AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.

AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
Wanstead Farmers Co-operative Ltd.

Wanstead Farmers Co-operative Ltd.

May 26, 2009 11:13 ET

Co-operatives Add Senior Agronomist to Staff

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - AGRIS Co-operative and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative are pleased to announce that Dale Cowan, a senior partner with Agri-Sense International, is joining the co-operatives as senior agronomist, effective June 1, 2009.

Cowan is best known as the former owner and agronomist with Agri-Food Laboratories. He first started with Agri-Food Laboratories in 1988 and was responsible for transitioning it from a publically funded service provider to a self funded, fee for service organization.

"As co-operatives, we are always searching for opportunities to enhance the profitability of our farmer-owner members. The significant experience and knowledge Dale has will help provide our farmers with science based, agronomic advice and recommendations to help them achieve this goal," says Jim Campbell, AGRIS Co-operative general manager.

"The addition of Dale Cowan to our agronomy team of certified crop advisors and certified crop specialists will help us fulfill our collective co-operative mission of providing professional, local agronomic expertise for our customers," says John Turvey, Wanstead Farmers Co-operative general manager.

Cowan continues to provide a great deal of industry leadership and is currently the vice-president of Ontario Agri Business Association having also served as past chairman of the Crop Input Section. He is past chair of the board of the Certified Crop Advisor Program for Ontario and vice-chair of the Provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, a position appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment. Most recently Cowan has been appointed by the Minister of Environment as an expert member to the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program advisory panel.

AGRIS Co-operative Ltd. is a one-hundred-per-cent farmer-owned grain marketing and farm-input supply company and serves more than 1,200 farmer members in 14 locations in Essex, Kent, Elgin, Middlesex and Lambton Counties. It is a leader in precision farming technology, seed, agronomy and petroleum services. The co-operative is majority owner of Wheatley Elevators specializing in identity preserved grain markets and part owner of Great Lakes Grain Inc., a grain merchandising company.

Wanstead Farmers Co-operative Ltd. is a one-hundred-per-cent farmer-owned grain marketing and farm input supply company and serves more than 700 farmer members in four locations in Lambton and Middlesex Counties. It is a leader in precision farming technology, seed and agronomy services.

AGRIS Co-operative and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative are both member-owners of GROWMARK Inc. and market products and services under the FS brand.

Visit http://www.agris.coop and www.wansteadfarmerscoop.com and www.fssystem.com for more information.

To view a photo of Dale Cowan, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DC0526.jpg

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