CHS Inc. owners elect five board members during annual meeting
ST. PAUL, Minn. – CHS Inc. owners elected five board members to three-year terms during the cooperative’s 2019 Annual Meeting held Dec. 5-6 in Minneapolis. CHS Inc. is the nation’s largest cooperative and a leading global agribusiness company owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.
Newly elected to three-year terms are:
Hal Clemensen succeeds former director Randy Knecht, who retired from the CHS board of directors on Dec. 6. Clemensen represents Region 4, covering South Dakota, and has been the president of the board of directors of Agtegra Cooperative since its formation in 2018. He was president of the South Dakota Wheat Growers Association from 2005 until its merger with North Central Farmers Elevator in 2018. He is a past director and is an active member of the South Dakota Soybean Association and an active member of South Dakota Corn Growers. In 2015, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives named him Farmer Cooperative Director of the year. He raises corn, soybeans and wheat near Conde, S.D. He holds a bachelor of science in agricultural economic and agricultural business from South Dakota State University. Clemensen was appointed to the board’s Government Relations and Corporate Risk committees.
Kevin Throener succeeds former director Dennis Carlson, who retired from the board on Dec. 6, and represents Region 3, which covers North Dakota. Throener has been a director of CHS Dakota Plains Ag since 2014 and served as vice president of the Sargent County Farmers Union board of directors since 2007. He has also served on the Cogswell, North Dakota Volunteer Fire Department since 1997 and was its chief from 2010 to 2018. Throener raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa and operates a feed lot and cow/calf business near Cogswell, N.D. Throener and his wife Ronda are first-generation farmers who built their operation from the ground up. He studied agricultural systems management at North Dakota State University. He was appointed to the board’s Governance Committee and the CHS Foundation Board of Trustees.
Reelected to three-year terms are:
Mark Farrell, who operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm in Dane County, Wisconsin, representing Region 5.
Alan Holm, who operates a corn, soybean, sweet corn, peas and hay operation and has a cow-calf herd near Sleepy Eye, Minn., representing Region 1.
Steve Riegel, who raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dryland wheat and milo near Ford, Kan., representing Region 8.
Following the annual meeting, the board held its annual re-organization meeting. Each of the following board members was elected to one-year officer terms:
Dan Schurr, chair.
C.J. Blew, first vice chair.
Jon Erickson, second vice chair.
Russ Kehl, secretary-treasurer.
Steve Riegel, assistant secretary-treasurer.
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