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The benefits of asparagus have been recorded as far back as the second century, when a Greek physician first noted its health-boosting properties. Originally praised as both a diuretic and aphrodisiac, modern science has borne out some of those claims and added a few new ones on as well: the...

DiMare Fresh has been delivering top-quality produce to grocery stores, restaurants and the food service industry since 1928. Started as a small family-run operation on the streets of Boston more than 80 years ago, DiMare was founded by brothers Dominic,...

Domain Inc. (Domain) is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer and distributor of feed for the dairy and beef industry, with roots dating back over 100 years. Bill Buell, owner, president and CEO of Domain, has been with the company since 1988. Buell purchased Domain from his parents and siblings to...

John Duarte is a fourth-generation California farmer, as well as a second-generation owner of Duarte Nursery Inc. (Duarte). Duarte’s mother and father, Jim and Anita, founded the family business in 1989 after working for nearly two decades in the nursery business. Duarte is 100-percent family-...

Dunkerton Cooperative Elevator Inc. (DCE), an Iowa-based grain, feed and fertilizer operation, started out the same as others of its kind; however, unlike other cooperatives, DCE remains an independent operation even after 70 years in business. “DCE originated in 1944 when area farmers joined...

Eaton Farm Bureau Cooperative (EFB) has been providing local farmers with a wide range of storage and marketing resources since 1947. EFB operates out of a single location in Charlotte, Mich., from which it services members mostly within a 20-mile radius of the facility.

Larry Crouch,...

In Bloomington, Wisconsin, Economy Feed Mill is running on 53 years of family ownership and a mission to run the business with the positivity and honesty that gains respect from neighbors, friends and other area small businesses. With this attitude, the company has built a solid foundation of...

Based in Sonora, Yucatan, Empaque Rio Colorado (ERC) is a grower, packer and shipper of Mexican-grown produce, mainly green onions and asparagus, with a family history that spans generations. “My grandfather was a field worker as part of the bracero program and my father was as well until he...

According to the Midwest Dairy Association, the average dairy cow produces around 20,000 pounds of milk in a year. The average cow on Evergreen Farms produces close to 30,000 pounds. That’s almost enough extra milk to fill a typical above-...

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...

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...

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