OMAHA, Nebraska (Feb. 3, 2023) – A diverse group of forward-thinking farmers is collaborating with Scoular to identify solutions to emerging farm management challenges and to influence the company’s future producer strategies.
The group – called the Farm Advisory Roundtable Members, or FARM – consists of 15 producers from across the Scoular origination network. The producers will meet twice a year and partner with company leaders to capture opportunities within the evolving agricultural supply chain. Scoular selected producers who are innovative, influential thinkers within their local farming communities and beyond.
Last week, the producers joined Scoular leaders at the inaugural FARM meeting at Scoular’s global headquarters in Omaha. The event was hosted by Scoular’s new enterprise producer origination team, led by Melissa Norem. Topics included farming economics, technology and innovation, sustainability, regenerative agriculture and community outreach.
“FARM was created to bring the voice of the producer into dialogue with Scoular to build upon the 130-year history we have of serving our customers,” said Norem. “As the agriculture industry evolves at a pace not seen before, our FARM advisors will help Scoular define the opportunities for us to continue adding value to the unique position we hold in the supply chain.”
“FARM was a great next step for Scoular,” said Ron Bingham, Scoular Senior Vice President who leads the Grain Division. “With this group of farmer leadership, we not only validate our past investments but also bring their voices and influence into our future growth.”
FARM members are: Kyle Campbell of Asbury, Missouri; Ashley Colglazier of Grant, Nebraska; Hazen Deeds of Goodland, Kansas; Jerry Deweese of Pratt, Kansas; Frank Groeneweg of Three Forks, Montana; Michael Jeffries of Brule, Nebraska; Kyle Miller of Waverly, Illinois; Jeff O’Connor of Kankakee, Illinois; Kendal Peterson of Assaria, Kansas; Bill Rhea of Arlington, Nebraska; Troy Rieger of Forrest, Illinois; Chad Simmelink of Esbon, Kansas; Chris Soehner of Goodland, Kansas; Todd Tobin of Iuka, Kansas; and Johnnie Witt, of Underwood, Iowa.
Scoular is an employee-owned, over $9B agribusiness leading the way since 1892. We buy, sell, store, handle and process grain and ingredients by leveraging our global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation. Employing 1,400 people in more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia, we provide safe and reliable solutions to farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquafeed and pet food as well as food, beverages and supplements. Scoular ranks 48th on the Forbes list of America’s largest private companies.