October Leadership Updates

Ehren Grupe, COO

A month ago, I would have said harvest would be done by mid to late October. Now, I’m not so sure we will see it complete by mid-November. Early reports are indicating satisfactory yields from most of the trade area, which is very good, considering the current markets.

We are set to handle this large crop. With some early rail shipments of grain and recent weather delays, things look promising to keep inventory moving in a timely manner. 

October is Co-op Month and Full Circle Ag is offering our Grain for Goodness donation program to one producer per Full Circle Ag location. A grower donatation of up to $250 can turn in to $750 by matching funds from Full Circle Ag and Land O’ Lakes.  Details are on our website and at our locations.

As your local cooperative, Full Circle Ag has given over $20,700 & $21,700 in 2017 and 2018 respectively to area 4-H programs, college scholarships, Farmer’s Union camps and local FFA chapters. We are proud to keep a portion of our earnings each year to benefit young students in ag programs. We also contribute to young couples that attend the Land O'Lakes Young Producers program that educates them on the values of cooperatives. 

Full Circle Ag has also donated over $65,000 over the past couple years to local food pantries, local hunger programs with area schools, and fire departments to name a few. This is a total value with matching funds from both Land O’Lakes and CoBank. We are proud to say we are keeping earnings local and benefitting our local communities we serve along with updating infrastructure to better serve our member-owners.

Lorin Fleihs said it best in his Producer of the Month article, “…When the growers succeed, the co-op succeeds. When the co-op succeeds, the growers succeed.” Lorin is spot on with his statement. It is a team effort for everyone to grow and be prosperous.

With that, I would like to wish everyone a safe and bountiful harvest and thank you for your past business and look forward to future business.

Ehren Grupe, COO


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