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Mid-West Fertilizer sign and building. Courtesy of MKC
GROWING FOOTPRINT: Farmer owned cooperative MKC is growing its footprint with the acquisition of Mid-West Fertilizer.

MKC acquires Mid-West Fertilizer in Paola

Mid-West Fertilizer Inc. will be operated as wholly-owned subsidiary of MKC with the same leadership.

Mid Kansas Cooperative, a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, has finalized the acquisition of Mid-West Fertilizer Inc., a full-service agricultural retailer headquartered in Paola, effective May 12. The company will operate as Mid-West Fertilizer LLC.

Brad Stedman, MKC president and CEO, says, "Together, the acquisition strengthens our position in the marketplace and will allow us to expand our services to create additional value for our owners and customers. We see growth of our footprint as a key part of our strategy. Mid-West Fertilizer is a strong ag retail organization with a great team. The synergies gained through this acquisition will allow both companies to continue to achieve greater success."

The acquisition included grain, wholesale and retail agronomy, energy, feed and trucking. MKC and Mid-West Fertilizer have worked beside one another for three years through their relationship with Team Marketing Alliance LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of MKC.

"We chose to partner with an organization that will continue to bring value to producers, provide employees' career development opportunities and allow our organization to be successful well into the future," says Rod Silver, former president and CEO of Mid-West Fertilizer. "I look forward to the long-term value and new opportunities for our producers, employees and communities."

Mid-West Fertilizer LLC will be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of MKC. Silver will continue to provide leadership to Mid-West Fertilizer after the acquisition.

Mid-West Fertilizer Inc. was started in 1980 as a regional fertilizer distributor selling and delivering fertilizer to local fertilizer dealers throughout the region stretching between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.

Along with the wholesale fertilizer business, Mid-West Fertilizer now services farmers with grain handling, custom application, crop nutrients, crop protection products, seed, feed, fuels, lubricants, propane, trucking and tire sales through 155 employees and 25 locations in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Visit to learn more.

MKC is a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services for both farm and urban customers throughout Kansas.

With a current membership of nearly 10,000 members, and more than 375 employees, MKC specializes in grain, agronomy, energy, feed and risk management. Since its' founding in 1965, MKC has expanded its footprint through mergers and acquisitions to meet the needs of the producer.  Learn more about MKC at

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