in chemical agriculture. We have found that improving the trace mineral availability and soil life dramatically reduces or in many cases can eliminate the need for pesticides and fungicides. Finally, biological farmers use limited tillage practices that preserve healthy soil structure while incorporating carbon from crop residues and cover crops back into the soil. The end result is a diverse, healthy ecosystem that produces higher yields at lower costs.
We truly believe in our mission statement: We’re here because we have a passion for farming, a desire to change agriculture for the better, and the belief that farming should be profitable and fun.