Strong History, Solid Future

North Iowa Cooperative celebrated 15 years of unification in 2017. As the member-owned cooperative nears 20 years of adding value to its members with integrity, they still celebrate a strong history that propels them towards a solid future.

North Iowa Cooperative Milestones
  • 1996 - Farmers Cooperative Thornton purchase of two Thermogas sites (United LP)
  • 2001 - NIC/Thornton Merger Passes
  • 2002 - NIC/Clear Lake Merger Passes
  • 2003 - Purchase Graverson Propane in Plymouth
  • 2004 - Union Pacific Abandons Rail Line to Thornton and Golden Grain Energy Opened
  • 2005 - Refined Fuels Department is Sold to Hancock Country Co-op Oil in Garner
  • 2006 - Portland 600,000 Bushel Grain Bin Project Announced
  • 2007 - Storage Bunker Added in Thornton and Sukup Dryer Added in Clear Lake
  • 2008 - Image and Updates by Painting Storage Tanks and Facilities Across Total Company
  • 2009 - Plymouth Storage Project Study is Conducted 2010 Thornton and Plymouth Dryer Project Approved
  • 2011 - NIC Joins USA Fertilizer Purchasing Group
  • 2012 - Bulk Seed and Storage Facility is Constructed in Portland
  • 2013 - Consolidated Feed Mills to Clear Lake
  • 2014 - Purchased Watters LP Gas Service
  • 2015 - 12,725 Ton Dry Blend Fertilizer Plan is Constructed in Portland
  • 2016 - Liquid Storage Tank Built and Agworld Technology is Developed for Agronomy Facility
  • 2018 - Liquid Facility in Place with Rail Unload of Dry and Liquid Fertilizer
  • 2021 - Began Construction on Thronton East Grain Facility Phase 1 Completed 750,000 bin, 20,000 bu/hour leg, and receiving/unloading building
  • 2022 - Phase II Complete: 440,000 wet bin and 7,000 bu/hour dryer

Member Application

Members are the foundation of the cooperative system. North Iowa Cooperative is a proud member-owned cooperative with 340 Class-A members. Member-owners help steer the organization through leadershop representation, member voting and equity within the cooperative. A benefit of member-ownershop is patronage dividends which are distributed based on the purchase of goods and services from the cooperative.

Interested in membership with North Iowa Cooperative? Forms are available to be downloaded.  Please mail to: North Iowa Cooperative P.O. Box 90 Thornton, IA 50479 or you may drop off completed application at any of our locations.


Membership Application

Leadership Staff

Craig Backhaus 



Matt Hardy



Amy Fisher



Sarah Sturges



Kevin Weiss


Clear Lake

Ed Paulus



Phil Markwardt