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September 11, 2012

MFA expands SE Kan. operations

Parsons, Kansas — MFA Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia, Mo, announced that MFA Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of MFA Incorporated, has purchased Irsik & Doll’s feed mill and grain elevator in Emporia, Kan., and Emch Feed and Elevator Company, Inc., of Madison, Kan. The arrangement will bring MFA added feed manufacturing and grain merchandising strength provided by the addition of these facilities.

MFA had 2011 fiscal year net sales of $1.3 billion. MFA has also recently added a retail outlet in Osage City, Kan., to the Ag Choice Agri Services centers MFA already operates in eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma through its retail stores called AGChoice. These retail locations handle feed, animal health, the MFA Health Track feeder calf marketing program, farm supply needs, as well as agronomy needs such as seed, crop protection products, fertilizer, and various crop production and grain merchandising services.

According to Dr. Alan Wessler, MFA vice president of feed operations and animal health, “We are excited by the opportunities provided by purchasing these facilities. We have enjoyed working with the fine folks from Irsik & Doll, whose strong reputation is unsurpassed as a fair and reputable cattle feeding and grain company. We have also worked closely with Bill Emch at Emch Feed and Elevator, a well-respected company with an excellent reputation and a diverse customer base. Buying the Emporia and Madison facilities allows MFA to expand its scope of agricultural products and services to a wider geographical area and to strengthen service to MFA’s existing farmer and rancher customers in eastern Kansas, Missouri and the Midwest.”

MFA Incorporated (Made For Agriculture) is a farm supply and marketing cooperative serving 45,000 plus active farmers in Missouri, eastern Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma and adjacent states. Founded in 1914, MFA has 131 company-owned locations and 25 local MFA affiliates with 23 branches. The cooperative also serves approximately 400 independent dealers and local cooperatives not affiliated with MFA.

Irsik & Doll Feed Services, Inc., founded in 1961, is a leading cattle feeding and grain merchandising company with feedlots and grain facilities in multiple locations throughout western Kansas. John Petz, president and CEO stated “With the sale of the Emporia facilities to MFA, Irsik & Doll will remain focused on the core business of serving cattle feeding customers across the U.S. and grain facility operations in the western part of the state. At the same time, the cattle feeding customers around the Emporia area and across the flint hills should know a local presence will continue, and we remain committed to providing the absolute best custom cattle feeding services in the industry for these producers.”

Emch Feed and Elevator Company, Inc., founded in 1969, has a customer base in multiple counties and enjoys a well-earned reputation for customer service in both row crops and livestock, a practice MFA will continue.

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Wessler at 573.876.5244.£


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