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Describe Federated Co-ops' core businesses
Our core businesses are agronomy and energy. Most co-ops got started selling power fuels to farmers. A natural extension of that business was to provide propane for home heat to both farmers and non-farmers. Later, as use of crop nutrients and crop protection products grew, cooperatives entered the agronomy business. Today, co-ops also provide genetically modified seed to protect plants against weed and insect pests. While energy and agronomy are Federated Co-ops’ core businesses, the co-op has responded to a growing demand for lifestyle products by converting space at its ag centers to retail and by building country stores. These retail outlets offer feed products for horses and other companion animals, tack, bird seed and feeders, power tools, and outdoor clothing. The co-op also operates a handful of convenience stores and one lumberyard.