(Ralston) West Central Cooperative is one of 14 Iowa ag cooperatives to be named to the USDA's Top 100 Largest Agricultural Cooperatives list for the 2011 year.
"The Top 100 listing is a comprehensive list of thriving agricultural businesses committed to the success of farmers nationwide. It's an honor for our organization to be listed among these organizations and we're pleased that our commitment to our customers and members is mirrored in our success," said Jeff Stroburg, West Central chief executive officer (CEO). West Central was listed as the 69th largest ag cooperative in the United States.
The USDA publishes its Top 100 Largest Agriculture Cooperatives list annually, reflecting the sales accomplishments of these organizations for the previous year. The cooperatives are categorized into one of seven segments: supply, mixed, grain, dairy, sugar, fruit and vegetable, and other.
Nationally sales for agricultural cooperatives increased an average of 30 percent in 2011 over 2010, due largely to high grain prices.
November 15, 2012
8:00 a.m. news