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United Suppliers to Merge with Land O’Lakes Crop Inputs Business

The owners of United Suppliers Inc. and members of Land O’Lakes Inc. approve the merger of United Suppliers with Land O’Lakes’ crop inputs business. The merger will build on the recent successes of the two companies and aims to create a single, relevant and competitive system of independent agricultural retailers.

“This merger will allow us to continue to meet our customers’ needs through each company’s successful go-to-market strategy while providing for the size and scale to compete in an environment of consolidating suppliers and competitors,” says Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes. “We are excited to bring our WinField business and United Suppliers together and expect our members, owners and customers will benefit greatly from this merger.”

Under the merger, Ames, Iowa-based United Suppliers will join with Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes crop inputs business. The first step of the merger will be to combine the two companies’ seed and crop protection businesses under Winfield US LLC, and a second step will merge the crop nutrient business.

Customers are expected to benefit from expanded product offerings, enhanced precision agriculture services, tools and technologies, improved product insights, consulting services and more.

“Both organizations exist to increase our customers’ capabilities and competitiveness. By coming together, we are true to our shared purpose, and we also preserve our different approaches to best serve a wide variety of customer needs,” says Brad Oelmann, president and CEO of United Suppliers. “Together, we are positioned to protect and build the future of independent agricultural operations in an environment of consolidation.”

In 2014, WinField had $4.9 billion in seed and crop protection product sales and United Suppliers had $2.6 billion in crop protection, seed and crop nutrient sales. Closing is anticipated in October 2015.