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Northern Country Cooperative, Viafield pursue merger


Two Midwestern-based ag cooperatives have announced their intent to merge.

Jason Schwenneker, CEO of Northern Country Cooperative, says unification with Viafield would strengthen service and resources for farmer-owners.

“We started working together more than two years ago,” he said, “as far as the companies trying to outline and figure out where we have efficiencies together. A lot of this started around access to people and talent.”

According to a press release, the combined cooperative would serve over 4,700 farmer members across counties in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, and Schwenneker tells Brownfield, “Farmers today worry about competition and say it can reduce a competitor,” he said.

Northern Country Cooperative, Viafield pursue merger