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Farmer-owned cooperative has served grain buyers and sellers since 1968

By Rae Wagoner

Director of Communication

Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board

Editor, Kentucky Soybean Sentinel

Hopkinsville Elevator Company, Inc., is the state’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, and according to Assistant Grain Manager Ben Westerfield, “that’s the key to our success.”

Back in 1968, a small group of farmers developed plans for forming Hopkinsville Elevator as a cooperative. Approximately 180 investors proceeded to buy an existing grain facility to serve local needs. The co-op grew through the years to over 3,000 patrons serving more than 100 counties in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Continue reading