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Our History

Our history dates back nearly 90 years to the days when farmers were transitioning their farms from true horse-power to gasoline-powered tractors.

  • 1920: Farm Bureau members organize local cooperatives in the United States.
  • 1927: Nine local cooperatives organize to form Illinois Farm Supply Company.
  • 1955: Illinois Farm Supply Company adopts the FS trademark.
  • 1961: The corporate office of Illinois Farm Supply Company moves from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill.
  • 1962: FS Services, Inc. organizes through the merger of Illinois Farm Supply and Farm Bureau Service Company of Iowa.
  • 1965: Wisconsin Farmco Service Cooperative merges with FS Services, Inc. Producers Seed Company merges with FS Services, Inc.
  • 1969: FS Services Inc. and Illinois Grain Corporation enter into a “Combination of Efforts” agreement.
  • 1980: The consolidation of FS Services, Inc. and Illinois Grain Corporation establishes GROWMARK, Inc.
  • 1985: The integration of Midwest grain terminals and merchandising operations between GROWMARK and Archer Daniels Midland Company creates ADM/GROWMARK.
  • 1994: GROWMARK acquires the assets of United Co-operatives of Ontario, and more than 30 member cooperatives in the Canadian province join the System.
    • GROWMARK purchases half of UPI, Inc., a joint venture with Suncor Energy Products, Inc.
  • 1996: GROWMARK acquires ownership in maltaCleyton, a Mexican feed manufacturer.
  • 2000: GROWMARK begins marketing products directly to additional cooperative customers throughout the Midwest and in eight western states.
  • 2001: GROWMARK adds the Asgrow® and DEKALB® brands from Monsanto® to its seed offerings.
  • 2002: GROWMARK acquires agronomy and seed businesses in the northeastern U.S. which are operated as GROWMARK FS, LLC and SEEDWAY, LLC.
  • 2003: GROWMARK and TruServ Canada Cooperative Inc. create an alliance to provide retail products to Ontario member cooperatives and Country Depot locations.
    • FS Preferred Insurance Company is created.
  • 2004: GROWMARK and Decision Commodities form an alliance to deliver grain risk management products and services.
  • 2005: GROWMARK, Inland Co-operative, Inc., and Simcoe District Co-operative Services form a joint venture called FS PARTNERS in Ontario, Canada.
  • 2006: GROWMARK acquires the assets of McCollister & Co., and creates GROWMARK Lubricants, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
    • GROWMARK adds retail subsidiaries New Century FS, Inc., AgVantage FS, Inc., and New Horizon FS, Inc.
    • Illini FS, Inc. becomes the Illini FS Division of GROWMARK.
    • GROWMARK and FS member companies partner to create Ag View Grain LLC and Total Grain Marketing, LLC (TGM).
  • 2007: GROWMARK acquires the assets of STAR Energy, LLC.
    • The services of AgriVisor®, LLC are incorporated into GROWMARK as a joint venture with Illinois Farm Bureau.
    • GROWMARK, Two Rivers FS, Inc., RIVERLAND FS, Inc., and West Central FS, Inc. partner to create WESTERN GRAIN MARKETING, LLC (WGM).
  • 2008: GROWMARK acquires the Menard County refined fuels terminal near Petersburg, Ill.
    • GROWMARK acquires a facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to serve as a second Tank & Truck Center
  • 2009: The GROWMARK internship program celebrates its 50th anniversary. Nearly 700 students from the Midwest, East Coast, and Ontario, Canada, have participated in the program.
    • NORTHERN GRAIN MARKETING, LLC (NGM) is formed by the acquisition of Harmon Grain, LLC and merger with Ag View Grain, LLC.
    • FS PARTNERS becomes a division of GROWMARK.
    • Great Lakes Grain becomes a partnership between GROWMARK and AGRIS Co-operative, Ltd.
  • 2010:  AgVantage, STAR, New Century, Servco, and Frontier FS become retail divisions of GROWMARK.
    • Servco FS, Frontier FS, and GROWMARK partner to purchase the assets of SemFuel in Wisconsin.
    • Eight FS member cooperatives and GROWMARK partner to purchase the assets of Tri-County Petroleum. ​