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Active Feed Company Inc. (Active Feed) has made great strides over the past 52 years. The Michigan-based family-owned and -operated poultry operation and feed supplier began humbly in the hands of the Maust family’s first generation. “My father, Joe Sr., was originally in the propane business...

One of the top family owned beef producers in the nation, Adams Land & Cattle LLC has been providing its customers with quality product for over 40 years. Using both an integrated process and advanced tracking technology, the family-run feedlot...

Florida might not seem like cattle country when compared to the wide-open plains of Texas or Oklahoma, but the Sunshine State is actually home to as many as a third of the country’s top 20 cow-calf ranches. For almost 80 years, Adams Ranch has been helping...

Founded in 1937, fourth generation family-owned Adams Ranch is one of the largest cattle ranches in the U.S. “In 2013 we were ranked No. 13 in terms of cow-calf ranches in the country,” reveals Mike Adams, third generation president of the Florida-based company.

When Mike’s grandfather,...

A group of six grain industry professionals came together in 1980 with a common goal of developing an informational source to assist producers, elevator operators and end-users in the trade of grain and feed. Advance Trading Inc. (ATI) was later formed in 1982. Today, the business utilizes an...

Innovation is a buzzword, but not all industries have been quick to jump on the innovation bandwagon. The “bypass protein products” (BPP) industry is one of them.

In fact, there haven’t been major changes in the BPP industry in nearly 30 years. That is, until recently when Afgritech LLC—a...

For more than 50 years, Ag Builders has been serving farmers, elevators and area agribusinesses in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Ag Builders has steadily expanded its geographical footprint in recent years, striving to serve producers as a one-...

The history of Ag Kota Grain is nearly as old as the community the company serves in Plankinton, South Dakota. The origins of the business date back to a small family-owned grain elevator, organized in 1885 as the Bryan and Wheaton, later...

Based in Albert City, Ag Partners LLC operates 16 facilities throughout Iowa dedicated to grain, agronomy, feed and petroleum services in support of some 2,500 customers. Serving such a large customer base means...

Agland Co-op Inc. (Agland) offers more than agricultural product sales and service. The South Dakota-based cooperative strives to be a business partner for each member, helping producers maximize opportunities and achieve goals. For almost 75 years Agland has developed custom field prescriptions...

AgReliant Genetics (AgReliant) is a leading North American genetic research, breeding, production and sales business for seed products. AgReliant has been operating since 2000, although its two European parent companies, KWS and Limagrain, have been in business for much longer. “We rank No. 3 in...

Agri Producers Inc. (API) is a locally owned cooperative that has been serving the needs of farmers and ranchers in central Kansas since 1919. After a record wheat crop and strong sales in 2013, API faced a dry, challenging year No. 95. Yet, API managed to round out 2014 with a strong finish,...

Based in Edon, Ohio, AgriDry LLC has emerged as a national leader in equipment, service and support in the grain bin monitoring market. The company’s range of equipment, including grain spreaders, bin and dryer controllers, make existing...

Since 1988, AgriSource Inc. has been providing risk management services for growers across the Midwest. There were only three consultants in those early years before the Internet and cell phones. There are now more than 50 AgriSource consultants, brokers and agents offering services to more than...

Seed breeding and planting is not a one-size-fits-all business. Today’s producers need and expect more when it comes to crop planning, planting and protection. AgVenture D & M, a locally-owned seed company based in Kentland,...

Albert and Linus Spangler established a small, family-run seed business in 1913 on land their father had begun farming in 1877. The Spangler family has a long history of working with the earth and the family tradition has continued generations down the line with an enduring seed operation,...

Akron Services Inc. has been providing fertilizer and grain to customers across Illinois as a state licensed grain dealer and warehouse since its early inception in the 1970s. Independent and family-owned for more than half a century, Akron Services...

Since 2013, Alforex Seeds has been one of the agricultural industry’s leading alfalfa and forage producers for the dairy and beef industry. One of the largest pure alfalfa producers in the market, Alforex Seeds mission is to develop and market innovative...

For years, three full-service co-ops—Right Cooperative Association, Farmers Cooperative Company and Southern Plains Cooperative—competed for members in the same 2,200 square miles of southwest Kansas.

Each co-op had unique assets like specialized storage facilities or access to railways,...

From the forages consumed by 6,000 cows to the fertilizer spread across 4,000 acres of cropland, Alliance Dairies is setting an example of maximized efficiency through vertical integration on the farm. “Our goal is to...

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