Crop industry mergers reflect farm changes

Consolidation is happening on the crop input supply side of agriculture. There have been various rumors of mergers among the large seed and ag chemical companies, along with a wave of alliances at the co-op level.

Eric Sfiligoj, editor of CropLife magazine, says the consolidation of co-ops is a trend that’s been going on for decades.

In 1990, there were 2,835 co-ops in the United States. In 2015, there were 997 co-ops. In Iowa, there were 710 co-ops in 1951, and 49 in 2015.

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