Land O’Lakes Board Selects 2007 Officers, Committee Chairs
ARDEN HILLS, Minn., March 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Land O’Lakes Board of Directors completed its election of officers during the national food and agricultural cooperative’s annual meeting held Feb. 21-22 in Minneapolis.
Pete Kappelman, a dairy producer from Two Rivers, Wis., was re-elected as chairman of the board for 2007. Kappelman and his brother own Meadow Brook Farms, a 420-Holstein and 1,200-acre operation in Manitowoc County, Wis. Kappelman joined the Land O’Lakes Board of Directors in 1995 and served as board secretary and first vice chairman before being elected chairman in 2004. Kappelman also serves on the National Dairy Board, National Milk Producers Federation Board and the Board of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. He is a member of Country Horizons Cooperative and Valders Elevator Co-op. Kappelman received his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ronnie Mohr, an agricultural producer from Greenfield, Ind., was re- elected first vice chair of the board. Mohr, his sons, Andy and Eric, brother Joe, and other family members farm 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans; run a hog-finishing operation; and operate a grain bin and equipment sales business. Mohr has played an active role in numerous cooperatives and community organizations including Countrymark, Ag-One Cooperative, Central Indiana Power Cooperative, Wabash Valley Power, the Indiana Corn Growers, Green Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hancock County Drainage Board and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Merit Board.
John Zonneveld, Jr. an agricultural and dairy producer from Laton, Calif., was elected second vice chair of the board. Zonneveld and his brothers operate Zonneveld Dairies Inc., where they milk 6,000 cows and raise approximately 16,000 head of stock. On their 4,000 acres, they raise corn and alfalfa, as well as permanent plantings of almonds, walnuts and pistachios. Zonneveld is active in Western United Dairymen.
Doug Reimer, managing partner of Deer Ridge S.E.W. Feeder Pig, LLC. in Guttenberg, Iowa, was re-elected board secretary. He is the managing partner of Deer Ridge S.E.W. Feeder Pig, LLC. He currently serves as trustee of the Guttenberg Hospital and belongs to the Clayton County Pork Producers. Reimer has served as chair of his local cooperative, member of the Land O’Lakes District 12 Board, and chair of Shepherd of the Hills, a community ministry in Northeast Iowa. Reimer graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 before moving to the family farm with his wife, Kathy.
Bob Marley, general manager of Jackson-Jennings Co-op in Seymour, Ind., was re-elected chairman of the board’s Ag Committee. Marley is general manager of Jackson-Jennings Co-op in Seymour, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. He’s worked in the cooperative system in Indiana for 30 years and has chaired the board of Agri Insurance, a self-insurance group that includes most of the cooperatives in Indiana and Ohio, since it was formed.
Art Perdue, a manager of Farmers Union Oil Company in Minot, N.D., was elected vice chair of the Ag Committee. Perdue currently manages Farmers Union Oil Company, a diversified cooperative with annual sales of $60 million. In addition, his cooperative is 50-percent owner of a large agronomy LLC. He has served as Chairman on the boards of the Town and Country Credit Union, Cenex/Land O’Lakes Manager’s Council, the North Dakota Cooperative Managers association and his local church.
Cornell Kasbergen, a dairy producer from Tulare, Calif., was elected to chair the board’s Dairy Committee. Kasbergen grew up on a southern California dairy and farmed in partnership with his father. He and his wife owned and operated her family’s dairy operation in San Jacinto before moving onto their present dairy in Tulare — Rancho Teresita Dairy — in 1989. Kasbergen was a director on the Dairyman’s Cooperative Creamery Association Board and has been active in agricultural organizations including the Tulare DHIA Board and the California Department of Agriculture Milk Producer Review Board. He currently represents Land O’Lakes on the National Milk Producers Federation Board, serving as secretary of the Officer Committee.
Lynn Boadwine, an agricultural and dairy producer from Baltic, S.D., was elected vice chair of the Dairy Committee. Boadwine began farming with his parents after graduating from South Dakota State University in 1986. He and his wife, Trish, operate a 1,200-cow dairy and raise 1,600 acres of crops. Boadwine currently serves on the boards of the South Dakota Animal Industry and the South Dakota Ag Producer Venture’s Dairy Development Board. Boadwine has also chaired his local American Dairy Association and DHIA Boards. He has been an Area delegate and Unit delegate alternate in the Land O’Lakes system. Boadwine currently serves as a director for the Land O’Lakes Foundation.
Land O’Lakes, Inc. ( http://www.landolakesinc.com/ ) is a national farmer- owned food and agricultural cooperative with annual sales of more than $7 billion. Land O’Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the U.S.; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, crop nutrients and crop protection products) and services. Land O’Lakes also provides agricultural training and technical assistance in more than 25 developing nations.
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