Whatcom Farmers Co-op approves merger with global cooperative

Voting members of Whatcom Farmers Co-op approved a merger with CHS Inc., a Minnesota-based farmer cooperative with employees in 24 countries. Both cooperatives announced the approval on Monday, April 6.

If CHS’s board of directors approves the merger, it will become official in July 2015 after both organizations perform legal due diligence.

Lynden-based WFC said the transition will be smooth for customers and staffing at its current locations won’t change.

“WFC will remain a locally based company, staying true to its roots,” WFC board chairman Jeff Bedlington said in a news release. “We are excited for the opportunities that CHS and WFC can provide our employees and customers.”

Don Eucker, WFC’s general manager, will continue to lead the cooperative as general manager.

WFC has stores in Lynden, Bellingham, Fairhaven, Ferndale, Blaine and Nooksack. It sells farming supplies, hardware and fuel. WFC formed in 1982 with the merger of Whatcom County Grange Supply and Western Farmers Association.

CHS started in 1929 and has more than 11,000 employees worldwide. It supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, financial and risk management services, and it operates petroleum refineries and pipelines.

CHS Inc. announced on Feb. 17 that the cooperatives were discussing a merger.

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