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Famo Feeds Inc. has been serving livestock producers in the Midwest since 1903 when the business was originally founded. In the 1970s, the Beste family purchased the company. Al Beste, the company’s former owner...

At the Farmers Cooperative Association in Ravenna, Nebraska, farmers often drop by just to chat and have a cup of coffee, not buy anything.

“We don’t expect anything from them when they come in,” says Pamela Treffer, general manager for the...

Farmers Cooperative Association Inc. (FCA) launched in 1914 with not much more than two employees, a grain dump and the energy of a handful of local farmers who decided to band together to find success. Almost 100 years later, FCA continues to serve its membership by investing in the equipment...

Kevin Walker remembers being a fresh-faced young man—someone who was uncertain about his career and future. After graduating from college, he spent about 10 years wandering between odd jobs on farms and construction sites before he entered the world of cooperative elevators.

“This was in...

When the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company started in 1918, most members used a horse and buggy to haul grain to the cooperative’s elevator in Halstead, Kansas.

Today, the cooperative has to keep pace with semi-trailers...

A small group of Iowa farmers came together in 1906 to build a cooperative that would help boost sales and marketing capabilities, offering financial benefits to members. Now, over 100 years later, Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) continues helping farmers manage crops and finances. The Sioux...

Farmers Cooperative began March 28, 1903, when a group of 115 farmers joined together in Nebraska to form the Dorchester Farmers Cooperative Grain and Livestock Association. The farmers’ goal was to leverage collective resources for the greater good of the group. Nearly 110 years and many...

Years before Farmers Edge officially incorporated in 2005, the Winnipeg-based precision agronomy company has been leading the industry in innovation. The company started as a small operation and is now a global...

After working in the agriculture industry fresh out of school, Wade Barnes, president and CEO of Farmers Edge recalls his “ah ha” moment where he saw the prospect in precision agronomy. “I started my agronomic career at a cooperative in northwest Manitoba,” he shares. “Within the cooperative was...

For farms big and small, faster planting and harvesting is a reality of modern agriculture.

As a result, farmers rely on co-ops to use technology that makes speed possible, as well as deliver inputs, like fertilizer and fuel, more efficiently.

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For Farmers Pride Coop (Farmers Pride), a 6,000-member strong farm supply and grain marketing cooperative, business is based on a simple purpose: helping the farmers who feed the world. This requires the Nebraska-based cooperative to be acutely in tune with its members’ needs, even if it means a...

Nebraska has long been home to many farmers and their families. Through the 1920s and on, nearly anything a family needed to farm, ranch and fuel, garden or keep house in the rural state was available through some local store, known today at a cooperative. These no-frills warehouses, for the...

For over 100 years, the Farmers Union Cooperative (FUC) has been helping Iowan farmers make the most of their resources. The cooperative operates from its headquarters in Ossian, Iowa, with additional locations in Fort Atkinson, Calmar, Waucoma and West Union to supply farms across northeast...

Founded in 2005 as a joint venture between Australia-based Feedworks Pty Ltd., Malcolm Ballard and Tim Byrd, Feedworks USA represents feed additive companies that are looking to introduce their products into the North American market. In a little over 10 years, ...

To keep milk production steady, dairy farmers need a continual stream of newly calved “fresh” cows to milk. The first 30 days of lactation isn’t easy for cows, however; adapting to new feed and new housing, all while expending calories in milk, can place high demands on their limited energy and...

Fessenden Coop Association (Fessenden Coop) has been in business since 1943 when a group of farmers joined forces to boost buying power and create better marketing opportunities in central North Dakota. With a head...

As the oldest-running cooperative in the country, Iowa-bred First Cooperative Association (FCA) reigns true to its name, building on a proud heritage of the cooperative model and advancing agriculture producers in northwest Iowa. This legacy is tied to the Farmers’ Cooperative Elevator of Marcus...

In early summer 2014, Iowa-based Five Star Cooperative (Five Star) paid more than $602,000 back to its members in dividend payments. And with solid local earnings in 2014, Five Star plans to do it all over again in 2015, reinvesting in...

Frank Krob founded FJ Krob and Company (FJK) in 1910 after purchasing a local grain elevator in Ely with brother in-law, Wes Fiala. The business began with one elevator for grain. As many other elevator operators did in those days, Frank and Wes sold coal. In 1918, shortly after Frank returned...

Since 1980, Freight Dispatch Service has been operating on the U.S.-Mexico border. The company is family-owned and -operated and serves as the anchor in an international group of businesses serving the trade and logistics communities on...

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