Retail farm-supply and grain-marketing cooperative GROWMARK can mark its growth by the grain. A member-owed agricultural co-op, GROWMARK has more than 100,000 members. Under the FAST STOP name, the co-op runs more than 250 fuel stations and convenience stores in the Midwest. Its Seedway subsidiary sells commercial vegetable seed and farm seed for turf, and grains including alfalfa, corn, wheat, and soybeans. GROWMARK also offers fertilizer, seeds, ethanol, biodiesel, and farm financing. Its MID-CO COMMODITIES subsidiary trades grain and offers advice regarding futures and options.
GROWMARK is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, and serves customers in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. SEEDWAY maintains eight office and warehouse locations in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Cooperation is important within and among agricultural cooperatives. A strong believer in the latter part of this principle, GROWMARK has marketing agreements and alliances with, among others, fertilizer maker and distributor CF Industries, pet-food producer PRO-PET, agribusiness company Syngenta, and rural financial services provider, CoBank.
Mergers and Acquisitions
GROWMARK acquires fertilizer storage terminals and transportation infrastructure on a regular basis.