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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...

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...

Frenchman Valley Cooperative Inc. (FVC) has been serving farmers in Nebraska for more than 100 years, as it originally began in 1912 as a grain cooperative under the name Farmers Union Equity. FVC has changed structure and name several times over the decade, but maintains a continued commitment...

Manny Robles and Randal Shepherd founded FreshKO Produce Services (FPS) in 2002. The partners each bring decades of experience in the highly competitive produce trade to the table and independently built their careers from small operations to major distributors. “I ran a roadside produce stand...

In Ada, Oklahoma, Frontier Trading has been building relationships with feed ingredient manufactures, transportation personnel and end users to offer a fair price and rapid service in the delivery of more than 200 kinds of commodities....

GAME Equipment LLC (GAME) is a company based in Napoleonville, La., that in 2012 set in motion its second expansion in a 12-month time period because of its ongoing success as a specialized supplier. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) categorizes the company under farm equipment...

Gentry’s Poultry Company Inc. (GPC) dates back to the early 1940s when Wesley Gentry Sr. founded a small chicken farm in South Carolina. The business incorporated in 1959 under USDA supervision. In the early days, the small business supplied live chickens to grocers, sold in cages.

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With more than 170,000 acres in production across the state, fruit and vegetable growing is a billion dollar industry in Georgia. The industry accounts for many of the state’s major agricultural cash crops. “When you lump all fruit and...

Laptops and tablets – they’re probably not the first tools that come to mind concerning a large-scale farming operation. However, computer generated farm-monitoring systems are fast becoming an integral part of a farmer’s daily routine, essential to increasing efficiency and staying ahead in an...

The brainchild of construction and agriculture industry veterans Dean Mason and Norman Mullin, Global Dairy Solutions (GDS) is hoping to revolutionize the industry with a new turnkey dairy design that fuses new trends and technological advances with tried-...

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