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Source: Aurora Cooperative news release

The Aurora Cooperative, a leading agricultural supplier and grain marketer based in Nebraska and serving America's farmers in multiple states, this week announced an Aurora AgronomyŽ expansion in Texas with the acquisition of Perryton Aviation, Inc., located in Perryton, TX and Hansford Aviation, Inc., located in Gruver, TX.

The Texas multi-site expansion was previously owned and operated by Jason Schickedanz and headquartered at Perryton, TX. The sites will continue to operate under the Perryton Aviation and Hansford Aviation brands, with Schickedanz continuing to lead operations at the facilities, and assist in the expansion of Aurora Ag Aviation; a sub-division of Aurora AgronomyŽ.

Perryton Aviation and Hansford Aviation are full-service agronomy businesses, featuring aerial and ground application, scouting services, along with seed, crop protection and fertilizer sales.

"The vision of the Aurora Cooperative is to be financially strong, innovative, independent and a farmer-owned, and for the next generation. We are committed to delivering the finest products, service, and expertise to all farmer-owners in our expanding market area," said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative.

"Within this expansion, Aurora's ground and aerial agronomy capabilities are further enhanced. Equally important is selecting businesses that share Aurora's culture and vision," Hohwieler said. "Jason shares our approach of building long-term relationships with our farmer-owners. Aurora's continued growth will be built upon these time-honored principles."

Based in Aurora, NE since 1908, the Aurora Cooperative is a premiere, multi-purpose agricultural cooperative providing service and expertise in grain, agronomy, animal nutrition, and energy. For more information, visit

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