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Zeeland Farm Services: The family-owned company quietly conquering midwestern agri-business

Jul 12, 2018 at 03:18 PM CST
For drivers taking I-196 from Grand Rapids toward the lakeshore, Zeeland Farm Services is a familiar landmark, its steel grain bins towering over Exit 55, the brothy smell of heated soybeans coming through the car windows. ZFS, which buys, sells and transports corn, wheat, and soy and operates Michigan’s only soy processing plant, has long been a behemoth in the state’s agribusiness economy—and it’s only getting bigger. In recent years, ZFS has expanded into the export and biofuels markets and opened facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.