The Farmers Elevator and Exchange Company celebrated 100 years of business on August 24 with a fish fry and live music.
In celebration of the Elevator’s 100 years, the staff and board members dedicated a plaque to one special previous board member, farmer and friend, Floyd Buckman. In remembrance of all he had done for the community and elevator, a plaque was presented to his wife, Deanna Buckman and son, Kyle Buckman. In his honor, the plaque will hang above the coffee pot, where Floyd enjoyed a cup of coffee and conversations. Deanna stated, “Floyd always loved serving on the board for the elevator. It really meant a lot to him. He also enjoyed his coffee, but I think he enjoyed Jeanette’s desserts more. He always reminded me of that,” as she smiled sharing memories of her late husband. Kyle hung the plaque over the coffee pot in honor of his Dad and all he stood for at the elevator.
More than 300 people gathered in the main warehouse in honor of the well-established business. Customers, farmers, past and present board members, employees and children were all seen enjoying the festivities planned throughout the day.
The event started with Monroe City R-1 FFA students serving a meal which included fried fish, potato wedges, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. After dinner, guests were encouraged to satisfy their sweet tooth with BB’s Ice Cream and cookies. Tables and chairs were set up throughout the warehouse, a table set up for guests to enter the door prize drawing and a separate table filled with hats, koozies and rain gages free for those in attendance.
Outside, guests could sit under a tent and enjoy live music. Howard Lake and Family played several tunes as those listening sat on straw bales enjoying their dinner and tapping their feet.
Since the inception of the Farmers Elevator and Exchange Company on June 6, 1919, ag producers and ag suppliers have evolved, gained knowledge and focused on the tasks at hand. The company has taken a common-sense approach to create facilities and add equipment and technology which continues to allow the nearly 100-year-old cooperative to continue to support local farmers who want to produce safe food and compete in the world market today.
Currently, Adam Grove, serves as the general manager and stated, “I am honored to lead the great team at Farmers Elevator and Exchange Company into its next century of business serving agricultural producers in the Monroe City area. Agriculture is a very exciting career field, it is always on the brink of a technological breakthrough. It is always persistent, advancing, and adaptive to the needs of our world.”
The company currently operates three core businesses related to feed, grain and agronomy and employs 30 employees with Curt Miller, Management Support Specialist; Eddie Jones, Assistant Manager; Amanda Niemeyer, Feed Department Manager; Chip Stone, Agronomy Department Manager; Jeneane Diffenderfier, Office Manager; Jeanette Redman, Office Assistant; and Eulynn Keller, Livestock Production Assistant.