Field Services Update

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By Kris Folland, Field Services Manager

As of June 1, it is no secret that spring is still “here” in many parts of the state. With planting delayed, MCIA is also here—to serve our members. If you have any changes or questions about inspection or certification, please contact your MCIA field supervisor or the MCIA office.

As noted earlier in Propagation, Keith Marti recently joined the Field Services staff, filling our District 3 field supervisor position. Keith is a great addition to our staff! He already has boots on the ground, is conducting field inspections, and meeting MCIA’s members in southeast Minnesota.

As we know, summer will quickly transition to fall. So, remember that cover crops and anything planted as seed must follow all provisions of Plant Variety Protection, Minnesota Seed Law, and technology agreements. MCIA members with certified seed that is available for cover crop use may have opportunities for more sales this year.

The entire Field Services staff wishes you a safe and bountiful crop year. Remember, if you have questions give us a call, otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in the field this growing season!

Keith Marti and Maddie Barkholtz Join MCIA Staff

New Hires: Field Supervisor Keith Marti and Organic Certification Specialist/Inspector Maddie Barkholtz.

MCIA welcomes Keith Marti, who was recently hired by Field Services as field supervisor for District 3, southeastern Minnesota. Keith is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he earned a B.A. in accounting. Most recently, Keith served as operations manager for feed sales at Central Region Cooperative. He was also their point person for matters related to MDA. His work experience also includes over ten years at Del Monte Foods, where his responsibilities as field supervisor included helping growers with harvest, inventory, and sweet corn and pea seed production logistics. Keith enjoys working with growers and field crop production. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor recreational activities.

MCIA also welcomes Maddie Barkholtz, recently hired as an organic certification specialist/inspector for Organic Services. Maddie holds a B.S. in animal science from the University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, where she was on the Dean’s list. Maddie has an interest in agricultural sustainability and environmental health and is knowledgeable about USDA National Organic Program certification standards. She has hands-on experience working with dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry. Prior to joining MCIA, Maddie was a manager at Core Pet Zone’s Legends Rescue, where she developed procedures, educated staff members, and worked directly with customers.