Ag Solutions Network founder Monte Bottens has deep roots in agriculture. Monte is a fifth-generation Cambridge, IL farmer and began his farming career with two bred sows given to him by his grandmother. Thanks to great guidance from his dad and equipment-sharing startup assistance, today he farms nearly a thousand acres of corn and soybeans.
Monte attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL majoring in business while farming, selling seed corn, and working at his local CaseIH dealership. After graduation, he managed a Case IH dealership in Aledo, IL and later in Firebaugh, CA. It is this unique combination of education, ag sales, farming, and business management and ownership that has given Monte what he calls his “agri-business degree.”
In 2004, Monte started California Ag Solutions (CAS) in Madera, California with the goal to help farmers better understand and adopt reduced tillage techniques, and improving their water and nutrient efficiency. In February 2011, Monte started Ag Solutions Network and the POWER2GRO product line to provide CAS and its customers with liquid fertilizers and bionutrients utilizing the latest-technological advancements and highest-quality ingredients.
Today, Ag Solutions Netowrk has 12 Dealers and Team Development Managers across CA, AZ, KS, NE, CO, and MT, and 7 team members at our headquarters in Moline, IL.
Monte has served on the leadership team of CASI (Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation center) that develops integrated reduced tillage and irrigation techniques in California and globally. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the E.A.T. foundation, an organization that teaches K-12 educators from large urban areas about the importance of agriculture and understanding how and where their food is produced. He has been asked to speak at the National No-Till Conference, University of California at Davis, and Fresno State University.
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