Board of Directors

District Table of Contents

  • District 1 – South Dakota counties of Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin, and Kingsbury.
  • District 2 – South Dakota counties of Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, and Moody.
    Minnesota counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray , Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock.
  • District 3 – Minnesota counties of Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, and Yellow Medicine.
  • District 4 – All other counties in Minnesota.
  • District 5 – All other counties in South Dakota and all other states.

Gary Duffy

Term: 2015-2018

District: 1

21761 446th Ave
Oldham, SD 57051
Ph: (605) 482-8555
Cell: (605) 270-2554

Gary has been a farmer for the past 40 years. He is the former president of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, and South Dakota Value Added Development Center. He also served as a board member on the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, Associated School Boards of South Dakota, Oldham School Board, and Oldham City Council. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Agriculture from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, in 1975.

Kent Howell

Term: 2016-2019

District: 1

21281 464th Ave 
Volga, SD 57071 
Ph: (605) 627-5668 
Fax: (605) 627-9434 
Cell: (605) 695-5668

Kent has been a farmer for the past 37 years. He is a retired firefighter with the Volga Fire Department. He received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, in 1977.

Johnathan Kleinjan

Term: 2017-2020

District: 1

400 Ohio Dr.
Brookings, SD 57006
Cell: (605) 695-2154

Jonathan has been a farmer for the past 18 years. He has been a Research Associate for Spring Wheat Genetics for South Dakota State University since 2002. He received his B.S. degree in Ag Business and a M.S. in Agronomy from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, in 1996 and 2002, respectively.

Paul Barthel

Term: 2015-2018

District: 2

22308 486th Ave
Elkton, SD 57026
Ph/Fax: (605) 997-2107
Cell: (605) 530-6139

Paul has been a farmer for the past 29 years. He is a member of the South Dakota Soybean Association and the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Ag Business and minor in Agronomy from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, in 1992.

Robert Nelsen

Term: 2016-2019

District: 2

1173 280th Ave
Westbrook, MN 56183
Ph: (507) 274-5163
Cell: (507) 920-8432

Robert is a retired farmer. He is a state director of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and a board member of the Murray County Corn and Soybean Growers. He is also a member of the Lions, VFW and American Legion.

Maurice Odenbrett

Term: 2017-2020

District: 2

2778 41st Street
Fulda, MN 56131

Maurice is a retired farmer. He serves on the St. Gabriel’s Cemetery board.

Gary Goplen

Term: 2015-2018

District: 3

2574 220th St
Canby, MN 56220
Ph: (507) 223-5267
Cell: (507) 828-1477

Gary has been a farmer for the past 34 years. He was a maintenance worker for Associated Milk Producers in Dawson for 19 years. He is a former president and membership chairman for the Midwest Cattlemen’s Association. He served as group leader and on the livestock committee for the OWA 4H in Canby, Minnesota. He graduated with a degree in Farm Diesel Mechanics from Canby Vo-Tech in Canby, Minnesota, in 1983.

Jeffery Hanson

Term: 2016-2019

District: 3

2011 Hwy 40
Madison, MN 56256
Ph: (320) 598-7863
Cell: (320) 226-6698

Jeffery has been a farmer for the past 35 years. He served as chairman for the Faith Lutheran Church in Madison, Minnesota. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Moorhead State in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1981.

Wayne Enger

Term: 2017-2020

District: 3

2090 180th Street
Madison, MN 56256-3336
Ph: (320) 598-7796
Cell: (320) 979-6558

Wayne has been a farmer for the past 39 years. He is a former secretary of the Madison Farmers Elevator and former board member of the Lac Qui Parle County Soybean Producers. He also served as president and treasurer of the Midwest Cattlemen’s Association and is the former president and financial secretary of the Garfield Lutheran Church Board. He received a B.A. degree in Mathematics and German Literature from University of Minnesota-Morris in 1975.

Randy Tauer

Term: 2015-2018

District: 4

22257 Skyview Ave
Morgan, MN 56266
Ph/Fax: (507) 249-3597
Cell: (507) 430-2969

Randy has been a farmer for the past 33 years. He is a member of the Minnesota Soybean Association and the American Soybean Association. He is a former board member of The New Midwest Company, LLC (f/k/a Golden Oval Eggs, LLC), a former SEC reporting company, from 2003 to 2006. He graduated with a degree in Ag Production from Willmar Vo-Tech, Willmar, Minnesota, in 1982.

Gary Kruggel

Term: 2016-2019

District: 4

30217 State Hwy 15
Winthrop, MN 55396
Ph: (507) 647-4247

Gary has been a farmer for the past 21 years. He is a past board member of Winthrop Opportunities in Winthrop, Minnesota. He graduated with a degree in Sales & Marketing from Willmar Vo-Tech College, Willmar, Minnesota, in 1987.

Mark Brown

Term: 2017-2020

District: 4

1003 4th St N
St. James, MN 56081
Ph: (507) 375-5085
Cell: (507) 381-8054

Mark has been a farmer for the past 20 years. He has been employed as an agricultural loan officer in the Farm Credit system since 1981. He is a state director of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and a past president of the St. James Lions Club and First Lutheran Church in St. James, Minnesota. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Science Teaching from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1973.

Ardon Wek

Term: 2015-2018

District: 5

43958 288th Street
Freeman, SD 57029-7310
Ph/Fax: (605) 327-3410
Cell: (605) 661-2252

Ardon has been a farmer for the past 35 years. He is the deacon at the Spring Valley Lutheran Church in Viborg, South Dakota. He is also a member of the South Dakota Corn Growers, and the South Dakota Soybean Association. He graduated with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Building Construction from Mitchell Technical College, Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1978.

Ned Skinner

Term: 2016-2019

District: 5

525 Turnberry Lane St.
Augustine, FL 32080
Cell: (515) 208-1714

Ned has been the President of Skinner Agri-Products, Inc. since 1998. He has served as a director for Portland Food Products in Portland, Oregon; Two Rivers Bank & Trust in Burlington, Iowa; and Nu World Foods in Naperville, Illlinois. He received his B.S. in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1974, and earned his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1981.

Ronald Anderson

Term: 2017-2020

District: 5

1414 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605
Cell: (312) 848-9688

Ronald has been a farmer in Lyon County, Minnesota for the past 30 years. He was self-employed with RLA Trading, LLC from 1994 until December 2016. He was a Senior Vice-President at Continental Grain Company for 27 years. He was involved in the original feasibility study for the Company starting in 1992. He received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, in 1963.