AGP Celebrates Co-op Month

Co-op Month is celebrated nationwide during the month of October in recognition of the many ways cooperatives create shared prosperity for their members. The theme of this year’s National Co-op Month is “Cooperatives See the Future.”

“We see a bright future for the local and regional cooperatives and their farmer-producers who own AGP,” said Keith Spackler, AGP Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we continue to forge ahead with investments in equipment, facilities, technology, and people to meet the challenges and realize the opportunities in U.S. agriculture today and tomorrow.”

For more than 100 years, cooperatives have played an integral role in the lives of farmers, the business of agriculture, and the economy of rural America. Today, agriculture cooperatives account for $246 billion (62 percent) of total U.S. agriculture sales of $395 billion, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The majority of American farmers are members of the nearly 3,000 farmer-owned cooperatives. 

“The past success of farmers-owned cooperatives gives us optimism for the future of the cooperative business model,” said Spackler. “We look forward to continuing our mission at AGP to serve local cooperatives and agricultural producers by the procurement, processing, and marketing of agricultural products.”