The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Members OK Alceco, FCA merger

Move is hoped to increase future opportunities for new co-op


July 8, 2021


Ag Partners' elevator in Hartley looms in the distance as a combine harvests a field north of town in late October of 2016.

A farmers cooperative with locations in Hartley and Royal will see its territory expand significantly later this summer.

Members of Alceco voted on July 1 to merge with First Cooperative Association (FCA) effective Sept. 1. The merger process began in December 2020, with the boards of both cooperatives commissioning a unification study to examine the synergies between the organizations and make recommendations on a potential union. The combined boards voted unanimously in April 2021 to move forward with a vote by the Alceco members.

Through its solely owned subsidiary, Ag Partners, LLC, Alc...

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