Growing up on the family farm near Buffalo Center, Iowa, Randy Main always had an interest in agronomy. At Iowa State University, he majored in ag business and took a lot of agronomy courses, then returned home to the family business which included not only crop production but a John Deere dealership as well. When things changed in the implement business, the family sold the dealership and Randy started custom post spraying one summer. This grew into another family venture, Main Fertilizer.
In April 2016, Main Fertilizer was purchased by Farmers Coop Association and Randy became agronomy department manager. The two companies have worked together for years, making this combination a wise decision. Immediate benefits are increased use of advanced technologies including collection of data to help develop fertility programs, pest control, and planting as well as access to more product storage. There will also be an increase in training for all agronomy staff.
The addition of Main Fertilizer’s customers also means Farmers Coop Association’s buying power increases, providing an advantage to all. The opportunity to better utilize storage as well as equipment and cover acres more efficiently is another reason the combination
“This is not an 8 to 5 business and when we build our team, we know we’re going to put in a lot of hours seasonally because this is a very labor intensive business. We spend a lot of time together and become like a family,” Randy remarked. “We bring everybody together as a cohesive, working family to get things done in a timely manner.”
Randy and his wife, Monica, live near Buffalo Center and are parents of two girls, Sydney and Hannah. When he’s not working, which is not often, Randy loves to fly and is just a few hours from getting his private pilot’s license.