How May Value-added Cooperatives Succeed?
Prairie Grains is the
|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.