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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!

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.

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