CoBank report: Farm supply co-ops should rethink business models


By Amie Simpson, Brownfield

November 16, 2020


Farm supply cooperatives are a major provider of agricultural inputs but competition from other growing regions and low commodity prices in recent years have challenged their business models.


A new report by CoBank outlines ways that co-ops can create additional value and look at other options beyond consolidation.


CoBank Lead Economist Ken Zuckerberg saysweve seen a lot of consolidation in the co-op space, but our feeling is that consolidation does not solve underlying fundamental issues.


He tells Brownfield co-ops should consider partnering with an aerial imagery or robotics company...