2019 Proposed Bylaw Amendment and Director and Delegate Nominees

Dear Member Owner:
Agtegra Cooperative’s (Agtegra) annual director and delegate election is quickly approaching and will coincide with the annual meeting of the members that will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Enclosed with this letter is the official notice of the annual meeting of the members, profiles of each of the candidates for director and delegate, and your ballot for the director and delegate election that includes a vote on the resolution to amend Agtegra Cooperative’s Bylaws. 
The directors strongly encourage you to vote YES in favor of the proposed amendment to the Bylaws. Every vote is extremely important. All mail and electronic ballots must be received by 12:00 PM CST on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
Each member was assigned to a territorial district based on the address on their account of record. The map of the districts can be found at https://www.agtegra.com/About#governance.  Each member is eligible to vote for one director from their assigned territorial district, one director at-large and five delegates from their assigned territorial district. The Board of Directors (Board) of Agtegra is also proposing an amendment to Agtegra’s Bylaws. This proposed amendment would allow for Agtegra to appoint up to two members as nonvoting advisory directors for one-year terms to the Board of Directors to contribute, observe and participate as a nonvoting advisory director.                   
The Board and Delegate Council voted in favor of proposing this amendment to the members. The Board believes appointing up to two nonvoting advisory directors will provide members an opportunity to train and gain hands-on experiences in the Board room in case they wanted to run for the Board in the future.
As a result of the adoption of last year’s bylaw amendments, you may cast your ballot electronically this year. Agtegra has hired a third party to administer the electronic and mail ballot process and will no longer be counting ballots. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this convenient option to make sure your vote is received by the deadline and to eliminate the risk of improperly marking your ballot.
Please take the time to review the proposed amendment to Agtegra’s Bylaws by visiting https://www.agtegra.com/About/2019-Director-and-Delegate-Election or calling (605) 725-8341 to request a copy be mailed to you. If you have questions about the proposed amendments or the election, please reach out to your elected directors and delegates or contact Agtegra’s General Counsel Mike Traxinger at (605) 725-8325 or mike.traxinger@agtegra.com.  
I hope to see you at the upcoming annual meeting of the members. From all of us at Agtegra, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hal Clemensen, President



The proposed amendments would allow for Agtegra to:
Appoint up to two members as nonvoting advisory directors for one-year terms to the Board of Directors to contribute, observe and participate as a nonvoting advisory director.



This year there are five director positions and 20 delegate positions available. One director will be elected from each territorial district and one director will be elected at-large. Five delegates will be elected from each territorial district.

District 1 includes all states except Minnesota.
District 2 includes Minnesota.

To view a District’s Nominees , click on the buttons below or scroll through the page.

The At-Large District shall include all States and Commonwealths of the United States of America.







Lance HansonLance Hanson, Groton, SD.  I reside and farm in and around the Columbia area which is northeast Brown county. I am a third-generation farmer who with my brother got a chance to start farming in the 1980s.  Wow, yes and here we are some 35 years later experiencing some tuff times again in agriculture.  Growing up, I was exposed to it all, cow/calve operation, background to finishing calves, farrow to finish hogs, cereal grain to alfalfa and corn. Today, we grow corn and soybeans.
I bring a lot of years of agriculture and cooperative board experience and would like help to make this new cooperative a better cooperative for all its owners.  This will not be an easy task as we have competition from global farm production, trade wars, weather, and large amounts of money flowing in to agriculture from domestic or foreign investment just to name a few.  I have served as a cooperative director for 20+ years and have also served on the James Valley Grain, LLC board in Oakes, ND, since the inception of the LLC.  My wife Sharon and I have two daughters Kallyn and her husband David and Kendyl and her husband Steve and three grandsons.

Jeff KippleyJeff Kippley, Aberdeen, SD.  I run a corn, soybean, and Angus cow/calf    operation north of Aberdeen.  I graduated from Roncalli High School and then Black Hills State University with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  For the last 18 years, I’ve worked as a tax preparer and just recently, started my own tax firm, Kippley Group.  While also preparing individual and business returns, I particularly enjoy assisting many of my fellow ag producers with management of their tax needs.  In fact, I was recognized as the American News’ People Choice winner of favorite CPA/Accountant in 2018 and 2019.
I am actively involved in my community, including roles as an Agtegra delegate for 6 years, SD Farmers Union national delegate, SD Beef Industry Council board member, SD Farm Bureau member, NSU Wolves Club member, Brown County Fair volunteer, and treasurer of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hecla.  I farm with my Dad, John; wife, Rachel; and 4 kids Noah, Titus, Aaron, and Moriah.  In 2012, we were recognized as the area’s Farm Family of the Year.  My hopes are to strengthen the pride of ownership by improving the relationship between Agtegra and its member owners.





Matt JohnsonMatt Johnson, Webster, SD.  I farm with my wife Melanie, father Dennis, and brother Ben.  Together we grow corn and soybeans.  I attended SDSU for Ag Business, completed South Dakota Ag Rural Leadership (SDARL) training as a member of Class V and am a member of Sioux Valley Cooperative and Interstate Telecommunications.  My vision for Agtegra is to find opportunities and capitalize on them in the current industry downturn.  We have a strong company that is prepared to be able to do so. 



Justin Deutsch, Langford, SD.  In 2008, I graduated from South Dakota State University, with a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering and Technology.  I accepted a position with South Dakota Wheat Growers prior to returning to the family farm nine years ago. Currently, my uncle Kent Erickson, brother Jordan Deutsch, and myself farm in Marshall and Day County.  Outside of the family farm, I have two daughters Olivia (11) and Abrielle (8). My hobbies consist of hunting, fishing, and refereeing for high school basketball throughout the region.
With a background in agriculture and a clear understanding of Agtegra; I would appreciate the opportunity to bring issues to the board of directors while finding resolution. In me, you’ll find someone who is detail-focused and uses technical skills to excel, demonstrates dedication to be self-motivated and goal driven.  With my skills, I am confident that I am a great match for the delegate position with Agtegra. I am most eager to contribute my knowledge.  I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to pursue this position.
Justin Freeland, Houghton, SD.  I grow corn and soybeans near Houghton, SD.  I think I would be a good delegate for Agtegra as I have had the unique experience of spending time on both sides of the counter.  After graduating from Groton High School, I interned five summers with Wheat Growers in Bath, Oakes and Langford.  After graduating from SDSU with a B.S. in Agronomy, I worked as an agronomist in Langford for over 5 years before eventually taking over the farm when my father, John, retired.  Today, I do business with the Agtegra locations in Bath, Columbia, Hecla, Bristol, Grebner and West Terminal.  My wife Jess, who works as the Distillers Merchandiser for Dakotaland Feeds, and I recently added a son, Whitton, to our family.
Steve Kuecker, Webster, SD.  I currently farm and operate a registered and certified seed business, Kuecker Seed Farm, Inc., southeast of Webster.  Our operation produces winter wheat, spring wheat, and soybeans for seed production and corn for commercial use.  We also operate a seed conditioning plant where the seed produced is processed and made available to farmers and seed houses throughout the Midwest. 
I graduated from SDSU with a major in Agronomy in 2006.  My wife, Natalie, and I have 4 children: Kinsey, Bennett, Ada and Lucy.  I currently serve as a board member for the South Dakota Crop Improvement, Wheatland Township Supervisor, Webster FFA Advisory Council, and am a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
It would be my privilege to serve as an Agtegra delegate.  I am dedicated to the improvement of agriculture.  I strive for its progression through continued technology capabilities, efficiencies, and value-added agriculture.
Jeremy Haselhorst, Mansfield, SD.  I started farming with my father when I was in high school.  After graduating from Lake Area technical institute with a degree in Agricultural Production, I returned to the family farm to expand the operation.  We raise corn, wheat, and soybeans and have a cow/calf operation.  I would like to be a delegate to help the co-op run more efficient and bring in new ideas. 
Casey Nilsson, Warner, SD.  I was born and raised on our current farm location south of Warner where I am the fourth generation to operate the family farming and feedlot operation with my father, Marlin.  I graduated from Warner High School in 2011.  I then attended South Dakota State University where Ie received a degree in agricultural business in 2015.  Upon graduation, I returned to the farming and cattle feeding operation with my father. I have since married my wife Kayla.  We have one daughter named Parker.
Farming and livestock have always been my way of life.  My life plan was always to return to the family farm and with that I want to see local agriculture grow and progress.  I feel that cooperatives are a very essential part of agricultural business and I want to make sure they continue to play that role into the future. 
Brad Nolte, Webster, SD.  I grew up on a farm southwest of Webster, South Dakota. After graduating from Webster Area High School in 2001, I attended The University of North Dakota and received a degree in Financial Management. With my degree, I moved to Las Vegas and worked as a loan officer for a local bank, but always knew that farming was my passion and that I would eventually return home to farm. In 2010, I returned to Webster to our family farm where I currently farm, with my father, brother and uncle. We have a corn, soybean and wheat operation, as well as, beef cattle. I now reside just a couple miles from our operation with my wife Cory, daughter Layla and son Waylon. I look forward to the opportunity to become an Agtegra Delegate and I am excited about the possibilities our future holds.  Thank you for your consideration.




Heather BeanerHeather Beaner, Mellette, SD.  I operate Wal-Di Inc., a family farm growing corn and soybeans south of Mellette in Spink County.  The operation practices no-till and precision planting across all acres.  A 1998 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, I spent 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a JAG officer attorney before coming home to farm with my father, Wayne Larson, in 2011.  I remain a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves and also teach criminal justice courses periodically at local colleges.  The farm has transitioned to my management and Wayne is semi-retired.
I was appointed to the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council in July 2019.   I serve in leadership positions in the local American Legion Post and Auxiliary, along with several coordination and teaching positions at my church.  I have served on various other boards, including as a delegate for Agtegra, and have extensive management and leadership experience in the Air Force.   My husband, Matt Beaner, is the president of a commercial general contractor in Aberdeen and we have one son, Gabriel, who started Kindergarten this fall at Northwestern School in Mellette. 



Mark Boekelheide – Northville, SD.  I farm with my wife Diane, our son Alex and his wife Jenna.  We also have two younger team members that work with us as well that have young families and live in our community.  We raise corn, soybeans, and occasionally try to raise spring wheat which has become a four-letter word.  I was a delegate earlier in my career, and have also been on several church boards, and on the board of our community association. 
We have a strong vibrant co-op, and I would hope to bring good common-sense business practices to help our co-op remain strong and to grow.  I am a strong advocate for the front-line personnel that actually do the day-to-day work of the co-op and are the main face of the co-op that we deal with on a regular basis.  I will strive to help make sure the cost savings of the merger are fully realized.  We need to keep this farmer owned for the long haul and for the benefit of future generations.
Logan Clemensen, Conde, SD.  I earned my Associate of Science degree in Ag Production from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2012.  I am the fifth-generation farmer on our family farm with my wife Megan and daughter Adalynn.  I have had the privilege to be farming alongside my father, Roger.  Together, we grow corn and soybeans and have a cow/calf operation.  I am also a volunteer fireman with the Brentford Fire Department.  To have strong leaders in a local cooperative is very important for the farmers and the local community, I can be one of them.  I would be honored have the chance to represent the members of our cooperative in my district.
David Jandel, Athol, SD. I farm northwest of Redfield with my wife Amber and 2 kids, Peyton 4 and Presliegh 2, growing corn, beans and wheat.  I earned my Ag Business degree from SDSU. I would like to help guide Agtegra to regain its focus to recruit, develop, and maintain quality and knowledgeable employees. After all, the customers interaction is with the employees.  I strive to do a quality job farming by updating techniques and trying new things. It is extremely important to acknowledge any insight both internal and external to accomplish what farmers both big and small are looking for in a long-lasting relationship with a cooperative.
Rory Troske, Turton, SD.  After graduating from Mitchell Tech with an Electrical Construction and Maintenance degree, I worked in Aberdeen for 3 years as an electrician.  I started farming fulltime in 1984 and currently farms with my son Nathan.  We grow corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers and oats in addition to having a cow/calf operation and background our calves.  I am a member of Redfield Energy, Glacial Lakes Energy, the Turton Fire Department and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  As a delegate, I feel it’s important to provide my input and be a voice for the producers in my area.
Eric Zell, Cavour, SD.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business with a Marketing and Economic minor from SDSU.  My wife, Windy, and I grow corn, soybeans and operate a cow/calf operation in addition to a pheasant hunting business.  My vision for Agtegra for the next three years is "for the cooperative to become more interactive with the customer owner.  We need to be more involved in marketing plans by helping in ways to make profitable sales and setting basis at appropriate times.  We should also be involved in setting farm policies like future farm bills, drainage and public relations.  We need a total balanced package that states why would you want to do business with anyone else and back that up with action!




Mike Clements Mike Clements, Miller, SD.  I have lived on the same farm northwest of Miller, SD, my whole life.  I graduated from Miller High School and attended SDSU for one year before returning home to begin farming and ranching.  I served 6 years in the South Dakota National Guard.  My wife Carole and I have a daughter Jenny and a son Dan.  I have been on the Ontario Township board for 40 years, completed 9 years on the Hand County FSA Committee to include 3 years as chairman and I am also a member of the Ree Heights Fire Department.  I served as a director and Vice President of North Central Farmers Elevator before the merger.  I’m currently a director for Agtegra Cooperative and serve as the chairman of the Governance Committee. 
If re-elected, I would continue to help build our new cooperative into one of the strongest and most admired cooperatives in the country.  I have a passion for the cooperative system and beliefs and with your support I will try to help keep us as a leader in the agricultural community.  Thank you in advance for your continued support.

David SalmenDavid Salmen, Wessington Springs, SD.  I am the third generation to operate Salmen Farms in Jerauld County where I have 3,500 acres of soybeans and corn.  I served 13 years on the SDWG/Agtegra board.  I graduated Wessington Springs High School (1977); graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL (1981); founded Salmen Organ Company  – building and repairing pipe organs in the upper-Midwest; attended numerous continuing education sessions through SD Association of School Boards and SD Association of Co-ops; participated in continuing education and leadership training opportunities presented by CHS and Land O’ Lakes; and represented SDWG at the Harvard International Agribusiness Seminar.
Thank you for the past opportunity to represent you!  I ask for your vote in this election.  The board needs focus on strategic planning, governance, risk management, safety and financial growth to best serve you.  As a cooperative, we need to work for market access and stability; build for longer-term grain storage to maximize profits; recognize changing weather patterns; prepare for the loss of valuable member/owners in trying economic conditions; and, become more politically involved on a national and local level to insure the viability of agriculture in the USA.  One of the highlights of serving as your past elected director was in my involvement with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Government Affairs Committee.  This afforded us contact with the policymakers in Washington and industry advocates from around the world.  Please exercise your right to vote and to govern our cooperative. 



Jerry Busch, Kennebec, SD.  I farm with my father-in-law and brother-in-law.  We grow wheat, corn, milo, sunflowers and millet.  I attended SDSU, trade school for drafting, spent 8 years as a draftsman for the South Dakota Highway Department and did carpentry work.  I served on the Board of Directors for Farmer’s Elevator for 5 years and FSA county committee for 11 years.  I would like to see Agtegra continue to improve their great customer service and also keep looking for new markets for the commodities our members produce.
Ronnie Prien, Stickney, SD.  I farm with my wife and three grown children.  We raise grain and livestock near Stickney.  For nearly 35 years, I served as a director on the local cooperative board as well as a director and delegate for Wheat Growers.  I want to be a part of this company to represent the southernmost area and have the opportunity to stay in touch with a good group of farmers and their desire to bring the best value back to the farm. 
Harlan Smith, Harrold, SD.  I began farming with my Dad while I was still in high school and currently farm with my son Travis.  Our farm now supports five families plus other employees.  I was instrumental in the building and operation of the South Dakota Pulse Plant in Harrold, SD.  I was a delegate for Wheat Growers and was involved in the merger of Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator which has now become Agtegra Cooperative.  Through Agtegra, I would like to help farmers in the production and marketing of grain to help feed the people of this country and the world.  I am married to my wife Sharon and together we have six children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Liam McManus, Reliance, SD.  I am 24, the oldest of five children and I live in Reliance, SD.  Currently, I farm around 2,000 acres of corn, milo, sunflowers and wheat.  I also run a small cow/calf operation with my dad and brother.  Throughout my short life, I’ve worked jobs ranging from gas station attendant in high school to custom applicator after college.  I attended Mitchell Technical Institute and received a degree in Ag Business. I am involved in our local volunteer fire department and Reliance Area Community Development Club (RACD).  Within this club, we do a number of activities which include organizing a Halloween and Christmas party and mowing the local cemetery.  I believe I am a very hardworking and reliable individual who can bring lots of ideas to the table. I am quite young and feel I will be able to bring a fresh perspective to this position.
Katherine Porter, Highmore, SD.  I grew up on a farm south of Highmore, graduating from Highmore High School and Augustana College with a Music Education Degree.  I taught for nine years in Luverne, MN, and Highmore, SD, before returning to the farm.  I have been an organist since 1969 and play for the Lutheran and Catholic Church services every week.  In previous years, I have been the accompanist for our community choir and director for the community handbell choir. 
I have three sons Kyle, Kurt and Kade Hieb, two of which are actively engaged in running the farm with me and the youngest is finishing his second degree from Mitchell Technical Institute, Agronomy and now Diesel Mechanics.  We raise wheat, soybeans, corn, sunflowers and hay millet.  I do our crop ground spraying, bookkeeping and harvest grain cart driving.  I bring to this position all aspects entailed in running a family farm business and transitioning it to the next generation.  I look forward to the opportunity to become more involvement in the ag industry. 




Nathan DavisNathan Davis, Ipswich, SD.  I farm with my parents Darrell and Sylvia Davis and brother Justin (Courtney) Davis north of Ipswich, SD.  We raise mainly corn, soybeans, and spring wheat.  I am a graduate of Ipswich High School and earned my Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University.  After graduation, I worked at North Central Farmers Elevator for 7 years as a grain merchandiser while farming part-time.  In 2009, I began to the farm full-time.
I have been a board member for the past four years; 2 years on the North Central Farmers Elevator Board and 2 years on the Agtegra Board.  I am currently on the Rosette Township Board (Clerk/Treasurer), Ipswich Trail Days Board, and a member of the Ipswich Fire Department.  In the past, I have served on the Edmunds County Commission, Edmunds County Zoning Board (Chairman), Aberdeen Brown County Regional Railroad Authority Board, Ipswich City Council and St. James Church Council.
I believe my experience as a former employee of a cooperative and many boards that I have served on over the years can help me serve and represent the members of District 4.

Steve PfeiferSteve Pfeifer, McLaughlin, SD.  I have been farming and ranching for the past 41 years.  I grow corn, spring wheat, sunflowers and operate a cow/calf operation.  I served 12 years as a Cenex Board Member.  In 2010, I was elected as a director for South Dakota Wheat Growers and currently serves as a director for Agtegra.  As a director, my vision for Agtegra is to continue to provide quality customer service for grain and agronomy and to continue to help meet the needs for our producers.  





Darwin Aman, Eureka, SD.  I farm south of Eureka.  My wife Cindy and I have been living at this location near Hillsview for 29 years.  We have three grown sons who are all active in agricultural pursuits as well.  Andrew lives on the farm near Hosmer where I was raised.  Sam and wife Audra are in Aberdeen and Alex is currently living in Eureka.  We grow mostly corn and soybeans as well as some small grain.  We also keep busy with a cow/calf operation.  We background feed our own calves as well as purchased calves.
I graduated from SDSU with a degree in Ag Business.  I served on our church council, been an advisor on the county conservation board and an advisor for North Central Farmers Elevator.  I would like to put my listening skills to use as a delegate for the Agtegra board.  I would listen to my community and take their concerns and issues to the board.  I have 31 years of full-time farming experience to bring to the table.  Since my boys are older and more responsible, I am able to commit the time needed for this position.
Don Eberle, Strasburg, ND.  I am from Strasburg, ND, and have been farming for 30+ years.  I am a father of five children who were raised on the farm and helped with farm work.  My farming operation consists of about 2,000 acres.  I grow wheat, soybeans, corn and sunflowers.  Along with grain farming, I also raise about 100 head of livestock.  For the community, I serve as a county commissioner in addition to serving on the Farm Bureau Board and ASC board.  I’ve been serving as a delegate for the last few years and would love to continue being a voice for the community in my areas.  I think I could bring understanding and different aspects and insights from the community to the table. 
Andrew Hulm, Hague, ND.  I was born and raised on the farm I operate with my wife, Lisa, and four children, located in Hague, ND.  I am the 4th generation on this farm. We raise spring wheat, soybeans, and corn on a 1,600-acre farm.  My wife is a self-employed freelance court reporter/transcriptionist.  My two oldest children have graduated from college and work in Bismarck, ND.  I have one son attending NDSU in the engineering program.  My youngest son is junior at Strasburg Public School.  
I graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  Work experience includes Sears, where I was a salesman in the hardware department, and Farm Credit Services, where I did farm tax preparation.  I also was a Dekalb/Asgrow seed dealer for a number of years.  I am currently employed at Strasburg State Bank in Strasburg, ND, as a loan officer. 
I am treasurer for both our local fire protection district and the Knights of Columbus Council in Hague, ND.  I am a board member of the Emmons County Housing Authority, a past board member for the National Sunflower Association and past parish council member of St. Mary’s Church, Hague, ND.
ReEtta Sieh, Leola, SD.  I am the owner/operator of Rott Sieh Farm.  I am the 3rd generation on the family farm where we raise corn, soybeans, peas, rye, oats and wheat, along with Angus X cattle.  I farm with my husband Chris, our 3 young sons who are just learning about the operation and my mom Sylvia.  After graduating from the University of South Dakota, I was a teacher and coach before returning to the family farm.  Currently, I am the President of the Leola School Board, a member of Class X of South Dakota Ag Rural Leadership (SDARL), serve on my church council, serve on the North Central Special Education Cooperative Governing Board, and a delegate for Agtegra Cooperative.  I also help with the summer baseball program in Leola.  I enjoy spending leisure time with my family and friends, which usually involves grilling and fishing.  I would like to continue to serve as a delegate for Agtegra because I believe people need to take an active role to keep the ag industry growing.  I want to promote positive change and growth in my community, my co-op, and my state.  I believe I can continue to bring fresh ideas and a different perspective.  I like to use a practical, common sense approach to solving problems.  I want to continue to do my part to represent producers in my area and ensure the co-op is here for the next generation. 
Charles Hettich, Roscoe, SD.  After graduating from Edmunds Central High School in 2012, I joined my dad on our grain farm.  We farm south of Roscoe, SD.  I’m running for a delegate position to bring a younger perspective to Agtegra and to keep current with the latest things going on in the cooperative.  I really enjoy going to the meetings and hearing new speakers.
William Plush, McLaughlin, SD.  I farm with my wife and we grow wheat, sunflowers, and canola.  I served as a director for Cenex.  As a delegate, I would like to continue to keep Agtegra aware of producer’s needs.
Mitch Wanzek, Jamestown, ND.
Andy Weisser, Roscoe, SD.  I farm south of Roscoe, SD, and have been married to my wife Heather for 16 years.  She is the owner of Creative Edge Hair Salon in Ipswich.  We have four children who are growing fast and keep us busy.   I farm with my dad and brother where we raise corn, wheat, and have a cow/calf operation and recently expanded into custom work.  I have been a delegate for Agtegra Cooperative for the last 5 years and have learned a lot and continue to learn.    My goal is to bridge communication between the board and farmers and share your ideas and concerns with upper management.  Every day is different and Agtegra needs to adapt.