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Join us for our 100 Year Celebration!

July 29th, 2017

Johnstown, NE Fairgrounds

Schedule of Events
  • All Day - Prize Drawings!

  • All Day - Farmers Machinery Display

  • All Day - History of Farmers Ranchers Display

  • 11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Bounce Houses, Bounce Combos, & Obstacle Courses

  • 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Beer Garden 

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Samberland Band featuring Erin Rathe, Cory Lemmert, & Tom Theis

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Music by Mike & Linn Baxter

  • 4:30 pm - Official Welcome - Kent Tayler, CEO

  • 5:00 pm - Keynote speaker Matt Davison, Former football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and current sports radio commentator.

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Free! Roast Beef Meal.  While supplies last.

  • 6:00 pm - Grand Prize Drawing

  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Free! Monster Tractor Pull presented by Heartland Pulling Services



Grand Prize

$2,800 Maytag Stainless Steel

36 in. French Door Refrigerator



  • 10 x $100 Gift Certificates
  • $500 Tire Certificate
  • Bundle of Posts

This event made possible by:

Drive to Feed Kids


Our humble beginings started in 1917 with very few producers and alot of hope, that same year President Woodrow Wilson was delcaring war on Germany.  We were in the middle of nowhere with one job to do, which was to earn the postion of being first for Ag Producers in our expanding territory.  100 years fast forward, our relations with our patron base has grown, and so has our business; one thing has remained timeless however, our mission statement.  Being the First choice for our Ag producers is still something that we strive for on a daily basis and will continue to do for the next 100 years.


Our history is not without blemishes though, as a business your hand is forced to keep growing and with that said some of the growth opprotunies did not always pan out.  Also some of the decisions that were made as a business then would have never imagined the success and importance of what they are now.  One in particular happened in our history in 1977 when our feedmill had burned to the ground, do we rebuild and continue to provided are patrons with the service they have come to appreciate and expect or do we cut our losses.  Lets just say we have been rebuilding ever since, in the past 40 years we have continued to add to the Mill and as of this year will have completed the biggest expansion to date to Farmers Ranchers.


Our Agronomy department has grown exponentially also!  It went from being a small dry shed next to the railroad to out at our current location west of Ainsworth which not consists of 3 building which house equipment, seed, and fertilizer.  Our Mr. Tire service grew to the point that we needed two locations in order to better serve our patrons, and the addition of Ampride, fuel, and propane to keep our patrons moving.  We will see what the next 100 years brings us.




  • 1917 – Farmers Union Co-operative Association of Brown and Keya Paha Counties Nebraska was incorporated in Brown County with 29 producers. According to the court documents, "The general nature of the business to be transacted by said corporation shall be the buying and selling of grain, seed, hay, livestock, and all products of the farm, also merchandise of all kinds, and to acquire by purchase or lease such real estate as may be necessary for the transaction of the business."
  • 1931 – Farmers Ranchers Cooperative was incorporated in Nebraska. At that time, there were two filling stations in Ainsworth and Springview and a tankwagon in Ainsworth.
  • 1961 – A new service station and warehouse was built on the same site as the original station on 3rd street in Ainsworth, across from the city hall. This warehouse served as storage for oil, bagged feed, and fertilizer.
  • 1965 – An anhydrous ammonia fertilizer storage facility was added.  Also, our first dry fertilizer shed was built along the railroad in Ainsworth.  It was a 40' x 56' building capable of holding 600 tons.
  • 1966 – In July the dry fertilizer plant west of town was completed.
  • 1970 – Bulk storage for propane and refined fuels were completed, also at the location west of Ainsworth.
  • 1971 – The Roger’s Grain and Feed business in Ainsworth was purchased.
  • 1972 – New administration offices were added by the feed mill.
  • 1975 - The 3,000 ton dry fertilizer shed was built at the Fertilizer Plant west of Ainsworth.
  • 1977 - Christmas Eve The Feedmill caught fire and burned to the ground.
  • 1978 - A new Feedmill was built
  • 1986 – The Petrolane Propane Company in Ainsworth was purchased.
  • 1988 – The co-op opened a feed store and warehouse in Valentine.
  • 1989 – During December of this year, the propane and appliance division moved into the former Anderson Implement building on south Main Street.
  • 1991 – Valentine celebrated the open house for a new feed store and warehouse on the east side of town.
  • 1992 – On September 1st the Farmers Ranchers Cooperative and Keya Paha Cooperative merged their operations.
  • 1993 – Improvements to the feed mill were made which included: Additional bagged warehouse space, a new feed sales store, and a 14 by 70 foot truck scale.
  • 1994 – Additional bulk feed and ingredient storage was added in Ainsworth.
  • 1995 – Farmers Ranchers purchased the Irwin Oil and Tire business in Ainsworth.
  • 1996 – The co-op consolidated the station and tire business to the location on Highway 20. The Ampride convenience store also opened in Ainsworth.
  • 1997 – The cooperative purchased the assets of Mullen Co-op Oil and continued to operate it as a branch location.
  • 1998 – This year marked the opening of a new liquid storage and load out facility for the Agronomy division west of Ainsworth. Also in 1998, Farmers Ranchers purchased Gordon Oil in Bassett to add to the refined fuels division.
  • 1999 – New administrative offices were added to the propane/appliance store in Ainsworth
  • 2003 – Mr. Tire in Valentine was started with the purchase of Western Oil’s retail location. This brought another tire shop, propane, and refined fuels into the company.
  • 2008 – The feed mill in Ainsworth added a second pellet mill to increase the manufacturing capacity of cake and smaller pellets. Also in 2008, the Agronomy division added to their liquid fertilizer storage with a new 3000 ton tank for liquid nitrogen and 2 other nutrient tanks having a capacity of 30,000 gallons each.
  • 2009 – Phase I of the feed mill automation was started with an automated sacker and a pallet robot.
  • 2010 – Phase II of the feed mill automation was completed with the addition of a computerized batching system.
  • 2013 - In the Spring, the Agronomy Division added a new seed warehouse.  In the Summer, the Feed Mill finished its expansion on its new load out bays.
  • 2014 - The cooperative sold the assets of the Mullen location to Neal Oil of Tryon, NE ending 17 years of service to the region. In the fall, Farmers Ranchers Co-op purchased the retail delivery business of Murphy’s Propane in Springview, serving North Central Nebraska and South Central South Dakota. 
  • 2015 - The Agronomy Division completed a new dry fertilizer shed in Feburaury.
  • 2015 - In August groundwork begain on the $17.3 million dollar expansion on the Ainsworth, Feedmill.
  • 2016 - In November, work was finished on the Mill expansion which is equipped with two industrial dryers and two new pelleters, which positions Farmers Ranchers Cooperative first in the industry to dry cattle feed.


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