Letters from readers
To the editor,
October is Cooperative Month. Iowa’s farm and grain supply cooperatives employ nearly 6,500 Iowans across the state. These farmer-owned businesses account for $11.5 billion in annual sales. Cooperatives in Iowa have an annual payroll of $352 million, including benefits.
At Landus Cooperative, we are proud to do business in more than 60 communities across Iowa. Each year we purchase approximately 170 million bushels of corn and soybeans from Iowa and Minnesota farmers. Our agronomists and applicators tend to land equivalent to the size of the state of Delaware.
During Cooperative Month, Landus Cooperative is celebrating what makes us unique. No other cooperative or agronomy retailer touches every step in the soybean supply chain as we do. Our team selects soybean genetics for the AcreEdge seed our farmer-members plant, purchase and store those soybeans during harvest, and then process them into a value-added global branded dairy feed product (SoyPlus) which enhances patronage opportunities for all cooperative members.
We invite you to watch the story of this full-cycle cooperative advantage in a new video on our website, LandusCooperative.com. It represents the cooperative spirit, a spirit which is not possible without our nearly 7,000 farmer-owners or our nearly 600 employees.
During October’s Cooperative month and this harvest season, we say “thank you” for entrusting us to connect soybeans to farmers and dairymen, who connect us all to the land.
Milan R. Kucerak
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