Todd Steffen ran for the Kanabec Co-op board in 1999 because he had an investment in the co-op. “I thought I would take my turn and help run it,” he states, adding, “When you’re a farmer looking in, you wonder why they do the things they do.” Now that he has served on Federated Co-ops board since 2000, he understands those decisions better. “The co-op needs to survive to continue serving its members,” he states.
Having also served as a township supervisor and as chairman of the planning commission, Todd believes co-ops are still important. True, the company has grown and the customer base is more diversified, says Todd, but Federated Co-ops is still a good company that looks out for the patron. “They give the profits back to the customer, and that’s something a private business doesn’t do,” he points out.
Todd and his Dad, Bob, raise corn, beans, wheat, and feeder cattle on a farm south of Mora. He and his wife of 20 years, Sharon, have three daughters: Chelsea, Katie, and Mariah.