New Season, New Opportunities: a Feed & Grain Update


Change is in the air this spring, and I’m energized by the opportunities ahead for our cooperative and the growers and farmers we serve. While change can feel uncertain sometimes, the path forward is full of potential for UFC.

First, let’s talk about the impressive progress on our new Brownton grain bin project. The exterior is completely finished, and the catwalks are up. We’re aiming to receive the first grain into the new 750,000 bushel bin by May. Though we hit a couple speed bumps along the way, the finish line is in sight.

I also have an important update to share about our Lafayette grain elevator. We’ve made the strategic decision to gradually phase out operations at our grain elevator over the next 1-3 years. This wasn’t an easy decision whatsoever, but it will ultimately strengthen our cooperative for the long haul. Rest assured, we are looking at ways to expand our Klossner facilities to meet the needs of local growers now and well into the future. There’s room to build and grow this location into a worldclass operation. I know change can be hard, but we are committed to transparency and keeping you informed every step of the way.

On the feed side, we’ve been laser-focused on driving efficiency. It’s the little things that add up — optimizing how we utilize bin space, switching around ingredients, rolling out updated semis, trailers and straight trucks across our fleet, so maintenance and timely deliveries are easier. We did a big review of our bagged feed inventory and are making sure we are keeping appropriate stock levels to ensure the product stays fresh.

My big message for all of you: If there is a specific product you need that we don’t regularly stock, just let us know! We may not have it on the shelves, but we’ll work with you to get it in and delivered, so you have what you need to keep your operations running smoothly.

I’m proud of the work our cooperative does every single day and energized by the opportunities on our horizon. I appreciate your business, trust, and partnership in helping build our future together.

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