Type of farming operation:
Grain: 50/50 Corn – Soybean Rotation.
Livestock: Registered Angus Cow Herd. We hold our annual T-Bone Angus Bull Sale each March in O’Neill, NE.
Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.
Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 with a degree in Animal Science, I have been farming and raising cattle with my parents on the family farm. Over the past six years, I have seen some dramatic movements in the value of agricultural goods. This experience along with the 2 and ½ years I have served as an Associate Board of Director will guide my decisions as a Board of Director.
Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?
I am interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors because I believe in the cooperative system and recognize the importance of a strong local cooperative in the area. CVA has brought a lot of value to our operation through their efficient grain facilities and their agronomy division that has kept pace with the speed of today’s farming.
What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?
Honesty, integrity and enthusiasm for agriculture. I also have first-hand experience in both livestock and grain production through my involvement on our family’s farming operation.
Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.
While serving as an associate director for the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to learn about the cooperative system and see the CEO, management team, and other board of directors guide our cooperative. It is truly amazing the amount of talented and motivated people that we have on our team. Being around this group has increased my interest and given me the desire to give back to our cooperative by serving as a Board of Director.
What is your vision for CVA?
My vision for CVA is to continue to be a world-class cooperative while meeting and exceeding our producer’s expectations. Investments into facilities, mergers with other strong cooperatives, and reorganization within the management team have been some strategic steps that CVA has taken over the past couple of years. I believe these steps along with CVA’s dedication to providing innovative solutions for customers will grow our cooperative within our trade area.
Provide any additional information you would like to share here:
I have been married for four years to my wife, Mary. We are expecting our first child this fall. I am also an active member of the Faith Community Church in O’Neill.