The members of Farmers Cooperative Company headquartered in Ames and West Central Cooperative based in Ralston have both approved the merger of their co-ops effective April 1, 2016. The two major cooperatives are teaming up to become the seventh largest grain company in North America.
The new co-op will be called Landus Cooperative and will be led by Milan Kucerak, the current West Central president and CEO. Landus will be made up of more than 70 grain, agronomy and feed locations in 26 Iowa and three Minnesota counties. The merger will give Landus a staff of nearly 700 employees. The newly formed Landus Co-op will be headquartered in Ames.