GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When Doug Wenzel puts on a seminar, he keeps efficiency in mind. The 90 minute programs on what Ag Concepts, for which Wenzel is a representative, can do for the soil are designed to allow farmers to eat while Wenzel talks. That kind of efficiency, he said, is important for farmers in the field and away from it.

Doug Wenzel
Doug Wenzel
Wenzel will be putting on three such seminars in Grand Forks on Feb. 24 at “breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

“Come hungry,” he said.

Wenzel grew up in Spicer, Minn., and his dad ran an elevator for 35 years, and Wenzel learned a love of farming and farmers from those early experiences.

“My dad had great relationships with his farm customers,” he said, recalling his dad coming home with sweet corn and apples.

When his dad started selling fertilizers and chemicals out of the elevator, Wenzel recalls one farmer saying he would never use chemicals on his field. By summer, the farmer’s corn was short and covered in cockle burrs. The neighboring farm had used some of the elevator’s products and had 7-foot corn. And from that, Wenzel learned the value of trying new things and trying to do a better job of caring for the soil.

He carries that with him today in his work with Ag Concepts, where he preaches the importance of soil microbes. Activating the microbes can lead, over time, to bigger yields and healthier crops, he explained.

“I help farmers be more productive, more efficiently, at a less cost,” Wenzel said.

When Wenzel isn’t helping farmers with soil health, he makes a point to read his Bible every day. He loves listening to hymns and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

In addition to the Feb. 24 seminars in Grand Forks at NorthSide Cafe at 8 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m., Wenzel also plans a March 16 seminar at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

“Worst case scenario, you’re going to get a great meal,” he said.

For more information and to RSVP, call 888-434-3336. For more on Ag Concepts, visit www.agconcepts.com. Wenzel also can be reached at 320-491-9597.

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