News from United Cooperative
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.
Win a free year of Cenex fuel, June 2014
Cabela’s CLUB Visa cardholders, shopping at a Cenex convenience store, could win one of 68 prizes, including one grand prize – a free year of Cenex fuel! From June 1-Sept. 27, one swipe of your Cabela’s CLUB Visa at a Cenex convenience store equals one entry. The more times a customer enters, by making a purchase, the more he/she increases the odds of winning. All winners will be randomly selected in late September. Click here for a list of our Cenex convenience stores.
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, 2013Media representatives may request information or interviews by contacting the Communications Department.
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!