Photo courtesy of Rockingham County, Virginia and Josh Gooden.

Dayton, Virginia – Rockingham Cooperative today announced they will invest nearly $17 million to expand their feed mill in Dayton, Virginia. This announcement is made in a coordinated effort with the honorable Governor Glenn Youngkin, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and Rockingham County officials.

The investment to be made by Rockingham Cooperative is supplemented by a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which Rockingham County will match with local funds. The cooperative’s investment will cover a variety of expansion and upgraded areas to more effectively serve it’s customer-base.

Expansion of the feed mill includes land acquisition, new warehouse space, upgraded ingredient bins, and the installation of a solar panel energy system which will provide and estimated 90% of the electricity needed for the feed mill operation in addition to other upgrades. Improvements to current facilities includes upgrades to roadways and utilities, renovation & expansion of existing load out system and feed mill building as well as other accompanying equipment and vehicles in the upcoming years.

“This grant, combined with the major investment that Rockingham Cooperative is making, serves as a statement that the Commonwealth of Virginia and Rockingham Cooperative are committed to  preserving and advancing the agricultural industry in Virginia. Through this expansion, Rockingham Cooperative is poised to continue its status as the premiere agricultural purchasing cooperative in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and beyond for the next 100 years.”Keith Turner, Rockingham Cooperative Feed Division Manager

Rockingham Cooperative has been serving our community since 1921 and is Virginia’s oldest member-owned Agricultural Purchasing Cooperative, made up to over 5,000 member-owners in over 26 states. They proudly have 14 locations in 6 counties across Virginia offering a variety of products and services to their member-owners and customers.


Questions can be directed to Adam Ford of  Rockingham Cooperative at

Interested parties can find coverage, and additional information, below:

Press Release from the Governor of Virginia’s office

News Story from The Daily News Record printed on June 15, 2022

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News Story from The Staunton News Leader printed on June 15, 2022

News Story from the Royal Examiner printed on June 15, 2022

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News Report from KPVI in Idaho published on June 17, 2022

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