About Farmers Pride
Farmers Pride is a farm supply and grain marketing cooperative owned by the people we serve. It was established in Battle Creek, Nebraska, as a creamery cooperative in 1929. Today, the company serves agricultural producers, commercial customers and homeowners throughout a 30-county area in northeast Nebraska.
We operate primarily in five core business units: Grain, Feed, Agronomy, Energy and Transportation. We’re proud of our rural and cooperative heritage, and the role Farmers Pride plays in the economic health of our communities. Our 125 full-time and part-time employees are dedicated to the highest quality service to our more than 9,500 customers.
Farmers Pride continues to invest in people, facilities, equipment and technology at each of our company locations to ensure we are able to meet the changing needs of our patrons. Our goal is always to exceed the expectation of our customers, large and small.
What we do. Why we do it.
At Farmers Pride, we are laser-focused on supporting Nebraska farmers who help feed the world. Over the next 40 years, they will need to produce more food than in the previous 10,000 years combined to meet a growing world population.
Our promise is to provide area farmers with the people, products and programs to help them meet or exceed this lofty goal—while at the same time looking out for the environment with practices that preserve our land, water, air and wildlife.
Technology introduced over the last 20 years, for example, has made it possible to apply exactly the right amount of crop nutrients on every acre farmed, minimizing the chances of over-applying fertilizer and allowing it to escape. Many farmers are using some of this advanced technology already, and at Farmers Pride, we are adding the people and resources needed to help even more farmers benefit from the cost-savings and environmental stewardship afforded by technology.
Farmers Pride has grown through a series of mergers and acquisitions into the cooperative we are today.
One of the seven principles which guide all cooperative organizations is giving back to the community. At Farmers Pride, our commitment to that principle runs deep. Here are a few of the organizations we support with our time, volunteer efforts and financial support:
Farmers Pride $400 Annual Scholarship
For local high school seniors enrolling an agricultural-related program at an accredited post-secondary Nebraska college. Candidates must be graduating senior of Battle Creek High School, Newman Grove High School, Madison High School, Osmond High School, Plainview High School, Pierce High School, Ewing High School, Neligh-Oakdale High School, Oakland-Craig High School, Bloomfield High School, Norfolk High School, Norfolk Catholic High School, Lutheran High Northeast, Laurel-Concord High School, Oneill High School, Scribner-Snyder High School. Students are to complete application and submit to their HS Guidance Counselor or Vocational Ag-Instructor by March 1, 2020. $400 scholarships are announced in April with monies distributed in January after completion of fall semester. For more information contact your HS Guidance Counselor.
Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation Scholarship Program
Student eligibility is restricted to sons/daughters of a parent/legal guardian who has been an active member, director, or employee for at least the prior three years of a cooperative. Colleges included in the Scholarship Program are:
- UNL College of Ag Sciences & Natural Resources – incoming and upper class students majoring in agribusiness or agricultural economics
- Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis – students majoring in agribusiness or ag production systems
- UNK – upper-class students majoring in agribusiness
For more information, please contact the Nebraska Cooperative Council
Each fall, Farmers Pride and participating businesses match dollar-for-dollar cash donations made my member cooperatives to hometown projects, human service organizations, education/youth (FFA/4H), civic & art endeavors, and hunger programs.
4H Fair Breakfasts: An Annual Favorite
Farmers Pride employees serve a traditional farm breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee to the young exhibitors and their families at seven local county fairs.
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Dennis and his wife Ruth have lived and farmed south of Battle Creek for the past 52 years. They have 5 adult children and 13 grandchildren. Their farming operation consists of no-till grain and sideline dirt construction. Dennis has served on the Battle Creek Farmers Coop Board for the past 24 years. He has served on the Elkhorn Rural Public Power Board for the past 22 years and has enjoyed the experience of both boards. Dennis looks forward to the continued success of the coop. Some of his hobbies are family outings, sharing time with grandchildren, golfing, and the outdoors.
Travis Gutz has farmed south of Osmond for 25 years with his wife, Linda. They have corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and prairie hay; along with a cow-calf herd. Travis is a 1990 graduate of Osmond High School; Northeast Community College in 1992 and South Dakota State University in 1994. Travis and Linda are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond. They have three grown children - Levi (and his wife Rachel) live in Waukee, IA; Seth (and his wife Lexie) live in Solon, IA and Hannah (and her husband Tanner Crosley) live in Ashland, NE, and five grandchildren.
Derek started farming in 1994 after graduating from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and agribusiness. After serving as an associate board member, he has been a full time board member since 2004 and now serves as board secretary. Derek and his wife Jenny, a registered nurse at Faith Regional in Norfolk, live and farm south of Battle Creek. Their son Caleb and his wife Rachel are also part of the farming operation where corn, soybeans, alfalfa, grass hay, and angus cattle are raised. Their daughter Rachel resides in Lincoln with her husband Kenny and baby daughter Brinley. She is also a registered nurse. Ryan, their youngest son is a Junior at Battle Creek High School. Derek & Jenny are members at St. John in Battle Creek where Derek has served as trustee and school board member. Currently he is serving as a second team member of the Madison County FSA committee. In his spare time Derek enjoys summertime family outings at the lake, camping and traveling.
Chad was raised on a farm, west of Newman Grove, raising crops and livestock. He graduated high school in 1997, and went to SCC Milford for Machine Tool and Die. He returned to college at UNL Lincoln earning a Bachelors' degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in automations. In March 2013, Chad and his wife Kari returned to Newman Grove to farm and raise their family. Their operation consists of corn/soybean production and part-time engineering work. Chad has served on Farmers Pride's board as an Associate Director since 2014. He enjoys continuing the legacy of a successful co-op. They have four young children (Payton, Pierce, Emily, and Liam) who enjoy farm life to the fullest. Chad and Kari's children are the 5th generation to farm the land. They are active members of their church, school, and community and enjoy spending time with family.
Craig and his wife Jean have a farming operation southwest of Battle Creek. Their operation consists of cow/calf, corn, soybeans, alfalfa and grass hay. They also have a custom trucking and haying operation. They have two sons who are involved in the operation as wellMatthew (and his wife Lori have one child) and Derek. They are members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Craig enjoys time with family and building things with metal in the shop.
Gerry and his wife Sherri have lived and farmed south of Pierce for the past 39 plus years. They have 3 children; Joshua and his wife Sarah of Wahoo, NE. Bobbie and her husband Luke Tibbetts of Sioux Falls, SD, and Tyler and his wife McKayla, who are part of the farming operation, of Pierce. They have 8 grandchildren. Gerry owns and operates a family farming operation raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They also operate a cow/calf herd and sell the calves as feeders. Gerry has served on the Battle Creek board since 2000. He ans his wife are members are Zion Lutheran Church. He also is a member of the Pierce County Zoning Board. He enjoys riding his motorcycle with his wife Sherri and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.
Tim Spatz and his wife Lynn have operated a diversified farm west of Pierce since 1976 raising corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and native hay. They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Foster where Tim has served on various boards and is currently serving as chairman. He serves as director for Northern United Mutual Insurance Company. They have two children. Ryan is a computer programmer in Lincoln. Rachel is a DVM in Ames, IA where she lives with her husband, Ryan Friedrich.
Scott is from Newman Grove, he graduated from University of Nebraska at Kearney with a B.S. in Business Administration. He and his wife Deb have 3 children, Cole (15), Carter (12), Sophie (11). They have a farming operation consisting of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and a cow/calf operation. Scott attends Saving Grace Bible Church. He was elected to Farmers Coop Oil Co. - Newman Grove, and Madison Board of Directors in March 2003, where he served as Secretary of the Board. He has been a director of the Battle Creek board since the merger in August 2005. Scott enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with family.
Greg Kumm is a 5th generation farmer. He has lived on a farm 10 miles northwest of Osmond in Knox County all of his life, and continues to live there with his wife, Amanda. Greg also farms the family farm that his Great-Great Grandparents bought in 1899. He began his farming career in 1988 when he graduated from Osmond High School. He partnered with his father, Paul, until 1991, and then in 1992 took full operation of the farm, diversifying in corn and soybeans and farrow to finish hog operation. In 1998, Greg sold all the livestock and pursued his true passion of grain farming. In 2003, he began to experiment with a full no-till system, including cover crops, and currently is one of the few operations in his area that has stayed with this practice, growing it to approximately 1500 acres. Greg has been a past 10 year board member of Columbia Township of Knox County. Greg and Amanda have 4 children. Aleia, a freshman at UNL, majoring in music; Jozie, a sophomore at Osmond Community, who enjoys band and running cross country; Nickolas, a 3rd grader at Osmond Community, who loves to ride in Dad's big truck and help Dad drive the big tractor with duals! And finally Anna, 4 years old, who has a smile that can get her out of any trouble and mischief she may get in! The Kumms’ are members of The First Assembly of God Church of Yankton, SD where they are very active and Amanda teaches children's church. In his spare time Greg enjoys family time, hunting, fishing, and camping.
Randy and his wife, Diane, operate a farm south of Oakdale, growing corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and backgrounding feeder steers. They have two daughters- Kayla and Amy. Kayla is employed at CVA, and Amy is currently attending Wayne State College. Randy is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin. He is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Oakdale Rural Fire Board. In the past, Randy served a 3 year term on the board of St. Boniface Elementary School in Elgin, and was a Member/Treasurer of the Elgin High School Alumni Committee. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, attending sporting events and watching Husker sports.
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