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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, ...

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-...

Running a business is no picnic, but if you’re running a picnic in the Southeast you’ve probably contributed to the business of Global Produce Sales Inc. (GPS), a produce supplier based out of Lake Wales, Fla. GPS is a family-owned and -operated company that has evolved over time and now...

With mills in Augusta, Maine, Sangerfield, New York, and Adams Center, New York, Gold Star Feed & Grain Co. (also known as Gold Star Feed & Grain LLC) was formed in 2012 and has been providing its customers with custom dairy feed...

Jon Jessen founded Gowan Company LLC (Gowan) in 1962 with the goal of providing science-based crop consulting. Just out of the Army, Jon previously earned a degree in entomology at UC Davis. He worked for several years managing cotton crops before starting his own business in Yuma, Ariz., near...

Located in Springville, New York, Gramco Inc. is a family-owned and -operated retail and wholesale feed dealer with a focus on custom dairy feed. The independent company has weathered many shifts in the industry over its 100-plus years in business and emerged as one of the most trusted names in...

Grand Avenue Produce Company Inc. (Grand Avenue Produce) is a full-line produce and dairy distributor based in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. New founded the family business in 1946, and the progressive, team-oriented company has grown substantially from its humble beginnings. “We started as...

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