The Right Mix for Success
For 30 years Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers has researched, developed, and mixed fertilizers for America’s farmers. This week the company is celebrating a successful history and its new headquarters in St. Johns, Michigan.
The highlight of the new 57,000-square foot building is the IQ Hub learning center. “The goal of the IQ Hub is to tell the story of agriculture through the eyes of plant nutrition,” says Troy Bancroft, AgroLiquid President. In other words, the learning center hopes to bring plant nutrition and agriculture to life in fun, intellectually engaging ways. This will include a tractor simulator, an interactive soil test, and a kids’ corner. The hub will be open to the public, including for school tours, in the summer of 2014.
The building features a futuristic design with touches of agriculture’s past. As you can see above, this includes barn wood that was recycled from local farms and used for decoration. Aesthetics were a key part of the building process, but AgroLiquid also wanted an environmentally friendly building. With a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the facility will have almost no carbon footprint. In addition, 93% of construction waste is recycled.
From the view out the back windows (in the bottom, right picture), you can see that AgroLiquid’s home is nestled in next to the farmers the company supports. One of the most innovative farms in the area is AgroLiquid’s own research farm. The farm is almost 710 acres, with 580 tillable acres, and grows 28 different crops.
AgroLiquid employs 100 people and hopes to increase employment by 50% in the next five years. The new building has added office space to accommodate the growing staff as well as a conference center, research lab, coffee house, commercial kitchen, broadcast facilities, overnight rooms, and an exercise facility. The building will be completed later this summer and opens to the public on September 14, 2013.