Mar 08, 2023

The Annual Business Meeting, Board Elections & Approve Revision of Bylaws on Thursday, April 13th at 2:30 pm at the Braham Event Center.  

Approval of revisions to the bylaws and articles of Incorporation will occur at the meeting.  Changes to the bylaws and articles, which have been approved by the Board of Directors, were made to bring the bylaws and articles into compliance with current Minnesota law, allow flexibility in how voting can occur as the law may change in the future, and to change wording  to more clearly state the method of operation of the cooperative.  No changes to the bylaws controlling allocation of equity were made; language was added clarifying retirement of equity held by corporations.

Relevant Documents:
Articles of Federated Cooperative
Bylaws of Federated Cooperative
Annual Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2019

You can download your ballot here, and below are the biographies of the candidates on the ballot sheet, which can also be downloaded here:

Clark Anderson - Clark along with his brother Chris own and operate Anderson Farm, Inc., and Anderson Farm Trucking LLC. The family business has one full time employee and gets help from Chris' son Nick and Clark's two sons Dean and Dale. They grow corn, soybeans, and hay. In addition to the crops, they also have a beef cow heard and finish out cattle.
Clark has been farming for over 40 years in the Princeton area. He is a member of the Isanti County Soil and Water Council. He is married to his wife Julie who is a retired school teacher. In addition to their two sons, Clark and Julie have two daughters Kari and Jill. The Co-op has supplied the Anderson's their agronomy and energy needs for over 40 years.
Mark Carlson - Director Mark Carlson has served on the Federated Board since 2007. He first became a director in 1992 for CAP- and later CAP-TRICO until they merged with Federated.
Mark retired as a Supervisor for a Vocational program for the State of Minnesota. He and his wife Lucia operate a small Angus cow/calf operation, which has been in the family since 1892.
They have three daughters, a son and eleven grandchildren.
Mark also participates in leadership at the Moose Lake Covenant Church where he serves on the Board as Chairman. He has been the Silver Township Clerk since 1984 and has coached high school softball for Moose Lake/Willow River High School for the past 25 years.
Mark has always appreciated the opportunity to contribute to a cooperative which provides quality staff, products, and services for the patrons.
Ross Gerth - Ross Gerth is a current Director for Federated Co-ops since 2014. Ross is a fourth-generation farmer. He, along with his brother and mother, operate Gerth Farms, LLC, northeast of Princeton, MN. Together they raise corn and soybeans. Ross and Gerth Farms have a long Co-op history, dating back to Princeton Co-op, Central Rivers Cooperative, and now Federated Co-ops. "We have always been a Co-op supporter and continue to purchase all our agronomy, propane, and fuel needs through Federated Co-ops," states Ross.
Since 2000, Ross has worked full time as a Mechanical Designer/Drafter Supervisor within an Engineering Department in Elk River. Ross lives in Princeton with his wife Michelle and their son Grayson.
Jason Holmstrom – Jason is a sixth-generation farmer living in Harris, MN, where he lives with his wife Jaime, and daughter Shelby. He graduated from Ridgewater College with a degree in Farm Operations and Management in 1998. He immediately went home to farm full time with his father and uncle after school. They farm about 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans, and hay ground. He also has a small cow/calf beef herd.
His family been a member of Federated Co-ops for over 10 years. He serves as a board member for Farm Bureau, he has helped with the Chisago County Fair Board, has been on the 4-H and FFA Livestock Committee and various other roles for over 30 years. This will be Jason’s first term on the Federated Co-ops Board.
Matthew Wayrynen – Matthew has been an Associate Board Member for Federated Co-ops, for 1 year. Matthew and has wife Kindra along with their three children live in McGregor, MN.
Matthew runs a Cow/Calf operation, along with his own logging company, K&M Logging, in McGregor, MN. He is a member of the MN Cattlemen’s Association, a member of the MN Simmental Association, the MN Timber Producers, he is a Supervisor of the Rice River Township Board.

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