• Golden Growers Cooperative

    Golden Growers Cooperative (GGC) was formed in 1994 to create a value-added processing opportunity for corn growers in the Dakotas and Minnesota, and currently has about 1,600 members.

  • Built On Partnerships

    GGC owns 49% of ProGold LLC in partnership with American Crystal Sugar Company, and ProGold owns a corn wet-milling plant near Wahpeton, North Dakota.

  • Always Growing

    In September, 2009, the co-op was re-organized under Minnesota’s statute 308B, which allows GGC to function as a cooperative but be taxed as a limited liability partnership.

GGC News

GGC Approves Distribution of $0.14/bushel

On June 10th, the Golden Growers Board of Directors approved a distirubtion of $2,168,667 to member of record as of June 1, 2019. This distribution retires an additional portion of 2017 allocated income and is to be issued no later than June 30th. This distribution authorized by the Board will result in a remaining equity credit balance of $5,547,469 or $0.36/bushel. Golden Growers has issued payments to members totaling $107,567,048 or 199.3% of the original investment in the ProGold plant. The…

Cost to repair finish dryer at ProGold plant estimate to be over $2 million

Recently, Cargill informed ProGold that repairs to the finish dryer at the plant would occur in 2020 at a cost of over $2 million. These repairs will consist of the replacement of the tube sheet, tubes and significant shell reinforcement. The fiber finish (tube sheet) dryer, is a last stage dryer for corn gluten feed shipped as a dry product. Over the past several years, efficiency and reliability has declined as 20% of steam tubes became worn out and were capped. Repair of the fiber finish dryer…

GGC Board Chair relays Importance of Trade and Biofuels

On May 9th, Chairman Mark Harless was among a group of farmers who met with Vice President Pence near Glyndon, MN. Mr. Pence was promoting the passage of USMCA trade agreement. Harless stressed the importance of the Mexican market for black beans and HFCS. He explained how HFCS has a very fragile supply/demand balance. "We can’t afford to lose any customers. We need to pass USMCS to keep those trade lanes open." Steel and Aluminum tariffs that were a sticking point on Congressional approval were…

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Golden Growers Cooperative

Golden Growers Cooperative (GGC) was formed in 1994 to create a value-added processing opportunity for corn growers in the Dakotas and Minnesota, and currently has about 1,540 members. GGC owns 49% of ProGold LLC in partnership with American Crystal Sugar Company, and ProGold owns a corn wet-milling plant near Wahpeton, North Dakota. The ProGold plant makes high fructose corn sweeteners, corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal. The plant also separates corn germ which is sold for production of corn oil. Since, 1997, the ProGold plant has been leased to Cargill, Inc., which operates the plant and markets all of its products. The current lease agreement extends to December 31, 2022, but could extend for one additional year to December 31, 2023.

In September, 2009, the co-op was re-organized under Minnesota’s statute 308B, which allows GGC to function as a cooperative but be taxed as a limited liability partnership. At that time, GGC opened its membership to residents of the 50 states and non-corn producers. All members do, however, have an annual corn delivery obligation that can be met by actual corn deliveries or by appointing GGC as its agent to arrange for delivery of their commitment. Members are required to own a minimum of 4,000 Units, and each member’s corn commitment is one bushel per Unit of ownership.

Persons interested in learning more about acquiring GGC Units should contact FNC Ag Stock, LLC at (701)780-2828 and ask for Nick or Andy, or email to info@fncagstock.com.

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