March 2017
Co-op Matters

Responsible Ag

Co-ops in Athens, Enterprise and Elba Achieve Certification

Limestone Farmers Co-op in Athens believes in the communication approach and, in achieving the Responsible Ag certification, it paid off greatly. Limestone Farmers Co-op has been serving the Tennessee Valley since 1932. The whole team has worked together and each employee from the front counter and offices to the warehouse is able to take pride in their contributions. This is the attitude that has kept the Co-op going through the many years.

You are able to find anything you may need on the grounds. If you are looking to plant some early-season Bonnie Plants vegetables or carry a pump down to the bottom of the field, they can even set you up with the UTV to carry you and the load to the perfect spot. Stop in whenever you are in the area. They are a little down the road from the old tracks, but they are easy to spot on Highway 31.

 

Clockwise from top left, Ricky Wilks, general manager, Coffee County – Enterprise; Collin Morris, manager, Coffee County – Elba; Limestone Farmers Co-op, from left to right, Blair Shook, John Curtis (general manager), Jeremy Williams, Britt Christopher, Bart Landtroop and Jeff Wales.

Did you know street signs for Coffee County can be found at Kauai Coffee on Kalaheo, Hawaii? It may be a stretch to say they will travel over 4,500 miles to shop our Co-ops, but they would definitely be greeted with a smile. Ricky Wilks, general manager of Coffee County Farmers Co-op in Enterprise, is sure to help them! They have everything you can think of from plants, crop nutrients, equipment and even the propane those little beans would need to stay toasty during late winter and early spring chilly nights. Coffee County has a diverse agricultural history that still carries on today with fields planted in crops from cotton to peanuts. If you are in the area, stop in and say "Hello!" and make sure to ask for directions to the Boll Weevil Monument, the only known monument to an agricultural pest.

Collin Morris, manager of Coffee Farmers Co-op in Elba, is a little farther down the road. Located just off the main road, you can fill your propane tank or find just about any feed. As they are known to say, "You can find feed for most any animal with four legs, feathers or fur." They also stock mower blades, sprayer equipment, lawn and garden products, cane syrup and much more. Hidden in a corner of the store, you will find some of the most comfortable rockers and be able to watch the local news. Just don’t expect to find any of the guys hanging around. If it is a nice day out, you can only find them in a field.

 

Sharon Cunningham is EH&S Coordinator for AFC and Agri-AFC. If you have any questions about the Responsible AG program or the audit portion, contact her at 256-303-4071 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are a manager who has received certification and has not had your picture in our magazine, please let Sharon know. Everyone is working hard, let us share your success.