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Farmers Question Co-op Merger
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed May 20, 2015 11:57 AM CDT

MELLETTE, S.D. (DTN) -- Lannie Mielke is leading a group of farmers in north-central South Dakota who want to buck the trend of local farmer cooperatives merging just because bigger is better.

Mielke and others don't see the benefits of their two local farmer co-ops merging. Instead, they view the merger as a loss of local competition in South Dakota. They haven't been swayed by the pitches made at 46 local meetings explaining why bringing together South Dakota Wheat Growers Association and North Central Farmers Elevator is a good idea.

Opponents of the merger question the rationale when they see ...

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