By Pete Schmitz, General Manager
History is a great teacher. Cooperatives were formed in the face of persistently low commodity prices to give farmers more power in negotiating a fair price for both the products they produced and the inputs they required. And there are several reasons why cooperatives still shine today when times are tight.
First and foremost, we have skin in the game. Unlike companies controlled by investors or foreign interests, cooperatives are owned by the customers they serve. We live and work in the same communities as our owners, and our roots are here. We’re not going to pull up stakes and leave town when the going gets a little rough. Because of that fact, we all share in the risks—and the rewards.
Second, we provide premium products, which will generally outperform standard or cut-rate options. There is almost universal agreement that for the farmer, the only way to combat low prices is by generating more bushels. Proven inputs deliver better results and, ultimately, a higher return on your investment.
Third, our trained employees add value to the products you purchase and the services you choose. Our agronomists and energy specialists have the training and knowledge to leverage the latest technologies and newest products to deliver the highest returns. We know what we sell, and we know your fields. Putting those together in the optimum combinations multiplies the return to you.
It just makes practical, economic sense to rely on the company you own. Our goal is to be your most valuable asset when you’re doing everything you can to weather this storm. If we can do more, we want to hear about it.
It’s an old adage, but no less true for its age. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Never is that statement stronger than during tight economic times. Planning can make the difference between losing money and making a little profit—or at the very least, breaking even. There is still time to get together with your agronomist to put a plan together for 2017. You’ll have a better handle on your cost of production, and we’ll be able to serve you more efficiently. Everyone wins.
Stop in and visit with us before spring hits high gear.
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