Member-owners for North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE) voted against unification with Wheat Growers (WG), whose member-owners voted for unification. Both groups had to vote to agree to unification for it to happen.
The two cooperatives will continue serving their respective members as separate entities.
South Dakota law requires that a majority of eligible members of each cooperative vote in favor of a unification agreement before the unification can go into effect. The final vote, as certified by auditing firm Eide Bailly, fell short.