WHO WE ARE
For 100 years Farmers Coop Association has been serving farmers with quality products and even better service. When those farmers gathered at the Winnebago County Courthouse in 1916 to establish Farmers Elevator Company, their vision was not to be in business 100 years later yet that is the result of their action. They focused on the benefits of cooperatives – group purchasing and sales for the betterment of all members, with savings shared among those owners.
Numbers tell part of the story of this cooperative’s success. Sales after 25 years in business totaled $90,588. After 50 years, sales totaled $3,399,000. After 75 years, sales totaled $7,320,746. And after 100 years, we project sales will total $52,000,000.
This growth comes from the loyalty of the member-owners of Farmers Cooperative Association. We are unique because we have 600 Class A farmer members as well as 1200 Class B non-farmers members. Though built to serve the agriculture community, we have grown to serve all in the communities where we’re located. In 1991, coming out of the farming crises of the 1980’s, it was a time of austerity at Farmers Coop Association. Growth was sidelined as survival mode continued during this period of economic recovery. With patience, good management provided by the Board of Directors and staff, along with some of the most prosperous times agriculture has seen in the early 2010’s, Farmers Coop Association is on solid financial ground with admirable growth happening.
We have operations in Forest City and Leland, Iowa as well as Kiester, Minnesota along with a bin site west of Forest City due to our work with Christensen Farms. In April 2016, Farmers Coop Association entered into an agreement to acquire Main Fertilizer further expanding our trade territory and opportunities in the agronomy business. These locations include Buffalo Center, Iowa and Winnebago, Minnesota.
Farmers Coop Association looks forward to serving you into the next century!