By Jason Pollard
Oregon – After months of meetings and preparation, it has become official that the respective companies of Valley Agronomics and Ag West Supply, based out of Rickreall Oregon, have agreed to work together to support area Agriculture. Valley Agronomics will lease the business from Ag West Supply and hire all of the current employees to be part of the Valley Agronomics operations.
Operating in a competitive marketplace had become a challenge for their ag input supply business. Simplot, CPS, Wilbur Ellis and Wilco all had locations in the area. As a cooperative, their members desired to have a convenient location, but acknowledged without partnering with someone else, it would continue to be a challenge. Wilco and Ag West Supply had been friendly for years and discussions began a few months back considering options. With the recent merger of Wilco-Winfield with Valley Agronomics, this provided an opportunity for Ag West Supply and Valley Agronomics to come together to support the local community.
“We are excited to have the Ag West Supply Agronomy team joining ours, and adding a location strategically located between our Whiteson and Harrisburg Ag Centers,” stated Bill Hubbell Vice President over the Willamette Valley for Valley Agronomics, Previously General Manager for Wilco-Winfield Ag. The effective date that the operations will begin conducting business as Valley Agronomics is February 1, 2017. Valley Agronomics will add custom application, fertilizer delivery, and lime to the current offerings out of this facility.
Both organizations are a perfect example of what a cooperative can mean to a community and the patrons of the cooperative system. By coming together to form this alliance and lease out the ag business from Ag West Supply, Valley Agronomics will be able to provide more services, and products to the local area.
Valley Agronomics LLC is a locally owned cooperative proudly serving area agricultural producers, commercial businesses and families in Oregon, Washington, Southern Idaho, and Parts of Nevada and Utah. Following founding traditions of honesty and caring for others, Valley Agronomics is customer focused and driven.
Below are the locations of both cooperatives throughout the state of Idaho and surrounding states.