But times weren’t all bad that year.
Because it was in 1930 that the first diesel engine automobile trip was completed (Indianapolis to New York City) by Clessie Cummins, founder of the Cummins Motor Company.
And in 1930, Hostess Twinkies were invented.
But perhaps our favorite fact is that, in our east-central Indiana area, the Articles of Incorporation for the Wayne County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc. were signed and notarized on March 12, 1930.
Meaning, Harvest Land Co-op will turn 90 years old on March 12.
We’ve changed a lot in that time! We are no longer a resource for seed potatoes, lumber or even poultry.
Today, we’ve evolved to meet our farmer-owners’ needs, and those have certainly changed over time. Technology, demand, family dynamics, weather trends, markets and beyond have each been factors of our longevity and our story.
In ninety years, we’ve also joined forces with 18 other cooperatives in our trade area to better serve the members.
Much changes in ninety years, but our commitment to the cooperative spirit remains unwavering. We thank you and your family for the partnership you’ve shown us over the last ninety years.
We would not be here had a group of farmers not wanted to find a better way to do business, together. And we’ll only remain strong – and around for another ninety years! – because of our farmer-members.