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Ag Expo top 10 new products revealed

Ten new products will be highlighted during the 2013 World Ag Expo on the sprawling International Agri-Center grounds Feb. 12-14.

The massive farm show has announced its Top 10 New Products. A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products. Here are the Top 10:

ADA Enterprises

This year, one of the products ADA Enterprises is exhibiting at the show has been selected as a 2013 Top 10 New Products winner. This first-of-its-kind product provides a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for newly-weaned calves, replacement heifers and veal calves.

“It’s always fun to be at World Ag Expo because there’s so much going on,” says Jake Stenzel, ADA’s sales manager. “We’ve taken orders for our products at the show and have signed up dealers we met there.”

Their exhibit is in the Farm Credit Dairy Center.

Freeman, a division of Allied Systems

After five years of development, Freeman has introduced a baler attachment — designed to improve bale uniformity and baling efficiency — that meets the same standards of rugged, dependable performance as the company’s balers. This innovative attachment has been selected for a Top 10 New Products Award for 2013 World Ag Expo.

“It’s a fantastic honor, and we’re humbled to receive it,” says Dave Bochsler, marketing manager for Freeman. “It’s a great recognition of our dedication to our products and our customers.”

They will be located on Median Street between M and N streets.

Barrier Systems, LLC

While watching television coverage of hundreds of volunteers filling sandbags during a flood in Fargo, N.D., general contractor Joe Hartley thought, “There has to be a better way.”

After two years of design and testing, plus another year in the patent process, a completely new approach for using sandbags in a wide range of applications — from agriculture, flood and erosion control, landscaping, pipeline construction and the military — rolled off the factory floor.  Development of this year’s Top 10 New Product reflects Hartley’s experience in construction.

They will be on M Street between South Greenbelt and South Street.

Clemens Vineyard Equipment, Inc.

Clemens Vineyard  Equipment, Inc., a name known among grape growers around the world, has been exhibiting at World Ag Expo for at least 15 years.

This year, the company is introducing a product, selected for Top 10 New Product honors, that could dramatically change the way American growers plot and plant their vineyards and some tree crops.

“Vineyards are a niche market for agricultural equipment, so I’m absolutely honored to receive the Top 10 New Product Award for this highly-specialized machine,” says Thomas Clemens, president of the company.

Learn more on F Street near South Street.

LH Airco

System featuring breakthrough technology to cool warehouses, processing facilities and other large enclosed areas has been selected as a 2013 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Product.

It was developed by Seeley International, which was started in 1972 by Frank Seeley in his garage in South Adelaide, South Australia. Since then the company has grown to become Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and a global leader in developing innovative, energy-efficient cooling and heating products. Seeley International holds more than 300 patents and exports its products to more than 100 countries.  

LH Airco will be on Median and E Street.

Gripple, Inc.

The 2013 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Products include a new device that provides a fast, simple way to secure and tension quarter-inch cable. Designed for high-load agricultural applications, such as those found in wind structures, hail and bird netting, trellis tie-backs and long fencing runs, it’s made by Gripple, Inc.

“The company prides itself on ideas and innovation, and we are continually developing new products that make cumbersome tasks faster and easier,” says Elise Balsamo, the company’s marketing manager.

Gripple has been exhibiting at World Ag Expo for many years. “We always enjoy the show and the exciting atmosphere that it brings,” she says.

Their exhibit will be in Pavilion A.

GK Machine, Inc.

An innovative piece of equipment that improves safety, efficiency and productivity of land leveling operations by streamlining the process has been chosen as one of the Top 10 New Products for World Ag Expo 2013. It was developed by GK Machine, Inc., a fabrication job shop, manufacturer of machinery, OEM manufacturer and supplier of hydraulic specialty equipment for agriculture.

“It’s very satisfying to be selected as a Top 10 New Product,” says Connie Bradley, marketing director for the company.

They will be on the corner of North Greenbelt and O Street.

Multiplaz North America

The 2013 Top 10 New Product from Multiplaz features space-age technology – literally.

Based on a forerunner developed by a Russian physicist for use on spacecraft, the simple-to-use machine eliminates the need for shielding gases, specialized electrodes, compressors and other cumbersome equipment to cut, join, harden and clean a variety of metals.

Multiplaz holds the only worldwide patent for this unique technology. The product, which has been on the market in Europe nearly 10 years, was recently introduced in North America.

See the new product in Multiplaz’s booth outside the Farm Credit Dairy Center.

Hammer Works Mfg., LLC

Hammer Works Mfg. is back at World Ag Expo for the second time. At the 2012 show, the newly-formed company introduced its first toolbox product — a short handle proprietary zinc composite hammer that absorbs energy to eliminate bounce, vibration and sparks when striking metal parts, such as ball joints, axle shafts and wheel studs.

This year, the company is a winner of a Top 10 New Products Award for its heavy-duty snap-on device for quickly and easily disconnecting engine electrical power for routine maintenance, equipment management or in emergency situations.

They will be located in the newly constructed Building C.

I.D.ology and DVM

The product tracks the health and reproductive status of dairy cows, enabling the rapid location of selected cows via their RFID identifier. The results of three years of research at five universities in the United States and Canada, along with trials at two large commercial dairies are reflected in this unique system.

It also represents the efforts and cooperation of a determined group of individuals who pooled their resources, talents and expertise to improve on existing technology. By applying their various skills and experience in such areas as digital technology, radio frequency technology, wireless communication, research, sales and marketing, they ended up dramatically advancing the state-of-the art product.

They can be found in the Farm Credit Dairy Center.

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Updates from the City of Everett: January 15, 2013

EVERETT – The following photographs and releases were provided by the Office of Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and the City of Everett.

City of Everett's Newtown MemorialCity employee creates Newtown Memorial at Glenwood Cemetery

On behalf of the City of Everett, long time employee Tom Murray recently created a humble and fitting tribute to the twenty-six victims of Newtown, CT.   Murray hand-crafted twenty-six white crosses and placed them at the entrance of Glenwood Cemetery.  He adorned the crosses with pink and blue bows to signify each victim.

“I was moved when Tom approached me and requested permission to set up the memorial,” states Mayor DeMaria, “I thought it was a caring and appropriate gesture, a sentiment shared by everyone in our community.”

Initiative Updates: 7-Acre Park, the Madeline English Park, residential water meters, the Shute Library Renovation

  1. 7-ACRE PARK: Utilizing funding from a Brownfields Grant through the Mystic Valley Development Commission, The Department of Planning and Development has retained a License Site Professional (LSP) to assist in updating the current activity use limitation (AUL) for 7-Acre Park.  Currently the park is approved for passive reaction use only, and an AUL amendment is needed in order convert the park into an active recreation space, such as a playing field.  It is the administration’s goal to convert the 7-Acre Park into a much needed, additional athletic field and recreation area.

  2. RESIDENTIAL WATER METERS: The Water Department is happy to report that Mass Installation Inc. of Norwood, MA, was recently awarded the contract to install the new residential water meters.  The new metering system will incorporate wireless technology as well as an advanced software system to track residential water usage throughout the City.  With this advancement in metering technology, water department personnel will have the ability to monitor individual meters remotely, detect faulty meters through a computer network interface, as well as uncover any indication of tampering, all while working from the street or from the office.  Estimated reads, broken meters, or missed readings will be eliminated, yielding a more efficient recording and billing process for water and sewer.  The transition and installation is expected within the next three months.

  3. MADELINE ENGLIGH PARK: The Department of Planning and Development received updated schematics from NESRA Engineering for the reconstruction of the Madeline English Park.  Plans include the installation of a synthetic athletic field as well as updated lighting, fencing and new landscaping.  Construction is set to begin in the summer and should last 2 to 3 months.

  4. SHUTE LIBRARY RENOVATION: The administration is currently working with the MBTA for temporary relocation of the bus stop located in front of the Shute Library.  For the safety and security of the public, the stop will be repositioned while the library is under reconstruction.  The official site is still to be determined but will be within a block of the original stop.  The relocation will occur in mid June and will remain in place for one year.

Mayor welcomes MassDOT and MBTA officials during recent meeting

Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. recently met with Richard Davey, Secretary of Transportation and the Chief Executive Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Frank DePaola, Administrator of the MassDOT Highway Division, and the newly appointed General Manager of the MBTA, Dr. Beverly Scott.

Daniel Ryan, District Representative from Congressman Capuano’s Office, Matt Laidlaw, Director of Communications for Senator Sal DiDomenico, Jamie Errickson, Director of Planning and Development, and City Councilor Tom Mills also attended the meeting.

The group presented the transportation officials with potential ideas for improvements throughout Everett, including new improved bus routes, commuter rail connections, walking connections, and the redevelopment of Lower Broadway.




Kathleen O'Brien  Mayor Carlo DeMariaMayor thanks outgoing Energize Everett Coordinator Kathleen O’Brien

Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently presented outgoing Energize Everett Coordinator, Kathleen O’Brien, with a citation commemorating her three and a half years of service to the City. During her time with Energize Everett, O’Brien initiated and ran the Everett Farmer’s Market, the Everyone Eats Healthy in Everett program, as well as contributed to the drafting of the proposed Complete Streets resolution.

Kathleen made great strides in educating the public and local businesses about healthy lifestyle options in regards to both food and exercise.  The Mayor wished O’Brien luck and success as she goes on to Tufts University to secure her Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

GEO TMS Software LogoCity begins integration of GEO-TMS software beginning with Inspectional Service Department

Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and the Inspectional Service Department are pleased to report on the continued integration of GeoTMS Software into the Inspectional Services Department. Geo presents a solution for streamlining the permitting, licensing, inspecting, and reviewing processes utilized by Inspectional Services; giving City employees the ability to easily look- up parcel, structure, and project information.

A user-friendly product, Geo has the ability to combine several database applications, including GIS imaging and CAD, into one integrated, network solution.  Geo helps to transform lengthy and complex database processes into fast and simple tasks.  Perhaps the most beneficial feature of the new system is its ability to create a bridge for cross-departmental workflow and communication.  Unlike other high-priced solutions, GeoTMS is modular based, allowing for multi-users across several City departments, at one low cost.  The Geo license also includes the ability to download the software onto handheld devices, like IPads and tablets, so that employees can access data while in the field.

According to both the Mayor and James Soper, Inspectional Services Director, the need for a more accurate and efficient management solution is long over due.  “This software will help in our continued efforts to develop efficient communication across City departments,” states Mayor DeMaria, “With this system in place municipal tasks will be handled in a more precise and efficient manner.”

Since the integration of GeoTMS, the City has made substantial progress in identifying and monitoring issues regarding permitting, licensing, building practices.  Both the Fire and ISD departments have had success using Geo when inspecting properties.  “Having the ability to look-up records and cross reference data while onsite has helped our departments recognize and properly address different fire, building, and code enforcement violations in an expedited manner,” states Soper.

In the coming months, the GeoTMS system will be incorporated through several other City departments, such as the City Clerk’s Office, Assessor’s Office, and Board of Health.  The existing license will include recurring hands-on training for all employees.



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Dane County has a big vision for Sugar River land purchase

Anyone who has paddled the Sugar River just above Paoli or biked down nearby Range Trail can imagine the possibilities for the adjacent land, soon to be in public ownership.

Dane County officials announced Monday a proposal to preserve nearly three miles of frontage along the Sugar River south of Verona, land currently owned by the Bruce Co. The $3.1 million deal — subject to County Board approval — includes the county buying 340 acres and purchasing development rights on another 126 acres. It may well be the most significant public land acquisition in county history.

“I think public access to the water is the big thing,” said County Executive Joe Parisi in an interview. “The eco-tourism opportunities are there, too.”

The 2.5-mile section of river that flows through the land was once degraded by farming runoff but is now known for its trout fishing. The Sugar was removed from the National Impaired Waters list in 2004.

Initial ideas for the site include developing it into a county park with riverfront camping facilities.

Parisi notes the land has significant archaeological resources and the county will look to coordinate volunteer efforts in the future to assess the significance of the land. The county also hopes to work with other groups like the Natural Heritage Land Trust or Trout Unlimited to secure additional funding.

For the Bruce Co., whose landscaping business was hit hard by the downturn in new home construction, the sale also is beneficial. The company had originally planned to develop a golf course and homes on the land, which stretches from the intersection of Highway 69 and Sunset Lane south to Paoli and east to Range Trail.

But when the real estate market went south, the company put the property up for sale. There were several bites from developers until Dane County stepped in and discussions got serious.

“This has been a great thing for both the Bruce Co. and the county,” says Bliss Nicholson, president of the 60-year-old Middleton-based firm. “It preserves this land so we can all have a park to play in.”

The Bruce Co. will maintain the right to harvest existing nursery stock planted there.

One sharp-penciled member of the County Board, conservative Dennis O’Loughlin of DeForest, says the acquisition seems like a good idea.

“We could use a park down in that part of the county,” says O’Loughlin. “I plan to support it.”

While county land purchases under former County Executive Kathleen Falk had sparked opposition among some conservatives and local talk radio hosts, Parisi says this deal can stand the toughest scrutiny.

“If you look at this in the context of the sprawl that has taken place in Verona, while it may have slowed down, it’s going to come back. Being able to protect something like this for generations to come is a tremendous opportunity,” says Parisi, who is not facing opposition in the spring election.

The county’s largest-ever purchase overall was approximately 1,000 acres in Mazomanie at the Walking Iron Wildlife Area in 2008. That transaction cost approximately $4.3 million. This will be the second-largest amount of acreage purchased.

The Bruce Co. has taken its lumps in the recession and had to reduce its workforce by 20 full-time employees last year. With this land sale the company will still own 700 acres on which to plant and harvest trees or shrubs for its business.

Nicholson says the firm will continue to operate as usual and the sale will have no impact on the company’s viability or staffing going forward.

“I’m a trout fisherman and know the property well,” he says. “I guess I’ll have to give up a little of the privacy but in this case, that’s OK.”

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400 companies exhibit at Columbus trade show

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Emma Saul, left, and others from the Medina County Career Center take part in a landscaping competition at the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event is aimed at industry professionals.


Mary Vanac

The Columbus Dispatch

Tuesday January 15, 2013 7:08 AM

Leslie Kaplan visited the Ohio Nursery Landscape Association’s annual trade show in
Columbus yesterday to find plants to be sold at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s fund-raiser.

“What makes this blueberry different from other dwarf blueberries?” Kaplan asked Bev Holt,
regional sales representative for Willoway Nurseries Inc., a wholesale nursery in Avon, in
northeastern Ohio.

“Crossbreeding,” Holt answered. The tiny blueberry bush, part of the new BrazelBerries
Collection, which includes dwarf raspberries, is bred to be prolific and pot-bound all its

Willoway is one of 400 companies exhibiting trees, bushes, flowers and all manner of supplies
and equipment for commercial growers at this year’s Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show in the
Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event runs through Wednesday and is aimed at industry

The trade show and convention, held in conjunction with Ohio State University’s Nursery Short
Course, is expected to draw 8,000 this year, said Kevin Thompson, the association’s executive
director. The combined event is the largest annual horticulture and landscape industry convention
in the Midwest.

The association and university have been working together since 1931, Thompson said. In addition
to the trade show, the association runs business workshops for industry professionals. Alongside,
the university offers educational programs touching on topics including retailing, landscape
design, pest management and greenhouse management.

“It’s really a national conference,” said Hannah Mathers, horticultural specialist at OSU
Extension and chairwoman of the short course, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary. “The short
course is one of a few programs left in the country that still has the university directly involved
in the program.”

At the trade show, Larry Tenbrink showed off Van Bloem Gardens’ blended packages — boxes of
several types of flower bulbs designed to complement one another in container gardens.

“We’re selling themes and concepts,” said Tenbrink, sales representative for the Meridian,
Miss., company. “It’s all about instant gratification.”


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College Park neighbors clash over vegetable garden code


Orlando officials on Tuesday discussed changing the city’s landscaping code to address front yard vegetable gardens after a College Park couple’s controversial garden sparked national outrage.

Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board presented its recommendations, which include:

• Limiting the area in front of a home where vegetables can be planted to 25 percent.
• Plants cannot be taller than four feet, (i.e. tomato plants in the front yard).
• Planter boxes would have to be three feet from the sidewalk.

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Jason Helvenston, of College Park, says the proposed restrictions will make it impossible for his garden to grow.

“(The proposed rules are) basically made by a bunch of people who don’t grow vegetable gardens,” he said.

One by one, residents voiced their concerns during the public comment period of the meeting.

“The restrictions of 25 percent — when it’s my yard, I own it, I pay taxes on my yard — are ridiculous.  They are infringing on my constitutional rights as an American,” an Orlando resident said.

Some, however, support the staff’s recommendations.

Gretchen Rivera owns the home next  to the Helvenstons and filed the original complaint about the garden.

She’s concerned about property values and safety in the neighborhood.

“I passed by last night, and it looks like somebody who wants to have a crime, they can hide between the tomatoes or anything else and that’s not good,” she said.

In November, Local 6 broke the story about the controversial garden after the city told the Helvenstons their 25-by-25-foot front yard vegetable garden was not in compliance with the city’s code.

The city was originally going to fine the couple $500 per day if they didn’t comply with the old laws, but that’s been placed on hold.

Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.

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Garden club announces 2013 school grant program

MANISTEE — The Spirit of the Woods Garden Club, MGC, announces their 2013 School Nature Grant for schools located within Manistee County. This annual grant helps fund horticultural, conservational, environmental, and nature study projects. Grants eligible for funding include school gardens and landscaping, community beautification, recycling projects, nature studies or other environmental programs. The project […]

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Medford Garden Club to host "Demetra, of Gardens" on Feb. 7 – Wickedlocal

The Garden Club meets at the Medford Public Library, 111 High St., in the Magoun Room at 7 p.m.: Feb. 7: “Demetra, of Gardens”

Ever wonder why your garden doesn’t quite fit the space it is in? Why your house might not seem as grounded as others in your neighborhood? Or why your garden leaves you feeling it just isn’t quite “right?”

Scale is often what is missing in home gardens. “Demetra, of Gardens” by Demetra, will focus in her comments and slides on simple design strategies that will grow your garden from good to great!

Bring your questions, as there will be plenty of time to explore specific garden design issues as well as general questions.

To join the Garden Club, contact Sarah Cummer at

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Warren County Garden Club designs and installs holiday deocrations at the …

The decorators, all dressed in pink, (shown here) were led by Karen Artigliere, center, of Washington Township. Additional members include, Denise Coleman of Washington Township, Barbara Typinski of Oxford, Patti-Sue Rolak of Washington Township, Toni Trovato of Great Meadows, and Anne Smith and Sharon App, both of Washington Township.


Warren Garden Club was again asked to design and install holiday decorations in the library at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey in Princeton. All the rooms were themed to match ‘Songs of the Season.’

Specifically, the library was to be transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland.’ The team worked hard to make the elegant, dark paneled room come alive with a mixture of real and snowy artificial greenery, real birch tree branches, ornaments, pinecones and lights.

One could even see a cardinal or two perched in a nest within the magical display. This year two urns were placed on either side of the doorway. The highlight of the beautifully decorated urns were the large frosted mercury ball ornaments that gave the appearance of gazing balls.

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