Press Release

Aurora Cooperative Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

4/21/2015

Congratulations to these students receiving scholarships!

We are honored to help each of these outstanding young people further their education and achieve their goals within the agricultural field!!

AURA_ScholarshipWinners_PressRelease2015.pdf


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For the latest news from Aurora Cooperative, please click the headlines below. 

If you are a member of the media and have questions about the Aurora Cooperative, please contact Dawn Caldwell at 
402-694-2106 .




Check out progress of our 
grain terminal expansion
 

Dirt is moving and framing is underway at several Aurora Cooperative locations that are part of our grain terminal expansion project. 

Click here for updates on Sedan
Click here for updates from Aurora West
Click here for updates from Grand Island

We'll be posting updates regularly, so check back often!

Nebraska Third on USDA's List of Top 100 Ag Co-ops

Clay County News Article on Sedan's Facility Rebuild

Aurora Cooperative 's Boardman Aerial  - Sept/Oct edition of Agricultural Aviation
Rick Boardman shares an insightful account of what it's like to be an ag pilot - plus commentary from Andrew Moore, Executive Director of the National Agricultural Aviation Association


Atrazine Label Compliance Statement - March 5, 2014
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is sending out this notice in order to protect our water resources and ensure compliance with label directions and the Nebraska Pesticide Act.



2014 Aurora Cooperative Scholarship Application
Please click on the link above for this application




Aurora Cooperative Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2013
Please click on the above link for this news article.

New Farmer Friendly Policy for Harvest 2013
Effective September 16 farmers can take advantage of special on storage when pricing or setting basis.  Click above link for details.

CHS leverages partnerships - June 24, 2013
Twice in the past two months, cooperative giant CHS Inc. announced partnerships with local co-ops to build facilities and expand business opportunities.


Brownfield Ag News - "Discussing Grain Marketing Strategies for 2013"
Ryan Sherwood is the head of grain marketing for Aurora Coop, one of Nebraska’s largest ag cooperatives.  In a recent interview with Brownfield, Sherwood talked about the Aurora Coop’s grain marketing program and shared his thoughts on marketing strategies for 2013.


Brownfield Ag News - "Nebraska Grain Terminal is the Wave of the Future"
The Aurora Coop—a large, regional ag cooperative based in Aurora, Nebraska—has made a significant investment in upgrades to its grain storage, drying and handling capabilities in recent years.


Superior LLC Press Release - May 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, MINN., May 9, 2013 – Today CHS Inc., an energy grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and the Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier throughout Nebraska and the U.S., announced formation of a limited liability company (LLC) to build and operate a high-speed shuttle loading facility near Superior, Nebraska. 


Aurora Cooperative Scholarship Winners Announced - April 22, 2013
The Aurora Cooperative proudly presents scholarships each year to students pursuing a college education and career in agriculture. 



Nebraska Corn Board Presents Awards of Recognition and Achievement - George Hohwieler recipient.

The Nebraska Corn Board presented its annual awards to six Nebraskans during its Cooperator and Awards Dinner in Lincoln recently.




Preferred Popcorn celebrates its global success with new corporate headquarters

ARTICLE FROM THE GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT

CHAPMAN -- Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Preferred Popcorn's new corporate office in Chapman.

Nearly 100 people crowded into the new office, where Heineman offered remarks along with Norman Krug, Preferred Popcorn chief executive officer; George Hohweiler, Aurora Cooperative CEO; and Kelly Hale, Central City Area Chamber of Commerce board president.

"We are here to celebrate today our 15 years of business as Preferred Popcorn, as well as the opening of our new office," Krug said.

Preferred Popcorn was born in the fall of 1997. Krug asked three area entrepreneurial farmers to join him in purchasing a dormant popcorn processing plant adjacent to one of Krug's properties. Aurora Co-op, which owns 36 percent interest in Preferred Popcorn, joined the enterprise to increase the crop choices for its patrons. In the summer of 1998, Preferred Popcorn shipped its first load of bulk popcorn.

"We joke about it, but this is the international headquarters of Preferred Popcorn," Krug said. "That's because we have been fortunate to expand our business in Nebraska and the United States, as well as 55 countries."

Hohweiler said one of the things Nebraska farmers do well is grow corn.

"We have built a company based on producing popcorn, marketed in 50-pound bags, and leave the designer type of popcorn marketing to someone else," Hohweiler said. "That has worked out and worked out well."

With the U.S. popcorn market saturated, Hohweiler said, Preferred Popcorn "made the bold risk to go global."

Now Nebraska popcorn from Preferred Popcorn is enjoyed around the world, from Israel to the world's most populous nation, China.

"This company became intentional, at its leadership and ownership level, to embed Midwest and Christian values into this company," Hohweiler said. "I do believe that we have been blessed by taking that stand. It is an intentional approach by this company, and I think we have been rewarded for that and will always be."

Heineman said Preferred Popcorn is "a real success story."

"What they are doing here is the reason that agriculture, in some many different variations, is so successful in our state," he said.

In 2011, Heineman said, Nebraska farmers had a record farm income of $7.5 billion, breaking the old record of $4 billion in 2008.

"That is an 87 percent increase," Heineman said. "When you realize what is going on in agriculture today and from what Norm is doing here, we are the No. 1 popcorn state in America."

Looking down the list of value-added agricultural products from Nebraska, Heineman said, "you begin to realize why our state is in so much better a state than the rest of the country."

Heineman related a story about one of his trade missions to China when Krug was part of the delegation.

"We were in China, and we thought we would have a reception for the Chinese, and I told Norm that we had to have popcorn," he said. "I didn't give him a lot of advance notice, but he produced. You should have seen all the Chinese delegation and all of us who were there as we were enormously proud that we could talk about a product that is being produced here in Nebraska, in the metropolis of Chapman."

Krug later related the uphill struggle Preferred Popcorn had during its rise to international prominence.

"At the beginning, we found out that we were a lot better at raising popcorn than we were at selling it," he said. "That created a big challenge. In our first year, we raised about 12 million pounds, but we only sold 4 million, and that was a problem."

But Krug said the company began to look at foreign markets. Mexico was the first country Preferred Popcorn exported to, and exports have now expanded to 55 countries around the world.

Having Aurora Co-op as one of the owners of Preferred Popcorn, he said, brings the backing of the co-op's 10,000 members.

"We think one of the strengths we have is the people who deliver the popcorn also own the company," Krug said.

Heineman said Preferred Popcorn is a good example of "how we go from producing the crop to how do you market it and sell it."

"You can have a great product, but if you can't sell it anywhere, you are in trouble. Here we are in one of the smallest communities in Nebraska. They operate here in Chapman, and they sell all over the world. That is why I say all the time, Nebraskans know the value of exports. They understand that we compete in this global marketplace, and we can compete very successfully."  


Aurora Cooperative 2013 Scholarship
Please click on the above link for Guidelines and the Application of our 2013 Scholarship


The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation providing Scholarships
The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation will provide four (4) scholarships for the 2013/14 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculuture (NCTA) at Curtis. 


Aurora Cooperative Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2012
Please click on the above link for this news article.


Nebraska Agribusiness Club to Honor Three Agriculturalists Nov. 1 - October 4, 2012

The 2012 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture include our own Dawn Caldwell, who is the New Horizon honoree.
A banquet to honoree these individuals will be open to the public on November 1, 2012.  Please click on the reservation form link if you wish to attend.
2012 Nebraska Agribusiness Club Banquet Reservation Form 2.pdf



Aurora Cooperative Scholarship Winners Announced
The Aurora Cooperative proudly presents scholarships each year to students pursuing a college education and career in agriculture.  The Aurora Cooperative board and management are well aware that the future of agriculture and the world's food supply lies in the hands of our talented youth.


Aurora Cooperative 2012 Scholarship
Please click on the above link for Guidelines and the Application of our 2012 Scholarship

Scholarship Program- The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation- December 16, 2011
The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation will provide up to six (6) scholarships for the 2012/13 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis, and Chadron State College 

The Aurora Cooperative Position Regarding MF Global
AURORA, NE(December 8, 2011)
The Aurora Cooperative, a leadign grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today communication is cuttent position regarding the MF Global bankruptcy proceddings with teh compan's Farmer-Owners.

Aurora Cooperative and the State of Nebraska FFA Officer Team-August 10, 2011 
Aurora Cooperative had the opportunity to host the State of Nebraska FFA Officer Team on August 10, 2011 


Planes Help Douse Grass Fire, June 2011 - featured in AgAir Update-Ag Aviation's Newspaper 
from Aurora News-Register 

A smoldering burn pit caught fire late Wednesday afternoon along 18 Road near Phillips and burned an estimated quarter section of grass before area firefighters and two airplanes combined efforts to bring it under control. 


The NAAA holds their 2011 Spring Board Meeting 
The National Agricultural Aviation Association had their 2011 Spring Board Meeting Feb. 11-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Arlington, VA. Rick Boardman attended as one of our Nebraska members. 

This article appeared in Agricultural Aviation magazine and is reprinted with permission from the National Agricultural Aviation Association. 


Aurora Cooperative 2011 Scholarship 
Please click on the above link for Guidelines and the Application of our 2011 Scholarship. 


Aurora Cooperative Farmer-Owner Update Meeting 
Please click on the above link for our Patron meeting dates. 


The Aurora Cooperative Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2010 
Aurora, NE (November 1, 2010) - The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced the financial results of the company's fiscal year that ended August 31, 2010. 


Dandee Construction workers work on the foundation for three new fuel tanks for the gas station area of the new Aurora Co-op location at the former Sundance Feed and Seed on Highway 30 just east of Grand Island. Aurora Co-op is turning the former business site into an elevator and agricultural facility. (Independent/Barrett Stinson) Attached is the article from the Grand Island Daily Independent that went along with this picture (Saturday October 16, 2010)
Aurora Co-op begins building project on east Highway 30 


The Aurora Cooperative Prevails in VeraSun Case 


Aurora Cooperative Participating in Cornhusker Cooperative: A Partnership Between Nebraska Athletics, Farmers - September 27, 2010
 


The Aurora Cooperative Announces supply Division Expansion in the Greater York County Area 


Here is our patron Don Daberkow from Chapman in the Grand Island Independent walking through the standing water on his farm. Attached is the article from the Grand Island Daily Independent that went along with this picture (Wednesday, June 23,2010)Residents near Platte River prepare for the worst > The Independent > News > Local 


The Aurora Cooperative announces acquisition of four aerial application businesses
 
(March 2, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced the acquisition of four aerial application businesses to service its agronomy owner-patrons throughout its multi-state trade area. 

Aurora Cooperative to develop east Grand Island property 
(March 2, 2010) – As a follow-up to the Grand Island, NE grain terminal expansion announcement, the Aurora Cooperative has announced its plan to develop its new site on the eastern edge of Grand Island. 


Aurora Cooperative announces $11 million expansion of company's grain terminals
 
(February 26, 2010) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier in Nebraska and surrounding states, today announced its plan to expand grain storage, drying, and handling capabilities at its three railroad terminals located at Sedan, Grand Island, and Aurora (West), NE. The total cost of the facility expansions is estimated at $11 million.