Grain Department Overview
Grain is the lifeblood of agriculture in northwest Iowa, and First Cooperative Association (FCA) provides a wealth of grain solutions, from efficient storage facilities to effective marketing plans that deliver profitability.
Our FCA location managers are the key to our grain origination, and they know that there’s no one-size-fits-all marketing plan. They can help you choose from the numerous hedging tools available and select flexible solutions that best meet your needs.
FCA also invests millions of dollars each year to upgrade our grain handling facilities to serve you better. From faster grain dumping capacity to additional grain storage, our goal is to save you time, offer you convenience, provide patronage payments, and ensure the highest grain quality to end users.
Did You Know:
- FCA offers nearly 50 million bushels of grain handling capacity throughout our trade territory.
- FCA handles 32 million bushels of corn and 10.5 million bushels of soybeans.
- Since 2004, FCA has switched from an export driven grain market to a local demand market. Before the ethanol industry emerged in northwest Iowa, 95% of FCA’s grain was shipped out of the area by rail. Since 2008, a majority of our corn is sent to ethanol plants. In fact, we do business with seven ethanol plants in the area.
- FCA’s feed mills use about 6 million bushels of corn annually to produce feed for turkeys, beef cattle, and hogs.
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