Patronage

When you’re a member of the Co-op, you’re also an owner. That means you share in the profits.

The patronage system allows us to share and reinvest those profits and keep the dollars in our local communities.

Co-ops are just built differently.

A cooperative is a business built to work for its members, not just for maximum profit for a few people.

Here’s how you can join us.

Step One:
Become a member.

Join over 14,000 other folks in Central Montana to become an owner / member.

Step Two:
Do business with the Co-op.

The more business you do with the co-op, the more of the profits you’re eligible for.

Step Three:
Reap the rewards.

Cash patronage and allocated equity are distributed each December.

We paid back 22 million dollars
in cash in five years.

The chart below shows our average patronage rates for 2014-2018.

Money back on Fuels
More money for crops
Money back on chemicals
Money back on retail

Frequently asked questions

What is a cooperative?

A co-op is a member-owned and member-controlled business that operates for the benefit of its members.

What is patronage?

Patronage is the distribution of a co-op’s profits back to its members. The amount each member receives is generally based on the amount of business they do with the co-op in a fiscal year.

How does patronage work?

There are two components of patronage, cash and equity. Co-ops are required to pay back at least 20% of the profits back to members in cash; typically Mountain View Co-op pays 40% in cash. The balance is distributed as “Allocated Equity”. See below for more on that.

How does Mountain View Co-op detemine the patronage rates each year?

The rates are determined bases on sales and profitability for each respective commodity.

Who receives patronage?

Any member who earns at least $50 in total patronage, maintains an account in good credit standing, and has signed the proper patronage forms will receive patronage.

Is my patronage from Mountain View taxable?

Yes. A 1099 Patronage IRS form will be mailed to you each January.

What is equity?

Equity is the portion of patronage that is retained and used for operating the co-op.

How and when do I receive my equity back?

Individuals are eligible to have their equity “retired” when they reach the age of 70. MVC pays out equities of of estates as requested.

Is my equity redemption taxable?

Since you paid the taxes on the patronage the year it was allocated, equity redemptions are no considered taxable income.


Still have questions?

We’re always happy to help.

Phone

(406) 453-5900

Address

2200 Old Havre Highway, Black Eagle, MT 59414