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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...

Dairy One Cooperative Inc. (Dairy One) continues helping farmers and farmers’ advisors improve operations by providing management information, lab testing and data analysis related to animal production, feed and forages, soil, water and manure. Since its founding in 1949, Dairy One has made a...

Dan Totushek and Jerry Quaal have been involved in the agriculture industry their entire lives, as both grew up working together for Dan’s father on his vegetable farm. The first greenhouse was built to grow vegetable seedlings for the...

Larry Dearing, founder and president of DASCO Inc. (DASCO), had the opportunity to make the best use of his business career after 35 years of working with fertilizer manufacturing companies. “I’ve been in this industry since 1966,” shares Larry. “Before DASCO, I worked for a phosphate...

Located in California’s fertile Central Valley region, Dave Wilson Nursery Inc. (DWN) is in the midst of an unprecedented expansion and a 75-year celebration. “We just celebrated our 75-year anniversary,” reveals Dennis Tarry, now CEO of DWN. “We had 800 of our growers come to our headquarters...

Marty Finney founded Daylight Farm Supply Inc. (DFS) in 1980 to bring a highly technical perspective to crop protection. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind., DFS takes pride in being a partner to farmers and providing the technical expertise to tweak a crop protection program to suit specific...

For many years the cattle industry has been a bit of a guessing game for hardworking ranchers with a discrepancy between inputs and outputs, fluctuating market values and never a guarantee that compensation matches the true value of the product. Kansas-based Decatur County Feed Yard Inc. LLC (...

Founded 35 years ago as a seed producer and trade wholesaler, Deer Creek Seed Inc. has grown to become one of the Midwest’s most comprehensive turf and forage seed companies. Growing, conditioning and packaging...

Equipment sales manager Brad Carpenter remembers receiving a $50,000 dollar check from an elderly farmer. “I’m looking at this guy with his leathery hands … and all I can think about is how long did it take him to save $50,000 dollars?” Carpenter says.

The experience left a big impression...

Agricultural projects require distinct expertise when it comes to construction success. With locations in Kansas and North Dakota, DeHaan, Grabs & Associates LLC (DGA) offers quality, precision and expertise to growers and agricultural contractors...

Founded in 1970, DeLange Seed Inc. is a family-owned seed company serving retail and wholesale customers across 20 states with superior crop and field seed production, conditioning, distribution and a level of customer service unmatched by larger national...

Over the last several decades, the face of agriculture in America has changed dramatically. As precision-ag and hybrids drive higher yields and faster production, producers need more storage and bigger handling equipment; this is where companies such as DeSchepper Farm Supply come in. Based in...

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