Agronomy

Craig Gustafson

Eastern Area Agronomy Division Manager
763-389-2582

Craig Gustafson manages Federated Co-ops’ Eastern Agronomy division which covers Isanti, Rush City and Osceola. He started in 1976 working at a service station for Polk County Co-op, spent 14 years selling Midland and Land O’ Lakes branded livestock feed and spent 17 years serving in a variety of capacities in the agronomy field while working for Chisago Lakes Cooperative and Central Rivers Cooperative. Craig earned his Certified Crop Advisor certification in the late ninety’s. He finds it rewarding building relationships with livestock and grain farmers.

Jim Barthel

Western Area Agronomy Division Manager
763-389-2582

Jim Barthel is the Western area agronomy division manager. He started in the Federated Co-ops, Inc. system with Wright County Co-ops in Albertville in January 1977. Jim has a degree from Anoka Vocational College in Agronomy business.

Kenneth O’Brien

Crop Input Financing Relationships Specialist
320-369-4220

Kenneth O’Brien started in the Federated Co-ops, Inc. system in Pine City as the feed and grain division manager. Ken also worked with the development of the retail Country Stores. He currently works with producers on crop input financing and developing risk management plans using crop insurance and grain marketing plans. Ken has also worked for the clear Lake Farmers Elevator, Loretto Feed and Seed and for Winsted Farmers Elevator. He has a B.S. degree in Soil Science from the Univ. of Minn and has a series 3 license as a Commodity Broker and is a Licensed Crop Insurance Agent.

Matt Kurtz

Rush City Country Store Manager
320-358-3292

Matt Kurtz manages the Rush City Agronomy Center. Matt began his career with Federated Co-ops Inc. in 2012 as counter sales then moved into custom application and sales and has been the manager since 2014. Prior to the co-op system Matt worked for the National Park Service in the maintenance, fire management, and law enforcement divisions and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Matt enjoys hunting, fishing, and the opportunity to interact and learn from patrons on a daily basis.

Rod Gustafson

Albertville Agronomy Center Manager
763-497-2122

Rod Gustafson is the Agronomy Center Manager in Albertville. He started with the Federated Co-ops, Inc. partners in 1993 as Assistant Manager in Albertville and became manager in 2001. Rod previously was a feed consultant for Arcadia Farmers’ Exchange, was a route salesman for Steiner Sales & Service in Baldwin and performed inspections for Hitchcock Industries. He has a B.S. in Agriculture Education from University of Wisconsin in River Falls.

Ronald Paulson

Isanti Agronomy Center Manager
763-444-5561

Ronald Paulson managed the Isanti Agronomy Location from 2000 through the present. He started with Winnebago Farmers Elevator in the Agronomy and Grain Division in 1984, then worked with Easton Grain as Location Manager and finally managed the Agronomy and Grain Division for the Dill Company in Mapleton before coming to Federated Co-ops, Inc. Ron holds an Ag Business Management Degree from Mankato State University.

Tim Stelter

Osceola Country Store Manager
715-294-2789

Tim Stelter manages the Osceola Agronomy Center. Tim began his career at Federated Co-ops, Inc. doing custom application for Central Rivers in 1995 and has been the Manager in Osceola since 1997. Prior to his employment in the cooperative system, he was a self employed dairy farmer. Tim attended University of Wisconsin in Madison taking the Farm and Industry Short Course. He has a small cash grain farm. In his free time he enjoys sports and is involved in community organizations.

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