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United Cooperative makes three Hillsboro/Wilton-area donations, August 2014

Jim Swagel, left, United Cooperative dairy and livestock nutrition specialist in the Hillsboro area, presents a $2,000 donation to Joan Holig toward construction costs for the new Robert Holig Dairy Pavilion at the Juneau County Fairgrounds. Joan’s husband, Bob Holig, passed away in 2012 at 51 years old. A fundraising process was started shortly their after to build a new dairy barn at the Juneau County Fairgrounds in Holig’s memory.

Nicky Degenhardt, left, United Cooperative Wilton feed, agronomy, and energy location manager, presents a $1,000 donation to Bill Degenhardt of the Norwalk Lion’s Club for their annual Norwalk Lion’s Club Truck and Tractor Pull. Proceeds from the event help support the Norwalk-area community.

United Cooperative presents a $1,000 donation to the Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull in Hillsboro. Jim Swagel, left, United Cooperative dairy and livestock nutrition specialist in the Hillsboro area, stopped on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and presented the check to committee members James Slama, center, and Zach Bender, right. Proceeds from the Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull benefit various causes in the Hillsboro area.

United Cooperative donates to Green Valley Enterprises, July 2014

The annual Green Valley Enterprises Ham ‘N Jam fundraising event was held Sat., July 26, 2014. Once, again, this year, United Cooperative was one of many major sponsors. Pictured here: Bob Cleland, left, United Cooperative propane delivery specialist, presents United Cooperative’s $500 donation to two Green Valley Enterprises’ clients: Tony Beauchamp, Lomira, center, and Camille Butler, Beaver Dam, right. Green Valley Enterprises has been serving Dodge-County area special needs families for more than 40 years.

UC helps buy bleachers for Kewaunee County Fair show ring, July 2014

United Cooperative has donated $1,700 to help purchase seven bleacher units for the Kewaunee County Fair Livestock Show Ring in Luxemburg. United Cooperative employees presented 4-H exhibitors with the check on Wednesday, July 23, in Denmark. Brian Huntowski, United Cooperative energy service manager, is presenting the check on the left, and Ron Jacobson, United Cooperative energy distribution manager, is on the far right.

County-fair season is in full swing, July 2014

Marty Kaul, left, United Cooperative nutritionist from our Wilton location, presents a $1,000 donation for the small-animal learning center (pictured in back) to Monroe County Fair Board members Dr. Steve Doll, middle, vice president, and Simon Wells, secretary.

United Cooperative donated new gates for the swine barn at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. Front row, left to right: Alan Schroeder, United Cooperative Sauk City feed and grain location manager; Jesse Even, LaValle; Lily Marten, Reedsburg; Brianna Marten, Loganville; Lillian McPherson, LaValle; Brooke Benseman, LaValle; Lucas Riberich, Rock Springs; Nicole Riberich, Rock Springs; and Jeremy Peebles, United Cooperative energy sales specialist, covering Baraboo, Reedsburg, and Hillsboro areas. Back row, left to right: Katie Hacker, Sauk City; Jacob Sprecher, Sauk City; Logan Sprecher, Sauk City; Adam Nolden, Prairie du Sac; Luke Sprecher, Sauk City; Sally Albers, Prairie du Sac; Maddie Bonham, Baraboo; Kelsey Brown, Baraboo; Sarah Albers, Prairie du Sac; Marlee Bonham, Baraboo; Joe Acker, Reedsburg; and Abby Field, Reedsburg.

United Cooperative participated in the Fond du Lac County Fair youth livestock auction. Left to right: Logan Birschbach, Eden, Taft 23 4-H Club, and Joseta Halbur, United Cooperative energy sales specialist.

Video from one of our drones, July 2014

One of our drones captured this video at our July 17th Answer Plot in South Beaver Dam. You can see the different colors of the hybrid varieties. In addition, the yellow-colored corn in the background is a nitrogen study where insufficient nitrogen was applied. Drones are proving to be a useful tool in helping the agricultural industry produce an abundance of food for the world's growing population.

United Cooperative donates to Kendall Fire Department, July 2014

United Cooperative recently donated $1,000 to the Kendall Fire Department toward paying off the loan on one of their trucks. The Kendall Fire Department provides fire protection for Kendall and three area townships. Pictured here: Dar Petersen, center, manager of United Cooperative’s Kendall Cenex Fastrip, and Colleen Johnson, right, manager of United Cooperative’s Kendall feed and farm supply store, present the $1,000 donation to Richard Martin, left, of the Kendall Fire Department.

United Cooperative improves efficiency in Rock Springs, July 2014

Our Rock Springs grain location has removed the old scale house and is preparing to break ground for a new office, with scale house included, at the same location -- by the scale and probe. It will improve efficiency and be much more easily accessible to our patron members than the current office. A temporary trailer near the scale and probe serves as a scale house in the interim.

United Cooperative studies drones for use in crop scouting, June 2014

United Cooperative is in the preliminary stages of using drones for crop scouting. We're hoping to roll out more use of the technology in the future.

Jim Kemink, left, United Cooperative vice president of agronomy and seed sales, and Duane Swenson, United Cooperative agronomist, watch what the drone is seeing (center) with it's camera on a smartphone.

Our agronomy interns are learning about the drones they're studying with while interning at United Cooperative this summer. Left to right: Wade Oehmichen, BASF; Kevin Beth, intern at our Reedsburg and Prairie du Sac locations; and Mike Buiter, intern with our South Beaver Dam and Deerfield locations.

Grain-bin construction underway in Auroraville, June 2014

We’re adding a new 651,000-bushel grain bin in Auroraville. It will be filled by a 16,000-bushel-per-hour conveyor and unloaded by an 11,000-bushel-per-hour conveyor with a single-pass, zero-entry bin sweep. Foundation: 658 cubic yards of concrete and 82,000 pounds of rebar. General contractor: Grain Elevator Services LLC, New London, Wis. Benefit: faster service for our Auroraville customers during the busy harvest season.

Warehouse space added in Sauk City, June 2014

If you haven’t seen it, yet, our Sauk City feed and grain location features a new 12,000-square-foot warehouse addition (far right). Major benefit: We have more product and ingredients readily available for our member customers.

United Cooperative helps build handicap-accessible playground equipment, May 2014

United Cooperative has donated $1,000 toward the addition of handicap-accessible playground equipment in Horicon's Kiwanis Park. Left to right: Jenny Harris and Liz Darner, community leaders and fund raisers with the Horicon Phoenix Program, and Lyle Poch, manager of our Horicon grain location.

United Cooperative donates to Hope House, May 2014

United Cooperative donates $1,000 to Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, Baraboo. Hope House provides shelter and advocacy to people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Left to right: Tom Otto, manager of our Baraboo Cenex Convenience Stores, and Ellen Allen, Hope House executive director.

United Cooperative recognizes 30, $1,000 scholarship winners, April 2014
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Front row, left to right: Morgan Antonioni, Mayville; Kaitlin Mader, Mayville; Amber Pethke, Larsen; Breanna Smits, Markesan; Eva Arndt, Beaver Dam; and Jacqueline Walters, Hebron, Ill. Back row, left to right: Justin Nehls, Juneau; Kyle Jahnke, Markesan; Patrick Roche, Columbus; John Heeringa, Fox Lake; Jesse Lynch, Reeseville; Brett Ferstl, Beaver Dam; Danielle Timm, Gillett; Ian Wetterau, Germantown; and United Cooperative President and Chief Executive Officer David Cramer.

 Front row, left to right: Stacie Luxton, Hillpoint; Sally Albers, Prairie du Sac; Macy Mislivecek, Hillsboro; Kelsey Skala, Hillsboro; and Anne Peterson, Kendall. Back row, left to right: United Cooperative President and Chief Executive Officer David Cramer; Walker Rynes, Norwalk; Tyler Dregney, Reedsburg; Thomas Waterworth, Fall River; Courtney Schmidt, Lone Rock; and Aaron Frisk, New Lisbon.

Pictured left to right: United Cooperative President and Chief Executive Officer David Cramer; Morgan Denzer, Pulaski; Jamie Seward, Pine River; Chad Bruss, Markesan; Ashley Bergsbaken, Bonduel; and Amanda Page, Ripon. Not pictured: Brittiny Schroeder, Denmark.

David Cramer celebrates 30 years as president and CEO of United Cooperative - April 2014

Howard Bohl, Beaver Dam, left, United Cooperative Board of Directors chairman, congratulates David Cramer, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer, for his 30 years of service as our driven leader. Click here for the story.

United Cooperative sponsors four youth to attend Co-ops Yes! - March 2014

United Cooperative sponsored (L to R) Tytan Gress and Jeanie Boldrey, Horicon Jr./Sr. High School, and Bailee Cornell and Danyelle Minor, Hillsboro High School, to attend the 2014 Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire. Click here for more pictures from this educational event teaching youth about cooperatives.

United Cooperative to add on in Prairie du Sac - March 2014

We will start construction this spring to add a 12,000-square-foot warehouse at our Prairie du Sac agronomy location. Benefits include storage space for more product and additional room for customer service.

United Cooperative, Denmark, adds 1,500 tons of bulk storage - March, 2014
New construction is underway at our Denmark feed location; we're adding more than 1,500 tons of bulk storage capacity. This will allow Denmark to take more product by rail, resulting in cost savings to the customer. Picture: installation of cones for the new bin structure.

United Cooperative supports Wisconsin FFA programs

In recognition of National FFA Week, United Cooperative presented a $1,200 donation to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation to support the Agronomy and Agricultural Communications CDE programs. The Wisconsin FFA Foundation was started in 1983 as a non-profit organization to financially support the activities of the Wisconsin Association of FFA. Pictured left to right: Logan Wells, Wisconsin FFA president, and David Cramer, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer.

United Cooperative donates to agriculture education program - Feb. 10, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, United Cooperative presented a $1,000 donation to the Fond du Lac Area Agricultural Ambassador Program. Each year, the ambassadors teach more than 13,500 children in the greater Fond du Lac-County area about production agriculture and where their food comes from. Donations and grants fund the program. Pictured left to right: Brenda Gudex, director of agricultural programs; four young students from Central Wisconsin Christian School, Waupun (Gaby DeVries, Aaron Fikkert, Mason Westover, and Reghan Wierenga); and Dori Lichty, 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!

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