Type of farming operation:
Grain: Corn, soybean and potato rotation on our irrigated acres and small grain and forage on dryland acres.
Livestock: Cow calf herd, background the calves to sell to feed lots.
Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.
I graduated from University of Nebraska – Lincoln with and an Ag degree in 1996 and went to work for a small family-owned company in Auburn, Nebraska. My career there and after led me through management positions and a lot of interactions at the board level. Throughout my career I have worked with state, national and international companies developing within me a vision of the broader economic landscape. This coupled with my two years serving as an Associate Board member for CVA, during the UFC merger, have given me a unique perspective on a boards responsibilities. These experiences have helped me in decision-making in my operation. I believe this will make me a valuable voice as a CVA director.
Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?
I am quite interested in serving on the CVA board of directors because I have seen its importance for the individual farmers. The vision that the current board has demonstrated, for example with the construction of the facilities like the Royal Hub, has strengthened the local market for every producer. In addition, new technology brought to producers through the cooperative educates us allowing us to make better crop management decisions. Such vision is critical to the continued success of the cooperative for its patrons. I believe that my business experience can be a valuable voice in both envisioning the needs of the future and bringing this vision to reality.
What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?
The first quality that comes to mind for me is my passion, most especially for agriculture. To that, I bring a problem-solving capability that grew out of my education and work experience. I find joy in tackling challenges with a tenacity that borders on perfectionism. Once I find a workable way to do a task, I am driven to streamline it to the point of greatest efficiency. I strive to finish a job by doing it right the first time. These qualities work well not only on the farm but in the business arena, as well.
Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.
The cooperative system that I am committed to is one which holds to the principle that every decision made must add value for the patrons. This is what sets a co-op apart from a profit type business and why I am committed to a healthy future for CVA. If we are not adding value for the patrons in any given situation, then we need to take a step back and evaluate why. We have to remember value can be measured in several ways such as time, efficiency, opportunity as well as dollars. The neat thing about the co-op is the patrons are the network that drives the direction of the business. Myself being a 4th generation cooperative patron, I want CVA to succeed so that the next generation’s coop is still relevant and brings value to their operations.
What is your vision for CVA?
My vision for CVA grows from the local needs I have heard and seen implemented. We need to be cutting edge in technologies like advanced cropping, crop marketing, and feed nutrition to allow our patrons to do more with less. For example, we should continue to invest in speed and space at facilities where it makes sense. If we aren’t relevant to our patrons, we will not exist in the future as our sole purpose is to do what is right for the patrons.