Our Mission Statement...
"...that the Frenchman Valley Farmers Cooperative and subsidiaries exist for the sole purpose of improving the economic well-being of its farmer-rancher members and the agricultural community by being a dependable and consistent source of agricultural inputs, markets and services."
Frenchman Valley Coop has 21 locations serving patrons in southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas, the Nebraska Panhandle, northeast Colorado and Wyoming. To get addresses and phone numbers for a specific location, please click here.
1. Do I need to be a member of FVC to buy products/services from the coop?
No, you do not need to be a member to make purchases from the coop. We sell products/services to both members and nonmembers. While most ag producers are members of the coop, many other people who regularly buy feed, gas or lawn and garden products or have their vehicle serviced are not members.
2. How do I become a member of FVC?
First, you should contact our Human Resources/Member Services department. They will give you a simple form to complete and return. A membership costs $100.00. This can be paid directly to the coop, or earned through equity from purchases made at the coop. Once this membership is paid, the individual or corporation becomes a stockholder in FVC.
Two types of membership are available: 1) voting and 2) participating. To become a voting member, you must be an agricultural producer. Voting members can vote on issues that require a vote. Patronage is paid to voting members on purchases they make at the coop, and equity ownership in the coop is earned through purchases made. A participating member does not have the privilege of voting. However, participating members do earn equity and they are paid patronage on purchases made.
3. When can I expect to get my equity investment redeemed from FVC?
The board of directors must authorize the time and method of any redemption of member's equity according to the by-laws of the cooperative. They annually review the balance of equity by age group determined by birth date of the stockholder.
4. When will FVC redeem the member's equity held by a deceased person?
A representative of the estate must make a written request to the board of directors for the redemption of the equity. The board reviews these requests annually to determine the time and method of any redemption of the member's equity according to the by-laws. The redemption of equities held by the deceased persons are given priority for the settlement of their estates. FVC is currently up to date in redeeming all requested deceased member estate equities.
5. How do I open an account with FVC?
First, you will need to pick up a credit application. These are available at our main offices in Grant, Imperial and McCook or from any division manager. You may also call to request an application be mailed to you.
Once the application is competed, return it to one of our offices (preferable Imperial at the address listed above). FVC will then complete a credit check for you once the application is received. An account will then be opened assuming a positive result.
For those of you interested in obtaining one of our FVC gas cards to save $.03 per gallon, contact our service station personnel in Grant, Imperial or McCook. The card will work in all three of these locations.
Frenchman Valley Farmers Cooperative, Inc. has a long history of serving area agricultural producers, providing crop and livestock inputs and services, grain marketing and storage, finance and crop insurance services, petroleum and transportation. The cooperative serves a large area in southwest Nebraska, the Nebraska Panhandle, northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado.
FVC was started as a grain coop in 1912, under the name Farmers Union Equity. In 1915, the name was changed to Imperial Equity Exchange. The oil company was first organized in 1927 as Imperial Coop Oil.
In 1968, Imperial Equity and Imperial Coop Oil merged and became known as Frenchman Valley Farmers Cooperative, Inc. Since that time additional acquisitions have been made which have greatly expanded the territory and services offered by FVC.
In 1986, FVC purchased the McCook Equity Exchange facilities as well as the trucking assets of Far Port Cooperative, a transportation company. The Farmers Coop Exchange at Wauneta and Enders became part of FVC in 1990. In 1993, the Benkelman grain facility was added. In 1998, the grain handling facilities at Perry (west of McCook) were acquired. Then the Seaboard grain facilities in McCook were added. In November of 2002, the members of the Grant Coop Exchange voted to merge with FVC. This merger added the fertilizer, grain and petroleum facilities in Grant and the fertilizer and grain facilities in Venango, Nebraska, to the assets of FVC.
FVC added its subsidiary Southwest Grain in 2004. SG, serves as the exclusive grain buyer for Trenton Agri Products (TAP) ethanol plant. TAP began production on March 23, 2004 and SG is responsible for contracting the supply of corn to them. TAP will consume 30,000-32,000 bushels of corn per day.
During the summer of 2007, FVC added four additional elevator facilities into its portfolio. On June 29, 2007, we closed on the purchase of the Wright Lorenz facilities located at Palisade, Hamlet, Beverly and Culbertson. The facilities added approximately four million bushels of federally licensed storage and nine full-time employees to Frenchman Valley Coop.
In 2008, FVC merged with Farmers Elevator Company, A Cooperative (FEC). FEC had locations in: Burns, WY, Chappell, Dalton, Dix, Kimball, Lindbergh, WY, Lodgepole, Ovid, CO, Potter, Pine Bluffs, WY, and Sidney. Merging the business activities combined two cooperatives with numerous synergies allowing FVC to continually improve its ability to serve its farmer rancher members. The consolidated company has in excess of 35 million bushels of federally licensed grain storage facilities serving farmers from McCook, NE to Burns, WY.
Plains Grain, FVC newest division and DBA was formed during the summer of 2010. Plains Grain is the exclusive grain buyer for the Mid America Agri Products/ Wheatland L.L.C. (MAAP/W) ethanol plant in Madrid, Nebraska. Plains Grain is responsible for contracting and delivering all of the corn necessary to ultimately produce 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. MAAP/W currently consumes between 38,000 and 43,000 bushels of corn daily.
In December 2012, FVC finalized its most recent purchase of the petroleum and agronomy assets of Wheatland Co-op Association. As part of the transaction FVC will continue to serve the Agronomy and Petroleum customers in the WCA trade area.
FVC currently employs approximately 260-310 employees. FVC is an important source of agricultural expertise, products and services in one of the most productive areas in the world. Our people are proud to serve our many outstanding farmer-rancher members that have helped make this cooperative so successful.