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Some Interesting Ag Cooperative Facts

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December 13th, 2012

The USDA issues a bi-monthly newsletter on the Farm Cooperative industry and the latest issue had some interesting facts:

  • Minnesota has the highest number of coops (a distinction held since 1900) with 203.  Texas is second with 187 followed by North Dakota and California.  These numbers are based upon the number of Coops with headquarters in each state, not the total number of locations.
  • There are about 2,200 Ag Coops in the USDA database.
  • Iowa has the largest amount of total sales with about $22.4 billion with Minnesota just behind at $22 billion.
  • Five Midwest states comprise number 1-5 with total dollar volume of about $83 billion.
  • Total dollar volume for all 2,200 Coops in the database was about $215 billion.

The Ag Coop industry continues to be an integral part of the American farming industry and should continue this for many more years.  There is a continuing trend of consolidation in the industry, however, the benefit to the farmer/members remains.

Paul Neiffer, CPA

Paul Neiffer

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).

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