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Nominating Committee Candidates -
1-Year Term

Race 1:
Joe Lucas, Bedford, IA
Growing up in southwest Iowa, most of my real-life education came from helping in my father’s veterinary practice and the family farm. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Iowa State University, I returned to southwest Iowa where I have lived and worked my entire life. Currently, I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments and have worked in the financial and insurance industry for many years. I have also owned a retail business and I am currently on the board of the Bedford Housing Association, CHI Corning Hospital, Pursuit of Independence, the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce and the Clarinda Kiwanis Club.

W. Dave Roberts, Missouri Valley, IA
I manage our family farms in Pottawattamie, Harrison, Crawford and Shelby counties in southwest Iowa and we raise Angus stock cows. I also sell life and health insurance. I attended business and financial classes at the University of Nebraska-Omaha while operating a life and health insurance sales office and have attended many continuing education classes related to insurance and finance. I currently do not serve on any boards.
Race 2:
Curtis Bates, Deep River, IA
I raise corn and soybeans and finish out fat hogs. I am retired from Poweshiek County where I was a heavy equipment operator for many years while farming part-time. I am a high school graduate. I currently do not serve on any boards.

Mark Ogden, North Liberty, IA
My farming operation consists of conventional crop production with soybeans, corn and hay using conservation strategies. I am currently the Director of Engineering for Frontier Co-op. My educational background includes registered Project Manager with Project Management Institute; Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management Technology from Grantham University, and an Associate of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Kirkwood Community College. I currently serve as president of Johnson County Iowa Farm Bureau, vice chairman of St. Mary’s Church (Iowa City) Property Management Board, and commissioner for the Johnson County Compensation Commission, as well as a participating member of the Johnson County Food Policy Council and the Johnson County Agriculture Committee. I served as chairman of the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee in the past year.
Race 3:
Roger Lundtvedt, Calmar, IA
My operation produces corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and grass hay. I have taken a number of agricultural courses at Northeast Iowa Community College and have an Associate degree in Agriculture from Minnesota State University. I currently do not serve on any boards.

Ronald Rubsam, Hartley, IA
My farming operation includes corn and soybean row crops. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Business Management and an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls where I taught business, human resources and communication as an adjunct instructor. I am a graduate of the Land O’Lakes Management Program and the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Director Certification program. I have served in the United States Air Force and have experience working with youth as a 4-H county and state judge, and as an Iowa State University Extension Director. I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee in the past year.
Race 4:
Mark Daggy, Des Moines, IA
I have a row crop operation and raise grass seed. Farming is my very enjoyable working vacation in my hometown of Humboldt, IA. We own several printing plants and a mail house business in Des Moines, IA. We also purchased ATF-Davidson, Ltd. several years ago, which was founded by Ben Franklin in 1778. We manufacture printing presses and printing press parts that are sold worldwide out of Des Moines, IA. My undergraduate major was biochemistry and I attended Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. I was a Green Beret Medic in the United States Army and served in Southeast Asia with the 1st Special Forces Group. I currently serve on the Iowa Right to Life Executive Board and as a church elder.

David Hassebrock, Ames, IA
I am an owner/operator of Hassebrock Farms, Inc., a family farm corporation. The operation consists of corn, soybeans, cow-calf and beef feedlot. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Animal Science. I have completed the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Director Certification and I am a Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series Certified Director. I am a Director and Board Secretary for both Key Cooperative and the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives. I serve on the Land O’Lakes Ag Executive Council as chairman. I am an Elder and Stewardship Committee Chairman for Northminster Presbyterian Church. I currently serve on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee.
Race 5:
Jeff Burkley, Geneva, IA
My agricultural business operations currently include row crop corn and soybean production, contract market hog feeding and a seed dealership. I have an Associate of Science degree from North Iowa Area Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. I am a Certified Crop Advisor and have attended various leadership and personnel management training courses supplied by former employers. I currently do not serve on any boards.

Warren Evans, Bridgewater, IA
My agricultural business includes a rotation of corn and soybean crops, a beef cow herd and a fat calf lot. I have an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Iowa Community College and attended Iowa State University. I am currently a member of the Adair County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors.
Race 6:
Emery Fox, Harrison, NE
I am President of Heritage Seed Company, Inc. in Crawford, NE selling seed, feed, Ag pesticides and seed cleaning services, and I am a certified seed grower. We live on a ranch in Sioux County, NE along with our son and his wife. My grandad homesteaded the ranch in 1909. I have an Associate degree in Agribusiness from Eastern Wyoming College. I am a member of the Nebraska Crop Improvement Board of Directors and a member of Farm Bureau, Nebraska Seed Trade Association, New Pride Genetics and Husker Genetics. We hold seed licenses in Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Jake Wasserburger, Crawford, NE
We are a third generation cow-calf operation with a backgrounding feedlot and we are fortunate to have water to irrigate hay and grazing pivots. Our goal is to preserve the family operation and our son and his wife have joined in this endeavor. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming. I am president of the Surgarloaf Grazing Association Board and I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.
Race 7:
Merlin Oswald, Madison, NE
My wife, Ruth, and I have a farming operation consisting of corn, soybeans, hay, farrow-to-finish hogs and cow-calf. I have a Bachelor of Education degree from Wayne State College. I am the secretary of the Madison County Planning and Zoning Commission, vice president of the Madison Library Foundation, secretary of the Trinity Lutheran Church Board of Elders and serve on the 4-H Council. I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.

Bill Stalder, Salem, NE
We own an irrigated and dryland farming operation. We cash rent a portion of the acres and some of the remaining acres are included in the Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, completed Master of Science coursework in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate School and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. I currently serve as a member of the Board of Directors of MINDRIVE, Inc., a mentoring program, and I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.
Race 8:
Kevin Blakeman, Merna, NE
I am part of a family farming operation with my dad and brother. We have a very diverse operation that includes both irrigated and dryland farmland, a cow-calf operation and a seed corn business. I majored in Ag Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.

Howard Eltiste, Holdrege, NE
My wife, Catherine, and I run a stocker operation, both grazing and growing, utilizing rotational grazing. Crops grown include corn, soybeans and wheat using both irrigated and dryland no till practices with some cover crop. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Presently, I serve as president of a small successful investment group and was employed for several years as a loan manager for the United States Department of Agriculture. I currently serve on the local Boy Scout committee and I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.
Race 9:
Gordon Heber, Sioux Falls, SD
My wife and I operate a farm in Turner and Douglas Counties in South Dakota where we produce corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science and Chemistry from South Dakota State University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Business Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am a Minnehaha County Conservation District Supervisor and serve on the Eastern South Dakota Soil and Water Research Farm, Inc. Board.

Ernest Namminga, Springfield, SD
We have a primarily organic farming operation raising alfalfa, popcorn, yellow corn and soybeans. I have a high school education with some college courses. I am currently an outside director for Living Stone Prison Church in Springfield, SD.

Jim Petrik, Gayville, SD
We have a diversified farming operation raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa. We have a cow-calf herd, a swine breeding stock business and custom feed swine. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and a Class I graduate of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program. I also attended the Pork College Asset Management Program and the National Pork Producers Council Public Policy and Leadership Institute. I currently serve on the South Dakota Pork Producers Policy and Demand Enhancement Committees, the National Pork Producers Council Nominating and Member Services Committees and as the county swine chairman for 4-H. I served as the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee Secretary during the past year.
Race 10:
Richard Bonander, Valley Springs, SD
I am a sales manager for Pestell Minerals & Ingredients, Co-Trustee of L. Richard Bonander Trust and have an ownership interest in Bonander Family Farm, LLC. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Commercial Economics from South Dakota State University. I currently serve as chairman of the American Feed Industry Association Nutrition Committee.

Scott Brandenburger, Clear Lake, SD
I raise sheep and cattle in my ranching operation and I work off-farm. I have a degree in Diesel Technology from Southwest Vo Tech Institute. I currently serve on the Brookings-Deuel Rural Water System Board as secretary, and I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.

Jeff Burg, Wessington Springs, SD
Our operations include a permitted beef feedlot, spring and fall calving beef cows, and corn, soybean, small grain and cover crops. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University and have completed Leadership At Its Best training offered through the National Corn Growers Leadership Academy and American Soybean Association. I am currently serving on the South Dakota Corn Growers Association Board and as their representative to the United States Meat Export Federation, the Wessington Springs Township Board, the Springs Country Club Board, and I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.
Race 11:
Deb Kukuchka, Belle Fourche, SD
My husband and I operate Bar 69 Angus Ranch. We raise registered Angus cattle and sell performance tested yearling bulls and replacement heifers. In addition, we raise sheep and sell replacement ewes and feeder lambs. Range management is important to us, and running sheep and cattle enables us to manage our range better. About half of our place is Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, so we are very familiar with dealing with various government agencies. We also raise hay, corn and oats with most of the crops used to feed our livestock. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Montana State University. I am the South Dakota Public Lands Council Secretary-Treasurer, a 4-H Leader, and represent our county commission as a part of a group of ranchers working with the BLM in writing their new land use program. I served on the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.

John Miller, Faulkton, SD
I own and operate our family ranch with my dad, maintaining a commercial Black Angus cow herd, growing corn, millet, alfalfa, and oats. I also have a grain farming partnership with my brother-in-law raising corn and soybeans. Prior to returning to the ranch, I worked in agricultural banking and crop insurance. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Administration with a minor in AgriBusiness from Southwest Minnesota State University, and I am a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. I currently serve on the Faulkton Area Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Dan Oedekoven, Sturgis, SD
We have a small cow-calf operation and a few horses. We have a very small headquarters where we calf in the spring. The rest of the year, we run on rented pasture and aftermath grazing. We put up about half the hay we need on a share basis and purchase the rest. In addition, I helped care for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Fort Meade animals last summer. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Farm and Ranch Management and a Master of Education degree from SDSU. I served as an Instructor Navigator for the United States Air Force, have a private pilot license and I am a Personal Strengths Certified Facilitator. I am currently serving as a Church of Christ Elder and a presenter for the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln LEAD programs.
Race 12:
Denise R. Baars, Lusk, WY
My husband and I own and operate a ranch that has been in our family for over a century. We are cow-calf producers and feed our calves over to sell as yearlings. Our operation also includes irrigated alfalfa hay which we harvest to feed our cattle and to sell to local producers. I attended the University of Wyoming and Casper College and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agricultural Business from Chadron State College. I am the secretary/treasurer for the Niobrara County Farm Bureau Federation, serve as a counter and a member of one of the boards at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and served as a member of the FCSAmerica Nominating Committee during the past year.

Chris Robinett, Casper, WY
Our family has a cow-calf operation with a small hay farm on owned and leased ground. I have Associate degrees in Agricultural Science and Diesel Mechanics from Casper College. I currently do not serve on any boards.