World Grain - July 2018 - 14
Scoular acquires Farmers Grain Company in Colorado
OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. - The
Scoular Co. has acquired Farmers Grain
Company (known locally as Kontny Grain)
of Julesburg, Colorado, U.S. Financial terms
of the transaction were not disclosed.
Rick Matousek, who oversees several
Scoular grain facilities in western Nebraska,
including a shuttle train loader 25 miles from
Julesburg, said Scoular is committed to continuing Farmers Grain's long history of service to area farmers.
"We're pleased to continue the Kontny
family's business established 75 years ago,
providing high quality service and a competitive market for locally grown crops,"
Matousek said. "In addition to corn and
wheat, we will also handle millet, soybeans,
and milo to make the most of the Julesburg
facility's 1.7 million bushels of storage
Jim Kontny, who owned and managed the
Julesburg facility prior to Scoular's acquisition, is retiring.
"I've enjoyed taking care of our farmercustomers over the years," Kontny said.
"Some are now the third generation of their
family to do business with Kontny Grain.
I'm pleased to see that the business my family started so long ago will continue to be
part of our community under the ownership
Robert Cooper joins IFEEDER as
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. - The
Institute for Feed Education and Research
(IFEEDER) appointed Robert Cooper as
its executive director, effective June 18.
IFEEDER, the American Feed Industry
Association's (AFIA) public charity, focuses
on research and education to support the
Cooper will provide leadership for
IFEEDER in crafting and implementing the
overall strategic direction for the institute. He
will develop and manage fundraising and donor stewardship programs and maintain relationships with current and future donors. He
also will work closely with IFEEDER's board
of trustees and other committees to carry out
research and education projects and with the
AFIA's communications team to share the institute's mission and message in various communications to both donors and the public.
"As the animal food industry evolves, we
need reliable data and research to effectively
communicate with public and policymaker
audiences about the issues that impact our
business," said Joel G. Newman, president
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"With Rob's background in agriculture and
fundraising, I know that he will bring forward
creative ideas to increase donor involvement
in their industry charity and leadership to help
education focus for the future."
Cooper joined IFEEDER from the
University of Georgia's College of
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
where he was assistant to the dean for external
relations. In this position, he fundraised for
the department, coordinated alumni relations
and special events, and assisted in legislative
and advocacy campaigns.
July 2018 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com