Agriculture

Nobody can be a true expert on everything, says Craig Houin, which is why heart surgeons don’t operate on brains and plumbers don’t lay foundations.

Houin helps lead the Sunrise Precision...

To keep milk production steady, dairy farmers need a continual stream of newly calved “fresh” cows to milk. The first 30 days of lactation isn’t easy for cows, however; adapting to new feed and...

When the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company started in 1918, most members used a horse and buggy to haul grain to the...

It’s a rare salesperson who tells a customer not to buy, but John Bell says he gets a certain satisfaction from it, especially when he knows he can help customers make better decisions down the...

For years, three full-service co-ops—Right Cooperative Association, Farmers Cooperative Company and Southern Plains Cooperative—competed for members in the same 2,200 square miles of southwest...

Total Grain Marketing (TGM) has experienced exponential growth in the 10 years since its inception. Headquartered in Effingham,...

When Greenfield Elementary School in Ursa, Illinois, closed its doors in May 2015, the town with 626 residents lost not just a school, but a community hub, a place where people gathered and...

For the first few decades that Williams Gin & Grain Inc. was in business, it had a small office in downtown Frost, Texas—a rural town about an hour...

There’s merit in going with the grain. It’s why in 2017, an agricultural company will celebrate a century of steady growth on the fertile flatlands that make Oklahoma an integral part of America’s...

In 2009, Rick Cottier made national news for unintentionally growing a tomato that looked like a rubber duck. While his 15 minutes of fame passed, the planter that he grew the tomato in is still...

Agronomy Manager Josh Schladweiler says for all of the technology in modern agriculture, growers and co-op employees still make important decisions by meeting at kitchen tables. Over coffee or...

Headlines throughout 2016 announced the same depressing trend for farmers: falling grain prices.

While 10 years ago, a series of alternating droughts and floods had some market experts...

At the mercy of commodity exchanges and the weather, agriculture is unpredictable like few other industries. A farmer in North Dakota doesn’t just need perfect weather to grow his crops; he needs...

Twenty years ago, just six years after Ron Van Beek founded Van Beek Natural Sciences, he saw an experiment that changed his...

As of the new year, Valley Agronomics LLC is realizing the truism that two is better than one.

In early November 2016, the agronomy...

“Are we unique? Heavens no,” says Agronomy manager Chuck Peter. “Are the tools we have at our disposal unique? Definitely not.”

How, then, has ...

It turns out there’s a learning curve to flying a drone. Pete Crew, owner of Spencer Agronomy Services, crashed his new $...

At his first job out of college with a private grain company in Southwest Kansas, Richard Harmon spoke with a customer every day who often told him the following: “Don’t get used to this weather....

Twenty miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, a huge glass building spanning 167 acres covers the land. Inside, men and women work amidst the buzz of “sticking machines” and “automatic...

Phillip Hord has always been involved with his family’s farm at “the slat level.”

It’s a turn of phrase his family uses in reference to slats of a barn floor, and it means “what’s going on...

For farms big and small, faster planting and harvesting is a reality of modern agriculture.

As a result, farmers rely on co-ops to use technology that makes speed possible, as well as...

Kevin Walker remembers being a fresh-faced young man—someone who was uncertain about his career and future. After graduating from college, he spent about 10 years wandering between odd jobs on...

At the Farmers Cooperative Association in Ravenna, Nebraska, farmers often drop by just to chat and have a cup of coffee, not buy anything.

“...

According to the Midwest Dairy Association, the average dairy cow produces around 20,000 pounds of milk in a year. The average cow on Evergreen...

Equipment sales manager Brad Carpenter remembers receiving a $50,000 dollar check from an elderly farmer. “I’m looking at this guy with his leathery hands … and all I can think about is how long...

Growers use combines, planters and sophisticated software to improve yields, but agronomist Phil Ramsel says the most important tool in agriculture is the right information.

Ramsel is vice...

A visitor to Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, Virginia, can expect to see thousands of colorful annual and perennial flowers, which...

Akron Services Inc. has been providing fertilizer and grain to customers across Illinois as a state licensed grain dealer and warehouse since its early...

Innovation is a buzzword, but not all industries have been quick to jump on the innovation bandwagon. The “bypass protein products” (BPP) industry is one of them.

In fact, there haven’t...

America’s favorite legume, the peanut, has a growing number of foreign fans.

In the past 15 years, free trade initiatives like the North American Trade Agreement (...

Founded in 1968 by Jimmy Tosh, Tosh Farms LLC has built a reputation as a leading producer of pork products and grain over the last 40-plus years. Located in...

Fourth generation family-owned and –operated Robert Winner Sons Inc. has been providing customers throughout western Ohio for nearly 89 years. Doing...

Since its inception in 2003, Mercator Inc. has grown from a small, home-based food export company into a $26 million enterprise that distributes North American...

Since 1972, Hoover Feed Services Inc. (HFS) has been providing dairy producers throughout northern Indiana with the feed and related services they need to succeed in an ever-changing marketplace...

DiMare Fresh has been delivering top-quality produce to grocery stores, restaurants and the food service industry since 1928. Started as a small family-run...

Founded in 2009 by dairy industry veterans Mark Boytim and Steve Cooper, Continental Dairy Facilities LLC (CDF) is a dairy processing company with...

For more than 44 years BB&P Feed & Grain has been a major contributor to local agribusiness in Madison County, Iowa, just west of Des Moines. The company remains one of the few full-...

Florida might not seem like cattle country when compared to the wide-open plains of Texas or Oklahoma, but the Sunshine State is actually home to as many as a third of the country’s top 20 cow-...

For more than 70 years, Western Cooperative Company (WESTCO) has been providing fuel, agronomy and bean marketing services throughout Nebraska, Wyoming,...

Verdesian Life Sciences is an emerging plant health and nutrition company focused on a simple mission: help growers maximize the output of their row crops and...

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Potomac River, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the mid-Atlantic. As the single largest industry in the...

Based in Mayfield, Kentucky, United Livestock Commodities Inc. (ULC) has been providing custom mixed cattle feed to customers throughout the region since 2010.

Founded by childhood friends...

Founded in 2001, United Agronomy LLC is an agronomy services provider serving cooperatives throughout northern North Dakota. The company specializes in...

Using old-fashioned hard work and a bit of a good country sense to take care of the land and grow premium quality produce - this was the philosophy set forth by Joe Aiello when he purchased a...

The Co-Op Country Store traces its roots back to 1934 when 60 Bonner County, Idaho, residents banded together to form Grange Gas & Supply in Sandpoint...

The roots of Standard Nutrition Company date back to 1886, when veterinarian F.E. Sanborn first began approaching American family farmers,...

At a glance, it would seem that Suncrest Gardens has always been a staple of the landscaping and horticulture community in northeast Ohio.

But...

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...

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains just miles from the Puget Sound in Burlington, Washington, Skagit Farmers Supply is a locally owned...

Founded in 1902, Monticello, Florida-based Simpson Nurseries is one of the nation’s largest producers of trees and deciduous shrubs.

Founded by...

Founded in 1909 by James Carmichael, Maplehurst Farms Inc. is a large grain, fertilizer and trucking company dedicated to merging modern technology and...

What’s the secret to producing one billion pounds of pork in a year? Very busy, very happy employees.

That’s according to the largest pork producer in Iowa and the eighth largest producer...

Originally founded as Kodisch’s Garden Center in 1974, The Garden Factory has been a fixture in the Rochester, New York, area for more than 40 years....

Founded in 2005 as a joint venture between Australia-based Feedworks Pty Ltd., Malcolm Ballard and Tim Byrd, Feedworks USA represents feed additive companies that are looking to introduce their...

The benefits of asparagus have been recorded as far back as the second century, when a Greek physician first noted its health-boosting properties. Originally praised as both a diuretic and...

Most often, generalizations don’t work. That’s especially true in agriculture where blanket approaches—like big data and big regulation—don’t take into account the endless variations from field to...

After more than 120 years in business, Buurma Farms Inc. remains a household name in the agriculture industry. Since the beginning, Buurma Farms has...

For more than 100 years, BTR Farmers Co-op has been serving producers throughout northeast North Dakota. Located in Leeds, North Dakota, BTR was founded...

For nearly 100 years, Berthold Farmers Elevator (BFE) has been serving producers throughout north-central North Dakota as one of the region’s most...

The Belgrade Cooperative Association in Minnesota has grown tremendously since its founding in 1928 when the first members joined to use the buying power...

Founded in 1911, Beach Cooperative Grain Company has been building customer loyalty and a reputation for quality for well over 100 years as one of North...

In Apache, Oklahoma, Apache Farmers’ Cooperative (AFC) has been a fixture in the community, supporting local farmers, large and small, and area families for...

Since 2013, Alforex Seeds has been one of the agricultural industry’s leading alfalfa and forage producers for the dairy and beef industry. One of the...

One of the top family owned beef producers in the nation, Adams Land & Cattle LLC has been providing its customers with quality product for over...

In the last decade, the organic movement has exploded and the sector is one of the fastest growing in agriculture. Increased consumer awareness means more shoppers are searching for foods grown...

As the nation’s largest crop consulting firm and agricultural laboratory, Servi-Tech Inc. has been focused on its vision of “Making the Planet More Productive”...

Schmitz Grain Inc. is a full service agronomy business serving customers within 70 miles of its home base in Currie, Minnesota. Founded in 1970 by Norbert Schmitz, the company has earned its...

As a full-service grain-handling cooperative, Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers has been providing the services and technical expertise to help local...

The Koenigs name has become synonymous with farming in the McIntire, Iowa, area. It all began four generations ago when the founding patriarch immigrated to northern Iowa from Germany, and planted...

Serving the Kansas agricultural market for more than 100 years, Kanza Cooperative is the result of a series of mergers between deeply rooted Kansas-...

For 60 years, Bar ALE Inc. has been a family-owned business. Located in Williams, California, the company’s focus is providing value-added feed products to...

The demand on farmers to produce more is stronger than ever before. As a result, the dairy industry is increasingly moving toward more automation and robotics — systems that can control the entire...

Every year farmers in the U.S. grow more than 1 billion pounds of walnuts. California is by far the largest walnut-growing state and in Tehama County, Andersen & Sons Shelling Inc. has been...

In over 30 years, Renaissance Nutrition has become one of the largest nutrition and premix manufacturing businesses in the U.S. and continues expansion from the...

It takes countless hours of training, hard work and planning to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, considered to be one of the greatest accomplishments in the sport of horse...

Since the first harvest in 1950, the Ottawa Cooperative Association has delivered expertise and the quality grain, seed, fuel, feed, fertilizer, chemical,...

At the 85th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) convention in Appleton, Wisconsin, WFU celebrated its long history and a growing family of...

A state branch of the National Farmers Union, the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) traces roots back to 1911 and has been serving producers in The...

Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union (KFU), says there’s a common theme that unites the 6,000-member-strong organization based in...

In Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU), a state offshoot of the National Farmers Union (...

Muenster Milling Co. began in 1932 when Joe Felderhoff began purchasing grains from local family farms and milled the wheat into quality flour. After 84...

For nearly 45 years, Martinek Grain & Bins has been a full-service network of country elevators, warehouses and retail feed stores. Located in Celina...

In Placedo, Texas, Victoria Calhoun Grain (Vic-Cal) is a grain elevator company serving the Coastal Bend area of South Texas. The company’s locations —...

In Miles, Texas, Kasberg Grain is the local grain expert, focusing solely on buying and selling grain in the most efficient way possible. The company sources grain from producers across more than...

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...

The life span of most agriculture equipment is a decade, but a relationship with a trusted ag dealer like Caroline Implement Co. Inc. lasts a...

Agricultural projects require distinct expertise when it comes to construction success. With locations in Kansas and North Dakota, DeHaan, Grabs &...

Founded in 1995 by Rodney Hoff and Brenda Bakken, Lone Star Enterprises is a leading manufacturer of roller mills, serving customers in the feed...

The brainchild of construction and agriculture industry veterans Dean Mason and Norman Mullin, Global Dairy Solutions (GDS) is hoping to revolutionize the...

QED Dryer Sales & MFG Inc. (QED) stands for three main principles in business: quality, efficiency and dependability. Since 1986, the family-owned and -...

Celebrating 40 years in business in 2016, Bonnell Grain Handling Inc. (BGHI) remains a leader in the grain-handling equipment business. Located in Star City,...

Founded in 1990 by Curt and Tracy Bjerke, Bjerke Brothers Inc. (BBI) is one of the Midwest’s leading designers and suppliers of grain- and seed-...

In Brookings, South Dakota, United Development LLC has been powering the local agricultural market since 2009, specializing in ag-related general...

In Cicero, Indiana, one equipment company has built a tradition of quality, serving growers, elevators and other agricultural entities for approximately half a century. Now known as...

C&A Scale Service Inc. is a leading manufacturer and installer of bulk weigh grain loadout systems located in Crescent, Iowa. The company also sells...

In White Cloud, Kansas, in the northern-most corner of the state, Taylor Seed Farms (TSF) has long been independent and family owned, thriving in an...

The best quality seed for the customer’s need — this has been the motto at Kauffman Seeds Inc. in Haven, Kansas, since the company took root in 1965. Founded...

Founded in 1970, DeLange Seed Inc. is a family-owned seed company serving retail and wholesale customers across 20 states with superior crop and field seed...

On average farmers and ranchers in the U.S. receive only 15.8 cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food. Rising crop input costs coupled with off-farm costs such as marketing,...

Established in 1898, the Texas Grain and Feed Association (TGFA) has been active in Fort Worth, Texas, for more than a century. The organization supports some 400...

For more than 50 years, Ag Builders has been serving farmers, elevators and area agribusinesses in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Ag Builders has...

Serving the Midwest from its headquarters in Jackson, Minnesota, ProAg Engineering Inc. is a premier agricultural engineering firm specializing in site...

Riverview LLP has grown into a multifaceted agribusiness by employing some of the most passionate people in the industry. The company’s mission is to...

For more than 30 years, Phillips Seed in the Central Kansas Corridor has been serving the varying needs of growers with high-quality seeds bred for...

Since 1902, Kansas Crop Improvement Association (KCIA), a not-for-profit, membership-based, member-supported corporation, has served producers in various...

The lumber business is not the same today as it was a decade ago. Mills have consolidated and large corporations have entered the industry, squeezing out smaller middleman operations by selling...

The health of agriculture is integral to all corners of the U.S. economy, from the food-supply chain to employment. Oftentimes the Midwest gets most of the credit, but the Northeast also has a...

Few businesses grow by chance — and Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings LLC is no exception to the rule. For more than three years, the steadily expanding family of...

Not all feed is created equal. There are many variables that go into the mix to help ensure healthy, productive animals. In the Pacific Northwest, PerforMix Nutrition Systems LLC is delivering...

With a rich history in supplying farms with high-quality animal feeds, innovative feeding solutions and excellent customer service, Shur-Gain, a Nutreco Company has been serving upstate New York...

Poulin Grain is a fourth generation family-owned and -operated company specializing in high-quality dairy,...

After eight years of related grain trading and feed experience working for three international companies, Pat O’Brien, now president of Pat O’Brien & Sons Inc., decided it was time to put his...

Since 2007, Northern Seed LLC has been fulfilling its mission of having a fundamental and meaningful impact on the future of agriculture, especially in its home state of Montana. Grounded in...

Morrison’s Custom Feeds Inc. has been providing northern New England farmers with custom-formulated animal feeds for over...

Located in Liverpool, New York, Mercer Milling Inc. is of the leading feed mill suppliers in the Northeast. Producing a complete line of...

It takes a substantial amount of equipment to run any agricultural-related business. In Willmar, Minnesota, Lange Ag Systems is a farm equipment and systems expert. The...

Located in Gordonville, Pennsylvania, Hoober Feeds has been providing high-quality feeds and services to animal agriculture customers for more than 78 years. Hoober Feeds prides itself in...

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...

With mills in Augusta, Maine, Sangerfield, New York, and Adams Center, New York, Gold Star Feed & Grain Co. (also known as Gold Star...

In Bloomington, Wisconsin, Economy Feed Mill is running on 53 years of family ownership and a mission to run the business with the positivity and honesty that gains respect from neighbors, friends...

Founded 35 years ago as a seed producer and trade wholesaler, Deer Creek Seed Inc. has grown to become one of the Midwest’s most comprehensive turf and...

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Central New York Feeds (CNY Feeds) is a premier producer of custom bulk dairy feed. With its...

Based in Round Rock, Texas, Capstone Commodities LLC is a feed ingredient merchandising company selling a range of feed...

Since 2004, Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition has grown from humble beginnings on North Street in New Haven, Vermont, to a widely recognized leader in the New England-New York dairy feed industry....

Family-owned and -operated Interstate Commodities Inc. (ICI) has been serving the feed industry since 1947. Victor Oberting Sr. established the business after a long tenure with the Seagram’s...

In Wynne, Arkansas, the Matthews family, owners and operators of Matthews Ridgeview Farms (MRF), has been growing sweet...

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...

Founded in 1903, Pettisville Grain Co. (PCG) is a grain and feed company that has been serving Ohio growers for over 100 years. With locations in Pettisville, West Unity and Delta, Ohio, the...

Since 1983, Precision Structures Inc. (PSI) has been providing clients throughout the Midwest with high-quality, efficient and safe agricultural construction services. The business is based in...

Since 1993, Atlantic Potato Distributors has been providing grocers in Canada and the United States with high quality potatoes grown throughout eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. Ralph Hanscome...

On the shores of Apollo Beach, Florida, Segrest Farms is one of the world’s leading suppliers of tropical and ornamental fish, serving...

Nebraska is home to nine of the United States' Top 100 agricultural cooperatives according to recently released USDA data. Located in the Golden Triangle in Aurora, Nebraska,...

Wilco WinField LLC (Wilco) is headquartered in rural Mount Angel, Oregon, and serves more than 3,000 owner-members and nonmember patrons in the...

Since 1958, the Barta family has been providing high-quality grain, feed and agronomy services to producers in Wisconsin’s Kewaunee County. The business provides grain storage, agronomy services,...

When a group of local farmers in Iowa realized the need for a grain merchandising facility in 1908, the Hull Cooperative Association began as...

Founded in 1999 by Randy P. Stephens, Suregrow Agricultural Products is a wholesale and retail distributor of crop protection and nutrient...

Founded in 1966, Cooperative Grain and Supply (CG&S) has built a reputation on customer service and keeping its assets up to par. The company is...

Unified Ag Solutions (UAS) has been serving agricultural customers throughout the U.S. since 2011, when Roger Nesbitt set out to...

SEEDWAY LLC, a full-line vegetable, turf and farm seed supply and marketing company located in Hall, New...

Pulse production is a predominate industry in the Upper Midwest. Over the last decade, the region has seen a steady rise in the acreage dedicated to pulse and cover crops. Growing alongside the...

In 2016, NorthStar Genetics Ltd. celebrates 20...

In Waukon, Iowa, the Waukon Feed Ranch (WFR) is home to a feed mill that supports more than 150,000 pigs daily in the northeast corner...

In Decherd, Tennessee, Woodall Grain Company (WGC) and Woodall Risk Management...

The history of Ag Kota Grain is nearly as old as the community the company serves in Plankinton, South Dakota. The origins of the business...

Since 2002, Savannah Marine Terminal Inc. (SMT), a container transloading company specializing in the handling of bulk...

Rail Transfer Inc. began in 1995 as a transloading operation loading logs into 40-foot shipping containers. In 2001 the company...

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...

With locations in New Era and Montague, Michigan, Tri County Feed Service Inc. (TCF) aims to be a one-stop shop for a range of...

In Ada, Oklahoma, Frontier Trading has been building relationships with feed ingredient manufactures, transportation personnel and end...

Originally founded in 1973 as Miller Dairy Equipment and Feeds, Miller Feeds Inc. was started as an effort by Norman Miller and his wife...

When Brian Jacobs decided to leave his job in 2001, he was faced with the decision to find another company to work for, or to start his own company. After choosing the latter, Jacobs worked out of...

After more than 30 years as a private consulting nutritionist for large feed lots from south Texas to Montana, Dr. Harry Anderson and his wife decided to start their own feeds business and in 2002...

In Preston, Maryland, situated on the Delmarva Peninsula, Nagel Farm Service is running on nearly 70 years of family ownership and the kind...

In Chester, Montana, the team at Stricks Ag is helping to revitalize the local agricultural community. Stricks Ag serves as a merchandiser of high-quality, high-demand grains and a source of...

In Denver, Welby Gardens Co., home of Hardy Boy Plants, has been making a name in the bedding plant industry with a reputation for high...

With growing operations in Mexico’s fertile Sonora region, Chucho Produce is a multifaceted international company with grower-packer-...

Tricar Sales can trace its history back to 1945 when Daniel Cardenas Mora, a surgeon, joined forces with a handful of his colleagues to...

Based in Sonora, Yucatan, Empaque Rio Colorado (ERC) is a grower, packer and shipper of Mexican-grown produce, mainly green onions and asparagus, with a family history that spans generations. “My...

Today’s consumers are more educated and interested in where their food comes from, making food safety, traceability and safe environmental growing practices more of a concern. In Nogales, Arizona...

For the last 25 years, family-run Newman Farm has been raising purebred...

Founded by Ted Kaplan in 1994, Professional Produce has grown into a leading distributor of produce, shipping all throughout the United States. Located in Vernon, California, Professional Produce...

For more than a century, the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) has been setting the industry standard in seed certification,...

Caudill Seed Company started as an agricultural seed company, but over the course of 68 years, the family-owned operation based...

Founded in 1925, Swiderski Equipment Inc. specializes in sales, service and rental of agricultural and construction equipment. With...

In Osgood, Indiana, Laughery Valley AG Coop Inc. (LVA) has been serving area farmers and the general public for more than 87 years....

For nearly 90 years, Harmony Orchards has been one of the largest apple producers in the state of Washington. Located in Yakima...

George J. Adam, president of Innovative Produce, is a fifth generation farmer. Located in Santa Maria, California,...

The Casertano family, owners and operators of N. Casertano Greenhouses & Farms Inc., has called Cheshire, Connecticut...

Not all feed is created equal –that’s what the animal nutrition experts think at Alberta-based Hi-Pro Feeds LP (Hi-Pro). The...

On a small farm outside of Quito, Ecuador, a farmer has been able to save several piglets that would typically have died and sold them as additional income for his family. A cattle ranch west of...

Hi-Tek Rations is a premium pet nutrition manufacturer serving retailers and wholesalers throughout the United States. Based in...

Famo Feeds Inc. has been serving livestock producers in the Midwest since 1903 when the business was originally...

Jarrett Chambers established ATP Nutrition in 2010 with the goal of providing science-driven innovations in plant nutrition. After...

Since 1961 Brown’s Fertilizer & Chemical LLC has provided fertilizer and chemical products to the Midwest...

Founded in 1930 as an agricultural service, Three Rivers FS is a locally-owned cooperative...

Years before Farmers Edge officially incorporated in 2005, the Winnipeg-based precision agronomy company has been leading...

Dry bean production in the U.S. has accelerated over the last 60 years. Each year ...

Through industry-leading research and development, Betaseed Inc. is developing high-...

The only constant in agriculture is change. Changes in pricing and input costs, along with technology make it a difficult field to navigate at times for farmers. In Michigan’s Thumb, a rich,...

Since the first line of ancestors first settled in Leesburg, Indiana, the Tom family has been making a name for itself in agriculture. Now, more than a century and a half later,...

Luckey Farmers Inc. has been serving farmers in Ohio since 1919, when the business was established. Over the course of 95 years as...

Macon General Contractors was founded in 1971 by Larry Endress. Based in Bradford, Illinois, the agricultural construction firm was originally...

In Maybee, Michigan, Just Right Grain Systems is the source for comprehensive grain system sales, design, construction, installation...

Based in Edon, Ohio, AgriDry LLC has emerged as a national leader in equipment, service and support in the grain bin monitoring market. The...

Based in Dexter, Minnesota, R & S Grain Systems has been building grain handling and storage equipment for farmers and commercial...

Founded in January 2013, Henderson Transloading Services provides transloading services to a broad range of...

In central Illinois there are few privately-owned grain handling and transport operations quite like Bell...

Although large-scale soybean production did not begin until the 20th century in the U.S., the area devoted to the crop has expanded rapidly. Second to corn, soybeans are the most planted field...

Technology and innovation drive changes in the grain storage and handling industry each year. SMA LLC is at the...

In North Valparaiso, Indiana, Wyckoff Hybrids Inc. is a family-owned and -operated fourth-generation seed farm with an 83-year...

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, Heartland Restoration Services and its sister company, Earth Source Inc., support sustainable development by...

Based in West Lebanon, Indiana, Hubner Industries is the product of a strong family farming background and unique...

A fourth-generation family business, Total Seed Production Inc. has been serving growers throughout North America...

Seed breeding and planting is not a one-size-fits-all business. Today’s producers need and expect more when it comes to crop planning, planting and protection....

Situated within two major points of entry in South Texas – the newly constructed...

In 1969 Dionicio “Nicho” Villarreal founded Nicho Produce in Edinburgh, Texas. Since its inception, the company has been a full-line wholesaler and distributor of produce throughout southern Texas...

In June 2008, Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying (SAMES) Inc. as a construction,...

With seven distribution centers and three state-of-the-art growing facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Red Sun Farms...

The produce import business is booming in the lower Rio...

Since 1980, Freight Dispatch Service has been operating on the U.S.-Mexico border. The company is family-owned and -operated and serves...

Based in McAllen, Texas, Tom-Ver LLC dba MexFresh Produce LLC is supplying a burgeoning U.S. produce market with year-round stock of...

The food industry is in style, and it has become big global...

Located in Pharr, Texas, the Hidalgo County Regional Mobile Authority (HCRMA) is an independent governmental agency created in 2005...

With more than 170,000 acres in production across the state, fruit and vegetable growing is a billion dollar industry in Georgia. The industry...

The Scharine Group Inc. is a family-owned and -operated agricultural, automation and construction business serving customers in the...

Since 2003, family-owned Sun Coast Farms (Sun Coast) has been growing as a vertically integrated grower-packer-shipper in south-...

From seedlings just starting in the greenhouse to rows upon rows of pole-grown cucumbers, Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable (...

For more than 30 years, Pilot Grove Coop Elevator Inc. has been serving Missouri growers with an array of elevator and agronomy...

As consumers become more conscientious of what ingredients end up in their food, Mike Scholtens, national sales manager of ...

The history of Lortscher Animal Nutrition Inc. can be traced back to 1948, when Dave and Marjorie Lortscher...

Leger & Son Inc. is a family-owned and operated watermelon growing and shipping business based in Cordele, Georgia. C.M. “Buddy”...

In 1985, three families of almond growers came together to form Hughson Nut Incorporated (Hughson Nut). For 30 years, the...

“My father moved to our present location in Dallas County, Iowa in 1934 and started raising small amounts of public-certified seeds such as oats and soybeans,” tells Stine. Born and raised in Adel...

Kahle Supply & Feed Mill (Kahle Supply) is a wholesale grain supplier located in Kalida, Ohio.  The business...

Now in its 125th year, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based Henry F. Michell Company (Michell’s) is running strong on four generations...

Inspired by the mounting solar trend in the United States, Pete Marte established Hannah Solar in 2007 from a spare bedroom in...

GSC Agribusiness was established in 2010 as the livestock production and management subsidiary of GSC Financial, based in Atlanta....

Laptops and tablets – they’re probably not the first tools that come to mind concerning a large-scale farming operation. However, computer generated farm-monitoring systems are fast becoming an...

Nebraska has long been home to many farmers and their families. Through the 1920s and on, nearly anything a family needed to farm, ranch and fuel, garden or keep house in the rural state was...

Over the last several decades, the face of agriculture in America has changed dramatically. As precision-ag and hybrids drive higher yields and faster production, producers need more storage and...

After 130 years in business, Chapin International is now the largest manufacturer of industrial and retail sprayers in...

In 1986, Bill Lorrigan decided to realize his dream and went into...

In the last decade there has been a serious turn around in agriculture; farming is a strong interest again in all corners of the...

Barrett Petfood Innovations is a full-line pet food manufacturer that operates out of Brainerd, Minnesota. The company...

Fessenden Coop Association (Fessenden Coop) has been in business since 1943 when a group of farmers joined forces...

Based in Albert City, Ag Partners LLC operates 16 facilities throughout Iowa dedicated to grain, agronomy, feed...

Wenke Greenhouses prides itself in knowing plants and customers alike. As one of the top greenhouses in the United States, the Michigan-based company has solidified its standing through...

Since 1953, Walter Lasley & Sons Inc. (WLS) has been a family-owned and –operated feed yard in the Texas Panhandle region. The company prides itself in going above and beyond, delivering the...

Technology Crops International LLC (TCI) is a premier supplier of identity preserved, specialty crop derived ingredients and oils used in functional food, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, plastics,...

In 2007 Matt Wolters, Josh and Lisa Wolters, as well as Blaine and Erin Ginther established SureFire Ag Systems (SureFire). All founding members of the SureFire team came from backgrounds in...

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...

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...

The mindset used to be cooperatives and privately owned firms could never work together. However, Scenic Valley Cooperative (Scenic Valley) and Infinity Feeds LLC (Infinity Feeds) have proven...

In 1956, Bob Sawyer, fresh out of military service, began planting the seeds for what would grow into a thriving greenhouse business. With kids on the way, Sawyer and his wife, Shirley, began...

Mike and Faith Dick established MD Products in 1982 out of the family garage in Iowa. As the business grew, the company moved into larger spaces throughout the region, each time expanding to...

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...

As the oldest-running cooperative in the country, Iowa-bred First Cooperative Association (FCA) reigns true to its name, building on a proud heritage of the cooperative model and advancing...

For Farmers Pride Coop (Farmers Pride), a 6,000-member strong farm supply and grain marketing cooperative, business is based on a simple purpose: helping the farmers who feed the world. This...

Dan Totushek and Jerry Quaal have been involved in the agriculture industry their entire lives, as both grew up working together for Dan’...

The Clifford Farmers’ Cooperative (CFC) came together as many cooperatives have over the years. Back in the late 1800s, a group of local growers in eastern North Dakota came together to pool...

Central Grain Company (CGC) is a grain storage and marketing business based in Belvidere, Illinois. Now in its second generation of family ownership, CGC’s roots trace back to 1957 when Robert...

For Braswell Foods, business starts and ends with family. For four generations and more than 70 years, the Braswell family has produced and marketed...

The Bouldin Corporation (Bouldin) began operation in 1959 as Bouldin & Lawson, based in McMinnville, Tennessee. In the early years, the business focused exclusively on machinery to serve...

Bottomley Evergreens & Farms (BEF) is a multi-generational family business based in Glade Creek, North Carolina. It began in 1980, when Mitchell Bottomley began working with his grandfather,...

In Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, approximately two hours southwest of Twin Cities Minneapolis and St. Paul, Christensen Farms and Feedlots Inc. (Christensen Farms) has been building a pork-production...

Drip irrigation has fast become the standard and leading methodology for efficient water usage and the best way to apply fertilizers directly to where a plant needs it most: at the root. Bennett...

Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds (Anipro) is a division of XF Enterprises, a company that has been serving the agricultural feed market since 1960, providing mineral supplements and consulting services...

December wouldn’t be the same without the deep red poinsettias dotting centerpieces, and American Color Inc. has been supplying the popular plant, as well as a range of other flowering annuals,...

Despite the drought that has nearly dried up ground water irrigation in southern California’s Ventura County produce belt, America Berry Farms (America Berry) is growing at an unprecedented rate....

Agri Producers Inc. (API) is a locally owned cooperative that has been serving the needs of farmers and ranchers in central Kansas since 1919. After a record wheat crop and strong sales in 2013,...

After 42 years in the citrus business, Steve Sorrells, president of...

Since 1988, AgriSource Inc. has been providing risk management services for growers across the Midwest. There were only three consultants in those early years before the Internet and cell phones....

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....

In 1947, a group of local potato growers got together in Grand Forks, N.D., to form a lasting...

Founded in 1937, fourth generation family-owned Adams Ranch is one of the largest cattle ranches in the U.S. “In 2013 we were ranked No. 13 in terms of cow-calf ranches in the country,” reveals...

When you ask Tony Hemann, general manager of north eastern Iowa-based SilverEdge Cooperative (SilverEdge), what sets the locally owned cooperative apart from others in the region, he’ll tell you...

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...

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...

There have been big changes at Legacy Farmers Cooperative (LFC) over the last six months. As the result of two newly united, longstanding companies, LFC is now a strong, medium-sized player in the...

In early summer 2014, Iowa-based Five Star Cooperative (Five Star) paid more than $602,000 back to its members in dividend payments. And with solid local earnings in 2014, Five Star plans to do it...

For many years the cattle industry has been a bit of a guessing game for hardworking ranchers with a discrepancy between inputs and outputs, fluctuating market values and never a guarantee that...

Bradley Caldwell Inc. (BCI) dates back to the 1940s when the business’ ancestor companies, New Holland Supply Company and Caldwell Supply Company, served as active distributors for the...

When Floyd Arthur got out of the army in 1959, he went to work as a well driller for a small drilling operation in Readley, Calif. He stayed for a few years, eventually moving around a bit to work...

Albert and Linus Spangler established a small, family-run seed business in 1913 on land their father had begun farming in 1877. The Spangler family has a long history of working with the earth and...

John Sand founded Sands of Iowa Ag Services (SOI), then known as John Sand & Sons, in 1932 as a small, independent seed sales operation. He began catering to local farmers around the company’s...

From the forages consumed by 6,000 cows to the fertilizer spread across 4,000 acres of cropland, Alliance Dairies is setting an example of maximized efficiency through vertical integration on the...

Based in Covington and West Milton, Ohio, Rudy Inc. (Rudy) is a five-generation strong, family-owned grain marketing and merchandising company; a trusted Ohio name for more than 110 years. “We...

Red Bird Farms (RBF) began in 1949 as Gibson’s Poultry. Founded by Henry Gibson, a butcher in Littleton, Colo., the business has grown and diversified over the years. RBF has changed hands several...

By merging a neighborly business approach with state-of-the-art technology and proven nutrition science, Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition Inc. (Phoenix) has been delivering feed solutions that ease the...

Pettisville Grain Co. (PGC) has been working with local growers in Ohio since 1903, when the company first incorporated. Roy Nofziger purchased the business in 1947, expanding to three locations...

Since 1987, the Thompson family has been perfecting the formula for a better, safer, high-quality egg. Deep in the heart of Illinois farm country, the family-owned and –operated egg farm is a...

Osceola Implement and Supply Inc. (OIS) dates back to 1910, when two brothers returning from the war founded Osceola Implement Company representing the Minneapolis Moline Tractor Company equipment...

Brent Bunte, general manager of Iowa-based NEW Cooperative Inc. (NEW), is a firm believer in the cooperative structure. After 30 years in the industry, Bunte has seen the benefits the system...

At 74 years old, Eddie Anderson, owner of McDonald Garden Center (MGC), still faithfully works at the Virginia-based plant dealer every day and has only missed seven spring seasons in his decades-...

Matthews Ridgeview Farms (MRF) represents five generations of family farming. More than 100 years ago, Samuel Doke Matthews started out as a share-cropper, growing cotton in Arkansas for the state...

In an increasingly commercialized agricultural industry, few small dairy operations remain. However, Marcus Dairy Inc. (Marcus Dairy) has withstood the test of time, staying in the game for almost...

M&M Air Services of Beaumont Inc. (M&M Air) has been flying high since 1946 when brothers Fields and Poley Mitchell founded the Texas-based aerial applications company. “M&M Air is in...

Home to rich soil, a temperate climate and an abundant water supply, California’s Santa Maria Valley produces a variety of crops throughout the year, generating a billion-dollar industry. Every...

Gentry’s Poultry Company Inc. (GPC) dates back to the early 1940s when Wesley Gentry Sr. founded a small chicken farm in South Carolina. The business incorporated in 1959 under USDA supervision....

Manny Robles and Randal Shepherd founded FreshKO Produce Services (FPS) in 2002. The partners each bring decades of experience in the highly competitive produce trade to the table and...

Brent Bunte, general manager of Iowa-based NEW Cooperative Inc. (NEW), is a firm believer in the cooperative structure. After 30 years in the...

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...

One Earth Farms Corp. (OEF) was formed in 2009 to represent a new model for North American farms. A partnership between the private sector and First Nations, OEF is committed to mutually...

San Francisco’s Veritable Vegetable (VVEG) was founded in 1974 and has since grown from a small people’s food collective into a bastion of sustainability and ethical business practices. As the...

For 100 years Scranton Equity Exchange (Scranton Equity) has been supporting the small 300-person town of Scranton, N.D. In that time, the company has grown to become one of the most diversified...

From apples and peaches to famous cider doughnuts, artisan cheese and craft beers, Atkins Farms Country Market (Atkins) is all about great local food and good people. “I love this business so much...

When the Beck family came together to create a grain elevator, no one imagined it would be the first step toward the eventual creation of Ridgeville Elevator Inc. (Ridgeville). Nonetheless, the...

Animal feed plays a leading role in the global food industry. Feed production is one of the largest and most important components to ensure safe, abundant and affordable animal proteins. In an...

In 1980 Benno and Klazina Dobbe emigrated from Holland to America with their three children, Nicolette, Ben and Stefan. The family was allowed to bring two suitcases each when leaving the old...

For more than a century, Hitch Pork Producers Inc. (Hitch Pork) has been family-owned and –operated by the Hitch family in Guymon, Okla. Although Hitch Pork has only been in pork production for...

The Hinrichs’ family journey began in processing in the early 1900s. Max Hinrichs Sr. engaged in grass seed processing, then came his son, Max Hinrichs Jr., in 1925; his dream was grass seed to...

In 2001, six progressive dairy professionals came together to build a stronger market with better returns to serve producers around Burley, Idaho. The team founded High Desert Milk (HDM), now a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dunkerton Cooperative Elevator Inc. (DCE), an Iowa-based grain, feed and fertilizer operation, started out the same as others of its kind; however, unlike other cooperatives, DCE remains an...

Located in California’s fertile Central Valley region, Dave Wilson Nursery Inc. (DWN) is in the midst of an unprecedented expansion and a 75-year celebration. “We just celebrated our 75-year...

Centered in Michigan’s thumb, a rich, agricultural region with fertile soil, sprawling fields, plentiful rainfall and temperatures moderated by Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, Cooperative Elevator Co...

A little nut is the driving factor in a big equipment business for Bissett Specialty Equipment Inc. (BSE). The Texas-based agricultural equipment dealer and maintenance provider has been...

Active Feed Company Inc. (Active Feed) has made great strides over the past 52 years. The Michigan-based family-owned and -operated poultry operation and feed supplier began humbly in the hands of...

Jackson Farmers Inc. (JFI) has been in business since 1918, founded by local farmers who banded together to improve the regional market outlook. The business operates as a farmers’ cooperative...

Cyrus McCormick developed a successful, mechanical agricultural reaper in 1831. From there, the young innovator went on to work with other agricultural manufacturers to reshape the agricultural...

StateLine Cooperative (SLC) came together in 1996 as a merger of six separate agricultural cooperatives in north...

Larry Dearing, founder and president of DASCO Inc. (DASCO), had the opportunity to make the best use of his business career after 35 years of working with fertilizer manufacturing companies. “I’ve...

In 2000 five feed manufacturers in eastern Wisconsin combined to form CP Feeds LLC (CP Feeds). The acting partners at the time included four cooperatively owned feed mills and one privately owned...

Cooperative Supply Inc. (CSI) has been providing agricultural services to farmers in Nebraska for over 100 years. Founded in 1911, the business has grown significantly. With a number of mergers...

Business partners Lou Elwell and Wayne Wade are dramatically changing the agricultural industry throughout the U.S. and beyond. The co-founders of Bio Soil Enhancers (Bio Soil) have developed...

The story of CY Farms LLC (CY Farms) began in 1951 with 25 cows and a single tractor. “My father started the farm,” recalls Craig Yunker, now owner and managing partner of CY Farms. “When I came...

Dairy One Cooperative Inc. (Dairy One) continues helping farmers and farmers’ advisors improve operations by providing management information, lab testing and data analysis related to animal...

After working in the agriculture industry fresh out of school, Wade Barnes, president and CEO of Farmers Edge recalls his “ah ha” moment where he saw the prospect in precision agronomy. “I started...

Frank Krob founded FJ Krob and Company (FJK) in 1910 after purchasing a local grain elevator in Ely with brother in-law, Wes Fiala. The business began with one elevator for grain. As many other...

AgReliant Genetics (AgReliant) is a leading North American genetic research, breeding, production and sales business for seed products. AgReliant has been operating since 2000, although its two...

Stewart Grain Co. Inc. (SGC) was founded in 1922 when Bert Etchison decided to join A.J. Miller and Joe Weaver in forming an Indiana grain elevator company. In 1928 the Etchison family bought the...

Stillwater Milling Company (SMC) has been around in a number of incarnations since 1891. What began as a processor of wheat flour and corn meal has grown into one of Oklahoma’s leading...

Chris Richardson started Creekside Nursery (Creekside) in 1992 to make use of a few acres of little-used land to supplement his adjacent cattle-raising operations. Almost as soon as it started,...

Domain Inc. (Domain) is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer and distributor of feed for the dairy and beef industry, with roots dating back over 100 years. Bill Buell, owner, president and CEO of...

Farmers Cooperative began March 28, 1903, when a group of 115 farmers joined together in Nebraska to form the Dorchester Farmers Cooperative Grain and Livestock Association. The farmers’ goal was...

For over 100 years, the Farmers Union Cooperative (FUC) has been helping Iowan farmers make the most of their resources. The cooperative operates from its headquarters in Ossian, Iowa, with...

GAME Equipment LLC (GAME) is a company based in Napoleonville, La., that in 2012 set in motion its second expansion in a 12-month time period because of its ongoing success as a specialized...

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,...

Heritage Cooperative Inc. (Heritage) is an Ohio-based member-owned agricultural cooperative that was officially established in 2009. “Heritage is the product of the consolidation of two very old,...

Key Cooperative (Key) has been a driving force behind Iowa’s farming community since its founding in 1920. Key maintains a network of locations peppered across 19 communities in the south-central...

Hans Rasmussen has been with multinational equipment manufacturer Kongskilde Industries Inc. (Kongskilde) for 25 years. Kongskilde specializes in a variety of machinery for several industries,...

In Dodge City, Kan., “Queen of the Cow Towns,” cattle (meatpacking in particular) has long been one of the city’s dominant industries. Mike Hilderbrand, president of Roto-Mix LLC, one of the...

Owning and operating a livestock business isn’t an easy way to make a living. Sioux Nation Ag Center (Sioux Nation) understands this, and operates as a support system for companies in the...

Romain Stewart and Lee Jasper teamed up in 1948 to take on the poultry industry, but 10 years later the duo recognized the potential of California almonds and decided to give farming a shot. Since...

Texhoma Wheat Growers Inc. (TWG) is a grain cooperative with roots dating back to 1934. The co-op is member-owned, and was started by a group of local producers who recognized the need for a place...

Trans Coastal Supply Company Inc. (Trans Coastal) is one of the United States’ largest exporters of agricultural products via ocean containers. The business, based out of Decatur, Ill., was...

Ohio, with its fertile soil and moderate climate, has long been one of the country’s top agricultural producers. It’s one of the nation’s top producers of soybean and corn and according to the U.S...

Mahindra USA Inc. (Mahindra), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), entered the U.S. market in 1994 and...

BB&P Feed & Grain (BB&P) has been a leading force in the development and growth of Iowa agribusiness since 1972. From one facility in Winterset, Iowa, Bob and Peggy Casper and partners...

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,...

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...

The Tosh family has been in the pork industry for generations, and today Tosh Farms LLC (TFL) manages to combine the approach of a family-owned and -operated pig farm with cutting-edge technology...

By a strong stroke of luck, the United States is one of the largest countries in the world located in a zone on the planet extremely favorable for the production and harvesting of food. America’s...

Valley Tractor and Equipment Inc. (Valley Tractor) opened its doors in 1946 as a division of Ford dealer Uecker Brothers Motors (UBM) in Cashmere, Wash. Valley Tractor started off on the right...

Todd Greiner Farms (TGF), a family owned- and -operated Michigan-based company, is passionate about growing, packing and shipping the highest quality produce in the region. “Our passion for...

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...

Perham Stockyards Inc. (Perham Stockyards), a family-owned and -operated livestock market, was built in 1974. Based in Perham, Minn., Perham Stockyards sources the highest grade of dairy and beef...

North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE), a full-service, farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Ipswich, S.D., has come a long way throughout nearly a century of activity. The year 2013 marks...

For more than 64 years Kongskilde Industries Inc. (Kongskilde) has covered the needs within the agricultural and industrial sectors with a wide selection of machinery and innovative products. The...

Kanza Coop (Kanza) has been serving the agricultural market in Kansas for nearly 100 years; however, did not adopt the Kanza name until 2002 after a series of mergers between deeply rooted Kansas-...

Victor Oberting Sr. began to build his family legacy after many years of working for the Seagram’s whiskey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Victor established Interstate Commodities Inc. (ICI) in...

Frenchman Valley Cooperative Inc. (FVC) has been serving farmers in Nebraska for more than 100 years, as it originally began in 1912 as a grain cooperative under the name Farmers Union Equity. FVC...

Crop Quest Inc. (Crop Quest) is the largest employee-owned crop consulting company in the world, offering precision agriculture services and consulting. The Kansas-based company services more than...

A group of six grain industry professionals came together in 1980 with a common goal of developing an informational source to assist producers, elevator operators and end-users in the trade of...

Agland Co-op Inc. (Agland) offers more than agricultural product sales and service. The South Dakota-based cooperative strives to be a business partner for each member, helping producers maximize...

Rousseau Farming Company (Rousseau) is invested in the past, present and future of the Phoenix area, of which the Rousseau and Pendergast families have called home for over 121 years. The produce...

In 1939 the Rust family farm went into operation outside of Seymour, Ind. David Rust, founder of Rose Acre Farms Inc. (RAF), began selling his family’s eggs and corn at the local farmers’ market...

RiceTec Inc. (RiceTec) is making waves in the global agricultural industry by pioneering a new and improved form of hybrid rice. “We’re the only company in the Western Hemisphere that has...

Giuseppe Giumarra emigrated with his father from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900s, bringing with him the family's legacy of cultivating grapes and nurturing dreaming. Eventually...

The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (MDFC) is a 40-years young organization located in Wahpeton, a city in the southeast corner of North Dakota. From its location in the heart of the Red River Valley...

McDonald Garden Center began in 1945 as a partnership between brothers John and Kenneth McDonald. Expanding throughout the 1950s with a diversity of plants and products made the operation a full-...

Larson Grain Company (Larson Grain) originated as a small North Dakota operation in 1981. Since then, Larson Grain has grown to serve multiple sectors in the agriculture industry with three...

Pellets – whether used as feed for farm animals, food for dogs or fuel – are made from a raw material. That raw material has to be ground, mixed, formed into pellets and then cooled. Many...

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...

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...

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...

A small group of Iowa farmers came together in 1906 to build a cooperative that would help boost sales and marketing capabilities, offering financial benefits to members. Now, over 100 years later...

Marty Finney founded Daylight Farm Supply Inc. (DFS) in 1980 to bring a highly technical perspective to crop protection. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind., DFS takes pride in being a partner to...

If ambition and confidence were commodities, one could safely assume that Greg Appleyard, president of Cattleland Feedyards Ltd. (Cattleland), possesses a surplus. Although he’s still in his mid-...

Amazon Produce Network LLC (Amazon) was officially founded in 2000, but the idea for a company that supplied mangoes year-round sprouted earlier from a class project for its founders’ graduate...

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...

Eaton Farm Bureau Cooperative (EFB) has been providing local farmers with a wide range of storage and marketing resources since 1947. EFB operates out of a single location in Charlotte, Mich.,...

In 1995 Rick and Debbie Heiniger of RHS Sales in Hiawatha, Kan., purchased the Bestway Sprayer Company from Ritchie Industries in Iowa. The purchase was a good fit for RHS Sales, as the company...

Smith’s Farm Inc. (Smith’s Farm), located in Presque Isle, Maine, is a family-owned and -operated company that has been dedicated to producing fresh broccoli, potatoes and grain for over 150 years...

Leffingwell Ag Sales Company Inc. (Leffingwell) has made citrus its business since 1903, when it started out as just one of many citrus ranches in Southern California. More than 100 years later,...

Roanoke Farmers Association (RFA) was founded in 1917 to serve the farming communities in central Illinois. Today, RFA operates four locations to dry and store local grain producers’ harvests....

Pilot Grove Coop Elevator Inc. (PGC) was officially founded in 1974, just one year after the centennial celebration of Pilot Grove, Mo. Local legend attributes the town’s name to a small cluster...

The Bailey family has been growing and harvesting some of the most delicious West Coast staples available for four generations. Walter and Mabel Bailey established Orchard View Farms Inc. (OVF) in...

An entrepreneur named Barry Reynolds invented the cotton module truck in the 1970s, completely transforming the cotton industry. Prior to this invention, harvested cotton was placed into trailers...

Rice has long been one of the most important crops grown in the world. Rice produces more food energy per acre than any other cereal grain, and is second only to wheat in terms of proteins per...

The Carriere family tradition began when Albini Carriere moved to Northern California from Canada in 1890; and the Carriere family has been cultivating Californian soil for 12 decades since....

Chuck Obern founded C&B Farms Inc. (C&B) in 1986, and he still runs the farm with his two sons: Charles Jr., nicknamed Boots, and Michael. C&B consists of a produce farm located in...

The Stelzer family has been farming for generations, leaving the world of chemical fertilizers behind in 1971 to adopt organic farming practices to restore the soil’s health. Ever since, the...

Amazing Grass was founded to prove that not all greens are created equal. Brandon Bert and Todd Habermehl jumped ship from high-tech corporate America in 2002 to start the company from the Bert...

Mark Peters grew up in the butter business. In 1956 his father, Leo Peters, founded the Michigan-based dairy operation known as Butterball Farms Inc. (Butterball). “I took over in 1995 at the age...

Steve Birge spent a few years bartending in Ireland while Mark Curran worked as a carpenter before the duo met on the ski slopes of Vermont. The pair decided to establish a natural food store,...

Farmers Cooperative Association Inc. (FCA) launched in 1914 with not much more than two employees, a grain dump and the energy of a handful of local farmers who decided to band together to find...

Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator (WDCE) began in 1905 as a small agricultural cooperative meeting the grain storage and seed and feed supply needs of the farming community of Wheaton, Minn. As farmer...

John Rupert Szawlowski founded Szawlowski Potato Farms Inc. (SWAZ) in 1910. Though the farm is now the largest in New England, it continues to be owned and operated by the Szawlowski family. The...

John Duarte is a fourth-generation California farmer, as well as a second-generation owner of Duarte Nursery Inc. (Duarte). Duarte’s mother and father, Jim and Anita, founded the family business...

Co-op Country Farmers Elevator (CCFE) officially incorporated in 1986; however, the organization’s roots stretch back to 1886. Eventually, three separate co-ops merged to become CCFE as it is...

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