Local Cooperatives Announce Central Farm Service

Owatonna, March 1, 2016 — Central Farm Service is eager to announce that effective March 1, the merger between Central Valley Cooperative (Owatonna, Minn.) and WFS (Truman, Minn.) is completed. The newly formed cooperative will move forward as a unified company – Central Farm Service.

This is a merger of two innovative and professional companies which have a history of successfully working together since 2007. They hold similar values and philosophies for doing business, and accomplishing excellent results for customers, with an emphasis on honesty, integrity and the importance of doing our best for our member-owners. Though we will now operate as one company – Central Farm Service – you can still rely on the working relationships that you have had in the past.

We understand that this merger represents a change in our company name, but we want to assure you that our services will not be negatively affected in any way, but rather, will only grow stronger through this merger.

Our goal is to, more efficiently, continue delivering innovative, high-quality products and services to our members. To accomplish this, we will continue to provide similar offerings as in the past while simultaneously exploring opportunities to help enhance what is offered today.

WFS Chief Executive Officer, Todd Ludwig will take the reins as CEO of the new company, while CVC CEO, Gary Mohr, will become the Chief Administrative Officer. As stated in the merger proposal documents, both administrative offices, Owatonna and Truman, will remain open in order to serve members’ needs.

“This is truly an exciting time for us as we bring two very strong and well-respected cooperatives together.” Todd Ludwig, CEO.

The newly merged cooperative, Central Farm Service, will service a trade area that is approximately 110 miles north and south from Randolph, Minn. into Iowa and 125 miles east and west from Hayfield to Welcome, Minn.