CHICAGO – Brad McDonald, a 29-year-old co-owner of an agricultural business, was featured on Forbes “30 Under 30” list this fall.
The list was compiled by selecting 30 top achievers in 20 industries. McDonald was selected after his brother, Ben, nominated him. More than 15,000 people applied.
McDonald started Agroy, a company that allows farmers to buy seed, fertilizer and other inputs online for a cheaper price. The company made more than $2 million in 2016, its first year.
“It amazes me how agriculture is one of the last industries to utilize an online system to buy wholesale products,” McDonald said. “If we can buy everything from toys to clothes to appliances online at a cheap price, why can’t we do the same with fertilizer?
“I believe it’s the future of agriculture. We’re trying to partner with farmers who also believe in our mission.”
The company works similarly to an agricultural co-op, only online.
While traditional co-ops are locally based, Agroy aims negotiate prices on behalf of farmers nationwide. The goal is to get a true, wholesale price.
On The Grow
It’s been a good year for the young business, with solid investments allowing the company to grow.
McDonald hopes to expand the company by working with farmers who own larger amounts of land.
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“We offer particularly special deals to any farmer with over 20,000 acres,” he said. “We’re interested in connecting with those farmers personally, either via a call or visit, to work with them and help build a network.”
Farmers of any size can sign up with no obligation to buy at .
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