Country Visions and Kettle Lakes Merger Effective Sept. 1st

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Welcome! September 1 was a busy and exciting day at the cooperative. The merger between Country Visions Cooperative and Kettle Lakes Cooperative became effective last Friday. Kettle Lakes General Manager, Mark Mentink, and Country Visions CEO, Steve Zutz, start things off with a handshake representing the new relationship between the employees and customers of these cooperatives. The two companies will now be working together for a cooperative system that will be stronger to benefit our members and employees for many years.  Read more about what is happening at the Cooperative on our facebook page. Facebook 

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What is a Co-op?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. Member users, or patrons, own and democratically elect the board of directors, which provides oversight of the co-op. Net earnings are distributed on the basis of proportional use, or patronage, rather than on investment.

Cooperative associations have been organized throughout history to carry out many different activities, often in response to economic and social stress. Cooperative organizations in the United States first appeared in the late 1700's and today co-ops can be found in all sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer, purchasing and farm supply cooperatives are all organized to provide the specialized goods or services that their member patrons want to buy.

By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers, businesses or farmers. Farm supply co-ops cost-effectively supply input, fuel and agronomy services to farm business owners.