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IP 28: Taxing Oregon Agriculture (Measure 97)

  Tuesday, August 23, 2016

IP 28 isn’t just about making sure “big out-of-state corporations” pay their fair share, it will also hit the pocket books of Oregon farmers. As drafted, IP 28 reflects a major change in the way Oregon taxes its businesses, by taxing based on sales rather than profits. In 2009 the Legislature increased the corporate minimum […]

4th Annual Truck & Forklift Driving Contest

  Saturday, July 16, 2016

Thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways were up for grabs at Wilco’s main office and distribution center in Mt. Angel, Oregon during the Forklift and Driving competition. 31 participants from over 20 different locations represented their Agronomy Center, Retail Farm Store, Petroleum Department or the Distribution Center to compete for the top spot in […]

Ag Industry Gears Up to Oppose Gross Receipts Tax

  Friday, July 1, 2016

SALEM — The Oregon agricultural industry is gearing up for battle against a campaign to pass a corporate sales tax measure on the November ballot by shedding light on how the tax will affect individual companies and farmers. Under Initiative Petition 28, the Mt. Angel-based Wilco farm supplies and fuel cooperative faces a 1,388-percent increase […]

Farmers Approve Wilco-HGO merger

  Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The members of two Oregon farm cooperatives, Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, have overwhelmingly voted to merge their operations. The combination of Wilco, which focuses on farm supplies and fuel, with HGO, which processes and markets hazelnuts, is planned to be complete by Aug. 1. A major result of the merger is the expected […]

Wilco & Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Approve Merger

  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cooperatives Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) Board of Directors voted to merge this morning during a special meeting at the Salem Convention Center. Each cooperatives respective members passed the vote with 99% of HGO and 79% of Wilco members in favor of the merger. This was after each company’s Board of Directors unanimously […]

Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Propose a Merger

  Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) Board of Directors have both unanimously agreed to put a vote of merger between the two cooperatives before their respective members. After the announcement to employees and letters to the membership earlier this month, Doug Hoffman, Wilco CEO, and Jeff Fox, HGO CEO, have held six member meetings […]

Wilco Presents a Check to the Washington FFA

  Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This past week representatives from Wilco attended the Washington State FFA Convention to help further a company goal of sustaining the education of youth in agriculture through Wilco’s FFA Forever campaign. The program started a few years ago with Wilco’s commitment to Oregon FFA to help them become self-funded and more stable. As Wilco has […]

Wilco Farm Store Named Stayton Best Shop

  Monday, May 2, 2016

Wilco has a history that dates all the way back to the 1930’s. It still has paper records from Santiam Farmers Cooperative (Stayton) from 1936. A little over 30 years later, in 1967, Santiam Coop voted with four other Willamette Valley cooperatives and merged together to form Wilco: short for Willamette Valley Cooperatives. Today, Wilco […]

Diana Unruh Retires After Nearly 50 Years

  Monday, April 4, 2016

One of Wilco’s goals is to maintain the best employees and to make sure team members fit with our Core Values of Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Community, Quality, and Teamwork; mission accomplished with the hiring of Diana Unruh in 1967. “When I first started in 1996, I was scared to come to a new place and […]

The Leadership Wisdom of Doug Hoffman

  Friday, April 1, 2016

Doug Hoffman became the President and Chief Executive of WILCO in March of 1994. WILCO is the Northwest’s largest and most sophisticated Agricultural Supply cooperative, providing Agronomy, Petroleum, and Retail Store services to over 500,000 customers with a member base of over 3,000. As President and Chief Executive, Mr. Hoffman works under the Board of […]