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In June 2008, Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying (SAMES) Inc. as a construction, engineering and surveying firm. Located in Pharr, Texas, SAMES is the product of a vision shared by the...

John Sand founded Sands of Iowa Ag Services (SOI), then known as John Sand & Sons, in 1932 as a small, independent seed sales operation. He began catering to local farmers around the company’s headquarters in northwest Iowa. John built up a market through aggressive promotion of the company’...

Since 2002, Savannah Marine Terminal Inc. (SMT), a container transloading company specializing in the handling of bulk materials, food-grade and heavy-lift items, has steadily become one of the largest grain transloaders on the...

In 1956, Bob Sawyer, fresh out of military service, began planting the seeds for what would grow into a thriving greenhouse business. With kids on the way, Sawyer and his wife, Shirley, began raising perennials, hoping to supplement the income of their growing family.

By 1974, the Sawyers...

The mindset used to be cooperatives and privately owned firms could never work together. However, Scenic Valley Cooperative (Scenic Valley) and Infinity Feeds LLC (Infinity Feeds) have proven otherwise, as the two companies have successfully operated as joint ventures since 2010.

The...

Schmitz Grain Inc. is a full service agronomy business serving customers within 70 miles of its home base in Currie, Minnesota. Founded in 1970 by Norbert Schmitz, the company has earned its reputation as a trusted partner to the region’s farming community.

Employing 45 people between its...

For 100 years Scranton Equity Exchange (Scranton Equity) has been supporting the small 300-person town of Scranton, N.D. In that time, the company has grown to become one of the most diversified independent farmer-owned cooperatives in the state with a variety of services, including a grocery...

SEEDWAY LLC, a full-line vegetable, turf and farm seed supply and marketing company located in Hall, New York, recently celebrated 52 years in business. Since 1963, SEEDWAY has supported growers throughout...

On the shores of Apollo Beach, Florida, Segrest Farms is one of the world’s leading suppliers of tropical and ornamental fish, serving everyone from the local fish store to massive aquarium displays at prominent resorts across the...

As the nation’s largest crop consulting firm and agricultural laboratory, Servi-Tech Inc. has been focused on its vision of “Making the Planet More Productive” since 1975. Located in Dodge City, Kansas, Servi-Tech relies on the most current technologies,...

With a rich history in supplying farms with high-quality animal feeds, innovative feeding solutions and excellent customer service, Shur-Gain, a Nutreco Company has been serving upstate New York for more than 20 years and Canada for more than 75 years. Headquartered in Strykersville, New York,...

By a strong stroke of luck, the United States is one of the largest countries in the world located in a zone on the planet extremely favorable for the production and harvesting of food. America’s family-run farms have produced food and grain that has fed the world for hundreds of years. As the...

When you ask Tony Hemann, general manager of north eastern Iowa-based SilverEdge Cooperative (SilverEdge), what sets the locally owned cooperative apart from others in the region, he’ll tell you to turn its 1,300 members. “Meeting the demands of our members drives our business,” he says. “They’...

Founded in 1902, Monticello, Florida-based Simpson Nurseries is one of the nation’s largest producers of trees and deciduous shrubs.

Founded by Fred Beshears and a group of local farmers in 1975, today Simpson Nurseries is wholly owned and...

Owning and operating a livestock business isn’t an easy way to make a living. Sioux Nation Ag Center (Sioux Nation) understands this, and operates as a support system for companies in the competitive industry. The South Dakota-based company offers everything a livestock producer needs, including...

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains just miles from the Puget Sound in Burlington, Washington, Skagit Farmers Supply is a locally owned cooperative with deep-seated roots in the community. From its beginnings as a 46-member cooperative...

Technology and innovation drive changes in the grain storage and handling industry each year. SMA LLC is at the forefront of providing integrative solutions to the design of commercial storage tanks and elevators....

Smith’s Farm Inc. (Smith’s Farm), located in Presque Isle, Maine, is a family-owned and -operated company that has been dedicated to producing fresh broccoli, potatoes and grain for over 150 years. What has assured the company’s success for over a century-and-a-half is that the promise of...

After 42 years in the citrus business, Steve Sorrells, president of Sorrells Citrus Inc. (Sorrells Citrus) has seen his fair share of industry challenges, from...

In 1942, Harold Precythe established the first fresh produce shipping rail market in eastern North Carolina. Sourcing product from regional farms, Harold sought to provide the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states with fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. Harold came from a long line of...

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