The Bowling Green Feed & Grain was formerly the Grower's Co-op which closed down June 29. The absence of the feed mill posed a real problem for the many people in the area who needed it. When the co-op closed farmers had to go to Clay City or Cloverdale.
In the face of a poor economy, time becomes more precious to farmers. Extra minutes spent on the road, extra fuel consumed and extra mileage on trucks translate into reduced profits.
So a group of farmers got together and bought the facility. There were 2,500 shares established to be sold at $100 a share. No one person could buy more than 20 percent. Originally 14 people made the purchase. Now there are 40 plus shareholders with shares still available.
Bowling Green Feed & Grain intends to be a full service facility. The biggest service now is the feed mill. They will grind and mix whatever supplements the farmers want. Farmers can buy in bulk or by the bag.
They can also get their own feed ground and store it in the grain bank. The mill is looking for a bulk delivery truck so they can deliver feed directly to the farmers' storage areas.
The company sells food for animals other than livestock. They have food for cats, dogs, rabbits and even placed an order for one man for pigeon food. They sell animal health products and they're geared to help anybody with 4-H animals.
They also have small miscellaneous items that may be needed around the farm such as nails, bolts, small tools and kerosene. Hauser said they hope to increase their inventory in the future.
The Feed & Grain company has three other employees besides Hauser. Brent Knox is the full time expert feed person. James Rubeck, a part time employee, works in the grain department. Part timer, Deanna Steiner, does the books and a little bit of everything.
Hauser said the store is doing OK. They're still in the black and not borrowing any money. "Service is the main key," he reiterated. "We're all pulling the same way so that'll make a difference. This is a true co-op."
Bowling Green Feed & Grain is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
"Sometimes we're here longer if a lot of grain is coming in," Hauser said. "We try to be here when we're needed."