Business Briefs for Oct. 21

Farmward Cooperative names new CEO

The board of directors of Farmward Cooperative announced they have selected John Husk as the company’s new chief executive officer.

Husk comes to Farmward with more than 40 years of leadership experience in farm supply and grain marketing and assumed his role as CEO on Oct. 18.

“After a comprehensive search, the board is both excited and confident in our decision to hire John as our new CEO,” said Farmward Board Chairman Calvin Aarons. “He has a tremendous passion for agriculture and the cooperative system and more importantly, shares our company’s values and vision of the future, a quality that will serve our members and employees well.”

Most recently, Husk served as the chief operating officer for Agtegra Cooperative in Aberdeen, S.D. During his tenure at Agtegra, Husk played a significant role in building the organization with his keen ability to coach and develop high- performing teams. John’s strengths also lie in his aptitude to build financial stability and operational efficiencies.

“Among many goals in our search, ensuring financial and cultural strength, was a priority,” Aarons added. “It’s not just about today; it’s about building the future and being committed to the next generation for long-term, trusting relationships. John’s reputation as a leader and mentor are exceptional, and we are confident in his ability to guide this cooperative into the future.”

Husk’s career spans several decades with numerous companies and in various roles, including general manager, Kentucky at Southern States Cooperative (Richmond, Virginia), president & CEO of Elburn Cooperative Company (Sycamore, Illinois), sales manager at Babcock Genetics (Rochester), general manager/CEO at FreMar Farmers Cooperative (Marion, S.D.), and manager at Huntting Elevator (Austin). He also spent time on numerous industry boards, including Dakotaland Feeds, Tulare Fertilizer, James Valley Grain, Dakota Valley Grain, CHS Managers Advisory Board, and Agriliance Managers Board.

“I am excited and grateful for an opportunity to serve as CEO of a cooperative like Farmward,” said Husk. “As a respected name in the industry, Farmward is known for its progressive nature and talented team of employees. I look forward to working with them, as well as the board and membership, to continue this culture of success.”


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