History of the Co-op

From the outside, cooperatives may look like any other business. But inside, they are very different. A cooperative, also known as a co-op, is owned and controlled by the people closest to the business – those that do business with the company – and not distant shareholders.

In the farming community, cooperatives were first formed to help producers do what they couldn’t do on their own, or what they realized they could do better together. And that remains true today.

As we reflect on our history, we must also look to the future. With the agricultural industry changing, your cooperative is changing with it. It’s time to build for the future. It’s time to be part of something more. We look forward to serving you, and future generations, for many years to come.