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MFA Incorporated is a cooperative built by farmers for farmers. Our board of directors, all MFA farmer/owners, keeps us in tune with the needs of our more than 45,000 members.
Sales include a battery of performance products such as MFA feed. We are a primary manufacturer of livestock feed, holding a major market share within our trade territory.
We're also suppliers and marketers of plant food and crop protection products. Our fertilizer terminals on the Mississippi River, as well as facilities on the Missouri and Arkansas rivers, help us get products to our members efficiently. And continued expansion helps bring our commodities to a larger market.Over the years, we have developed business relationships with major crop protection companies, making MFA a full line supplier of name brand products for all the major row crops and most specialty crops.
Combined, our core business, subsidiaries and joint ventures deliver sales of about one billion dollars annually.
We are committed to providing our employees with continuous training to keep them at the forefront of the industry. Moreover, our frontline local Agri Services Center employees are supported by a staff of agronomists, veterinarians, nutritionists, engineers and financial consultants at our corporate office in Columbia, Mo. They are just a phone call away and make frequent visits to the country in support of local operations.
MFA traces its beginnings to a one-room schoolhouse near Brunswick, MO. In Newcomer School on March 10,1914, seven farmers met to discuss an article by William Hirth. Hirth owned a magazine called the Missouri Farmer and Breeder. In his magazine, Hirth called for formation of farm clubs. Seven Brunswick-area farmers (Aaron Bachtel, Tom Penick, Will Heisel, George Heisel, Earl Smutz, John Kohl and Will Armstrong) met to discuss Hirth's article and soon placed the first cooperative order for 1,150 pounds of baler twine.
By banding together for economic strength, members of the Newcomers Schoolhouse Farm Club saved $400 in several group transactions. Hirth handled the orders free of charge. Word spread like wildfire.
From that meeting emerged a cooperative that grew to become the largest business enterprise in the state. By the 1920s, MFA represented 400 local cooperatives. William Hirth was MFA's first president, serving until his death in 1940.
Throughout the 20th Century, MFA led agriculture in establishing businesses, organizations and other cooperatives that had one purpose first and foremost-serving farmers.
It's a tradition we uphold. And one we'll continue. MFA Incorporated combines the principles of an established cooperative with the market savvy of an aggressive agribusiness. We're designed to provide farmers with economic strength.
What is a cooperative?
Cooperatives are businesses owned and controlled by the people who use them. Cooperatives differ from other businesses because they are member owned and operated for the mutual benefit of members. Like other businesses, most cooperatives are incorporated under state law.
More than 40,000 cooperatives exist in the United States. Their member/owners include more than 100 million Americans - nearly one out of three. These include agriculture, child care, credit, health care, housing, insurance, telephone, and electric cooperatives, just to name a few.
At MFA we still live by the principles set forth by our founder William Hirth. We believe that strong corporate support is vital to each local Agri Services Center. We believe in timely communication with our farmer/owners. We believe in the importance of service. Above all, we believe that MFA is successful as a company only when our individual farmer/owners achieve success in their operations as well.
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