News Release | MKC Ranked a Top 100 Co-op by USDA

News Release | MKC Ranked a Top 100 Co-op by USDAMKC was listed No. 69 in the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual rankings of the nation’s Top 100 Largest Agricultural Cooperatives. MKC’s spot at 69 was the highest ranking for a Kansas cooperative. According to the USDA, the data is part of a forthcoming report, set for release later this month.

Our shared growth, shared success philosophy has led to our growth and has had a positive influence on our member-owners, customers and our employees,” said Dave Christiansen, president and CEO, MKC. “As a result, we are able to attract, develop and retain a talented workforce to provide expertise to our customers, have access to new programs more quickly, and build and maintain the balance sheet and earnings to provide the resources to continue our infrastructure renewal. In 2014, MKC showed $524 million in total business volume and $206 million in total assets. MKC was ranked No. 84 in 2013.

Our business model is designed to build the brand, employ the best people, maintain growth and improve profitability,” Christiansen said. “Our Board of Directors establishes vision and strategic objectives and our employees work each and every day to fulfill those expectations.

MKC provides rural community support to more than 75 communities in the form of personnel costs, local taxes and other expenses totaling more than $32 million. Over the past five years, more than $300,000 has been donated through community stewardship.

"The nation's co-ops are essential to the U.S. economy and to rural America," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "The income they generate is reinvested or returned to members who spend it in their local communities. USDA is proud to continue its support of the cooperative movement." 

According to the rankings, CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is the nation's largest cooperative. It posted $43 billion in revenue in 2014. Rounding out the top three ag co-ops are Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America, with $18 billion in total revenue, and Land O'Lakes, St. Paul, Minn., with $15 billion in revenue. Only three Kansas-based cooperatives made the Top 100 list.

Source: USDA About MKC
MKC is a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services for both farm and urban customers throughout Kansas. With a current membership of more than 9,800 members, MKC specializes in grain, agronomy, energy, feed and risk management. Since its founding in 1965, MKC has expanded its’ footprint through mergers and acquisitions to meet the needs of the producer. Learn more about MKC at www.mkcoop.com.

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