July 10, 2016
Here in rural America, there are three things that never change. The land, the commitment of the families that farm it, and the loyalty of the local cooperative, which provides the inputs, markets and information farmers and ranchers need to stay profitable. As part of a bigger system that can handle the logistics of global markets, your local co-op can tie your farm operation to buyers and sellers far beyond the county line. It also helps to represent your interests in shaping state, local and national policy.
By staying on the forefront of emerging technologies, your co-op helps young producers stay relevant while forming relationships that last a lifetime.
As a member-owner of your co-op, you have a say in how it operates, who runs it, and the local communities it supports. You also share in its success through patronage dividends based on earnings from the products you buy, the grain you sell and the services you use. That’s money that stays in your local community, and helps us all thrive.
Being local, your co-op knows you, your land, and what it takes to make your operation successful. It approaches your business like a partner who has your best interests in mind. So in addition to providing quality inputs, it also offers the risk management, agronomic and other services your operation needs.
As technologies change, it’s the next generations of farmers who face the challenge of staying current. By staying on the forefront of emerging technologies, your co-op helps young producers stay relevant while forming relationships that last a lifetime. Access to modern information helps younger farmers remain in the community and raises the bar for all members.
When you’re a member of a co-op, everyone wins. You gain a valuable local resource, the co-op grows stronger, and the community in which you live gains a strong economic anchor that helps fund local initiatives and allows the community to thrive. Wherever you find successful farming operations and strong local communities, you’ll find a local cooperative that helped them grow.
Farming has always been about working together. Without each other, growing becomes more difficult. That’s why your co-op continues to work with you as a team, every day. Together we grow stronger.
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