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ILLINOIS-BASED DANVERS FARMERS ELEVATOR AND UNITED PRAIRIE TO MERGE
Source: Danvers Farmers Elevator and United Prairie LLC joint news release

Dear Danvers Patron,

We are excited to announce that Danvers Farmers Elevator and United Prairie LLC have agreed in principal to merge their agronomy businesses. United Prairie is a partnership of three cooperatives; Premier Cooperative Inc. of Champaign, Illinois, Topflight Grain Cooperative Inc. of Monticello, Illinois and CHS Inc. of Inver Grove Heights, MN. After several months of study and evaluation by the board and management of Danvers and United Prairie, Danvers has unanimously agreed to join United Prairie as a fourth member of the United Prairie ownership group. Following completion of our due diligence we expect this to take place on or around September, 1, 2017.

The board and management of Danvers feel very strong that this merger will significantly benefit the agronomy patrons of Danvers. It is expected to provide improved leverage and access to resources for the supply of inputs, cutting edge technology, enhanced market knowledge and expertise in the ever-changing marketplace for farm input resources. All current employees working in the agronomy business will continue to be employees of United Prairie. It is also important to note this is for the agronomy business only. Danvers will continue to operate as they always have with the grain business. Two members of Danvers current board of directors will join the board of United Prairie.

As with any change there are questions to answer. We will be having a question and answer session in the near future to address any concerns. We have added a question and answer sheet to this announcement to address some of the questions. We are also available anytime if you would like to talk personally.

The board and management of Danvers and United Prairie have worked diligently to assure this action is in the best interest of all our customers. We believe this merger will provide additional benefits and services to all our patrons.

The boards of directors of Danvers and United Prairie look forward to the benefits this merger will bring all the patrons and our cooperative owners. Should you have any questions after reading this letter and the attachments hereto please feel free to call us anytime.

Best Regards


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