temporal1 wrote:thank you. i hope you are correct. i have no reason to doubt.ken_sylvania wrote:temporal1 wrote:Now years ago, we would go camping in WI. Lots of dairy cows/farms! It was a bit shocking to see the vast majority of homesteads had "Land of Lakes" signs in their yards! Regardless of outward appearances, most farms were part of big corporations.
These farms would have been part of Land O'Lakes, Inc. only in that each of them own a portion of the co-op and the co-op markets their milk. The co-op doesn't own the farms, cows, etc. 88% of farms in the US are small family farms, and 97% are family owned. I'm not sure how you conclude that most WI farms are part of big corporations.
knowing this, i'm surprised the signs did not make a statement about the co-ops.
in my area, a different state, any type of co-op activity seems to be openly stated. so, i did not think of that.
Some of the Land O'Lakes signs will say "Member Owner" in smaller letters across the top, but if a person's not familiar with the setup the relationship might not be clear.
Many farmers like to hang out the shingle of the company they produce for, whether it's growing poultry or hogs, producing eggs, or producing milk.