John and Jen
I am not sure that autonomy, or not, is necessarily the more important issue but the question does FLC offer the coops a superior basket of services to compel them to cooperate. Do they need to be persuaded?
Yes, I agree, FLC needs to Supply the local coops with business skills such as enterprise risk management may have prevented the coops from being over leveraged.
An understanding of customer value proposition would have given the local coop the tools to understand customer needs.
Even in western Canada the farm service center needs to respond to fairy diverse regional markets.
The owner of the local NAPA franchise has done an amazing job in understanding and catering to the farmers needs and I guess that’s why the coop in the same town closed. Couldn’t compete!