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2020-2021 Propane Contracts

Jun 02, 2020

I hope you all are finding reasons to get outside and enjoy yourselves. We saw some great weather this spring. It’s amazing how quickly our farmer patrons were able to get their seeds in the ground this year compared to last year. In talking to a few farmers, some of them had their planting completed this year before they even started planting last year. Great job. 

Energy Division Summer Projects

Jun 02, 2020

I hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s been an interesting one so far, hasn’t it? I’ve been spending a lot of my free time on my barn roof replacing old nails with new screws. I figured I’d better get at it because I swear it rains harder inside my barn than outside. I’m hoping to wrap up that project soon so I can move on to the next one. 

Do It Best Green House

From the Manager's Desk

Jun 01, 2020

Again, this year, I had the pleasure of stopping at several of our member’s farms, homes, and businesses to drop off equity redemption checks. While it was much different this year--appropriate distancing, meeting outdoors, and no handshakes—it was still very enjoyable. Part of the thrill was just driving somewhere other than the office and back home for the first time in nearly two months. The opportunity to stop and visit some members I’ve never had the chance to meet, or to catch up with some I haven’t seen in quite some time, was extra special this year given how long we’ve all been cooped up. Even more rewarding is handing them an unexpected check for the eligible redemption equity they have in the cooperative. Each of the members I had the pleasure of visiting this year seemed quite surprised to be receiving their old eligible redemption equity. Several commented that they never expected to see the equity returned.

Oil Crashes to Negative Values Due to Lockdowns

May 10, 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy. The world has changed a lot since the last newsletter. I’m writing this from my office but that may change. I may be writing it from home next time. Or the pandemic may be over. We have to remain flexible. 

PPP - Small Business Programs

COVID-19: Your Farm May be Eligible for Loan Programs

May 04, 2020

Your farm may be eligible for short-term federal loan programs through the Small Business Administration (SBA). In the two most recent legislative coronavirus relief packages, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and broadened eligibility for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) administered by the Small Business Administration. Congress has confirmed that farms are eligible for both programs. After the initial funds have run out in mid-April, Congress added billions more to each program in late April. Enrollment has already reopened so farms should still contact their financial institutions to discuss potential benefits if they have not done so already. For PPP loans, farms and businesses need to apply through a financial institution. For EIDL loans, farms and businesses apply directly to SBA online.

Do It Best Green House

From the Manager's Desk

May 01, 2020

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, due to the coronavirus we were forced to postpone this year’s open house celebration. Despite this, we will be sending out this year’s patronage refund and eligible equity redemption checks later in May. Like last year, we are very pleased to be returning over $4 million in cash to our members again this year, at a time when so many need it. This past fiscal year (10/1/18-9/30/19) the minimum amount of purchases needed to qualify for a patronage check was about $930. If you purchased more than this but do not receive a check please reach out to Emily at our Mt Horeb office to be eligible for future distributions. It’s likely that we do not have the required information needed to issue patronage. The IRS requires us to report all patronage refunds we distribute by the recipient’s taxpayer identification number. This is usually a social security (for individuals) or federal ID number (for businesses). Thanks for the support that has made this patronage and equity redemption possible.

1% Discount Graphic

Save 1% on your purchases

Apr 20, 2020

Weekly ACH Program - I'd like to introduce you to our Weekly Autopay Discount Program. In order to incentivize automatic payments from our members, we have established the following discount program for customers who enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay. Members may enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay at any time. Accounts enrolled in ACH autopay will have their future purchases automatically debited to their bank accounts via ACH (often called e-check) on the Friday following the week of purchase (example below).

Premier Cooperative Mini Bulk System

Apr 13, 2020

Tired of throwing around 50 lb bags of feed? Our Mini Bulk System is perfect for you! 

May Open House Events Postponed

Apr 10, 2020

Due to the current concerns over Covid-19 and for the wellbeing of our staff, customers, and the communities, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the open house events scheduled for early May for Mt Horeb, Westby, and La Farge. Since we typically have patronage and equity redemption checks available to pick up at the open houses, this year we will be mailing them out. Our goal is to start mailing out patronage refunds and equity redemptions by age by mid-May.   

Bats, Lubricants, and Contracts

Apr 03, 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy. The world has changed a lot since the last newsletter. I’m writing this from my office but that may change. I may be writing it from home next time. Or the pandemic may be over. We have to remain flexible. 

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