On February 21, 2017, CoMark Grain of Cheney, Kansas, voted to consolidate with Equity Marketing Alliance of Enid, Oklahoma. The consolidation will be effective May 1, 2017, prior to the 2017 wheat harvest. Equity Marketing Alliance approved the consolidation through membership vote at their annual membership meeting, February 16, 2017.
CoMark Grain is owned by 13 cooperatives, representing 74 country elevators. Their annual average receipts for total grains are 66 million bushels. They stretch across south central, southeast and northwest Kansas, along with north central Oklahoma.
Equity Marketing Alliance is owned by 17 cooperatives, representing 87 country elevators in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. EMA’s average total grain receipts are 54 million bushels.
The new entity will have 161 locations and a total grain storage capacity of 133 million bushels.
The OACC is a member-supported organization advocating for agricultural cooperatives and their producer members. The OACC’s mission is to enhance the understanding of cooperatives and advance their development. The OACC serves as the voice for agricultural cooperatives in the legislative and regulatory affairs process and provides educational resources to help strengthen their member cooperatives.