AMES, IOWA, US — Mid State Milling Inc. is the third company in the span of a month to join the Landus optimization model, which is an alternative to traditional mergers and acquisitions for agriculture retail.
Mid State Milling is the first feed company to join.  

“The diversity of the first three businesses joining us on this journey of optimizing ag retail demonstrates the universal applicability of the model,” said Matt Carstens, president and chief executive officer, Landus. “We welcome the addition of Mid State Milling to help maximize feed infrastructure, grain supply, and operational excellence for the benefit of farmers.”

As part of the agreement, Doug Riese, president of Mid State Milling, will maintain his current role while lending his feed operations expertise to the Landus feed team on a part-time basis.

“Joining Landus and this network of ag retail partners provides a powerful platform for generating more growth and value for our business and our customers,” Riese said. “We’re looking forward to getting started and realize the full potential of this new way of working together.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Mid State Milling joins NuWay-K&H Cooperative and Snittjer Grain as the first companies announced to partner within the Landus optimization framework.

Landus first announced the optimization framework in April. Participating companies maintain autonomy, preserve local community presence, and enhance farmer relationships while participating in a shared platform of strength.

This new model is designed for collaboration and optimization on grain, feed, soybean processing, agronomy, data, technology, logistics, and back-office functions. It also provides the opportunity to maximize capital investments, infrastructure capacity, and employee talent.

Agreements are tailored to the strengths of each party and developed on a case-by-case basis.