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Crop news and notes in Indiana

Indiana-based cooperatives share recent developments, plus important dates to note on your calendar.

Tom J Bechman 1

November 11, 2022

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Bruce Kettler and the leadership team of Co-Alliance at the cooperative's new headquarters in Indianapolis
CO-ALLIANCE MOVES HQ: Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler (third from left) and the leadership team of Co-Alliance were on hand when the Indiana-based co-op opened its new offices in Indianapolis. Lindsay Sankey

President and CEO Kevin Still called Co-Alliance’s shift to a new headquarters on the west side of Indianapolis more than just a move. “It’s a symbol of growth of our farmer-owned cooperative, the strength of agriculture in Indiana and the evolution of how we will do business to fit a changing industry,” he says.

Co-Alliance operates 162 locations across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, with over 1,000 employees. It’s owned by 11,262 farmer-owners, with 8,100 in Indiana. Overall, Co-Alliance services more than 5,000 agricultural acres.

Ceres Solutions expands

The agronomy side of Frick Services, which served customers in north-central Indiana, is now part of Ceres Solutions, based in Crawfordsville, Ind. The four former Frick Services agronomy operations affected include Larwill, Leiters Ford, Wawaka and Wyatt.

Jeff Troike, CEO of Ceres Solutions, welcomes customers and employees aboard. “These locations are ideally situated to complement the existing Ceres Solutions presence across the trade area, and we see many potential synergies,” Troike says.

Dan Frick, Frick Services Agronomy’s former owner, still operates Frick Services Grain.

Dates for your calendar

Don’t miss these events:

Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention. The state’s largest ag group will hold its annual convention Dec. 15-17 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis. Visit infarmbureau.org.

Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference. This gathering of crop professionals will be Dec. 13-14 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Visit indianacca.org.

Heart of America Grazing Conference. This conference for forage and livestock producers comes to Ferdinand, Ind., Feb. 20-21. Contact your local Purdue Extension office and watch for updates at indianaforage.org.

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