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AG PARTNERS & BROWN COUNTY CO-OP
SERVING AREA FARMERS AND AG PRODUCERS

Established 1956

Working Together for Over a Half-Century

PAST GENERAL MANAGERS

 

1956-1958

John Argabright

1958

Robert Scraper

1959-1983

Leon Wenger

1984-1992

Daryl Meyer

1993-1995

Robert Jury

1996-2004

Dave Christiansen

2004-2012

Mitch Williams
2012-present Stan Remington


TIME LINE OF KEY EVENTS

 

January 11, 1956 Charter obtained from United States Treasury Department. First Board of Directors: Stephen Brockhoff, Herbert Elliott, Willard Fairfield, Homer Jacobsen, Luther Johannes, Tom McCoy, and John Moyer
March 1, 1956 Co-op opened for business at 105 N. 5th St. in Hiawatha with two gasoline trucks owned by Lloyd McIntyre and Lester Swank, the first employees. The Co-op provided and owned the bulk gasoline tanks. Co-op sold gas at 23 ½ cents per gallon on first day of sales.
1957 Opened the farm store; it handled feed, seed, chemicals, and bag fertilizer.
1958 Purchased Powhattan Elevator from Paul Schuetz.
1959 Built more grain storage; added propane service and a feed delivery truck.
1960 Co-op provided first full year of propane service. Total sales exceeded one-half million dollars for the first time.
August 17 & 18, 1961 Grand Opening of Farm Service Center at 9th and Oregon.
October 5, 1970 Lid of a 15,000 gallon fuel tank exploded in a gigantic fireball, resulting in estimated damage of $15,000.
1974 Leon Wenger invited to speak at Farmland Annual Meeting about why Brown County Co-op is so successful.
1977 Purchased Willis Elevator.
1980 Ag producers suffered adverse effects of President Carter’s grain embargoes.
January 28, 1981 Dry fertilizer plant catches fire.
March 1, 1981 Celebrated 25 years of service to community. Board of Directors: Sam Bowen, Dale Brockhoff, Don Knudson, John Reese, Robert Reschke, Richard Rieger, H. Wayne Shirley
1983 Suffered under confusing government PIK (Payment In Kind) and farm programs.
1986 Bunkers built in Hiawatha for corn and in Powhattan for milo.
1994 Ag Dome built.
1996 Service station sold to T.O. Haas.
1997 Ampride purchased with Kansas Retail Venture Group.
July 1, 1991 Robinson Co-op merged with the Brown County Co-op.
1999 Purchased Ampride from Kansas Retail Venture Group.
2000 Purchased facility in Tarkio, Mo., and changed name to Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc.
2001 Purchased one-half interest in Topeka Terminal, LLC.
2002 Midwest Ag Services opened.
2002 Farmland Industries declared bankruptcy.
2005 Completed new storage facility at Powhattan (capacity of 560,000 bushels).
2005 Sold Ampride to Kabredelo’s.
2006 Purchased Padonia and Reserve elevators from Padonia Grain Farmers.
2006 Celebrated 50 years of service to community. Board of Directors: Howard Elliott, Jason Taylor, Larry Ewing, Neal Frost, Mark Meyer, Larry Oltjen, Mark Knudson.
2008 320,000 bushels storage added to Padonia through Condo Storage Program.
2009 320,000 bushels storage added to Robinson through Condo Storage Program.
2010 320,000 bushels storage added to Willis through Condo Storage Program.
2011 197,000 gallons of Anhydrous Ammonia storage added through Condo Storage Program.
2011 Farmers Elevator Cooperative is aquired adding Sabetha and Humboldt locations.
2013 525,000 bushels storage added to Powhattan.
2013 320,000 bushels storage added to Padonia.
2013 Moved NH3 plant to west of Willis with a total of 84,000 gallon storage.
2014 510,000 bushels storage added to Powhattan.
2014 325,000 bushels storage added to Sabetha.
2015 Self Serve Fuel location aquired from PCS in Powhattan.
2016 New Ag Shop building in Hiawatha.
2016 426,000 bushels storage added to Willis.
2016 New Sabetha office located on the east side of town.
2016 488,000 bushels storage added to Sabetha.
2016 407,000 bushels storage added to Robinson.
2016 White Cloud and Hiawatha downtown elevators aquired.
2017 488,000 bushels storage added to Sabetha.
2017 636,000 bushels storage added to Padonia.

Continuing to Make Progress with a Vision for the Future
 

                                       Started in 1956                                 50th Year In 2006
                                     Membership: 193                              Membership: 2,291

                              Sales: $98,000 of gasoline               Sales: $48,351,038 (ending Fiscal, Aug. 31, 2006)
                                   Net Earnings: $2,388                         Net Earnings: $646,004
                                                                                       Value of Total Assets: $10,833,579

61st Year In 2016
Membership: 906 Voting, 1022 Non-Voting
Sales: $133,000,000 (ending Fiscal, Aug 31, 2016)
Net Income: 1,400,000
Assets: 51,000,000

 

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