“In terms of actual nutrients, cows eat better than we do,” says Sandy Hansen-Wolff, whose Watkins-based AgVenture Feed & Seed supplies and manages the feed inventories at Landwehr Dairy’s in a value-added partnership. “We can’t expect them to produce if they aren’t treated well.”
“The 2015 Community Impact Awards honor Minnesota companies and business people that make giving back to the community a priority. …Good Leader: Sandy Hansen-Wolff, AgVenture Feed & Seed”
“Harvest is around the corner for Central Minnesota farmers in spite of recent wet weather. …Rick Hansen, a sales specialist with AgVenture Feed & Seed in Watkins, said he tested some corn last week and found a range of 62 percent to 77 percent moisture.”
“What happens when fate puts you in charge of the family business? These four women decided failure wasn’t an option. … Sandy Hansen had been married for less than 15 months when she lost her husband, Randy, to leukemia. … She decided to fight to turn the company around. “I’m going to try to learn the business,” Hansen told the staff, “and we’ll work things out.””
“She does this in honor of her customers. Many companies in Minnesota (even small ones) have woven philanthropy into the fabric of their business. We asked them why.
…Stepping up: Watkins-based AgVenture Feed & Seed is all about helping farmers, whether it's providing agribusiness support, animal management services, or farm supplies.
“Sandy supports many causes in her community, some of which are related to agriculture… She does this in honor of her customers.”
“Hanson sounds like a CEO transformed. The mojo has changed from let’s get through this, to let’s rock and roll with this great thing we’ve created.”
Bridget Manahan notes Hansen’s strength and leadership skills, “I’m really impressed with how you articulate how you’ve moved the business forward. You have leadership capabilities that you may not realize.”
“Sandy Hansen, owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed Inc. in Watkins, Minn., understands those dangers all too well. She was thrust into entrepreneurship in 2003 when her husband, the feed-supply company’s original owner, died of leukemia.”
Enterprising Women Magazine announces its Class of 2010: The Top Women Business Owners in North America. Sandy Hansen of AgVenture Feed & Seed Inc. received national recognition as one of the Enterprising Woman of the Year for 2010.
“For the motivational speaking, I don’t see it as a separate company, it really is done in conjunction with the feed business, because many of the topics come from what I’ve learned as a leader and business owner. I think both are growing in very positive directions.”
“Sandy Hansen knows what it feels like to be at rock bottom; she’s been there. But with a little determination, lessons learned the hard way and a good team of supporters, Sandy and her business have made it back on solid ground.”
“Sandy learned her business was in danger of bankruptcy if something didn’t happen quickly. If she wanted to keep her house, and the business, she needed to take the helm and steer quickly away from the deep waters of debt.”
“The upcoming year end is a time when many of us reflect on accomplishments of the past year. It is also a time when we look forward to a new year and vow to make resolutions to improve our lives.”
“She uses her mornings to think about the day ahead, reflect on life, and thank God for all she has, despite all she has lost.”
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"We've been working with Sandy and her crew at AgVenture for quite a few years here, and the part we like… we're a very good nutritional company and they're a very good logistics company and keep a real handle on what the customers need and they're real customer focused."