Call Number: Mss 150, Pc 156, Tc 102, Mc 6 (A.01-43)
Title: Agricore Cooperative Ltd. fonds.
Dates: 1925-2001; predominate 1998-2001.
Extent: 10 m of textual records and other materials.
Administrative history: Agricore Cooperative
Ltd. was created November 1, 1998, through the friendly merger of
Alberta Wheat Pool Ltd. and Manitoba Pool Elevators. It existed
for only three years, then merged with United Grain Growers to form
Agricore United in November 2001. Before the merger, it was one
of the largest agribusinesses in Western Canada. Moreover, as Agricore
United is a publicly traded company, Agricore can be seen as the
last of the farmer-owned cooperatives, a movement that significantly
altered prairie-farming practices in the twentieth century. Agricore
officially began operations on November 1, 1998. Extensive preparations
were made to ensure that a seamless transition occurred when the
two historic cooperatives became one new entity. Winnipeg was selected
as the head office and staff was shifted accordingly. In late 1999,
Agricore weathered its first serious crisis when the cooperative's
unionized staff went on strike. The next year and a half saw Agricore
expand its business in a variety of ways including the establishment
of high throughput elevators in Elva, Manitoba and at the junctions
of highway 3 and 14 between Morden and Winkler, in Manitoba. Though
wheat and grain prices in 1999-2000 reached historic lows, Agricore
managed to increase earnings and further enhance its reputation
as one of western Canada's most influential agribusinesses. On July
30, 2001, Agricore announced that the boards of both UGG and Agricore
had unanimously agreed to a merger that would create a new company,
Agricore United, which would be modeled after UGG's share structure.
On November 1, 2001, the merger took place and Agricore, the last
of the prairie cooperatives, ceased to exist.
Custodial history: University of Manitoba Archives
& Special Collections acquired the records of Agricore on November
6, 2001. The gift of ten metres of unprocessed material was sent
from the Agricore head office in Winnipeg to the University of Manitoba
under the stewardship of archivist Brian Hubner.
Scope and content: The fonds includes materials
compiled by the two companies that merged to form Agricore, Alberta
Wheat Pool (AWP) and Manitoba Pool Elevators (MPE). AWP and MPE
materials include annual reports, policy reports, and policy manuals.
The majority of the materials concern the creation and functioning
of Agricore as a company during the three years it existed. These
materials include annual reports, Agricore publications, policy
manuals, news clippings related to Agricore, and other administrative
materials. In addition to traditional textual materials, the fonds
includes 6 Agricore maps, assorted Agricore ephemera, 36 video cassettes,
74 audio cassettes, and 6 audio compact discs.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: As Agricore merged with United
Grain Growers on November 1, 2001 to form Agricore United, no
further accruals of records explicitly dealing with Agricore are
Related material: Records of Alberta Wheat Pool
Ltd. are held by Glenbow Museum Archives and records of Manitoba
Pool Elevators are held by S.J. McKee Archives at Brandon University.
Finding aid: Printed finding aid available in Archives
reading room. Online finding aid available at the link below:
150, PC 156, TC 102, MC 6 (A.01-43).