Issue 4
December 1995

How May Value-added Cooperatives Succeed?






Prairie Grains is the
official publication of
the Minnesota
Association of
Wheat Growers,
North Dakota Grain
Growers Association,
South Dakota Wheat,
Inc., and the
Minnesota Barley
Growers Association.

That question, and others related to the value-added cooperative movement in the Northern Plains, will be posed to Harvest States CEO John D. Johnson and Farmland CEO H.D. Cleberg at the MN and ND Wheat and Barley Growers Convention, at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

Johnson and Cleberg will be joined on a panel with Lee Eggerstrom, St. Paul Pioneer Press farm writer and author of "Make No Small Plans: A Cooperative Revival for Rural America."

Harvest States, based in St. Paul, is a regional grain marketing, farm supply and food processing cooperative, serving more than 150,000 farmers in the United States. Johnson became president and CEO of Harvest States on Jan. 1, 1995.

Kansas City-based Farmland Industries is the largest farmer-owned regional cooperative in the United States, with sales in 1994 totaling $6.67 billion, with business in all 50 states and more than 85 countries. Farmland owners represent 22 midwestern states and account for 80 percent of U.S. grain and livestock production.

Copyright Prairie
Grains Magazine
December 1995