Grain: Corn, Soybeans, Seed Corn
Livestock: 90 head Cow/Calf herd
Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.
I have served on the board of directors of CVA and legacy companies (UFC, FCBA) for ten years plus getting my start as a director through the associate director program. Through all of this I have taken the opportunity to further educate myself in the cooperative system as well as educational programs in the agricultural industry. Also, I have served on other boards as well, and this has helped me to build relationships which I feel have been a benefit in my service on CVA’s Board of Directors.
Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?
I am a firm believer in the cooperative way of business, and this is doing my part to contribute to the long-term success of the coop.
What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?
I am a good listener, and I like to gather as much information as I can in the decision-making process. I try to fully understand all sides of an issue in order to make the best decision possible.
Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.
As I stated above, I am a firm believer in the cooperative system. The coop is an integral part of my farming operation. It can provide products and services to my farm that I would not be able to obtain elsewhere the way that I want them. Being member-owned allows those that use the products and services, and also marketing the crops that are produced, to share in the profits of the cooperative.
What is your vision for CVA?
My vision for CVA is to be the premier cooperative in the region. This is accomplished by having the ability to develop and obtain innovations in production agriculture and by continuing to market grain into new markets. As all markets become increasingly more global, I still feel that the cooperative plays a vital role in connecting individual farmers to a world market. Whether it is for the grain we produce, or the inputs we require to produce more crops and livestock.