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anniversary celebration

Honoring the Past.
Shaping the Future.

CFE’s legacy spans back to 1899, encompassing not only the three legacy cooperatives but also those that preceded them. With a rich history of serving our territory, CFE takes great pleasure and honor in celebrating 125 years of cooperative history.

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June 29, 2024

Join us for a special event on Saturday, June 29 at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids from 1:00-10:00 pm, where we’ll commemorate this milestone with live music and activities for all ages.

CFE 125 History Books

History Book

Throughout the year we’ll be capturing stories, history and the people of CFE in a memento book, available at the 2024 annual meeting.

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The Timeline of CFE

Care to Share?

Whether it’s photos, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, certificates, giveaways you’ve received—you name it, we’d love to see it! Select the sharing method below that best suits you, and if you send us something you’d like returned, we can guarantee it will be sent back in the same condition.

Allison Rokes, Attn: 125th Anniversary,
706 N 3rd St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Please include a return address within the envelopes.


Prefer to share them online? Fill out this simple form and upload your files here.


Would you rather leave it at a CFE location for a few days? Give your location a call and let them know you’re coming.

If you have any questions, feel free to give your nearest location a ring. You may also call Katie Flick at 712-363-4258 or Allison Rokes directly at 712-441-6270.

From the archives

125 Years in Pictures

Frequently asked questions

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CFE’s history dates back to 1899, not only through the three legacy cooperatives, but also the cooperatives that preceded them. Through this rich history of serving the territory, it is with great pleasure and honor that CFE celebrates 125 years of cooperative history.

There are three main cooperatives: Cooperative Elevators Association (CEA), Farmers Elevator Cooperative (FEC) and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC). However, each of these cooperatives underwent many mergers, buy-outs and acquisitions in their rich histories which will be displayed in the 125th book.

FEC was made up of Rock Valley, Doon, Alvord, Hudson, Hawarden, Rock Rapids, Lester, Larchwood and Inwood.

CEA included Harris, Hartley, Lake Park, Sibley, Okoboji and Ocheyedan.

UFC included locations of Allendorf, Ashton, and George in Iowa. UFC also brought Bigelow and Rushmore location in Minnesota.

Milford, Spirit Lake, Germantown and Marcus locations were all acquired or purchased after CFE was created in 2015.

CFE will be hosting a come-and-go anniversary event on Saturday, June 29 from 1:00-10:00 pm at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids, IA. The event will feature live music, activities for every age and an appreciation meal.

We will also be collecting the history and stories of CFE, and creating a memento book that beautifully displays them. The book will be available at the 2024 annual meeting.

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