Road to the Plate is a blog set out to discover just how revolutionized our food supply chain is and uncover the hard work, dedication and innovation of those people and places that make our food one of the world’s most accessible.
The Midwest has a long heritage of being the “food capital of the world” with its production of agricultural products, but the bounty shared with the world isn’t exclusive to the flyover states. Each state has a product they grow, produce, or manage that helps feed and fuel the world.
While driving through the countryside, more often than not you will see a business with the word “cooperative” or “co-op” in the title. This isn’t a chicken coop by any means, but what is a co-op? What do they do? What’s their role in agriculture? Since October is National Co-op Month, we’re dedicating this post to cooperative education and their vital role in the food supply chain – both nationally and internationally.
With nearly 650 member-owners and hundreds of more farmers who produce the corn LifeLine uses to make its corn ingredients for the snack,…