Four Ohio cooperatives found themselves in the USDA’s annual top 100 largest agricultural cooperatives list released today to help kick off National Cooperative Month. United Producers, Inc. of Columbus, placed 19th, Trupointe Cooperative of Piqua placed 45th, Heritage of West Mansfield placed 53rd and Sunrise of Freemont was 54th on the list of top farm cooperatives in 2011.
Farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record sales and income in 2011, surpassing the previous record sales year of 2008 by $10 billion while besting the old income record by $500 million. Dallas Tonsager, USDA under secretary for Rural Development, said co-op employment levels remained strong, with cooperatives employing 184,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers, up slightly from 2010.
“These new cooperative sales and income records for 2011 underscore the strength and productivity of the nation’s farmer- and rancher-owned cooperatives, and the vital role they play in the nation’s economy,” Tonsager said.… Continue readingRead More »