Mark Koss

_DSC0274Type of farming operation:

Grain: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Alfalfa and Grass Hay.

Livestock: Beef Cows

Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.

Having been a director for several years, I’ve served on several committees and in my time as a director have seen many ups and downs in the co-op world. I’ve also tried to better educate myself by attending workshops, regional meetings, and cooperative informational meetings.

Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?

I’m excited about how far we have come as a cooperative and would like to do what I can to be part of our future by serving on the board.

What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?

I feel that I am able to listen well and research new ideas, understand financials, and not be afraid to explain how I feel about them.

Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.

Cooperatives were formed because farmers wanted a better way to buy and sell what they needed as well as what they sold. Being an owner of that business model had to be exciting for them then. I still think that is very exciting. I feel very fortunate to be part of a cooperative that is profitable, pays patronage, retirements, and estates while adding improvement.

What is your vision for CVA?

While we have accomplished so much with our last merger, there is still so much to do. We need to make sure that what we are and will become is adaptable and conducive to what our farmer customers need to be viable.