It is an exciting time in the life of your cooperative. Your board and management have worked hard to create a cooperative that you can be proud of and will serve you long into the future. This certainly is not your grandfather’s cooperative, but we are not serving your grandfather. We are serving customer/owners that are progressive, focused and complex. Together you have created a cooperative with an amazing balance sheet and the critical mass to compete in any market.
As your new cooperative has come together, I have been amazed at the talent we have to serve you. Across the organization we have the best and the brightest employees, who are focused on serving and adding value to you. Whether it is in technological services, or just making sure we get done what you need, we have the people to do it.
I think it is fair to say that you own some of the best assets in the agribusiness community focusing on the speed and space that you require. You own grain handling facilities that will allow us to reach new and different markets on a timely basis, to allow us to add value to the crops you raise. You own high speed, high volume agronomy locations that can blend and load products at speeds we only imagined a few years ago. You own high speed, high capacity feed mills that can compete with anyone as well as add value to the grain you raise.
Your cooperative has and will continue to “Re-Commit, Re-Invent and Re-Invest.” I hope you are proud of the cooperative you have created.
Carl Dickinson has served in cooperative management positions for over 20 years, but his agricultural experience goes back further than that. Carl grew up in Marquette, NE on a hog farm. Carl began working in the cooperative system starting as a Feed Division Manager and Assistant GM at Battle Creek Farmers Co-op in Battle Creek, NE, to then become a General Manager at Mid-Missouri Co-op in Concordia, MO, and next as CEO of Country Pride Cooperative in Winner, SD. These experiences helped position Carl to become CEO of United Farmer’s Cooperative in 2009. United Farmer’s Cooperative merged with Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) in 2014. The unified cooperative retained the name Central Valley Ag and is headquartered in York, NE where Carl continues to serve as the President/CEO. Carl’s vision is to lead a world-class cooperative that ensures the long-term success of employees and customers.
In addition to serving as CEO of CVA, Carl serves on the Land O’ Lakes Executive Council, Nebraska Cooperative Managers Association and is secretary for the Coop 401K Board. Carl and his wife Dawn have two daughters, Cassie, and Alexandra. In his spare time, Carl enjoys hunting, music, golf and fly-fishing.