Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC, announced the successful acquisition of the agronomy assets of Gerken's Feed and Grain in Lake City, Minn., and Gillett Grain Services, Inc., in Gillett, Ark.

The agronomy business of Gerken's Feed and Grain will operate as part of Pinnacle's Providence Agriculture brand as a full-service agricultural input retailer specializing in the sales and service of seed, crop protection chemicals and fertilizer. Gillett Grain will operate as part of Pinnacle's Sanders brand.

Jerry and Jennifer Gerken purchased the agronomy business from Dill Company in 2003 and have operated it with the philosophy of independently working for the customer.  “We feel that Providence Agriculture will continue to build upon this philosophy,” said the Gerkens.  “This is a great opportunity for all of us to maximize our efforts in support of our farm customers. Providence Agriculture brings a wealth of experience and expanded product offerings to enhance grower success.” 

Providence Agriculture’s newest location will remain at 901 7th Street North, Lake City, Minn. Marty Stoll will remain as sales agronomist with Providence Agriculture. “We are very excited about the recent acquisition. Gerken is a highly-regarded business with similar company values and goals of grower success,” said Al Bousley, Providence Agriculture Regional Business Director.

“We are truly excited about expanding our business into the state of Minnesota and look forward to partnering with area farmers,” said Rad Page, President of Providence Agriculture.  “We believe in building lasting partnerships with our growers by providing only the very best products and helping them make effective input decisions, with the goal of increasing yields and lowering their cost per unit of production.”

Lake City, Minnesota is Providence Agriculture’s eighteenth retail location across eight states offering seed, custom fertilizer blends, and crop protection products, as well as award-winning OptiGro® precision agriculture services.

Located in Gillett, Ark., Gillett Grain is a farm input and supply company that has been serving area growers for 31 years.

The new Sanders location will be managed by Dale Reed.  Reed founded Gillett Grain in 1983 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience serving the southeast Arkansas agriculture market.

Reed said, "This is a win-win for everyone involved.  Our long-time customers and employees will benefit from the additional resources and tools that Pinnacle and Sanders bring.  Pinnacle and Sanders will benefit from the addition of a great customer base and staff that have served those customers faithfully for so many years.  We are excited to associate our reputation and business with an equally respected company like Pinnacle."

Gillett will be Sanders' 21 retail location in the state of Arkansas offering seed, custom fertilizer blends, and crop protection products, as well as its award-winning OptiGro(r) precision agriculture services.