100 CropLife Ag Retailers on the List . . .

100 CropLife Ag Retailers on the List . . .

One of the major projects I work on each year is compiling the annual CropLife 100 listing of the nation’s top ag retailers. It’s always a great feeling when the list is finally done and I can share with our readers the information gathered in the course of this effort.

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But inevitably, not long after we publish the official CropLife 100 listing, it goes out-of-date as a few companies drop off, most often through consolidation or mergers with other retailers. At times, the whole process reminds of that old drinking song, “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” with the lyrics slightly altered:

100 CropLife ag retailers on the list

100 CropLife ag retailers

You take one off

And let out a cough

99 CropLife ag retailers on the list!

In fact, since I started compiling the annual CropLife 100 list back in 2000, slightly less than half of the companies listed on that year’s CropLife 100 (46) have disappeared. Roughly, this comes out to three ag retailers per year.

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And it’s already happened to the 2018 CropLife 100 listing. Just after our December 2018 issue was published, I heard from Northwest Ag Supply (No. 70) that it had been acquired by GROWMARK. Now, as of February 1, No. 39 Tremont Group and No. 58 Lyman Group (which were both owned by the same parent entity) have decided to formally combine their operations, adopting the new name Grow West.

“There is no doubt, we are a stronger organization when we are all working together as one,” said President and CEO Ernie Roncoroni in a press release. “With a single unified brand, best-in-class people, and comprehensive products and vertically integrated services, we are better positioned than ever to offer more resources and opportunities for profitable growth.”

So the song continues . . .

99 CropLife ag retailers on the list

99 CropLife ag retailers

You take one off

And let out a cough

98 CropLife ag retailers on the list!

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