News from United Cooperative
Sign up for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education - Jan. 2014
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is back and officially open for 2014. Keep rural schools growing by nominating your local public school district. Once nominated, school districts can then apply for a grant of up to $25,000. Check out the video to see how past grants have helped school districts enhance their math and science programs! Apply online at www.growruraleducation.com.
United Cooperative donates to 28 food pantries - Jan. 2014
United Cooperative’s dairy nutrition specialist, Jim Swagel, left, presents a $1,000 donation to pantry board member, Steve Baller, in front of The Good Samaritan Thrift Store and Food Pantry, Hillsboro. This donation was just one of 28 food-pantry donations totaling $28,000 United Cooperative made throughout our south-central and north-east Wisconsin trade territory. Click here for more information.
United Cooperative offers 30 scholarships - Jan. 2, 2014
Click here for the rules and application. Deadline: March 3, 2014
Johnson Bus fuels with propane - Dec. 2013
The Johnson Bus location in Beaver Dam recently started using two propane-fueled buses. These two transporation units fill up with propane at our Beaver Dam Cenex Convenience Store and can be identified by the green propane sticker next to the bus door. About 90 percent of the propane used in the United States is produced in the United States. Propane costs up to 50 percent less than gas and 30 percent less than diesel. It also burns clean and potentially reduces maintenance costs and extends engine life.
UC Cenex stores celebrate good deeds with free fuel - Dec. 2013
Steve Olson, left, is a mechanic in Kendall who repairs vehicles for the elderly at minimal cost. In some cases, he picks up their vehicles, repairs them, and returns them. Darlene Petersen, right, manager of United Cooperative’s Kendall Cenex, presents Olson with a $50 Cenex gift card, as part of the Tanks of Thanks program, to thank him for his efforts. Click here for more information.
United Cooperative is number 54 on the USDA's top 100
United Cooperative is number 54 on the USDA's top 100 list of agricultural cooperatives in the United States, in 2012, which was published in the September/October, 2013, edition of Rural Cooperatives magazine. According to Rural Cooperatives, “Sales by agricultural co-ops of nearly $235 billion surpassed the previous record, set in 2011, by $18 billion, an 8.3-percent gain.” Click here to view the complete article and list on pages 8-17.
United Cooperative donates to Pulaski FFA - Oct. 2013
Mike Pericak, left, from United Cooperative, presents a $500 donation to the Pulaski FFA to help support various activities throughout the year: recognition programs, scholarships, service-learning activities, global-engagement programs, National and State FFA convention participation, educational materials, teacher training, and more. Front row: Mike Pericak and Pulaski FFA members Morgan Denzer, Amanda Bodart, and Shianna Gracyalny. Back row: Ben Brown, Logan Paschke, John Szczepanski, and Alex Vercauteren.
United Cooperative will merge with Hillsboro Farmers Cooperative - Aug. 29, 2013
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United Cooperative Beaver Dam feed location installs new bins - Aug. 27, 2013
United Cooperative installs five, new, 65-ton feed bins at our Beaver Dam feed-mill location to accomodate growing business.
United Cooperative donates to Jefferson FFA greenhouse project - Aug. 21, 2013
United Cooperative recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Jefferson FFA toward the construction of a new greenhouse. Pictured left to right: Taylor Chwala, Jefferson High School sophomore and FFA member, and Kris Duffy, United Cooperative Johnson Creek agronomy location manager.
United Cooperative and Hillsboro Farmers Cooperative make plans to merge
On July 11, 2013, the United Cooperative Board of Directors signed a letter of intent to allow a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Cooperative to pursue a merger with Hillsboro Farmers Cooperative, Hillsboro, Wis. Click here for more information.
United Cooperative donates to Freedom FFA - July 31, 2013
United Cooperative recently presented a $500 donation to the Freedom FFA toward the purchase of new computers and a high-tunnel greenhouse. Pictured left to right: Kevin Champeau, Freedom agriculture instructor; Becky VanWychen, Freedom FFA officer and senior at Freedom High School; and Eric Onan, United Cooperative dairy tech sales manager.
Patronize your local United Cooperative Cenex Convenience Store
Here's a 1-minute snapshot of our Watertown Cenex store. Enjoy!
United Cooperative donates to various county fairs - May 2013
Every summer, United Cooperative provides financial support, in a variety of ways, to many county and community fairs throughout our trade territory. In many cases, we purchase animals at the youth livestock auctions, and in other situations, we contribute money toward specific projects. Pictured here: United Cooperative donated this tank to the Brown County Fair, for use in dust control, to spray water on the driveways, in the horse arena, on the pull track, etc. Left to right: Braden Porter, agronomist at United Cooperative's Denmark location, and Bryan Kligora, Denmark's agronomy location manager.
UC donates $5,000 to Pulaski Community Pavilion - May 2013
United Cooperative recently presented $5,000 to the Pulaski United Foundation toward the building of restrooms in the Pulaski Community Pavilion, in Pulaski. Pictured left to right: Mark Heck, Pulaski United Foundation executive director; Vernon Van Lannen, chairman of fundraising; and Louis Szczepanski, United Cooperative’s Pulaski Ace Hardware store manager.
United Cooperative returns$8 million in cash to patron members - April 2013
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United Cooperative awards $27,000 in scholarships - April 2013
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United Cooperative donates to Hope House of Southcentral Wisconsin - April 2013
United Cooperative recently donated $1,000 to Hope House of South Central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Baraboo, Hope House of South Central Wisconsin provides advocacy and shelter to people affected by domestic/dating violence and sexual assault. They also work to prevent these issues through community education. Pictured left to right: Tom Otto, United Cooperative Baraboo Cenex Convenience Store manager (Country Road BD at Exit 215 and Ash Street); Ellen Allen, Hope House executive director; and Brenda Gurgel, Hope House operations manager. For more information, visit http://www.hopehousescw.org/.
United Cooperative donates to Kamp Kenwood - March, 2013
United Cooperative recently presented a $1,000 check to the Wisconsin Farmers Union to use toward building a storm shelter at Kamp Kenwood on Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls, Wis. Focused on cooperative philosophy and leadership skills, Kamp Kenwood four- and five-day overnight camps also feature swimming, sports, drama, music, art, hiking, and campfire programs. Pictured left to right, Tina Hinchley, Wisconsin Farmers Union board member, and David Cramer, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer. For more information on Kamp Kenwood, visit: www.kampkenwood.com.
United Cooperative sponsors Wisconsin FFA programs - March, 2013
Again, this year, United Cooperative has donated funds to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation in support of the Agricultural Communications CDE and Agronomy CDE. Left to right, David Cramer, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer, and Kayla Hack, Wisconsin FFA president.
United Cooperative donates to Shawano County Historical Society - March 1, 2013
United Cooperative recently donated $1,000 to the Shawano County Historical Society Church Fund. The group plans to move Tabor Church, built in 1900 and currently residing on River Street in Shawano, to Heritage Park near Wolf River in Shawano. In addition, the church will be renovated back to its historical appearance. Heritage Park is currently home to nine other historic structures. Pictured left to right: Karen Grover, historical society director and grounds trustee; Eric Onan, United Cooperative dairy tech sales manager; and Marcalene Rosenow, historical society director.
United Cooperative patron wins Monsanto Fund donation for FFA - February, 2013
Brian Krahn, United Cooperative patron at our Denmark location, was recently announced as a winner in the Monsanto Fund “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program, giving farmers the opportunity to win $2,500, which is then donated in the farmer’s name to their favorite community charity. One winner per eligible county in Wisconsin is randomly drawn by the Monsanto Fund. Krahn designated his donation for the Denmark FFA Alumni. United Cooperative had several county winners among our patron members. Pictured left to right: Bryan Kligora, United Cooperative Denmark agronomy manager; Nathan Paxton, Monsanto district sales manager; Brian Krahn, Brown County winner; Allison Krahn, Brian's daughter; Dave Hermans, Denmark FFA Alumni president; and Morgan Jensen, Denmark FFA president. Visit www.growcommunities.com for eligibility rules and more.
United Cooperative donates to Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital - January, 2013
United Cooperative recently presented The Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation with a $2,500 financial contribution for patient services in the new hospital currently under construction in Sauk Prairie. Scheduled to open in early 2014, the new facility will include the most up-to-date, life-saving technology and modern patient amenities. Pictured left to right: Patrice Luer, foundation executive director, and Ken Gay, United Cooperative Sauk City feed and grain location manager.
United Cooperative hosts UW-Madison tour
United Cooperative recently hosted a group of young agricultural producers and growers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course at our South Beaver Dam location. The tour was one of many short course offers to students to provide them with visual and hands-on agriculture-industry experience. United Cooperative vice president of seed and agronomy sales, Jim Kemink; vice president of grain operations and risk management, Alan Jentz; and vice president of feed operations, John Scheuers, were present during the tour. Apart from discussing United Cooperative services and operations, they talked with the students about the world’s growing population and an increasing demand for food. “This is an exciting time to be in production agriculture,” noted Scheuers. “The world population is expected to grow more than 2.1 billion by 2050, to 9.1 billion; and we’re responsible for feeding these people. As a result, the opportunities for careers in agriculture, both on and off the farm, are outstanding.”
Apply for a United Cooperative scholarship - Jan. 2, 2013
United Cooperative will give out $20,000 in scholarships, again, this year. Click here for the application and rules.
United Cooperative donates $26,000 to various Wisconsin food pantries - November 2012
To assist with the upcoming holiday season, United Cooperative has donated $26,000 to 25 different food pantries throughout south-central and north-east Wisconsin. Click here for more information.
United Cooperative returns $5.3 million in stock - October 2012
Click here for more information.United Cooperative in top 60 - October 2012
United Cooperative is number 60 on the top 100 list of agricultural cooperatives in 2011, which was published in the September/October 2012 edition of Rural Cooperatives magazine. Together, these 100 cooperatives from around the United States recorded sales revenue at $148 billion in 2011, an increase of $18 billion from 2010. Rural Cooperatives is published by USDA Rural Development. Click here to view the September/October issue.United Cooperative upgrades grain facilities in Pulaski - Oct. 12, 2012
The United Cooperative Pulaski feed and grain location, pictured here, now features a new receiving pit, a new receiving leg, a new dryer, and additional storage space. Click here for more information.United Cooperative helps teach first graders about corn - Oct. 10, 2012
Annually, during the corn-harvest season, United Cooperative helps sponsor a corn-learning experience for Deerfield Elementary first graders. The program is in its 12th year and includes a corn-planting and harvest educational program in school, followed by a corn-combine ride from D&D Olson Farms, based in Stoughton, Wis. This year, members of the first class ever to experience this corn-education program, now high school seniors, joined the first graders for a trip down memory lane. Justin Storlie, United Cooperative agronomist from the Deerfield location, helps students climb down from the combine after they enjoyed their own hands-on corn harvesting experience.United Cooperative purchases Auroraville grain facilities - Sept. 27, 2012
United Cooperative has purchased a new grain-storage facility in Auroraville, Wis., from Willow Creek Grain, LLC, Berlin; and, we are accepting corn, soybeans, and wheat, starting immediately. Click here for more information.Agronomy upgrades at United Cooperative Pulaski location underway - September 2012
The United Cooperative Pulaski agronomy location, pictured here, is completing some cosmetic changes and adding a new fertilizer and crop-protection liquid load-out facility and liquid storage facility this fall. The existing dry-fertilizer storage facility will also be remodeled. Upgrades are anticipated to be complete by Jan. 1, 2013. Click here for more information.United Cooperative donates to Wisconsin FFA Foundation - September 2012United Cooperative recently donated to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, benefiting 19,000 Wisconsin FFA students. United Cooperative’s donation will support the agronomy career development event, agricultural communication career development event, and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Annual Fund. United Cooperative’s long-standing contributions have benefited thousands of FFA members during our past 12 years of program support. David Cramer, left, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer, presents the donation to three of Wisconsin’s State FFA Officers: Kayla Hack, sitting, president; Emily Watson, standing at left, vice president; and Nate Zimdars, treasurer.
United Cooperative donates to Shawano County Fair - August 2012Dale Hodkiewicz, left, Shawano Area Agricultural Society president, and Aly Dallas, Shawano County Fairest of the Fair, recently met up with Dan Schnell, inside right, United Cooperative dairy nutrition specialist, and Mike Keuler, right, United Cooperative certified energy specialist, to accept a donation from United Cooperative toward purchasing food-stand cups, exhibitor awards, and sponsoring the junior-fair building and tractor pull at the 2012 Shawano County Fair. Visit www.shawanocountyfair.net for more information on the Shawano County Fair.United Cooperative donates to new
small-animal building at Dodge County Fair - August 2012David Cramer, left, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer, presents a $5,000 donation to Christian and Sarah Nehls for construction of the new small-animal building at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam. The new building will be used to house poultry, rabbits, and other small animals during the Dodge County Fair, starting this year.United Cooperative donates to Rural Health Initiative - August 2012
United Cooperative recently committed to donating $5,000 per year for three years to the Rural Health Initiative (RHI). RHI has nurses in Shawano, Waupaca, and Outagamie counties make farm visits to improve and sustain the health and safety of farm families, including adult family members and agricultural employees. Pictured left to right: Mark Yanke, United Cooperative’s Shawano and Pulaski feed location manager; Patsy Eggert, United Cooperative Shawano location coordinator; and Rhonda Strebel, RHI executive director. Visit www.wiruralhealth.org for more information about Rural Health Initiative.United Cooperative sponsors dairy show ring at Manitowoc County Fair - July 2012
United Cooperative recently presented a $1,500 donation to Manitowoc County Fairest of the Fair, Erika Soukup, Reedsville, for use toward building the dairy show ring in the Ice Center during the Manitowoc County Fair, Aug. 21-26, 2012. The money will be used to upgrade the sound system and bring in sand, sawdust, barriers, etc. Pictured left to right: Dick Pollen, fair-board vice chairman, Manitowoc; Jerome Vetting, fair-board chairman, Manitowoc; Soukup; and Steve Root and Brad Zellner, United Cooperative dairy and livestock nutrition specialists. Visit www.manitowoccountyexpo.com for more information on the Manitowoc County Fair.Media representatives may request information or interviews by contacting the Communications Department.