United Prairie was formed in 1996, when Unity Grain and Grand Prairie Cooperative combined their crop production divisions in order to serve their customers more efficiently. In 1997, Monticello Grain added their crop production division to United Prairie. At that point, United Prairie operated four retail locations at Pierson, Ivesdale, White Heath, and Tolono. In 1998, Unity Grain, Bement Grain, and Cisco Co-op merged to form Topflight Grain. Then in 2009, Grand Prairie Cooperative merged with Jamaica Farmers Elevator and Fisher Farmers Grain & Coal to form Premier Cooperative. Topflight Grain and Premier Cooperative are owners of United Prairie.
In 2015, CHS Cooperative invested their central Illinois assets and became part of the ownership group. Danvers Farmers Elevator also invested in 2017. Today, United Prairie operates eleven retail locations throughout central Illinois.
From the beginning, our focus at United Prairie has been on delivering the best possible service to our customers. Unlike other agricultural retailers, we are locally owned and managed, with a board of directors composed largely of area producers. As a result, we operate under a philosophy that puts a priority on adapting and growing our business to meet the needs of our local grower.
We’ve continued to grow and expand over the years, not for the sake of growth and not because we have to answer to shareholders. The fact is, if you provide great value and exceptional service, the word will get out. As we’ve grown, we’ve made a conscious effort to add enough structure to maintain our efficiency, while remaining flexible enough to meet the needs of any agricultural operation—big or small.
Our goal isn’t to sell products—anyone can do that. We take the time to understand how you farm, and then design a system that will fit your operation and enable your acres to be as productive as possible. We continually hire and develop the best people we can find.
Are you looking for a company that is big enough to provide opportunities for growth and advancement, but small enough that you don’t get lost in the shuffle? Consider United Prairie. We’re always looking for good people with a service-first attitude as we continue to grow. United Prairie offers a quality working environment, with opportunities for advancement, personal growth, and continuing education. In fact, most of our managers have become managers by advancing through the company.
Because our turnover is extremely low, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals who really know their job and our customers. Even if don’t find your particular specialty in our job listings, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a place for you. We’re always looking for top-notch talent.