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About Southern States Cooperative, Incorporated

Founded to provide affordable, high-quality seed for Virginia farmers, Southern States Cooperative has grown into an agricultural powerhouse, serving its more than 200,000 member-farmers as well as non-members through 1,200 retail outlets across more than 20 states. The co-op offers just about everything agricultural to its farmer-owners, including fertilizer, seed, feed, animal health products, and pet foods. The company's Agronomy Team provides custom crop management including crop protection, and crop nutrient program. Southern States Cooperative was founded in 1923 as Virginia Seed Service (VSS).

Operations

Southern State Cooperative provide expert products, services and advice to its clients. It offers energy solutions, farm inputs, including: fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, and garden tools.

Geographic Reach

Virginia based, Southern State Cooperative operates in more than 20 states in the US including Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Strategy

Southern States Cooperative is partnering with Heliae Agriculture to bring innovative, new products to farmers that improve yields while enhancing soil health. Soil health is the foundation of the practice of regenerative agriculture.

The selective distribution agreement announced in March 2020 is a model for the future adoption of a ground-breaking approach developed by Heliae – to provide nutrients to growing crops through accelerated microbial growth while improving the health and structure of soils. After years in development, Heliae is carefully selecting a limited number of partners like Southern States Cooperative to introduce its soil microbe food to growers. Introducing novel approaches and new products is part of the history of the Southern States Cooperative.

In August 2020, GROWMARK, Inc. and Southern States Cooperative announced plans to close on a transaction that aligns the organizations operationally to yield increased innovation, growth, and returns for the farmer-owners of both cooperative systems.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In mid-2020, Illinois-based, Growmark Inc. an agricultural cooperative and Southern States Cooperative announced the merger of its fuels and propane business. The merger is to aim Growmark's vision to be the best agricultural cooperative system in North America, and this partnership enables both organizations to further that goal together.

Company Background

Southern States Cooperative was formed as the Virginia Seed Service (VSS) in 1923. In 1930 VSS changed its name to Southern States Cooperative.

Southern States Cooperative, Incorporated

6606 W Broad St Ste B
Richmond, VA 23230-1731
Phone: 1 (804) 281-1000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Director Logistics: Larry Danko
President and CEO: Jeff Stroburg
Chairman: Raleigh O. Ward
Employees (This Location): 300
Employees (All Locations): 4,000

Major Office Locations

Richmond, VA

Other Locations

Centre, AL
Danville, AL
Fayette, AL
Henagar, AL
Jasper, AL
Troy, AL
Clayton, DE
Dagsboro, DE
Laurel, DE
Middletown, DE
Milford, DE
Trenton, FL
Bellville, GA
Blakely, GA
Canton, GA
Cartersville, GA
Cochran, GA
Cordele, GA
Cuthbert, GA
Gainesville, GA
Griffin, GA
Moultrie, GA
Royston, GA
Sylvester, GA
Washington, GA
Waycross, GA
Calhoun, KY
Campbellsville, KY
Carlisle, KY
Elkton, KY
Eminence, KY
Frankfort, KY
Glasgow, KY
Harrodsburg, KY
Hodgenville, KY
Hopkinsville, KY
Liberty, KY
Morehead, KY
Mount Sterling, KY
Owensboro, KY
Owingsville, KY
Paducah, KY
Paris, KY
Richmond, KY
Russellville, KY
Shelbyville, KY
Somerset, KY
Springfield, KY
Warsaw, KY
Winchester, KY
Westfield, MA
Centreville, MD
Charlotte Hall, MD
Cumberland, MD
Elkton, MD
Frederick, MD
Lothian, MD
Lynch, MD
Massey, MD
Mount Airy, MD
Oakland, MD
Preston, MD
Salisbury, MD
Sudlersville, MD
Westminster, MD
Whiteford, MD
White Hall, MD
Woodsboro, MD
Albemarle, NC
Asheboro, NC
Asheville, NC
Belhaven, NC
Carrboro, NC
Chadbourn, NC
Conover, NC
Creedmoor, NC
Fairmont, NC
Greensboro, NC
Hendersonville, NC
Hertford, NC
Jefferson, NC
Lumberton, NC
Marshville, NC
Mebane, NC
Monroe, NC
Mount Airy, NC
Mount Olive, NC
Naples, NC
Oxford, NC
Pembroke, NC
Pittsboro, NC
Princeville, NC
Reidsville, NC
Roxboro, NC
Salisbury, NC
Siler City, NC
Statesville, NC
Waco, NC
Wallace, NC
Williamston, NC
East Syracuse, NY
Alcolu, SC
Anderson, SC
Bennettsville, SC
Bishopville, SC
Darlington, SC
Hamer, SC
Johnston, SC
Lake City, SC
Latta, SC
Loris, SC
Orangeburg, SC
Amarillo, TX
Amelia Court House, VA
Bristol, VA
Burkeville, VA
Camden, VA
Catlett, VA
Chantilly, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Chesapeake, VA
Christiansburg, VA
Cloverdale, VA
Culpeper, VA
Fredericksburg, VA
Glen Allen, VA
Gloucester, VA
Goochland, VA
Harrisonburg, VA
Kilmarnock, VA
King William, VA
Leesburg, VA
Luray, VA
Manassas, VA
Middleburg, VA
Midlothian, VA
Montpelier, VA
North Tazewell, VA
Petersburg, VA
Purcellville, VA
Richmond, VA
South Boston, VA
Staunton, VA
Stephens City, VA
Warsaw, VA
Winchester, VA
Windsor, VA
Wirtz, VA
Wytheville, VA
Clarksburg, WV
Elkins, WV
Keyser, WV
Martinsburg, WV
Moorefield, WV
Petersburg, WV
Philippi, WV
Point Pleasant, WV
Ranson, WV
Romney, WV
Ronceverte, WV
Summersville, WV
Weston, WV