Ontario grain companies forge strategic partnership

Three Ontario grain companies are teaming up they say to leverage the members’ unique strengths to offer a more comprehensive approach, focusing on the principle of “farmers helping farmers.”

Great Lakes Grain, Bacres Grain Inc., and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative have joined forces in a strategic partnership aimed at providing enhanced services to the agricultural community from the current Bacres Grain location north of Alvinston, Ont.

The partnership is rooted in the idea that each company brings something unique to the table, the group says. Great Lakes Grain and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative will continue to provide its customers with grain marketing opportunities in Ontario while Bacres Grain will focus on delivering operational excellence at the grain elevator.

Great Lakes Grain is a grain marketing partnership between AGRIS Co- operative Ltd., GROWMARK Inc. and Embrun Co-op. It operates multiple branded locations across Ontario, offering grain marketing solutions and a wide range of products and inputs. It operates 28 grain elevators from Windsor north to Barrie and east to the Ottawa Valley.

Bacres Grain is an independent grain elevator business owned and operated by the Buurma Family. It was established to meet the needs of the local farming community.

Wanstead Farmers Co-operative is a farmer-owned grain marketing and farm input supply company serving farmer owners in Lambton and Middlesex counties. In addition to providing full-service grain marketing programs, Wanstead Farmers Co-operative offers precision farming technology, seed, and agronomy services.

“This partnership represents a significant step forward in the grain industry, highlighting the spirit of collaboration and ‘farmers helping farmers,'” says Great Lakes Grain general manager Don Kabbes.

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