Capital Press | Press Releases Capital Press Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:42:18 -0400 en Capital Press | Press Releases Agri-Service Earns Farm Equipment’s Prestigious 2014 “Best-in-Class Dealership” Award Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:30:11 -0400 BROOKFIELD, WIS. — July 29— Agri-Service based in Twin Falls, Idaho, has been selected as the 2014 “Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership” by Farm Equipment magazine.

Farm Equipment presents its “Dealership of the Year” awards annually to farm equipment dealerships in two categories: one for those with a large, multi-store operation and one for those with a small-store operation.

Agri-Service, which is a 10-store retailer of AGCO equipment along with several shortline brands in Idaho and Utah, earned the distinction this year in the Large, Multi-Store Operation category not only for its outstanding financial and operational results, but also its attention to customer care, employee development and community involvement.

Nearly 100 dealerships were nominated for this year’s award.

The dealership was chosen for the award by a panel of renowned farm equipment experts. In their selection of Agri-Service, the judges noted the dealership’s dollars generated per employee was the highest for all nominees in the Large, Multi-Store Operation category.

Farm Equipment’s Dealership of the Year judging panel included Dr. W. David Downey, director, Center for Agricultural Business, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind.; David L. Kahler, retired CEO of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Assn., Dublin, Ohio; and Charles Glass, president, Glass Management Group, Arlington, Texas.

Agri-Service was founded in 1990 and recently was acquired by The Terteling Company to gain long-term capital strength. “We’ve made significant facility improvements of $4 million and investment in rolling stock (service trucks) of $2 million in the last 3 years,” says salesperson Carl Judy. “We’re making progress on high horsepower wheeled tractors with 3-year market share growth of 200%.”

Farm Equipment magazine profiles the winners of its Dealerships of the Year in its July/August 2014 edition. The complete article can be seen at

Farm Equipment magazine, based in Brookfield, Wis., serves more than 12,000 farm equipment dealers, wholesalers and distributors throughout North America. It is also the publisher of Rural Lifestyle Dealer, Ag Equipment Intelligence, Precision Farming Dealer No-Till Farmer and the Conservation Tillage Guide.

For more information, contact Dave Kanicki, executive editor, Farm Equipment, at, or Kim Schmidt, managing editor, Farm Equipment, at

Wilco buys 84 year old Denson Feed & Seed Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:22:11 -0400 June 25, 2014, Corvallis, Oregon

Wilco, a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative from Mt. Angel, Oregon, has agreed to purchase Denson Feed and Seed Store, Inc. of Corvallis, Oregon and will relocate the business to a new Wilco store that opens on July 15, 2014

Timing was perfect for both Denson's and Wilco. Third generation owners Casey and Shelley Denson were considering lifestyle changes and at the same time Wilco was building a new 20,000 square foot farm store in Corvallis. The timing provided an opportunity for both parties.

Sam Bugarsky, Wilco COO, characterized the agreement by saying, “This is a great opportunity for Wilco to meet and serve new customers in Corvallis while opening up options for the Denson family to do things they have been thinking about for some time.”

The plan has the new Wilco store opening July 15th coinciding with Denson's last day open as a feed and seed store July 14th. Wilco will then hold a two week clearance event in the Denson Feed & Seed store building starting July 17th.

Most of Denson's employees have agreed to work for Wilco and Wilco will continue to sell many of the niche feed and seed products Denson's customers are accustom to buying. The new Wilco store will be located next to Applebee's and the Carmike movie theatre at 1905 NE Four Acre Place.

TJ Colson will manage the new Wilco store. As a current Corvallis resident and graduate of OSU, he is anxious to manage a store in Corvallis and excited about the Denson's opportunity. When asked about the purchase TJ said, “Anyone involved in agriculture within Corvallis knows Denson's Feed. I'm excited to work with the new team members from Denson's and continue to serve a community that has had a positive impact throughout my life.”

Casey Denson said, “Our family has served the Corvallis community for over 84 years and we are very grateful to the community for their support. The timing coincides perfectly with my desire to spend more quality time with my family. We feel that Wilco will carry-on the wonderful customer service that this community deserves."