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Since 1971, Ralco has been helping farmers and ranchers raise healthier crops and livestock. At the heart of our mission is a simple yet critical goal: to allow plants and animals to thrive naturally. To do this, we use natural and effective approaches in essential oils, energy-maximizing diets and microbial processes to enhance health and nutrition.

Our story started over five decades ago in Bob Galbraith's garage in Southwest Minnesota. Passed down through the generations, Ralco's legacy now extends beyond family lines, with the first non-family member leading the company. Despite our expansion, we remain deeply rooted in our principles of faith, family and doing what is right.

Today, Ralco's natural solutions have earned the trust of farmers in more than 40 countries worldwide. By helping farmers reduce their reliance on fertilizers and antibiotics, we’ve pioneered pathways to a safer food supply for consumers while equipping producers with long-lasting natural tools.

Join us in our mission to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable future for food.


To steward our God-given gifts to enhance the vitality of plants and animals for a safe and abundant global food supply.

To be a people with unity in purpose that consumers and the industry trust and admire. A company that reinvests in the future and creates great opportunities for growth.

  • We serve others and help them succeed.

  • We treat others with dignity and respect.

  • We believe in hard work and commitment to family.

  • We do what is right.


Ralco's story began with founders Bob & Lou Galbraith. Over the years, their dedication passed to Bob’s son Randy, daughter Niter Knochenmus and son-in-law Jon Knochenmus. Today, Bob’s grandson, Brian Knochenmus, along with his wife, Mindy, and his mother, Niter, carry on the family legacy as the owners of Ralco. In 2023, Glenn Bader made history as the first non-family member to lead Ralco. As a member of the executive leadership team for 14 years, Glenn worked closely with Jon and Brian Knochenmus to seamlessly step into his role as President/CEO.

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Ralco’s patented approaches come to life through products specially formulated to meet the needs of the agriculture industry.

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We believe that innovative thinking demands significant investment in our team. That's why we've assembled a large, diverse group of advanced degree scientists specializing in fields such as nutrition, veterinary science, chemical engineering, agronomy and microbiology. This skilled team is the backbone of our innovative natural approach to modern agriculture.


Ralco’s team of experts oversee specialized research centers where products are developed and thoroughly tested to prove their safety and effectiveness.

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To validate performance in a wide range of conditions, Ralco has conducted university studies and commercial trials around the world on millions of animals and hundreds of thousands of acres. These trials not only confirm our internal research but ensures consistent performance.

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Our Commitment
Our Promise
Our People

We know that precision and reliability in our products are key to your success. That's why we're committed to utilizing the latest manufacturing technologies and certification programs. We guarantee the quality and safety of our products, ensuring you receive the best we have to offer.

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We believe that the future of agriculture is found in technology and the leaders that will perfect it. This is why Ralco partners with state, regional and national organizations to invest in agriculture programs that encourage students to pursue careers in agriculture.

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"It's bright young students like yourselves that will lead the next generation of agriculture. Feeding the world comes down to investing in all of you."

President Emeritus Jon Knochenmus speaking at the Ag Bowl FFA Scholarship invitational, presented by Ralco, at Southwest Minnesota State University

Our History

Ralco’s founder, Bob Galbraith, always said, “People don’t buy from companies, people buy from people.” Each generation of family leadership has built on this belief and sought like-minded people to introduce new and innovative solutions that focus on the success of customers.

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Bob Galbraith starts Ralco on April 21, 1971.

Ralco was founded on a product called Suppli- Mix that releases more energy from feed cattle consume. This product has been refined as patented Microbial Catalyst® technology which unlocks enzymes to drive nutrient conversion in a wide range of microbial environments. 

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