The GROWMARK FS System is out in full force this week at the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, helping to support the field demonstrations.
Just last week, several FS member cooperatives were honored at the 2015 GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago.
RPA Farmers Co-op of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, won the 2014 CERES Award, named for the Roman goddess of grain and awarded to cooperatives achieving excellence in four areas – operating expense efficiency ratio, return on invested capital, bushel volume percent growth, and GROWMARK’s capital guideline ratio.
RPA Farmers Co-op placed in the top 30 percent in all four out of four criteria and seven other cooperatives recognized for their achievements in three out of four:
Burtonview Cooperative, Lincoln, Illinois
East Lincoln Farmers’ Grain Company, Lincoln, Illinois
Farmers Grain Company of Central Illinois, Chestnut, Illinois
Farmers Elevator Company of Manteno, Manteno, Illinois
GRAINLAND Cooperative, Eureka, Illinois
Minier Cooperative Grain Company, Minier, Illinois
Randolph Cooperative Grain Company, Heyworth, Illinois
In addition, five co-ops were recognized by GROWMARK for business performance improvement based on return on invested capital. For the second year in a row, the cooperative with the highest degree of improvement was Ag-Land FS, Inc., Pekin, Illinois. Ranking second was Stephenson Service Company, Freeport, Illinois. In third place was Conserv FS, Inc., Woodstock, Illinois. In fourth place was Vineland Growers Co-operative, Jordan Station, Ontario, Canada. And ranking fifth was AGRILAND FS, Inc., Winterset, Iowa.