Premier Companies is proud to announce that October is National Cooperative Month. After all, what better time could there be than during harvest to reflect on everything cooperatives do for the farmers and ranchers who own them?

As you’re busy bringing in what promises to be another banner harvest, consider how rural co-ops, empowered by the combined strength of their  owners, ensure the steady supply of affordable inputs that make your crop possible. Co-ops help fuel machinery, as well as your entire operation, by providing the diesel fuel, agronomic expertise, seed, fertilizers, financing and crop protection you need — all to  protect your bottom line. Co-ops also provide access to broader world markets, for higher profitability.

Now more than ever, ag operations are technology driven, and once again the co-op is there to help you stay current. Because the co-op is a business you own, you can trust it has your long-term interests in mind. And there’s no better proof than the patronage you receive just for doing business with a cooperative, as well as the reinvestment the co-op makes in order to serve your changing needs and stay relevant for generations.

Cooperatives like Premier Companies build jobs, local communities and, ultimately, a stronger America. At Premier Companies, we have approximately 200 employees and generate more than $3 million in sales annually. That’s revenue that stays in the Southeastern Indiana area rather than going to some out-of-state (or out-of-country) business conglomerate. It’s money that feeds the local economy, causing a ripple effect as it travels through the local equipment dealership, grocery store, bank, restaurant, church and so on. It helps keep our young people firmly planted in the area, and it’s money we use to invest in them so that they can become the community leaders of the future. It’s dollars we put toward ensuring the safety of everyone who lives here, and it’s extended toward schools, public outreach programs and infrastructure that help keep our towns vibrant.

While the annual celebration of the co-op only lasts a month, the benefits of the cooperative system are there for you all year long.

Click and share the link below to read a series of articles in C magazine, with stories from around the country on how to get the most value out of your relationship with a co-op.

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