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The only constant in agriculture is change. Changes in pricing and input costs, along with technology make it a difficult field to navigate at times for farmers. In Michigan’s Thumb, a rich, agricultural region with fertile soil, sprawling fields, plentiful rainfall and temperatures moderated by...

Centered in Michigan’s thumb, a rich, agricultural region with fertile soil, sprawling fields, plentiful rainfall and temperatures moderated by Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, Cooperative Elevator Co. (CEC) has been a longstanding landmark, supporting regional producers for nearly a century. “...

Founded in 1966, Cooperative Grain and Supply (CG&S) has built a reputation on customer service and keeping its assets up to par. The company is headquartered in Hilsbo, Kansas, and has established a niche in seed. With six 3,500-bushel bulk...

Growers use combines, planters and sophisticated software to improve yields, but agronomist Phil Ramsel says the most important tool in agriculture is the right information.

Ramsel is vice president of agronomy at Cooperative Producers Inc., a farming...

Cooperative Supply Inc. (CSI) has been providing agricultural services to farmers in Nebraska for over 100 years. Founded in 1911, the business has grown significantly. With a number of mergers and acquisitions, the cooperative now includes five locations with its headquarters and highway...

In 2000 five feed manufacturers in eastern Wisconsin combined to form CP Feeds LLC (CP Feeds). The acting partners at the time included four cooperatively owned feed mills and one privately owned mill; the unique collaboration has since proven to be a winning combination, as CP Feeds continues...

Chris Richardson started Creekside Nursery (Creekside) in 1992 to make use of a few acres of little-used land to supplement his adjacent cattle-raising operations. Almost as soon as it started, the nursery took off. The few experimental acres of nursery ultimately couldn’t keep up with growing...

Crop Quest Inc. (Crop Quest) is the largest employee-owned crop consulting company in the world, offering precision agriculture services and consulting. The Kansas-based company services more than 1.4 million acres of farmland in eight states across the U.S.

Crop Quest’s extensive reach...

The story of CY Farms LLC (CY Farms) began in 1951 with 25 cows and a single tractor. “My father started the farm,” recalls Craig Yunker, now owner and managing partner of CY Farms. “When I came back from college in 1976, he was running a couple of hundred acres with 60 cows.”

Since 1951...

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