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Agribusiness & Cooperatives

Agribusiness is one of Michigan’s biggest economic drivers, and cooperatives play into that industry in forms ranging from fruit coops to grocery stores. As northern Michigan’s largest locally owned and full-service public accounting firm, Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth is uniquely experienced to help both agribusinesses and cooperatives address their accounting needs.

DGN possesses more than 45 years of experience in the agricultural niche, as well as a past-and-current client list that spans many sectors of the agribusiness industry. Our experience in this space means we can help your business with everything from tax compliance to retirement and succession planning.

We also have personal connections to the agribusiness industry that go beyond accounting work. One of our leading partners in this space grew up on a family farm, lending our team a firsthand familiarity with the challenges that agricultural businesses face. Furthermore, we are affiliated with CPAmerica, which links us to hundreds of CPA firms providing services to nearly 3,000 agricultural clients nationally.

On the cooperative front, DGN is the rare accounting firm that has experience working with co-op organizations. Cooperatives are jointly-owned and democratically-run enterprises that thrive on a sense of teamwork and mutual goals. These qualities have made cooperatives increasingly popular in many industries, including agribusiness. However, the split ownership and leadership structures of cooperatives also make them difficult to manage from an accounting standpoint. At DGN, we are familiar with the complexities of equity and ownership that these businesses face, which means we are uniquely positioned to help cooperatives prepare financial statements, understand their tax obligations, and prepare for a mutually agreeable future.

Some of the niches we serve within the agribusiness industry include:

  • Fruit Cooperatives
  • Fruit Farms
  • Wineries
  • Vineyards
  • Cash Crops
  • Dairy Farms
  • Beef Farms
  • Apiaries
  • Alpaca Farms
  • Maple Syrup Producers
  • Producer cooperatives
  • Worker cooperatives

Our agribusiness team is led by DGN partners Jim Shumate and Shelly Bedford.

Shelly Bedford
(231) 946-1722

Jim Shumate
(231) 946-1722

Agribusiness Industry Services at Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth