In the tradition of Christmas giving, Farmward Cooperative and AgQuest Financial, with matching funds from the Land O’Lakes Foundation, made a donation to the We Care Project located in Morgan Dec. 13. The donation, totaling $1,000, was made in an effort to help sustain rural communities.

“As a cooperative, Farmward understands how important it is to support small communities where our members live and work,” said Dave Stuk, Farmward CEO. “We don’t want people to have to choose between putting food on the table and keeping the lights on – nobody should have to do that. We hope our contribution can make a difference.”

The We Care Project served 2,266 families and 8,006 individuals in 2016.

“We had a very busy year,” said Joe Larson, We Care Project director. “We gave over 247,000 pounds of food, as well as quilts and other special needs last year.”

The We Care Project purchases food through Second Harvest Heartland at a discounted price and relies on donations in order to help make those purchases.

“Any gift, large or small, is appreciated,” Larson added. “All monetary gifts are used for the less fortunate, regardless of religion, color, or nationality – we turn no one away.”

“The current rural economy has put some stress on families,” said Christie Rudenick, Farmward director of marketing. “We hope that our contribution to the We Care Project can help relieve some of that worry and allow families to have an enjoyable Christmas.”

Farmward and AgQuest presented checks to several area food shelf organizations this past week in an effort to help the communities it serves. The organizations included in this effort were: Springfield Area Food Shelf, Redwood Area Food Shelf, We Care and Renville County Food Shelf. Each food shelf received a $500 donation from Farmward, along with a $500 matching funds donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation, bringing the total contribution to $4,000.

Farmward Cooperative was formed with the merger of two strong, long-standing local cooperatives: Harvest Land and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator. Together, Farmward is a very diversified and forward-thinking company. Headquartered in Morgan, it has outlet locations in Clements, Comfrey, Danube, Morton, Olivia, Renville, Sacred Heart, Springfield and Wabasso.

They offer a full range of agricultural products and services, including grain handling and marketing, crop protection, crop nutrients, seed, precision ag, bulk feed manufacturing and delivery, and bulk delivery of energy products, including refined fuels, propane, and lubricants.

Farmward also provides producer financing, leasing, crop insurance, and property and casualty insurance through our subsidiary companies, AgQuest Financial and Northland Capital.