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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...

Ed Grangetto Sr. founded Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply (Grangetto’s) in 1952, selling crop oils and fertilizers to local farmers. As the market grew regionally, Ed Sr. expanded Grangetto’s inventory to include even more products for growers, including farm chemicals and hardware. As the...

Green Circle Growers Inc. (GCG) is the largest floral greenhouse operation in the Midwest United States. Founded in 1968 by John Van Wingerden, the business has grown exponentially for more than 40 years. Scott Geisbrecht, John’s son-in-law and vice president of sales for GCG, now leads the team...

Green Circle Growers (Green Circle) is one of the largest floral greenhouse operations in the Midwest. John van Wingerden, who founded the company with his brother and their grandfather in 1968, still owns the family business, which is based in Oberlin, Ohio, and produces bedding plants,...

Fully half the vegetable products in the United States are grown in California’s rich soil and mild climate. Hoy Buell – president and owner of Greenheart Farms Inc. (Greenheart), a nursery located in Arroyo Grande, Calif. – takes full advantage of his West Coast locale to run a thriving...

In 1981, two entrepreneurs established Growers Transplanting Inc. (GTI) as the United States’ first vegetable-producing greenhouse to have a field and transplanting department. More than 30 years later, GTI has become one of the largest greenhouse and field growing operations in the country. The...

The food industry is in style, and it has become big global business because of population growth. Research shows that the...

GSC Agribusiness was established in 2010 as the livestock production and management subsidiary of GSC Financial, based in Atlanta. In August 2012, GSC Financial entered into an agreement to operate and manage the Feed and Livestock...

Founded in 1964, Hallway Feeds is a leader in the domestic and international equine feed market. Based in the epicenter of American horse racing culture in Lexington, Kentucky, Hallway Feeds has carved out a niche in the upper end of market.

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Founded in 1960 by Ralph Hanby, Hanby Farms Inc. has played integral role in the local and regional community surrounding Nashport in east-central Ohio. After more than 50 years in business, the company has grown into a leading supplier of multiple feeds and grains from guinea pig to horse feed...

Inspired by the mounting solar trend in the United States, Pete Marte established Hannah Solar in 2007 from a spare bedroom in his home. Marte made his entrepreneurial move at just the right time, as the cost of solar was...

Fad diets come and go, and the entire country of Norway is completely out of butter currently because of a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet craze. Staples, however, eventually always make their way back. Ralph Hanscome, CEO of Hanscome Group of Companies (HGC), is pretty levelheaded in his...

For nearly 90 years, Harmony Orchards has been one of the largest apple producers in the state of Washington. Located in Yakima, with four locations within a 20-mile radius, the company produces more than 40 organic varieties of...

At times, Harold Grall, owner and president of Hasta Farms (Hasta), was not certain his independent corn farming operation would survive with the steady competition for land, water and the general instability of the commodity market. However, after nearly 30 years, the Texas-based company is...

Since the turn of the 20th century, Central Iowa farmers have come together to market their grain at a fair price and Des Moines-based Heartland Co-op (Heartland) has been a central part of making it all possible. Now with 5,800 Class-A members and 7,000 members in total, Heartland is one of the...

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, Heartland Restoration Services and its sister company, Earth Source Inc., support sustainable development by protecting habitats and native species as stewards of the land. Established in 1988, Earth Source is a...

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