Southern States Cooperative

In 1923, 150 farmers met in Richmond and decided to pool their funds so that they could purchase better quality seed suited to Virginia lands. Today, that gathering has grown to become one of the nation's largest farmer cooperatives, at over 200,000 members. The cooperative purchases, manufactures, or processes feed, seed, fertilizer, farm supplies, and fuel. Southern States Cooperative has also developed a hybrid corn research program, established a chain of feed testing and research farms, and acquired a wholesale and retail farm supply company. 

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