By Pete Schmitz, FCA General Manager
I hope this newsletter finds you basking, at last, in warm and sunny conditions perfect for growing crops, gardening and catching fish. This was certainly a unique spring as all of us dealt with disruptions to our normal routine due to our persistent wet, cool weather.
At FCA, we’ve made good use of the unwanted downtime these poor weather conditions have provided. We are working on the integration of Prairie Pride, Lyon County Farm Service and FCA. We have determined the name of the combined cooperative will be AGPlus Cooperative. We also have a new logo, developed by Awards Plus of Marshall. I hope you find it tasteful and unique.
The directors are:
From: Farmers Cooperative Association (FCA)
Peter Haugen – Secretary
Mark Pesek – Director
Steve Laleman – Director
From: Prairie Pride
Eddie De Langhe – Vice Chairman
Al Steffes – Director
Jim Larson – Director
From: Lyon County Farm Service
Mark Fischer – Chairman
Doug Loyson – Director
Fred Rabaey – Director
Though our three cooperatives will officially become AgPlus Cooperative on Aug. 1, the process of integrating the three cooperatives will take some time. As we bring these organizations together, the AGPlus board will be busy developing policies and procedures to direct the combined cooperatives. The CEO or general manager search is underway, along with the process of selecting financial institutions and insurance providers, and developing a new employee handbook.
Though we are busy ensuring that our transition from three companies to one proceeds as smoothly as possible, we still have customers to serve and products to provide. So, it is business as usual for FCA as we work to earn your trust and continue to be a preferred supplier of all your farm and home needs.
For example, we have been working hard on improving operational efficiencies. We have updated equipment with newer semi tractors, added a John Deere high-clearance sprayer and traded up to our third sixty-foot chisel plow for anhydrous ammonia application this coming fall. Though this equipment is used, most is in like-new condition.
Turning to personnel, Brad Stoddard left FCA this past winter to work for CHS at an operation next door to where he grew up. We wish him well. Megan Regnier has assumed the role of operations manager at our agronomy plant in Canby and we’re excited about her promotion. She is a home-town girl who has worked for FCA for several years and knows our customers well. She has a degree from South Dakota State University and can operate just about anything at FCA. This is a great opportunity for both Megan and FCA.
Have a great summer and celebrate our freedom this July Fourth.
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