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Membership

What is a cooperative?

A cooperative is started by a group of people who want to meet a common need. Centra Sota Cooperative’s story started in 1877 when farmers joined together to market milk and butter through a local creamery. In 1922, Producers Co-op Creamery was formed and became one of the first cooperatives to produce Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter!

 

A cooperative is different than the average business because it is owned and controlled by its customers. We call these Cooperative owners “Patrons.” A patron is defined as “an influential supporter.” Our patrons have a voice in how Centra Sota is run, and can receive yearly payments (called patronage) and build equity in our cooperative!

While Centra Sota began as a cooperative for farmers, we offer many services including:

  • Energy - propane to heat your home, or fuel for your business truck fleet 

  • Agronomy - helping farmers choose the best products and services for their farm

  • Feed - for small backyard flocks or hundreds of head of cattle 

  • Community Lawn Care - keeping your home or business lawn beautiful while giving back to the Country Stores - where experts help you find the right pet food, garden supplies, and more

Centra Sota is proud of our cooperative legacy, and proud to support communities throughout central Minnesota. Interested in becoming a member? Fill out the application below!

Please note: If you plan to run your account through your business, you'll need to complete the business information section below. We will also reach out to you for additional information and verifications. 

Let’s Work Together

Membership Application

To apply for membership, please complete the form below. We'll reach out to follow-up after we've received it. Thanks!

Products you're interested in:
Type of application:

Required to receive patronage if eligible

Required to receive patronage if eligible

Joint Applicant

Required field for joint application

Business Applicants Only

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Required field for business application

Bank Information
Has the applicant filed bankruptcy within the past 7 years?

Thanks for submitting! We'll be in touch shortly. If you have questions before then, please call our main office at 763.682.1464. Thanks!

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