River Country Co-op, CHS pursue merger

Farm Forum

River Country Cooperative is moving toward a merger with CHS Inc. in a proposal now awaiting approval from River Country’s members this summer.

The two Minnesota-based farmer cooperatives said they’ve completed their study of a possible merger and decided to “move the process forward,” the two cooperatives said in a joint statement on April 14.

South St. Paul-based River Country Co-op has grain elevators in Miesville, Hastings and Webster. It also sells fertilizer and other agronomy services in Randolph, Hampton, Hastings and Montgomery.

River Country, formed in 1935, also has Marathon-branded convenience stores in nine Minnesota locations: Apple Valley, South St. Paul, East Bethel, Miesville, Kenyon, Lakeville, Lake Elmo, New Prague and Inver Grove Heights.

“The business is solid today, but our customers’ needs are changing and we want to grow our size and scale to meet those needs,” Myron Tank, River Country’s chairman, said in a statement. “We looked at a number of different ways to do that and determined CHS would be the best partner to align with for the future.”