Grain: Corn, Soybeans and Alfalfa.
Livestock: Feed yard and cow-calf.
Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.
I’ve been involved in the family business since my youth. I’m involved in my church and other organizations. As a member of the CVA Board, I have completed board officer training and attend as many continuing education meetings as my family and business will allow. I enjoy all aspects of farming, but especially feeding cattle. This experience with livestock trains you that every day is a commitment, bringing new challenges. How you react and grow by turning setbacks into a learning experience, and successes as a new stepping stone of growth, largely determines your future. This correlates into family, faith, and all activities in life and provide the basis for serving on the board.
Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?
I am interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors, to guide and insure that CVA creates opportunities for profitability and knowledge on our farms. Through the ability to competitively purchase inputs or sell grain, while having an educated team of professionals who can provide top service. Also, to have a management team, who does a quality job guiding this business and revolving our equity, so we as producers can continually experience the full value of our investment in CVA.
What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?
I enjoy being involved and doing my part in creating a better tomorrow. I have and continue to be active in leadership roles, some of these include; Former Vice Chairman at legacy CVA, Former Pres. Platte Valley Cattlemen, LEAD 23, Vice Pres. Platte County Farm Bureau, Member SLPC Nebraska Farm Bureau, Member of the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church parish council and chair of the stewardship committee. I’ve completed board officer training and attend as many meetings focused on educating board members as I can.
Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.
A cooperative is made up of producers working together for a mutual benefit. My passion in CVA is to take part in creating potential within our communities for people to have opportunities. CVA creates speed and space, but more importantly, it creates service. Service from men and women who not only help us in our business but who also bring life to our main street. As patrons investing in our co-op, we are ultimately reinvesting not only in our chosen way of life but in our community.
What is your vision for CVA?
My vision is that CVA will stay on the cutting edge of agriculture. Especially in the areas of advanced cropping systems, livestock nutrition, agronomy, and marketing. I believe we will continue to improve our speed and space at locations that have this need. CVA will provide expertise and insight when we ask for it and be a leader throughout its trade territory.
Provide any additional information you would like to share here:
My wife Lynette and I have five children; Madilyn, Emma, Whitney, Olivia and Kyrsten. I am part of a family business, Lazy K Feed Yards Inc. I enjoy watching my girls compete at horse shows, calf shows and any other activities. I take serving on the CVA Board seriously and would appreciate the opportunity to continue doing so. Thank you.