Robert Chatt

_DSC0338Type of farming operation:

Grain: Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa

Livestock: Cow/Calf Operation

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

I have served on the board as an associate and now a board member for several years. I am prepared to continue with the current discussions and assist in executing the strategic vision for CVA. My other board experience has been with our local church council. This past board experience has taught me how to work with others on challenges and issues facing the entity.

Second, I started out working for the co-op prior to having the opportunity to farm full-time with my dad. I believe this experience as an employee of the coop gives me a unique perspective to bring to the CVA Board.   

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

I want to serve as a CVA Board Member, so that I can help lead our co-op into the future. The co-op is a critical part of the communities and farming operations in our markets. My goal is to ensure that the co-op is here to fulfill our needs now and for those of future generations.

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

Trustworthy, forward-thinking, committed, willing to listen and actively participate in conversation to get to the best answers.

Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.

I believe there is no better system than the cooperative because it was designed by those who need it. Farmers started the co-op to help them be competitive in the agricultural industry. The cooperative system has done this and far more to help their patrons succeed.

What is your vision for CVA?

My vision for CVA is to be a viable partner for our patrons. I believe we as a co-op need to be able to change and adapt to the needs and wants of the producers, all while being a great co-op for our employees. I want CVA to continue to be a strong part of our communities while also being a regional and global player in the marketplace.