United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. is the result of several ag cooperatives merging along the Texas Gulf Coast over the previous century. The original consolidation of El Campo Farmers Cooperative (1929) and Modern Farmers Cooperative Society (1928) was formed to increase operational efficiency and reduce duplication of services to better serve farmer members in the agricultural community. United Ag in the current state began in 1982 as Farmers Cooperative of El Campo (FCEC). In 2012, FCEC merged with another cooperative, Danevang Farmers Cooperative Society Inc., for many of the same reasons. At that time, the name was changed to United Agricultural Cooperative, Inc. (United Ag) to better reflect the broad customer base and geographical area served by the recently expanded cooperative. Today, United Ag’s membership consists of 1,165 farmers, ranchers and land owners involved in agricultural production. Although United Ag’s core business units revolve around grain and cotton commodities, United Ag’s various business divisions reflect a bigger picture of what United Ag supplies to both its members and non-members alike.
Danevang Farmers Co-op built the Danevang Elevator
El Campo Farmers Co-op bought the El Campo Elevator
Hillje Cooperative League merged with El Campo Farmers Cooperative
FCEC opened their first Cotton Warehouse
FCEC expanded the El Campo hardware store
FCEC has record breaking cotton year, ginning 110,274 bales
Danevang Farmers Co-op has record breaking cotton year, ginning 54,350 bales
FCEC ginned their millionth cotton bale
FCEC built the Port of Victoria Shipping Facility
FCEC purchased the Eagle Lake General Store
Farmers Cooperative of El Campo and Danevang Farmers Cooperative merged and changed the name to United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. United Ag General Manager Jimmy Roppolo was named the 2012 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year by the National Cotton Ginner’s Association. The 1st issue of the Connection magazine was published.
United Ag purchased the former Shoppa’s Farm Supply store in Edna, TX creating our fourth United Ag General Store location
United Ag General Store in El Campo, TX moved into the new store. United Ag sold the Agronomy division to Sanders. The grain division has a record breaking year handling 7,146,875 bushels.
United Ag opened the Corn Bagging Plant at the El Campo Elevator and the Flat Storage building at Danevang.
United Ag ginned their 2nd millionth bale. United Ag opened Blue Creek Market, a boutique mall, in the former El Campo store.
In spite of Hurricane Harvey, United Ag has record breaking cotton year, ginning 156,489 bales. Also, the Feed Mixing Plant at Danevang was opened and United Ag retained ownership of the Compressed Natural Gas station.
United Ag has record breaking cotton year, ginning 172,202 bales in approximately 4 months.
United Ag has a record breaking crop year including 8,279,905 bushels of grain and 152,467 cotton bales.
A 10,000 ton cottonseed storage warehouse is built at Danevang.
United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. is a very diverse agri-business headquartered in El Campo, TX. Starting with just one location, we have been serving the Texas ag community since 1928. United Ag has grown to four storefronts in three counties, servicing more than 20 counties in the great state of Texas. The Grain Department includes four Elevators with a 6.36 million bushel capacity. A large portion of those bushels service our very own High Caliber Deer Corn Bagging Plant, as well as our Feed Mixing Plant, with local corn from local farmers being fed to local cattle and deer. United Ag is also a leader in the cotton industry with three Cotton Warehouses and two Cotton Gins that processed 172,202 bales of cotton in 2018. We offer Cattle, Cotton, and Grain commodity marketing services for our producers. United Ag’s four General Stores provide a wide selection of ag parts, hardware, feed, fencing, and animal health supplies. Customers can find just about anything they need from lawn and garden care, paint, wildlife gear, or even gifts and home decor. United Ag’s goal is to provide a large selection with the convenience of a one-stop shop.
Areas We Serve
United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. is a very diverse agri-business headquartered in El Campo, TX. Starting with just one location, we have been serving Texas ag community since 1928. United Ag has grown to four storefronts in three counties, servicing more than 20 counties in the great state of Texas.
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Membership & Benefits
“One producer has a little voice, but producers together can make a difference.”
Jimmy Roppolo, General Manager
A cooperative is a unique business structure, as it is owned by its members, who in turn share in the profits in the form of a patronage dividend. United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. has been serving their membership base along the Gulf Coast of Texas since 1928.
To obtain membership in United Ag, first and foremost, you must be a producer of an agricultural product. This includes a wide range of commodities, including but not limited to: cotton, corn, milo, soybeans, rice, cattle, plants, and poultry. Landlords leasing their land for farm use in exchange for a share in the proceeds of the crop also classify as agricultural producers. After status as an agricultural producer is obtained, membership must be applied for. Applications are then presented to and approved by the board of directors, which is a body elected by United Ag members at each annual meeting. The cost to become a member is a one time membership fee of $50. Currently, United Ag has 1,165 members. Past boards, producers, and members have worked tirelessly to get United Ag where it is today. The current management and employees are constantly looking into new products and ventures that will sustain United Ag as a progressive and forward thinking cooperative, and ensure that it is around to provide benefits to members and producers for generations to come.
Although membership is not required to do business with us, there are many benefits associated with membership. Participation in earnings is a financial benefit in the form of cash dividends and book credits. United Ag has paid $40,393,753 in cash dividends and stock retirements through the 2017 crop year. Another benefit is the ability to govern on a democratic one-member-one vote basis. Each year at the June annual meeting, the membership votes and elects directors to represent them on how the co-op is run and the services it provides. Also, cooperative member’s children and grandchildren are eligible for a United Ag Scholarship their senior year in high school.
However, the benefits expand far beyond the personal level. Agriculture is a constantly changing industry. New technology, new legislation, and global events all converge to create an environment that is exciting and challenging. As a member of a producers’ cooperative, there is the opportunity to impact the industry as a whole by uniting as one voice and using it in a myriad of ways – from finding common ground with foreign buyers to lobbying politicians unaware of the ins and outs of agricultural production. United Ag is proud to play a part in ensuring agriculture’s longevity in our community.
United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. takes pride in our employees and members. Roppolo notes, “It is about being part of something bigger than oneself.” Your board and cooperative employees do what it takes to better service our membership base as well as keeping agricultural production a successful business along the Gulf Coast of Texas.