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M&M Air Services of Beaumont Inc. (M&M Air) has been flying high since 1946 when brothers Fields and Poley Mitchell founded the Texas-based aerial applications company. “M&M Air is in its third generation of management and year 68 of same family ownership,” reveals George Mitchell Jr...

Macon General Contractors was founded in 1971 by Larry Endress. Based in Bradford, Illinois, the agricultural construction firm was originally named Endress Equipment and focused largely on the construction of farmer grain bins. In the 40...

Mahindra USA Inc. (Mahindra), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), entered the U.S. market in 1994 and establishing its corporate headquarters in Tomball, Texas (a part of the Houston metropolitan area). “...

As consumers become more conscientious of what ingredients end up in their food, Mike Scholtens, national sales manager of Manchester Pet Supplies (Manchester Pet), explains consumers are also worried about the diets of...

Founded in 1909 by James Carmichael, Maplehurst Farms Inc. is a large grain, fertilizer and trucking company dedicated to merging modern technology and techniques with the old-fashioned values and work ethic that its customers have come to trust over...

In an increasingly commercialized agricultural industry, few small dairy operations remain. However, Marcus Dairy Inc. (Marcus Dairy) has withstood the test of time, staying in the game for almost 100 years. The regional distributor, serving Connecticut and New York, has managed to keep pace...

For nearly 45 years, Martinek Grain & Bins has been a full-service network of country elevators, warehouses and retail feed stores. Located in Celina, Texas, the company’s business model is designed to provide farmers and ranchers the products and...

Matthews Ridgeview Farms (MRF) represents five generations of family farming. More than 100 years ago, Samuel Doke Matthews started out as a share-cropper, growing cotton in Arkansas for the state’s booming cotton industry. Over the years, the family has added commodities, particularly the sweet...

In Wynne, Arkansas, the Matthews family, owners and operators of Matthews Ridgeview Farms (MRF), has been growing sweet potatoes for more than a century. The company’s roots in agriculture trace to Samuel Doke Matthews,...

Cyrus McCormick developed a successful, mechanical agricultural reaper in 1831. From there, the young innovator went on to work with other agricultural manufacturers to reshape the agricultural industry across the United States. 

After a few successful years, McCormick founded his own...

At 74 years old, Eddie Anderson, owner of McDonald Garden Center (MGC), still faithfully works at the Virginia-based plant dealer every day and has only missed seven spring seasons in his decades-long career. “I’ve always loved the plant business and I appreciate being able to get up every day...

McDonald Garden Center began in 1945 as a partnership between brothers John and Kenneth McDonald. Expanding throughout the 1950s with a diversity of plants and products made the operation a full-line garden center. Then, in 1973, local native Eddie Anderson and his wife Sara purchased the garden...

Mike and Faith Dick established MD Products in 1982 out of the family garage in Iowa. As the business grew, the company moved into larger spaces throughout the region, each time expanding to accommodate growth. The Dicks built a strong...

Since its inception in 2003, Mercator Inc. has grown from a small, home-based food export company into a $26 million enterprise that distributes North American beef, turkey, pork, chicken, dairy and grain to customers in Central America, Europe and Asia. The...

Located in Liverpool, New York, Mercer Milling Inc. is of the leading feed mill suppliers in the Northeast. Producing a complete line of feed ingredients, including mineral and vitamin premixes and specialty products, Mercer...

Twenty miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, a huge glass building spanning 167 acres covers the land. Inside, men and women work amidst the buzz of “sticking machines” and “automatic transplanters”—robotic arms performing thousands of tasks an hour. High above, glass ceiling panels open to...

Based in McAllen, Texas, Tom-Ver LLC dba MexFresh Produce LLC is supplying a burgeoning U.S. produce market with year-round stock of Mexican-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, lemons, limes, jalapenos and more. Since opening a U.S. cold-storage...

At his first job out of college with a private grain company in Southwest Kansas, Richard Harmon spoke with a customer every day who often told him the following: “Don’t get used to this weather. It’s not normal.”

Harmon says he can’t recall how many times he heard the man repeat this...

Originally founded in 1973 as Miller Dairy Equipment and Feeds, Miller Feeds Inc. was started as an effort by Norman Miller and his wife Doris to find a quality source of feed and supplies for their dairy farm. With two locations in...

The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (MDFC) is a 40-years young organization located in Wahpeton, a city in the southeast corner of North Dakota. From its location in the heart of the Red River Valley, MDFC acts as a processing and distribution hub for sugar beet farmers located in eastern North...

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