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  • Condensed by Lynda Kiernan-Stone

That’s Right, It’s Another Co-Op Merger

Skyland Grain in Kansas and Ag Producers Co-op in Texas have announced their agreement to merge businesses effective April 1.


The two co-ops note that culturally the merger is a good fit, as both companies are strong, progressive companies that are similar in scale, and that the merger will open the market to farmer-owners across Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and West Texas.

Skyland Grain, which is headquartered in Ulysses, Kansas, was launched in 2004 by parent companies Johnson Cooperative Grain and ADM Grain Co. Later, Syracuse Cooperative Exchange and the Cairo Cooperative Exchange also joined, forming Skyland Co-Op Inc. in 2017. After this, in 2019 Cropland Co-op joined the joint venture, making the owners ADM, Skyland Co-op, and Cropland Co-op.


Today, Skyland operates grain receiving facilities in 42 locations in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, and has licensed grain storage capacity exceeding 100 million bushels. It also provides agronomy services, bulk liquid, dry, and anhydrous ammonia fertilizers, seeds, ag chemicals, and custom application services.


Likewise, Ag Producers Co-op is also the result of a series of mergers that included Sunray Co-op, Olton Grain Co-op, Olton Grain Co-op Gin, United Farm Industries, Hart Producers Co-op Gin, and others. Ag Producers, which has 22 locations, three cotton gins, and grain storage of more than 68 million bushels specializes in grain, cotton agronomy services, fuel, and retail across West Texas.


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Lynda Kiernan-Stone is Editor with HighQuest Group Media and of the Oilseed & Grain News. If you would like to submit a contribution for consideration, please contact Ms. Kiernan-Stone at lkiernan-stone@highquestgroup.com.