• 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

American Coalition for Ethanol Executive VP Brian Jennings Provides Ethanol Status Repor

Brian Jennings discussed ethanol production, demand, and policy issues in his guest presentation. In 2020, we lost 700 million bushels of corn use for ethanol due to the pandemic. Domestic use dropped from over 14 Billion gallons in 2019 to just over 12 Billion gallons in 2020. “We are seeing a recovery in 2021, but don’t anticipate getting back to the pre-COVID levels in 2021 or even 2022.” After the bottom fell out of the domestic fuel market in March of 2020, there was a quick rebound…

‘A Year Like No Other’, Harless highlights the challenges of 2020

Chairman Mark Harless reflected on the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our personal lives, communities, and nation. He offered Golden Growers’ deepest sympathies to friends and families of numerous members who have died from the virus in the past year. The pandemic had significant impacts on agriculture, according to Harless. Specific to corn milling, fewer cars on the road resulted in gas consumption at its lowest level since 1997, an ethanol production decline by over two…

Board Elections – Vacancies in Next Two Years

Golden Growers members re-elected Larry Vipond (South District) and Scott Jetvig (At-Large Director) at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Pursuant to bylaw changes approved in 2019, the total number of Board members has now been reduced to nine. At the 2022 Annual Meeting, there will be three vacancies to fill as three additional board members reach their term limits. Members who have an interest in serving on the Board should either visit with current or former Board members and/or contact our Executive…

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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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