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In 1942, Harold Precythe established the first fresh produce shipping rail market in eastern North Carolina. Sourcing product from regional farms, Harold sought to provide the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states with fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. Harold came from a long line of...

Located in Macon, Mississippi, Southern Seed & Feed LLC (SSF) has grown from a one-man band to a sizable feed manufacturer and distributor that supports area farmers and ranchers. With stores in Mississippi and Alabama, SSF has expanded over the last 32 years to include a range of products,...

Roger Koehn, president of Southern Seed and Feed LLC (SSF), founded the company as a processer of agricultural seed in 1983. Koehn’s extensive background informed him well; SSF was launched with a portable seed cleaner, enabling Koehn to prepare the seed for planting another crop at the local...

In 1923, a group of 150 Virginia farmers came together to form what is now known as Southern States Cooperative (SSC). Originally operating as Virginia Seed Service, the cooperative grew to include feed distribution and sales of fertilizer, farm supplies and petroleum. Over the years the...

From seedlings just starting in the greenhouse to rows upon rows of pole-grown cucumbers, Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable (Southern Valley) has made a mission of growing, packing and selling one of the most sought after labels of...

Sometimes all it takes is one great idea to set a series of significant events in motion; and that was the case for Southwest Oilfield Products (SWOP) in 1947. Founded by the Leman family, the Houston-based manufacturer designed and introduced the first bonded fail-safe piston to an industry on...

Wilhelm Geven started a small dairy farm in Denmark with the goal of building a small business to support his family. Starting with only nine cows, the business grew slowly for several years. After his untimely passing at the age of 49, the family was faced with a tough decision: to give up on...

In the heart of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is 15-year-old Spartanburg Meat Processing Co. Inc.; a USDA inspected and approved pork and chicken processing plant. The woman-owned company has made a name for...

Just outside of Houston, Spectrum Catering Concessions (Spectrum) and its newly rebranded local catering arm, Wicked Whisk, continue a 23-yearlong...

After more than 40 years in business, Speedling Incorporated is deeply rooted in the horticulture industry. From major vegetable crops to ornamental plants, inverted pyramid trays to innovative sub-irrigation systems and a pioneering presence in plug and energy crop production, Speedling brings...

It turns out there’s a learning curve to flying a drone. Pete Crew, owner of Spencer Agronomy Services, crashed his new $30,000 drone three times this year, but he learned a lesson or two in each crash, and he learned the...

In Ruthven, Iowa, an area saturated by cooperatives and big-name ag-players, such as Cargill, Spencer Agronomy Services (SAS) is making its mark in the industry as an independently-owned and relatively young...

Spicer & Sandburg Inc. (S&S) is a family-owned and –operated oilfield supplier based in Oklahoma City. Emerson Eugene “Spike’ Spicer established the business in 1953, making handshake deals with manufacturers and clients. In 1978, Spike incorporated the business and his partner Charles “...

There may be nothing more disappointing to environmental stewards and shellfish enthusiasts than the closure of certain estuaries due to compounding impurities, and Spinney Creek Shellfish Inc. (SCS) is on a mission to help reverse the impacts of shellfish contamination. The company maintains...

Integrity and quality are at the heart of the Spokane Seed Company (SSC). For over a century SSC has been sourcing and processing some of the finest whole and split dried green and yellow peas, green and red lentils and garbanzo beans from its headquarters in Spokane, Wash. Currently, the...

In the heart of central California Stamoules Produce Company (SPC) has been satisfying the need for fresh, healthy, high-quality produce — cantaloupes, honeydew melons, mini watermelons, sweet corn, broccoli, onions, bell peppers and more —...

Nowhere in the world can farmland produce quite as much fresh fruit and vegetable as California’s Central Valley, and it is companies like Stamoules Produce Company (SPC) that put modern irrigation and farming practices to the test to produce billions of pounds of fresh cantaloupes, honey dews,...

The roots of Standard Nutrition Company date back to 1886, when veterinarian F.E. Sanborn first began approaching American family farmers, introducing nutritional supplements for homegrown feedstuffs. This launched The F.E. Sanborn Company, which is...

In Hamlet, Indiana, Starke County Co-op has been a standby source for local farmers and community members for more than 88 years. The 650-member cooperative offers an array of services and support, including grain storage, bulk fuel and LP petroleum...

State Restaurant Equipment Company (SRE) has been in the hospitality business in the entertainment capitol of the world for over four decades. “My parents started State Restaurant with my uncles in 1967,” recalls Scott Miller, the current president and CEO of SRE who started working for the...

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