CFE has proudly served our communities for over 100 years. We are a farmer-owned co-op that specializes in feed, grain, livestock nutrition, crop production and management, fuel, tires, and retail. We pride ourselves at being responsible stewards of the communities we are rooted in. CFE emphasizes outreach and giving back to our communities by supporting agricultural youth organizations such as 4-H, FFA, and other local programs and events.
In April of 1918, 206 individuals pledged funds totaling $15,850 to begin a farmer’s cooperative in Caledonia, MI. By June, the Articles of Incorporation for Caledonia Farmers Elevator Company were signed and filed with the state. The company created a business management module using an elected Board of Directors and an appointed General Manager, this same model is used today.
Over the years, Caledonia Farmers Elevator business operations have included coal and lumber supply, egg grading and hatchery, grain marketing and storage, animal nutrition, crop seed and fertilizer, and retail farm supplies from clothing to animal health and hardware. Services have included soil and feed testing and recommendations, custom plant food and crop protection application, and geospatial and geographic technology.
CFE’s focus has always been on serving member farmers, community and industry with specialized skills, innovation, and integrity. We believe that as the cooperative membership realizes success, so in turn do the employees and the company. At the core of daily operations, the hard work and family & business values embodied by employees is the key to continued growth, profitability, and proven industry leadership. In 2021 CFE acquired Eaton Farm Bureau adding four more locations.
Today, CFE operations consist of six Michigan locations with the main campus still operating out of the original facility in Caledonia. CFE serves membership in west and central Michigan. Operational and intellectual improvements are made annually to guarantee CFE’s viability and continued contributions to the successful future and sustainability of the Agricultural industry.