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Join Us at an Upcoming Solar System Educational Meeting

Join us at any of our upcoming solar meetings and learn why solar is one of the hottest trends for farmers and businesses. This will be an educational meeting for people interested in installing a solar system to learn about solar energy, why it’s been so popular the last couple of years, and what sets our system apart from others. Feel free to bring a recent electric bill with you to help determine if you are in a good position to take advantage of reducing or eliminating your electric cost. If solar makes sense for you, now is the best time to take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit!

2/19/18 – 6pm – Ag Technologies Inc. – 1268 E 100 S – Rochester, Indiana 46975

2/23/18 – 2pm – New Holland Tri-County, Inc. – 2675 S St. Rd. 1 – Bluffton, Indiana 46714

3/2/18 – 2pm – New Holland Richmond, Inc. – 3100 Industries Rd. – Richmond, Indiana 47374

Call us at 574-224-8324 to RSVP so we can accommodate for the expected number of attendees.

Ag Technologies Inc is proud to be an Authorized SolarWorld Installer.

As America’s solar leader for more than 35 years, SolarWorld maximizes any solar investment with proven, American-made quality, reliability and durability. SolarWorld panels are widely recognized as the industry standard in quality — the result of the company’s commitment to research and development, quality materials and manufacturing excellence.

Ag Technologies Inc. is an Enphase Premium Installer – ranked in the top tier for Enphase expertise and excellent service with 50+ Enphase installations in the past year.


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1st Graders Visit Ag Technologies to Learn about Solar

The Rochester Community High 1st grade students came out to visit Ag Technologies on Friday to learn all about solar. The field trip was led by Jim & Mike Straeter and was arranged as part of the school’s curriculum to celebrate Earth Day.

We hope all the students had as much fun as we did spending time to educate them about how solar energy works and makes sense environmentally!

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FCYLA Visited Ag Technologies to learn about Innovation

The Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy (FCYLA) visited Ag Technologies, Inc. today to learn from Jim Straeter, founder and President of New Holland Rochester, about innovation. The FCYLA group is made up of junior high school students that live in Fulton County and spend the year visiting various places in the community to learn about leadership and what we have to offer before they make their journey off to college.

With several inventions and patents under his belt, Jim was able to share a number of stories on his years of experience as an innovator. The group learned today about Straeter’s patented Cornrower and solar systems that we currently sell. Both products have had years of research and development in an effort to become the successful products they are today.

We appreciate the group coming out and learning about Jim’s experiences and hope they learned about what it takes to innovate!

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Solar Meeting Turnout was Great!

We held our solar meeting tonight at New Holland Rochester to talk about a whole spectrum of solar related topics – how solar works, costs, payback, grants, utilities, and more. We appreciate everyone who made it out for the event to learn more about solar. If you didn’t make the meeting but would like to learn more about solar, please contact us at 574-224-8324.

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3rd Graders Visit New Holland Rochester / Ag Technologies

Today, May 18, the Riddle Elementary 3rd graders visited New Holland and Ag Technologies to learn about the purposes of solar energy. Jim and Mike Straeter explained that photons of energy come from the sun and solar panels turn them into money. The kids learned that the Farm Service Agency’s solar panels work in coordination with Duke Energy’s power lines to make for a net zero electric bill. They also learned how an “off-grid” system uses battery storage to keep lights on when power lines aren’t available (i.e. in the mountains). A comparison between wind and solar energy was made and they decided the economics of solar is much better. We are glad to see that these kids get that a future of clean renewable energy is a great thing for everybody!

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Jim Straeter Receives Purdue’s APEX Award

New Holland Rochester founder Jim Straeter was honored recently at the Purdue University event held by the Economics Department annually to recognize significant contributors to the department.

Purdue Apex Award 5-4-15

The James C Snyder Memorial Lecture Series for 2015 honored Dr. Augustine Sangson Langyintuo, Dr. Robert Tse, Sara Vacek . Drs. Langyintuo and Tse were honored for their work in Economics in the Far East and Africa. Ms. Vacek is head of Soybean Traits for Monsanto and had done significant work with global economics in that area.

The Cornrower stover device patented by Straeter was the basis of an economic study in biomass conducted by Dr. Wally Tyner and the recently published study on solar in Indiana by Dr. Tyner was based on two solar systems installed by Straeter at New Holland Rochester. The results of the study showed that solar is competitive with the grid in Indiana even without the federal tax credit. This study is advancing the cause for solar in Indiana and can be seen here: Energy Policy – Solar Energy in Indiana

Purdue Apex Award 5-4-15 (1)