Who is Agway?
Whether you’re getting your first look at Southern States Cooperative, or you grew up being one of our valued patrons, you probably already know that we’re one of the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives.
Since its inception, the co-op has led research efforts in order to make the business of farming pay better—in fact, it’s why we were founded in the first place.
Southern States does what no one farmer can. Because it pools members’ resources, the co-op enables all its farmer-members to benefit from greater research capabilities. That makes a difference for everyone—reducing the costs of production agriculture helps keep America’s food supply plentiful and affordable for all.
Since its beginning as Virginia Seed Service in 1923, Southern States has been at the forefront of agricultural advances throughout its 80 years in business.
Some of the co-op’s earliest developments included developing and testing new seed varieties that were adapted for specific geographic regions. Today, Southern States is a member of CRF, a privately owned animal nutrition research group, and FFR, which specializes in forage seed-breeding. Both are the largest organizations of their type anywhere in the world. Through the decades, Southern States has used the findings from its research arms to educate farmers in new ideas and more efficient production methods.
As a result of its leadership role in agriculture, Southern States has continued to expand and today encompasses some 1,200 retail locations in 23 states. Owned by more than 300,000 farmers, the cooperative purchases, manufactures or processes feed, seed, fertilizer, farm supplies and fuel.
Facilities owned and operated by Southern States
- 10 Feed Mills
- 9 Fertilizer Plants
- 12 Fertilizer Terminals
- 3 Farm Supply Distribution Centers
- 7 Grain Elevator Retail Facilities
- 8 Peanut Purchasing Facilities
- 1 Cotton Gin
- 8 Crop Protection Warehouses
- 8 Turf Warehouses
Other facilities include: Seed Processing and Petroleum
Southern States Retail Locations (as of 01/07)
- 64 managed member cooperatives with 16 branches
- 135 retail services with 20 branches
- 853 private dealers with 28 branches
- 39 independent local cooperatives with 17 branches
Learn more about Southern States Cooperative, Inc.