2022 ANNUAL MEETING

AGTEGRA ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING

Thank you for your business and support this past year! As your local cooperative, our primary focus is always to serve our member-owners. We will report on these items as well as our positive earnings for fiscal year 2022 at Agtegra's upcoming annual member meeting. 

We're thankful to host the Agtegra member meeting in-person and hope you're able to make it. Agtegra's annual member meeting will take place at the Ramkota Event Center at 1400 Eighth Avenue NW, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401  

If for whatever reason you are not able to make it in-person, you can attend the meeting virtually via Zoom by registering on this site. Registration is required to attend the meeting virtually. 

As a member you will be voting for one director and five delegates from your territorial district, one at-large, and on the proposed bylaw amendment. Please take the time to submit your vote in paper or online. All mail and electronic ballots must be received by 12:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. I hope to see you at the upcoming annual meeting of the members.

-Rick Osterday, Board President

SAVE THE DATE

December 14, 2022

Ramkota Event Center, 1400 Eighth Ave NW, Aberdeen, SD

AGENDA

12:00 PM            Lunch

12:30 PM            Zoom meeting open to join

1:00 PM              Welcome and Call to Order

                                 - Approval of Minutes of Prior Annual Meeting of the Members

                                 - Message from Board of Directors

                                 - Results of 2022 Director and Delegate Elections and Vote on the Resolution

                                  - Official Business:  None

                                  - Other Business: Message from Management and Financial Highlights

                                  - Adjournment of Official Meeting

2:00 PM               Leadership Team Q & A

DIRECTOR AND DELEGATE ELECTION

Meet the director and delegate candidates.

DISTRICT 1

DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

 

Matt Johnson, Webster, SD.   
Matt Johnson of Webster, SD, attended SDSU for Ag Business. In addition to completing South Dakota Ag Rural Leadership (SDARL) training as a member of Class V, Matt also attended board leadership training offered through Farm Credit Service Advance Governance Series and South Dakota Association of Cooperative (SDAC) and has represented Agtegra Cooperative during other industry related events hosted by Land O’Lakes, CHS, AGP and National Council of Farmers Cooperatives (NCFC), in addition, to Agtegra Day at the Capitol. 

 Matt was elected by his peers to serve as Second Vice President and currently serves on the Executive Committee, Risk Committee and Finance Committee for Agtegra Cooperative Board of Directors and Board Chairman for James Valley Grain, LLC. Matt is also a member of Sioux Valley Cooperative and Interstate Telecommunications.  

 My experience as a director over the past 15 years has helped me gain a broader knowledge of agriculture on a worldwide scope. It has been a great experience to serve on Agtegra’s board of directors and I am very passionate about the cooperative system and want to continue to help navigate this company into the future for current and future generations.        

 Matt farms with his wife Melanie, father Dennis, and brother Ben.  Together they grow corn and soybeans.  Matt and Melanie have three daughters, Kennedy, Jersey and Portlyn.

Jarrett Rix, Groton, SD.    

Jarrett Rix, of Groton, SD, works alongside his father and brother as a 4th generation farmer at their row crop operation specializing in corn and soybeans. Jarrett also helps out at his in-law’s farm at Bumpy Road Ranch, where they raise heritage breed pork and pasture-raised chickens and turkeys.  

 Jarrett is active in the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce serving as a board member and on the Ag, Transportation, and Legislative Advisory Committee and is a former board member of Hub Area Habitat for Humanity. Jarrett has a B.S. in Engineering and Construction Management from North Dakota State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary and is a current member of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership (SDARL) class XI.  

 I see a growing need for cooperatives in the future and I want to be a part of the process of advancing Agtegra’s position to fulfill that need for our members. I see the cooperative system as a needed tool in rural America to provide products and services that we in South Dakota would otherwise not be able to provide for ourselves in a cost-effective manner. This system has led to the benefit for not just farmers but for the surrounding communities who otherwise may have difficulties fulfilling the needs of their citizens. I see a strong cooperative system as a vessel to address needs that the government, and private companies alone cannot.

AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

 

 Chad Boekelheide, Northville, SD. 

I farm with my dad, brother and son who recently graduated from South Dakota State University with an agronomy degree. Together we grow corn, soybeans and wheat. I received a Finance and Economics Degree from Northern State University in 1995 after graduating from Northwestern High School in 1991.  

 I’ve enjoyed the privilege of serving Agtegra as a Nonvoting Advisory Director this year. It’s exciting to be part of a team that plays such a vital role in the South Dakota agricultural industry and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity to observe and learn about Agtegra and the cooperative system. I want to continue to expand my knowledge and give back to Agtegra and my community by serving on the board. Serving on the Northwestern Community Foundation and my church’s Finance Council has also helped to prepare me for a position on the Board of Directors. My wife, Kris, and I have 4 kids, Derek, Hailey, Jessica, and Ella.


Brian Sharp, Bath, SD. 

Brian is the co-owner and operator of Sharp’s Inc. a family-owned farm since 1979 located in Bath, SD. During that time, we have milked cows, raised livestock, and farmed corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. I farm together with my wife, as well as, my father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and their family. My wife, Gretchen, and I have two boys. Our oldest son is employed at Bongards Cheese, a local cooperative in Norwood, MN, as a management trainee. Our youngest son is a junior at South Dakota State University and just completed his summer internship with Agtegra.

 I am currently the Vice President of the Aberdeen School Board and have served on the school board since 2005. I also serve on the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Brown County Communications Council, the Brown County Search and Rescue Team, and am a volunteer with Brown County 4-H.  

 As a long-term member of Agtegra Cooperative, I value the marketing and ownership benefits that cooperatives make available to farmers. I look forward to learning more about my local cooperative and serving my community.  


DELEGATE CANDIDATES

Chad Brandt, Oakes, ND.  


Justin Deutsch, Pierpont, SD. 
I am a 2008 graduate from South Dakota State University. Currently, my uncle Kent Erickson, brother Jordan Deutsch, and myself farm near Langford. I’ve served as a Delegate for the past three years, and also as a Nonvoting Advisory Director this past year. I’ve learned a lot about Agtegra in both of these roles and would like to continue guiding Agtegra into the future! Outside of the family farm, I have two daughters, Olivia and Abrielle. My hobbies consist of hunting, fishing, and refereeing for high school basketball throughout the region.

Casey Nilsson, Mansfield, SD.   
Casey was born and raised on the current farm located south of Warner where he is the 4th generation to operate the family farming and feedlot operation with his father, Marlin. After graduating from Warner High School in 2011, Casey attended South Dakota State University where he received a degree in agricultural business in 2015. Upon graduation, he returned to the farming and cattle feeding operation with his father. He has since married his wife, Kayla. They have a daughter, Parker, and a son, Graham. Farming and livestock have always been his way of life. His life plan was always to return to the family farm and with that he wants to see local agriculture grow and progress. Casey feels that cooperatives are a very essential part of agricultural business and wants to make sure they continue to play that role into the future.  

Stephen Quandt, Oakes, ND.  

Matthew Sperry, Bath, SD.  
I farm with my dad near Bath, growing corn and soybeans. I recently graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in Precision Agriculture and Agronomy with a minor in Ag Business and internship experience in the Agtegra research plots. I hit the ground planting in May 2021, and it’s been a continuous open-world classroom ever since. I am lucky to have many great teachers through my dad, hired men, neighbors, Innovation Center techs, and Agtegra agronomists. I’ve learned a lot farming full-time, and I hope to continue learning by serving as an Agtegra delegate. I’m no stranger to meetings, councils, and team cooperation as a lifetime 4-Her and a member of the Precision Ag Club and secretary of the Agronomy Club at South Dakota State University. As farmers’ needs change, Agtegra has leveraged its cooperative structure to provide solutions through new ventures in precision equipment, data analytics, and adjuvant production. It’s this innovation that directly benefits farmers that has convinced me that Agtegra is doing something right. As a delegate, I’m interested in providing a young prospective while being open to new ideas but also learning and taking into consideration the history of each decision before finding an innovative solution that has a positive impact for every farmer.

Carson Stange, Stratford, SD.  
Our family farm is located near Stratford, SD. My wife, Brooke, is a teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Aberdeen. Our daughter, Lainey, is two and loves everything farming. After growing up on the farm, I attended Lake Area Tech and graduated with an Agriculture Precision Technology degree. While at Lake Area Tech, I had the privilege of interning at South Dakota Wheat Growers. After graduating, I worked for a neighbor on the farm for several years. Three years ago, we decided to move forward with renting some ground and establishing our own farm. The goals on our farm are to improve soil heath and build resilience. Currently, we raise corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and cattle. To help us keep improving and building our operation, we need the right tools such as a strong local cooperative. As a young producer, I believe it’s important to be involved now so that we can influence the future. Being part of the Delegate Council would be a great opportunity and I look forward to hopefully serving the members of Agtegra Cooperative. 

DISTRICT 2

DIRECTOR CANDIDATE

Heather Beaner, Mellette, SD.  
Heather and her husband, Matt, operate Wal-Di Inc., a family farm growing corn and soybeans using no-till and precision application south of Mellette in Spink County. Heather served 12 years active duty in the Air Force as an attorney before transferring to the Reserves in 2011 to come home to farm with her father Wayne Larson. She retired from the Air Force Reserves in December 2019 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

 In addition to farming, Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors of Agtegra Cooperative and previously served as a delegate. During her term on the Agtegra Board, she served on several committees, including as Chairman of the Finance Committee and has been appointed as the Agtegra representative to the South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Board. Heather completed director training through agencies such as the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives and NDSU Burdick Center for Cooperatives. In July 2019, Heather was appointed to the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (Checkoff Board) and now serves as its Secretary. She was also recently elected as a Regional Council Member for Land O’Lakes Cooperative. She serves on the Ag United for South Dakota Board and North Central Soybean Research Program Board of Directors. Her other involvement includes various leadership positions at her church, an officer in the American Legion and Auxiliary, Northwestern FFA Supporters Board, and substitute teaching. Heather and Matt, have one son, Gabriel, who is 8 years old.

 Service to our local cooperative is extremely important. Completing my first term on the Agtegra Board has been rewarding, educational, and very busy. As the largest local farmer-owned cooperative in the country, Agtegra is poised to grow even more, but we also want to continue to function as “the local elevator” that our grandparents founded. I wish to continue serving Agtegra and our farmer-owners to help ensure this transition to national player is balanced with local needs. I constantly strive to learn, not only about cooperatives and Agtegra, but also farming and the international agriculture arena. I am passionate about the cooperative system in which Agtegra is playing a much more national role and feel service by farmers on boards is crucial to ensure success. 

AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

 

 Chad Boekelheide, Northville, SD. 

I farm with my dad, brother and son who recently graduated from South Dakota State University with an agronomy degree. Together we grow corn, soybeans and wheat. I received a Finance and Economics Degree from Northern State University in 1995 after graduating from Northwestern High School in 1991.  

 I’ve enjoyed the privilege of serving Agtegra as a Nonvoting Advisory Director this year. It’s exciting to be part of a team that plays such a vital role in the South Dakota agricultural industry and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity to observe and learn about Agtegra and the cooperative system. I want to continue to expand my knowledge and give back to Agtegra and my community by serving on the board. Serving on the Northwestern Community Foundation and my church’s Finance Council has also helped to prepare me for a position on the Board of Directors. My wife, Kris, and I have 4 kids, Derek, Hailey, Jessica, and Ella.


Brian Sharp, Bath, SD. 

Brian is the co-owner and operator of Sharp’s Inc. a family-owned farm since 1979 located in Bath, SD. During that time, we have milked cows, raised livestock, and farmed corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. I farm together with my wife, as well as, my father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and their family. My wife, Gretchen, and I have two boys. Our oldest son is employed at Bongards Cheese, a local cooperative in Norwood, MN, as a management trainee. Our youngest son is a junior at South Dakota State University and just completed his summer internship with Agtegra.

 I am currently the Vice President of the Aberdeen School Board and have served on the school board since 2005. I also serve on the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Brown County Communications Council, the Brown County Search and Rescue Team, and am a volunteer with Brown County 4-H.  

 As a long-term member of Agtegra Cooperative, I value the marketing and ownership benefits that cooperatives make available to farmers. I look forward to learning more about my local cooperative and serving my community.  


DELEGATE CANDIDATES

Mark Boekelheide, Northville, SD. 
 I would like to continue being a delegate for Agtegra Cooperative to keep the company focused on bringing value to its customers…its owners. I am not afraid to ask the tough questions, and I like to help find a solution to problems that will work for all of us. 

My wife, Diane, and I farm with our son, Alex, and his wife, Jenna, along with two other full-time team members, and a couple of part-time family members. I’ve been farming for roughly 40 years and hope I can bring some common sense to the direction of the cooperative and help keep the focus on what’s best for the owners in the long run. We raise corn, soybeans, and have started raising oats and rye for seed and working more with cover crops in our rotation.    

Nathan Glanzer, SD.   

Randy Nelson, Carpenter, SD.   
I farm alongside my wife, Vicki. We have 3 kids, Selma (12), Rustin (9) and Beau (5). We work together just down the road with my parents, Fergus and Kim Nelson. Our farm/ranch is located south-east of Carpenter, SD. We grow corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, oats, alfalfa, cover crops and grass. We have a diversified operation where we raise registered and commercial Angus cattle along with F-1 baldie replacement heifers which we market on our annual bull sale the first Saturday in April. This next year will mark our 19th sale. We also started a sheep flock this past year. We believe farm/ranch work is a generational lifestyle and this is another great opportunity to involve the kids.

I graduated from Willow Lake High school and from Lake Area Tech in their Agriculture Production program. I am a member of Class 8 of South Dakota Ag Rural Leadership program (SDARL). This coming year will be my fourth year on the Willow Lake School Board.

My vision for the future of Agtegra is to focus on customer service. Supplying quality service with knowledgeable people to support our cooperative is important. Having competitive grain marketing options for our patrons is crucial for the success of our small towns in rural South Dakota.

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, 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 South Dakota State University. 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.

DISTRICT 3

DIRECTOR CANDIDATE

Kim Vanneman, Winner, SD.

Kim and her husband, Clint, are co-owners of Vanneman Farms located near Ideal, SD, with the building site being the original homestead Clint’s grandfather homesteaded in 1909. Their son, Justin, and daughter in law, Tasha, joined the operation in 2015. Together they raise corn, soybeans, milo, winter wheat, oats, alfalfa and grass hay. They also have a commercial beef cattle herd and a small feedlot. Kim and Clint have three grown children and seven grandchildren. All of their children are married and working in agriculture.  

 Kim earned her Agriculture Business degree from South Dakota State University. She served 6 years in the South Dakota legislature as a State Representative and served all 6 years on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee with 2 years as Vice Chair and 2 years as Chair of the committee. In December 2018, Governor Kristi Noem appointed Kim as South Dakota’s Agriculture Secretary, touting her deep knowledge of state ag issues as well as being a “fierce advocate” for agriculture. Additionally, Kim served on the Farm Credit Services of America Board as Governance committee and Human Capital committee chair, Farm Credit Council board member as chair of the Governance committee and Compensation committee, and Farm Credit Council Services Board member on Audit, Compensation and Executive committees. She served 2 years as Chair of the Board for Farm Credit Foundations and served on Audit, Governance and Human Capital committees. She is also an alumni of the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (SDARL) program.

 I am passionate about agriculture. The next generation of agriculture is important to me. Agtegra Cooperative will play a role in supporting the next generation of agriculture. I would like the opportunity to use my past experiences and education to help navigate Agtegra to the next generation of success for the cooperative and for producers. Open communication is important to the success of any organization. I am a good communicator and listener. Strategic and innovative thinking is also important. I would bring strategic thinking to the Agtegra Board. It is imperative to be ahead of change not chasing change and to be on the leading edge instead of the trailing edge. Relationships and trust are vital in any business. My past experiences as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture and board member on various boards in the Farm Credit System have allowed me to build relationships and trust that could be beneficial to the Agtegra Board. I am an advocate of the cooperative business model that operates to meet the needs of its customer-owners and my service on various Boards allowed me to see the importance of the customer-owner representation in governance of the cooperative. Cooperatives are essential to the US economy, especially in rural America where they often fill market gaps.  

AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

 

 Chad Boekelheide, Northville, SD. 

I farm with my dad, brother and son who recently graduated from South Dakota State University with an agronomy degree. Together we grow corn, soybeans and wheat. I received a Finance and Economics Degree from Northern State University in 1995 after graduating from Northwestern High School in 1991.  

 I’ve enjoyed the privilege of serving Agtegra as a Nonvoting Advisory Director this year. It’s exciting to be part of a team that plays such a vital role in the South Dakota agricultural industry and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity to observe and learn about Agtegra and the cooperative system. I want to continue to expand my knowledge and give back to Agtegra and my community by serving on the board. Serving on the Northwestern Community Foundation and my church’s Finance Council has also helped to prepare me for a position on the Board of Directors. My wife, Kris, and I have 4 kids, Derek, Hailey, Jessica, and Ella.


Brian Sharp, Bath, SD. 

Brian is the co-owner and operator of Sharp’s Inc. a family-owned farm since 1979 located in Bath, SD. During that time, we have milked cows, raised livestock, and farmed corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. I farm together with my wife, as well as, my father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and their family. My wife, Gretchen, and I have two boys. Our oldest son is employed at Bongards Cheese, a local cooperative in Norwood, MN, as a management trainee. Our youngest son is a junior at South Dakota State University and just completed his summer internship with Agtegra.

 I am currently the Vice President of the Aberdeen School Board and have served on the school board since 2005. I also serve on the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Brown County Communications Council, the Brown County Search and Rescue Team, and am a volunteer with Brown County 4-H.  

 As a long-term member of Agtegra Cooperative, I value the marketing and ownership benefits that cooperatives make available to farmers. I look forward to learning more about my local cooperative and serving my community.

DELEGATE CANDIDATES

Matthew Bossly, Faulkton, SD. 
I grew up on a farm north of Mansfield, SD, and graduated in 2007 from Warner High School. I continued my education at South Dakota State University, earning an associate degree in General Agriculture. My wife, Roxanne, and I got married shortly after graduating college. We then started farming in 2010. We produce mainly corn and soybeans northeast of Faulkton, SD. We have two children, Henry (12) and Emmalee (9). In 2012, Roxanne and I started our own crop insurance agency. While we continue to grow the agency, we work diligently to make improvements to the farm as well. Owning your own business definitely teaches adaptability. Different factors of weather, commodity prices, machinery purchases and maintenance, and fluctuating inputs has prepared me to be able to problem solve.  

I am very passionate about helping the community. I serve on the Lakeside Country Club board, coach youth boys’ basketball, youth girls basketball, youth football, and helping with junior high football. These volunteer positions have taught me to work as a team, strategize, brainstorm, and come up with solutions that work.  

Serving on the Delegate Council for Agtegra interests me because I want to help the company continue their strong presence in farming communities. Agtegra is important to many communities in several states by providing crucial inputs for farms and other local business at competitive prices. Agtegra provides several outlets for farms to sell commodities that they produce. As a delegate, I would make it my goal to help the company stay financially strong to keep supporting its employees, their families, and the very important members of the cooperative. The cooperative was started many years ago with the intention of supporting small businesses and farmers, a quality that I appreciate as a fellow Agtegra cooperative member. Agtegra collectively combines the buying power and the ability of farms and small business to compete against much larger companies. I would very much enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the Delegate Council to keep Agtegra the competitive cooperative that it is, all while returning the benefits to its members through dividends and patronage.  

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.

Liam McManus, Reliance, SD.   
I’m running for re-election for Agtegra’s delegate council. I’m from Reliance, SD, where I work for a local farmer while also operating my own crop farm and run a cow/calf operation with my dad and brothers. A few of the local groups I’m part of are the volunteer fire department and a group called Reliance Area Community Development (RACD), where we do things to benefit the community such as mowing the cemetery and putting on a Halloween party for the kinds. Some of the qualities that I feel would be beneficial are my age, I may be young, however, I feel that allow some to be more open minded in some areas while ideas are being presented.

Ronnie Prien, Stickney, SD.   
I’ve enjoyed serving as a delegate to stay in touch with the governance of Agtegra as the cooperative grows and serves its customers for the common good of the members of the cooperative. I served as a director in the past but find being a delegate suits me just fine as I learned so much as a director on the board. In the past, I have also served on township and church boards as well as the local fire department. My farm relies on many different cooperatives, including electric, telephone, local grain, lender, as well as Agtegra. They are all in place to be generational and very important to all be in place for future customers and employees. My wife and I run a diversified grain and cow/calf operation for some 37 years. Thanks to all to make this possible.

Slade Roseland, Faulkton, SD.   
I am a 5th generation farmer from Seneca, SD. I am married to my wife, Kayla, and we live in Faulkton with our three children, Sean (14), Rhyann (11), and Selleck (8). I have been farming on my family farm for the past 15 years. Prior to farming, I worked as a Sales Agronomist for a cooperative for 7 years. This work experience has given me great knowledge of the innerworkings of the cooperative system. I am interested in serving on the Delegate Council, because I have seen both sides of the table when it comes to being a retailer or producer. I feel I can contribute to this council with the knowledge that I have gained.

DISTRICT 4

DIRECTOR CANDIDATE

Steve Pfeifer, McLaughlin, SD.  
I have been farming and ranching for over 40 years with my wife, Debbie. We have three daughters who recently moved back with their families to join the farm operation. We have a cow/calf operation and grow wheat, corn, soybeans and several different types of hay for cattle. I served 12 years on the McLaughlin Cenex Board of Directors, five years as President, served two years on the Hettinger Advisory Board and two years on the church council. In 2010, I was elected as a director for South Dakota Wheat Growers and currently serve 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. Farms would not be as successful without cooperatives, and we need to continue to communicate the value of the cooperative system with todays’ youth. I believe in the family farm which is the backbone to agriculture and the future.  




AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

 

 Chad Boekelheide, Northville, SD. 

I farm with my dad, brother and son who recently graduated from South Dakota State University with an agronomy degree. Together we grow corn, soybeans and wheat. I received a Finance and Economics Degree from Northern State University in 1995 after graduating from Northwestern High School in 1991.  

 I’ve enjoyed the privilege of serving Agtegra as a Nonvoting Advisory Director this year. It’s exciting to be part of a team that plays such a vital role in the South Dakota agricultural industry and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity to observe and learn about Agtegra and the cooperative system. I want to continue to expand my knowledge and give back to Agtegra and my community by serving on the board. Serving on the Northwestern Community Foundation and my church’s Finance Council has also helped to prepare me for a position on the Board of Directors. My wife, Kris, and I have 4 kids, Derek, Hailey, Jessica, and Ella.


Brian Sharp, Bath, SD. 

Brian is the co-owner and operator of Sharp’s Inc. a family-owned farm since 1979 located in Bath, SD. During that time, we have milked cows, raised livestock, and farmed corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. I farm together with my wife, as well as, my father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and their family. My wife, Gretchen, and I have two boys. Our oldest son is employed at Bongards Cheese, a local cooperative in Norwood, MN, as a management trainee. Our youngest son is a junior at South Dakota State University and just completed his summer internship with Agtegra.

 I am currently the Vice President of the Aberdeen School Board and have served on the school board since 2005. I also serve on the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Brown County Communications Council, the Brown County Search and Rescue Team, and am a volunteer with Brown County 4-H.  

 As a long-term member of Agtegra Cooperative, I value the marketing and ownership benefits that cooperatives make available to farmers. I look forward to learning more about my local cooperative and serving my community.

DELEGATE CANDIDATES

Don Eberle, Strasburg, ND.
I 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.

Richard Fergel, Shields, ND.
I am the 4th generation to operate the family farm and ranch near Shields, ND.  I farm with my father and we grow corn, oats, millet and alfalfa in addition to running a cow/calf operation. I attended Bismarck State College where I earned my degree in Farm and Ranch Management.  Within my community, I served as a director on my local elevator board in McIntosh for 9 years and the local church board for 8 years. Giving back to the community is important and I would like to help represent the farmers and ranchers in my area. I enjoy being a part of my local cooperative. 

 Richard and his wife, Carrie, have 4 children.  Twin daughters, Emilee who is a registered nurse and Brenna who is a vet technician.   Their son, Jerred, attends the University of North Dakota for physical therapy and Breaden is in the 8th grade at McIntosh High School.

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 1,700-acre farm. My wife is a self-employed freelance court reporter/transcriptionist.  

My three oldest children have graduated from college and work in Bismarck, ND. My youngest son is attending NDSU majoring in accounting and business. He plans on moving back to the farm upon completing his college education.

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. Along with running the farm operation, I am employed at Strasburg State Bank in Strasburg, ND, as Vice President.

I served as President and Treasurer for our local fire protection district for a number of years. I am currently, and have been for over 20 years, the Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus Council in Hague, ND, in addition to the current President and a board member of the Emmons County Housing Authority. I am a past board member for the National Sunflower Association and past parish council member of St. Mary’s Church, Hague, ND. 

Cooperatives are very important to the agriculture industry, especially in rural areas. Without them, the services we all use and depend on would not be available. Cooperatives allow us to be the most productive and efficient producers in the world. It is very important that they continue as strong and viable places to do business, not only for current producers but also for the next generation.          

Zach Krogh, McLaughlin, SD.   
I’m interested in serving as a delegate to become more involved within the community and with the cooperative as it plays a major role in agriculture. Value adding qualities include applicable forethought, critical thinking and general concern for others. In the past, I’ve served as a union steward for a shop of 50+ people in the aviation industry and always remained involved with the furtherance of employee roles and responsibilities at each place of employment. Cooperative systems, in particular Agtegra, have always been a cornerstone for their communities and business partners alike by encouraging contribution that ultimately benefits everyone. Shared responsibility means more is not expected from any individual in particular and together people can work towards goals which are similar within each industry.  

I am married to a wonderful woman who is a fantastic mother to our two children, a boy (7) and girl (4). During the day, the kids go to Mobridge for school and my wife, and I work for her parents who own a large farm and ranch. We have started our own farming operation through a partnership with her sister and husband and look forward to watching our kids grow up in this wonderful community with so many good people and working towards the betterment of our own farm as well as those within our region.

Candice Mizera, McLaughlin, SD. 
Candice lives near McLaughlin, SD, where she farms and ranches with her husband, Bob, and family. They farm and ranch about 600 cows and about 10,000 acres. Their family has been in the McLaughlin area since the 1920. They purchased their current ranch in 1974. Candice served on the SD Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) Board in 2018 and 2019. 

Goals that Candice has for her operation include building resiliency into the soil system and people by rejuvenating biology, replenishing organic matter and increasing water holding capacity and retention. It is important to her that she leaves a legacy of healthy people and soil while working to create a viable business with intact family roots and an improved community.

Darin Vetch, Onaka, SD.   
I have been farming for 30 years by Onaka, SD, with my wife, Mary, and two children, Nathan and Abby. We currently raise corn and soybeans and in the past, raised spring/winter wheat and sunflowers.   

I am running for a delegate position because I believe in the cooperative system. Farmers need a strong company that is capable of offering various goods and services for our farming and ranching needs. While other companies streamline and offer limited services, Agtegra can offer various types of services to our farmers. A farmer may be able to do all their business with one company – Agtegra. I had a one-year term as a Nonvoting Advisory Director for Agtegra in 2021. I attended all of the board meetings which was a very valuable experience. Therefore, I have seen firsthand the success Agtegra has had in the past and would like to be a part of the success in the future.