Wade Barton and Douglas Furlong, both of Glasgow, were elected to the local Southern States board at the annual membership meeting in Glasgow on Aug. 21. More than 400 stockholder-members and their families attended.

Barton was elected chairman/president of the board, while Bobby Morrison of Fountain Run was named vice chairman/vice president.

Kari Button of Glasgow was chosen chairman of the Farm Home Advisory committee, and Lessa Houchen of Glasgow was named secretary.

The local meeting also included a report by Brad Gilkey of McDaniels, Southern States’ district manager, on major developments at the cooperative during the past year. Gilkey also reviewed local operations and services. He reported that total operating volume for the past year was about $11 million.

Founded in 1923, Southern states now has more than 300,000 farmer-members. As one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, the Richmond, Va., based firm provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative serves its members and non-member customers through 1,100 retail outlets and had sales of over $2 billion in its fiscal year ending June 30.

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