INDUSTRY NEWS FIVE YEARS OF GROWTH FOR WOLFE LEFT: LICA members pose for a group photo during the tour of a gold mine in Cripple Creek, CO; RIGHT: The event’s Associates’ Night allowed LICA’s National Associates to exhibit products and services. Photos courtesy of Land Improvement Contractors of America. LICA TOURS MINING OPERATION IN ACTION The first day of the 2017 Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) summer meeting tour, held in Colorado Springs on July 11 to 16, was spent touring a mining operation, allowing visitors to see active mining in just about every phase with various views: from the valley fill, gold recovery operation to the surface mine operation. The tour outlined modern-day methods that keep the historic gold mining legacy alive. The aim of LICA is to encourage high standards of workmanship in resource management, land improvement practices and to promote enterprises in the area of land improvement contracting. This association of contractors brings together people having similar interests and opportunities for improving our natural resources with an adequate profit. The summer meeting also included committee meetings, educational seminars, which touched on by-laws, conservation and strategic planning, and the event’s Associates’ Night where LICA’s National Associates exhibit products and services. Over the course of five years Wolfe Equipment has transformed into a modern company with cutting-edge designs. Based in southwestern Ontario, Wolfe was purchased by Ed Veeke in 2012 and specializes in manufacturing drainage equipment, utility plows and wheel trenchers, primarily for the agriculture, and oil and gas markets. Since the purchase, Veeke made the decision to merge Wolfe with Parmerit, a company that specializes in automation, machining and fabrication. Since 2012, Wolfe has doubled its revenue, upgraded to next-day service in much of North America and made several changes to its products, including improving the painting process and designing a new cab. With operator comfort as a top priority, the new cab design includes air ride suspension, ergonomic controls, and the CAT C-15 Tier 4 engine, which also allows for greater fuel efficiency while meeting 2018 North American environmental standards. For more information, visit: wolfeequipment.com AGRI DRAIN PARTNERS WITH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER Agri Drain Corp., recently teamed up with Ecosystem Services Exchange (ESE) to provide technical assistance to contractors and landowners. Based in Adair, Iowa, Agri Drain has been a trusted resource in the agricultural industry for products and services that conserve water, improve water quality and wildlife habitat, increase yields, reduce flooding, minimize soil erosion and nutrient loss, and provide on-farm, agronomic benefits. ESE is a certified technical service provider to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offers design and monitoring services for subsurface drainage, saturated buffers, bioreactors, drainage water management, and sub-irrigation systems. These plans 6 DRAINAGE CONTRACTOR | NOVEMBER 2017 can be financially supported by federal cost share programs through the USDA, which can help pay for the design, installation, and operation of drainage water management systems. Management services provided by ESE include the ability to raise and lower surface and subsurface water levels remotely through a patented proprietary operating system to increase yield, improve water quality, reduce flooding, and enhance wildlife habitat. Automated pumps and valves can also be incorporated into the system. For more information, contact Paul Sweeney, director of conservation planning at email@example.com or 888-826-5112.