The cooperative system provides you with true ownership of the business you participate in, whether the local gin or the regional marketing, warehousing, or cottonseed-processing cooperatives. The grower-owners of each cooperative elect a board of directors, making sure your business is run the way you see fit.
When you are a user and an owner of each level of the supply chain, or each level of the cooperative system, more value is added to your crop than would be otherwise. You will receive dividends from the gin as well as the warehousing, marketing and cottonseed-processing cooperatives.
Cooperation, Not Competition
When you join a cooperative, it competes in the market on your behalf. In working cooperatively with other grower-owners, your cooperative has a more prominent presence in the marketplace. This provides you with the best possible value for your crop while minimizing your risk along the way.
Through true cooperation and participating in every level of the supply chain, you and your crop will be vertically integrated and receive dividends from each. As a grower-owner, you have a stake in each step your cotton takes to get to its final destination. This model makes money for you, not from you.
True cooperatives keep your money local. The money that goes into the operations of the cooperative is distributed to grower-owners through dividends which go back into the farming operation and into other local businesses you patronize. Rural communities benefit from this economic cycle and are strengthened.
The purpose of true cooperation is to provide grower-owners with the tools they need to keep their farming operations viable and profitable. Whether it is dividends that help carry you through a tough year or opposing detrimental farm legislation and regulations, cooperatives stand up for and protect their grower-owners.
Each cooperative, no matter the field (ginning, marketing, warehousing, cottonseed processing) has experts available at all times to make the right decisions about how to maximize the value of your crop.