Zen-Noh is the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, of Japan. Zen-Noh was formed in 1972 and is comprised of about 951 cooperative unions, serving about 4.78 million members and 4.8 million associate level members. Essentially, Zen- Noh is owned by the farmers of Japan and exists to serve those very same farmers in their efforts to supply the nation with a safe, stable supply of high quality food.
Zen-Noh’s primary mission is to serve Japanese Agriculture (JA) in their mission to provide Japanese consumers with domestically produced farm products that are safe, reliable and of impeccable quality. In fulfilling this mission, Zen-Noh carries out a highly diversified range of business activities including R&D and raw material procurement via an extensive global network. Other services including feed milling, on-farm consulting and brand development, food processing and packaging, transportation and logistics, fuels, marketing, sales, along with insurance, banking and credit, farm machinery, and a myriad of other services.
Zen-Noh employs about 8,520 people and maintains offices in Dusseldorf, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Perth, Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, New York, NY, and Covington, LA. Zen-Noh is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Zen-Noh’s influence can literally be seen on every block of every town in Japan. If you ever have the opportunity to travel in Japan, just look for the ever present JA logo.
Zen-Noh Grain Corporation (ZGC) was established in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1979 with the aim of establishing a safe and stable supply of US corn and soybeans for the production of compound feed by Zen-Noh’s feed mills in Japan.
To accomplish the goal of establishing a safe and stable supply of US corn and soybeans, ZGC constructed a state of the art export elevator located at mile 164 on the Mississippi River, very near Convent, Louisiana. The elevator can load or unload, simultaneously, more than 120,000 bushels per hour. To this day, the Convent elevator is considered to be the fastest export elevator in the world and it is currently in the process of being upgraded to improve operational efficiency.
ZGC relies upon joint venture company Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) to supply about 65% of the 400 million bushels of corn and soybeans exported annually from the Convent elevator. CGB operates more than 60 elevators and terminals; mostly along the arterial rivers of the grain belt States.
Zen-Noh Grain is owned by Zen-Noh and The Norinchukin Bank (Japan’s agricultural bank).
Zen-Noh Grain Corporation is the sole shareholder of Zen-Noh Hay, Inc.
Zen-Noh Hay, Inc. (ZHI) was founded in 1995 to establish a link between the United States and the Japanese livestock farmers who require top quality forage products for their livestock.
ZHI’s hay processing operations occupy nearly 50 acres, including nine buildings and employ about 45 people year round. ZHI’s business activities put approximately $30 million dollars into the local economy and account for about 4,500 trips to SEA/TAC carrying about 120,000 tons of product each year.
ZHI is fortunate in many ways:
ZHI has amazing parent companies that provide reliable demand, financial stability, long term perspective and high standards.
ZHI has the unwavering support and excellence in leadership of ZGC and Zen-Noh’s management.
ZHI has a highly dedicated, hard-working, and loyal staff that understands the importance of doing things the right way, every day.
ZHI has core groups of growers and transportation providers that take pride in their work and understand the value of mutually beneficial long-term relationships.
ZHI operates in a community that values business and fosters growth.