Agri-Business in Champaign County, Ohio
Nutrien Ag Solutions
With the south side of Urbana currently serving as a hotbed of sorts for economic development, Colorado-based Nutrien Ag Solutions has decided to add to the ongoing construction in the area by redeveloping the former Interstate Truckers Inc. facility at 668 State Route 55 into a fertilizer distribution center.
Founded in 1983, Freshwater Farms of Ohio is family-owned and operated by 3 generations of the Smith family. Dr. Dave Smith and his father, Dick Smith, an electrical engineer, started the facility, a vertically integrated hatchery, grow-out, processing, marketing, and retail operation. The only producers of trout products in Ohio, the 5-acre farm is the state’s largest indoor fish hatchery, raising up to 100,000 pounds of fish yearly.
Heritage Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative founded in 2009 by the consolidation of Champaign Landmark, Inc. of Urbana and The Farmers Commission Company of Upper Sandusky. This consolidation serves the agricultural needs of farmers and residents in a 20 county area in central Ohio.
Innovation, common sense, and hard work have contributed to Michael Farms’ success in providing nutritious, top-quality, fresh vegetables throughout Ohio and surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Doug and Phyllis Michael started the operation in Urbana in 1958. Michael Farms has grown to be one of the largest vegetable farms in the state with over 2,500 acres.
Old Souls Farm
Old Souls Farms, a hydroponic produce farm in Champaign County, has been in business since 2015. The business is preparing for an expansion after steadily adding clients at restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Columbus area, including Whole Foods.