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Aurora Cooperative and RANEK AG Announce New Partnership

Your Corn, Your Ethanol: Aurora Cooperative Now Using PAL Ethanol

Aurora Cooperative announces 2017 scholarship

Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company Partners with Pacific Ethanol

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced H.R. 5213, the Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management (FARM) Act, today to repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) interpretive memorandum which revoked the exemption for retail facilities from Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations for anhydrous ammonia.

Congratulations to these students receiving scholarships! We are honored to help each of these outstanding young people further their education and achieve their goals within the agricultural field!!

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Dirt is moving and framing is underway at several Aurora Cooperative locations that are part of our grain terminal expansion ;project. 

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Rick Boardman shares an insightful account of what it's like to be an ag pilot - plus commentary from Andrew Moore, Executive Director of the National Agricultural Aviation Association
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is sending out this notice in order to protect our water resources and ensure compliance with label directions and the Nebraska Pesticide Act.
Effective September 16 farmers can take advantage of special on storage when pricing or setting basis. Click above link for details.
Twice in the past two months, cooperative giant CHS Inc. announced partnerships with local co-ops to build facilities and expand business opportunities.
Ryan Sherwood is the head of grain marketing for Aurora Coop, one of Nebraska’s largest ag cooperatives. In a recent interview with Brownfield, Sherwood talked about the Aurora Coop’s grain marketing program and shared his thoughts on marketing strategies for 2013.
The Aurora Coop—a large, regional ag cooperative based in Aurora, Nebraska—has made a significant investment in upgrades to its grain storage, drying and handling capabilities in recent years.
ST. PAUL, MINN., May 9, 2013 – Today CHS Inc., an energy grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and the Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier throughout Nebraska and the U.S., announced formation of a limited liability company (LLC) to build and operate a high-speed shuttle loading facility near Superior, Nebraska.
The Aurora Cooperative proudly presents scholarships each year to students pursuing a college education and career in agriculture.
The Nebraska Corn Board presented its annual awards to six Nebraskans during its Cooperator and Awards Dinner in Lincoln recently.

ARTICLE FROM THE GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT

CHAPMAN -- Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Preferred Popcorn's new corporate office in Chapman.

Nearly 100 people crowded into the new office, where Heineman offered remarks along with Norman Krug, Preferred Popcorn chief executive officer; George Hohweiler, Aurora Cooperative CEO; and Kelly Hale, Central City Area Chamber of Commerce board president.

"We are here to celebrate today our 15 years of business as Preferred Popcorn, as well as the opening of our new office," Krug said.

Preferred Popcorn was born in the fall of 1997. Krug asked three area entrepreneurial farmers to join him in purchasing a dormant popcorn processing plant adjacent to one of Krug's properties. Aurora Co-op, which owns 36 percent interest in Preferred Popcorn, joined the enterprise to increase the crop choices for its patrons. In the summer of 1998, Preferred Popcorn shipped its first load of bulk popcorn.

"We joke about it, but this is the international headquarters of Preferred Popcorn," Krug said. "That's because we have been fortunate to expand our business in Nebraska and the United States, as well as 55 countries."

Hohweiler said one of the things Nebraska farmers do well is grow corn.

"We have built a company based on producing popcorn, marketed in 50-pound bags, and leave the designer type of popcorn marketing to someone else," Hohweiler said. "That has worked out and worked out well."

With the U.S. popcorn market saturated, Hohweiler said, Preferred Popcorn "made the bold risk to go global."

Now Nebraska popcorn from Preferred Popcorn is enjoyed around the world, from Israel to the world's most populous nation, China.

"This company became intentional, at its leadership and ownership level, to embed Midwest and Christian values into this company," Hohweiler said. "I do believe that we have been blessed by taking that stand. It is an intentional approach by this company, and I think we have been rewarded for that and will always be."

Heineman said Preferred Popcorn is "a real success story."

"What they are doing here is the reason that agriculture, in some many different variations, is so successful in our state," he said.

In 2011, Heineman said, Nebraska farmers had a record farm income of $7.5 billion, breaking the old record of $4 billion in 2008.

"That is an 87 percent increase," Heineman said. "When you realize what is going on in agriculture today and from what Norm is doing here, we are the No. 1 popcorn state in America."

Looking down the list of value-added agricultural products from Nebraska, Heineman said, "you begin to realize why our state is in so much better a state than the rest of the country."

Heineman related a story about one of his trade missions to China when Krug was part of the delegation.

"We were in China, and we thought we would have a reception for the Chinese, and I told Norm that we had to have popcorn," he said. "I didn't give him a lot of advance notice, but he produced. You should have seen all the Chinese delegation and all of us who were there as we were enormously proud that we could talk about a product that is being produced here in Nebraska, in the metropolis of Chapman."

Krug later related the uphill struggle Preferred Popcorn had during its rise to international prominence.

"At the beginning, we found out that we were a lot better at raising popcorn than we were at selling it," he said. "That created a big challenge. In our first year, we raised about 12 million pounds, but we only sold 4 million, and that was a problem."

But Krug said the company began to look at foreign markets. Mexico was the first country Preferred Popcorn exported to, and exports have now expanded to 55 countries around the world.

Having Aurora Co-op as one of the owners of Preferred Popcorn, he said, brings the backing of the co-op's 10,000 members.

"We think one of the strengths we have is the people who deliver the popcorn also own the company," Krug said.

Heineman said Preferred Popcorn is a good example of "how we go from producing the crop to how do you market it and sell it."

"You can have a great product, but if you can't sell it anywhere, you are in trouble. Here we are in one of the smallest communities in Nebraska. They operate here in Chapman, and they sell all over the world. That is why I say all the time, Nebraskans know the value of exports. They understand that we compete in this global marketplace, and we can compete very successfully."  

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The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation will provide four (4) scholarships for the 2013/14 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculuture (NCTA) at Curtis.
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The 2012 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture include our own Dawn Caldwell, who is the New Horizon honoree. A banquet to honoree these individuals will be open to the public on November 1, 2012. Please click on the reservation form link if you wish to attend.
The Aurora Cooperative proudly presents scholarships each year to students pursuing a college education and career in agriculture. The Aurora Cooperative board and management are well aware that the future of agriculture and the world's food supply lies in the hands of our talented youth.
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Scholarship Program-The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation - December 16, 2011 The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation will provide up to six (6) scholarships for the 2012/13 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis, and Chadron State College. The Foundation established an endowed fund for the Scholarship Program in Honor of Michael S. Turner. The scholarship program includes: *Up to four $950 scholarships at UNL, based on available resources, with one going to an incoming student and the balance to upperclass students majoring in agricultural business/economics. *One $650 scholarship at NCTA for a student majoring in agribusiness or ag production systems. *One $650 scholarship at Chadron State College to an upperclass student majoring or minoring in agribusiness. The scholarship program was initiated with the 1993/94 academic year as an important addition to the Council's youth education efforts. Since that time, 144 scholarships totaling $109,700 have been provided to students at the three schools involved in the 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 (3) years of a cooperative which has been a member in good standing of the Council for at least five (5) years. Scholarship committees at UNL, NCTA, and Chadron State make the selection of recipients based on criteria established for each scholarship. The Foundation only verifies local cooperative affiliation and Council membership requirements. Individuals will need to complete an application form indicating the local cooperative of which their parent/legal guardians are a member and submit it to UNL, NCTA, or Chadron State by April 15, 2012. The application form, which is attached to an informational brochure, is available from local cooperative managers or on the Council's website at www.nebr.coop.
AURORA, NE(December 8, 2011) The Aurora Cooperative, a leadign grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today communication is cuttent position regarding the MF Global bankruptcy proceddings with teh compan's Farmer-Owners.
Aurora Cooperative had the opportunity to host the State FFA Officer Team on August 10, 2011. The meeting was held with open discussion and a trip outdoors with Steve McManaman, Aurora Cooperative Agronomy Professional for Real Farm Research to discuss research and plant technology.
Planes Help Douse Grass Fire June 2011 - Featured in AgAir Update-Ag Aviation's Newspaper A smoldering burn pit caught fire late Wednesday afternoon along 18 Road near Phillips and burned an estimated quarter section of grass before area firefighters and two airplanes combined efforts to bring it under control. Giltner Fire Chief Perry Hosier reported from the scene that strong winds were appaarently a factor in the fire, which broke out on property owned by Gene Gustafson. "It looks like it started in a burn pit area," Hosier said. "When we got here the winds were up to 15 to 20 miles per hour. It's something that could have been burning a week or two weeks with that much stuff in a pile. The winds just picked up and with everything so dry we're very fortunate to have the mutual aid departments and the aerial appartus." Firefighters from Phillips were first on the scene, sometime around 5 p.m., and were soon joined by crews and equipment from Giltner, Marquette, Aurora and Chapman. Hampton firefighters helped at the Aurora Airport. Central City crews were en route to the scene, but were called back. Aerial applicator planes owned by Aurora Cooperative and stationed at Traudt Aerial and Boardman Aerial were called into action, with each being filled up twice and dropping approximately 400-500 gallons per load on the site. "I think that's what finally put a dent in it," Hosier said. Fire crews remained on the scene until after 8 p.m. James Jensen with Traudt Aerial noted that ag applicaton aircraft can be a tool in such circumstances through a Nebraska Foresty Service program. "If they get a fire that gets away from them or one they need extra help with, the local fire department contacts NEMA (the Nebraska Emergency Management Association) and then they approve it and either call the fire chief or dispatcher to line it up." Jensen noted that both of his two aircraft on site at the Aurora Municipal Airport were undergoing annual maintenance, though he was able to get one ready for service rather quickly. "I had to put some panels on one airplane so it took about 35 minutes from the time they called until the time we were in the air." Jensen called Rick Boardman at Henderson, who was quickly in the air headed for the Aurora airport. Both planes were filled with water by the Aurora Cooperative, dumped their load on the fire and then returned to be filled again, this time by area farmer Gayln Hurst, who brought his water-loaded semi to the airport. Doug Krueger piloted the Traudt Aerial plane, while Boardman flew the plane from Henderson. "They were able to get into some areas where the fire department couldn't get with their trucks and equipment," Jensen said. "They thought they did some good." source: www.auroranewsregister.com
The National Agricultural Aviation Association had their 2011 Spring Board Meeting Feb. 11-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Arlington, VA. Rick Boardman attended as one of our Nebraska members. This article appeared in Agricultural Aviation magazine and is reprinted with permission from the National Agricultural Aviation Association.
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Aurora, NE (November 1, 2010) - The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced the financial results of the company's fiscal year that ended August 31, 2010. Dandee Construction workers work on the foundation for three new fuel tanks for the gas station area of the new Aurora Co-op location at the former Sundance Feed and Seed on Highway 30 just east of Grand Island. Aurora Co-op is turning the former business site into an elevator and agricultural facility. (Independent/Barrett Stinson) Attached is the article from the Grand Island Daily Independent that went along with this picture (Saturday October 16, 2010)
Aurora Cooperative Participating in Cornhusker Cooperative: A Partnership Between Nebraska Athletics, Farmers Sharing Values and a Commitment to Hard Work In Nebraska, you don't have to look far to see examples of hard work, honesty, integrity, leadership and ingenuity. Two of our proudest examples of these characteristics are displayed in the accomplishments of Nebraska Athletics and Nebraska farmers. The fact that we are national leaders is not an accident. It is the result of being able to apply shared values that also include accountability, trust, respect, teamwork and loyalty. Husker athletes and Nebraska farmers are almost mirror images of each other. Consider, for instance, some interesting intermingled facts: •Nebraska has more irrigated farmland acres than any other state. •Nebraska has an NCAA record 304 consecutive football sellouts. •Nebraska ranks fourth nationally in total agricultural receipts. •Nebraska ranks fourth nationally in all-time college football victories. •Nebraska ranks third nationally in corn for grain production as well as grain sorghum production. •Nebraska ranks fifth nationally in all-time bowl appearances. •Nebraska ranks fourth nationally in off-farm commercial grain storage capacity. •Over the last 40 years, Nebraska is the winningest program in college football. •Nebraska is fifth nationally in soybean production and sixth nationally in winter wheat production. •Over the last 40 years, Nebraska ranks second in national football championships and third in Heisman Trophy winners. •Overall, in all sports, Nebraska has won 23 national championships and leads the nation with 277 Academic All-Americans, including a nation-leading 98 in football. By now, you get the picture and understand why Cornhusker Cooperative is a fundraising initiative by Nebraska's Athletic Department to bring two of the state's most prominent resources closer together. Here's how Cornhusker Cooperative works: •A farmer delivers grain to a local grain elevator where the farmer is already a customer. •When the farmer settles their grain, he/she can choose to allocate bushels to Husker Athletics. •The elevator manager processes the sale, then communicates it to Nebraska Athletics. •Nebraska Athletics credits the farmer with three priority points for every $100 of grain donated this year. (Priority points are used to prioritize road game and post-season tickets). •Depending on the levels of bushels donated, Cornhusker Cooperative contributors are eligible for decals and hats and tours or picnics hosted by the Nebraska Athletic Department. •At the end of the month, the elevator manager sends Nebraska Athletics a check. •With the first transaction, the farmer becomes a member of the statewide Cornhusker Cooperative. •That qualifies the farmer for special considerations in Nebraska Athletics and the satisfaction of helping Nebraska's storied Walk-On Program, one of the chief benefactors of Cornhusker Cooperative donors. It should now be clear that in terms of passionate interests and shared values, Nebraska Athletics and Nebraska farmers are almost mirror images of each other. It also should be clear why the logo for this unique partnership says simply: Cornhusker Cooperative: Grow Big Red Farmers interested in participating in the Cornhusker Cooperative program can contact the Nebraska Development Office at 402-472-2367 or visit http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=204979953 . All producers throughout the state are invited to join the cause and help grow our future.
The Aurora Cooperative Announces Supply Division Expansion in the Greater York County Area AURORA, NE (July 23, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced its plan to expand agronomy, ag aviation, retail energy, and retail livestock feed operations at two sites in York, NE. Over the next six months, the company will construct and operate a class-leading, multi-purpose ag supply facility on a 14 acre site adjacent to the US-81/US-34 intersection west of York, NE. The facility will support retail agronomy and feed operations. A 24-hr. cardtrol fuel station will also be featured at that site. In addition, the Aurora Cooperative, in conjunction with the York Airport Authority, will develop facilities at the airport to support the on-going Aurora Ag Aviation services in the area. Construction at both sites will begin immediately. “The Aurora Cooperative is committed to delivering the finest products, service, and expertise to all ag producers in our market area,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative. “The greater York County area is one of the finest ag production areas in North America. It is a privilege to serve the expanding needs of producers in this market. The Aurora Cooperative is demonstrating a true commitment to area farmers in providing next-generation agronomic solutions and accessing multiple grain markets via facility developments like Aurora West. We are pleased to expand this commitment to the greater York County area,” Hohwieler said. “Today’s announcement is further evidence of the leadership, vision, and determination of the owners/patrons of the Aurora Cooperative; American farmers who make this company the market-leading entity that it is today.” Based in Aurora, NE since 1908, the Aurora Cooperative is a premiere, multi-purpose agricultural cooperative providing service and expertise in grain, agronomy, feed and energy. For more information, visit www.auroracoop.com. ### For more information, contact one of the individuals below at 402-694-2106: George Hohwieler, President/CEO Chris Vincent, COO Robert Brown, CFO Alan Hagemeier, Senior Vice-President-Grain Division Chad Carlson, Director of Corporate Operations
The Aurora Cooperative announces acquisition of four aerial application businesses (March 2, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced the acquisition of four aerial application businesses to service its agronomy owner-patrons throughout its multi-state trade area. The acquired aerial businesses include: • Boardman Aerial Spraying – Henderson, NE • Pioneer Aerial Applicators – Minden, NE • Buffalo Air Services – Kearney, NE • Traudt Aerial Service – Aurora, NE The acquisition, along with the company’s owned aerial businesses in Grant, NE, (Cornhusker Ag Aviation) and Bertrand, NE, (FFC) will create one of the largest agricultural aerial application businesses in the United States. Owners of the acquired companies, Rick and Mary Boardman, Brent and Mary Stewart and James Jensen, will continue in management roles within the newly-created Ag Aviation Division of the Aurora Cooperative. “The Aurora Cooperative has emerged as one of the nation’s class-leading agronomy businesses. Our customers are demanding contemporary solutions to deliver crop protection products in a timely manner. The formation of the Ag Aviation Division, with its assets and management team, will be a significant enhancement to our existing agronomy business and create a unique business model in the industry,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative. “Within our strategic plan is the on-going mission to provide our owner-patrons with world-class agronomy products and services to support their crop production efforts. Next-generation crop protection products are emerging as vital inputs in the American farmer’s drive for increase yields of high quality grains. Our company’s financial performance over the past several years places us in a solid position to invest in this expanded agronomy platform,” Hohwieler said. “The American farmer wants solutions to today’s challenges. The Aurora Cooperative stands ready to deliver these solutions, both today and for the next generation of U.S. farmers.” Based in Aurora, NE since 1908, the Aurora Cooperative is a premiere, multi-purpose agricultural cooperative providing service and expertise in grain, agronomy, feed and energy. For more information, visit www.auroracoop.com
The Aurora Cooperative announces acquisition of four aerial application businesses (March 2, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced the acquisition of four aerial application businesses to service its agronomy owner-patrons throughout its multi-state trade area. The acquired aerial businesses include: • Boardman Aerial Spraying – Henderson, NE • Pioneer Aerial Applicators – Minden, NE • Buffalo Air Services – Kearney, NE • Traudt Aerial Service – Aurora, NE The acquisition, along with the company’s owned aerial businesses in Grant, NE, (Cornhusker Ag Aviation) and Bertrand, NE, (FFC) will create one of the largest agricultural aerial application businesses in the United States. Owners of the acquired companies, Rick and Mary Boardman, Brent and Mary Stewart and James Jensen, will continue in management roles within the newly-created Ag Aviation Division of the Aurora Cooperative. “The Aurora Cooperative has emerged as one of the nation’s class-leading agronomy businesses. Our customers are demanding contemporary solutions to deliver crop protection products in a timely manner. The formation of the Ag Aviation Division, with its assets and management team, will be a significant enhancement to our existing agronomy business and create a unique business model in the industry,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative. “Within our strategic plan is the on-going mission to provide our owner-patrons with world-class agronomy products and services to support their crop production efforts. Next-generation crop protection products are emerging as vital inputs in the American farmer’s drive for increase yields of high quality grains. Our company’s financial performance over the past several years places us in a solid position to invest in this expanded agronomy platform,” Hohwieler said. “The American farmer wants solutions to today’s challenges. The Aurora Cooperative stands ready to deliver these solutions, both today and for the next generation of U.S. farmers.” Based in Aurora, NE since 1908, the Aurora Cooperative is a premiere, multi-purpose agricultural cooperative providing service and expertise in grain, agronomy, feed and energy. For more information, visit www.auroracoop.com
The Aurora Cooperative announces $11 million expansion of company's grain terminals AURORA, NE (February 26, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced its plan to expand grain storage, drying, and handling capabilities at its three railroad terminals located at Sedan, Grand Island, and Aurora (West), NE. The total cost of the facility expansions is estimated at $11 million. Over the next 18 months, the company, working with its railroad partners Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, will upgrade its grain terminals to increase velocity of grain movement in receiving, staging, and loading unit/shuttle trains at each facility. In addition, the plan calls for the installation of increased grain drying capacity at the Sedan, NE location. When completed, each grain terminal will have the full capability of handling multiple species of grain, including yellow/white corn, soybeans, and winter wheat under Class 1 railroad shuttle-train specifications. Construction at the Sedan and Aurora West locations will begin during the spring of 2010, with both sites planned to utilize its expansion capabilities for the 2010 fall harvest. Construction at the Grand Island location will begin in the fall of 2010, with completion of expansion planned for the summer of 2011. “The Aurora Cooperative’s grain customers are class-leading in their ability to produce crops at an ever-increasing yield level,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative. “One of the company’s primary missions is to seek, engage, and solidify grain markets for our customers. The announcement today will greatly add in our ability to access existing and emerging grain markets, especially global export markets through ports in the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, and Gulf of Mexico. Our company has financially performed well over the past several years. We are now in a strategic position to invest in our grain platform in a significant manner,” Hohwieler said. “Today’s announcement is further evidence of the leadership, vision, and determination of the owners/patrons of the Aurora Cooperative; American farmers who make this company the market-leading entity that it is today.” Based in Aurora, NE since 1908, the Aurora Cooperative is a premiere, multi-purpose agricultural cooperative providing service and expertise in grain, agronomy, feed and energy. For more information, visit www.auroracoop.com.