News & Updates


What's new in seed at United Cooperative

With the increase in glyphosate-resistant waterhemp across Wisconsin United Cooperative has decided to expand its seed offerings.

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Manage fuel price risk with an offer-to-purchase contract and Peace of Mind with LubeScan® Oil Analysis

By Bill Herbst, Vice President-Energy

Manage fuel price risk with an offer-to-purchase contract

When your business is powered by bulk refined fuels - farming, construction or trucking, the cost of fuel can make or break profitability. The best fuel prices are negotiated far in advance, through fuel contracts. Manage your fuel price risk by starting out with an “offer to purchase” contract from United Cooperative. 

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Baby it's cold outside...

By Eric Onan, Northern Feed Sales Manager

With snow in late April, early November snow and cold, it barely even seems like we had a summer. When you are putting on more layers of clothes to head out and feed the calves, remember your calves are feeling it, too. Calves under three weeks of age begin to experience cold stress when the ambient temperature dips below 60° Fahrenheit. Calves typically have very little body reserves and a large surface area making them very susceptible to cold stress, which can have a drastic effect on calf growth and performance in the colder months.

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Market Outlook

By Doug Marshall, Grain Merchandiser

The November crop report did not have many surprises, but USDA lowered the corn and soybean yields because of excessive rains during early October in the northern corn belt. That should not be a surprise to anyone who has lived in Wisconsin this fall.

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Convenient Producer Financing from United Cooperative

By Mary Beth Schade, Vice President-Credit and Administrative Services

We know how hard producers work, and you have little time for stopping by United Cooperative’s locations to discuss your financing needs. That’s why we offer input loans with competitive rates from a valued cooperative partner.


Producers can accomplish more by getting their financing where they shop for operational needs. Our convenient approval process gives you quick access to the funds you need to support your operation.

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All Ready for 2019

By Karl Beth, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As the books close on 2018, it is easy to focus on the troubles—poor weather, low commodity prices, trade disputes, etc.—faced by agriculture this past year. Instead, we need to look forward with cautious optimism toward 2019, deal with troubles as they present themselves, and take control of the things we can.

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Strong Financial Finish for 2018

By David Cramer, President and Chief Executive Officer

Long before the calendar turns to the new year, your cooperative was looking ahead to 2019. When markets and economics enforce change at the farm-gate, United Cooperative has the talented staff, plans and relationships with suppliers to use information and resources to focus on your farm profitability. Decision-making now impacts profitability in the future, for your cooperative and your farm.

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AREA FOOD PANTRIES RECEIVE $45,000 FROM UNITED COOPERATIVE

Donations of $45,000 will reach Wisconsin community food pantries this month thanks to Beaver Dam-based United Cooperative, and matching funds from Land O'Lakes Foundation, CHS Foundation and CoBank. “While our cooperatives are dedicated to the food industry through the growing, handling and marketing of grain and feeding of animals, food is not necessarily an abundant resource for families in need,” shared David Cramer, United Cooperative President and CEO. “As a local agricultural organization that is committed to serving its members, we provide these resources to help area communities serve their residents with food,” he added.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 11/5/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Early talk is that the USDA will back off on their yields and the final acreage will also decline. Plenty of the crop will not get harvested due to too much rain. There will be quality issues form mold with all the rain earlier this fall. Planting in South America is ahead of the average planting pace. Another rain system moving thru the Midwest delaying harvest next week. The trade war with China is holding prices down for now Any indication of talks or a settlement and the fund money will buy beans and meal and we could see a 50.00 – 60.00 rally just from a technical and emotional trend.

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United Cooperative returns over $7.1 million in cash to its members in October

United Cooperative is celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. As United Cooperative celebrates cooperative month, it does so by sharing profits with members. “It’s the foresight of the board of directors (made up of farmer members), the management and employees of the cooperative to recognize and plan for member-owners' changing needs and industry trends,” said David Cramer, President and CEO. “United Cooperative responds to changes at the farm gate by investing in strategically positioned assets that support agricultural producers, while at the same time, knowing that each of these investments will provide a financial return to the cooperative and its farmer members.

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