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Cooperatives call off merger plan

1/16/2014

From Staff and Wire Reports

Oakley-based Frontier Ag and Moundridge-based Mid-Kansas Cooperative and Frontier Ag have called off merger plans indefinitely.

In a statement issued Wednesday by MKC, representatives from both organizations confirmed directors have not been able to agree on all of the terms required to develop a merger document.

The cooperatives announced plans to merge in September, saying the time was right and such a merger would increase relevance in the industry.

The merger would have required membership approval from both cooperatives.

Frontier Ag has annual sales of $490 million. It is a full-service cooperative, offering grain, feed, agronomy, energy, and transportation products and services to approximately 5,700 members in 11 counties throughout northwest Kansas.

MKC has annual sales of approximately $450 million. It also is a full-service cooperative offering grain, feed, agronomy and energy products and services to more than 6,400 members in 11 counties throughout central Kansas.

In December, directors of Farmers Cooperative of Manhattan voted to ask members to approve a merger with MKC, which has a facility in Abilene. A vote is expected this spring.