MKC is a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of supplies and services for both farm and urban customers in 14 counties throughout Kansas.
With field marketers and full-service agronomy centers equipped with applicators, MKC has what is needed to meet your agronomy needs and help you succeed.
MKC operates one of the top professional energy departments in the state of Kansas and is dedicated to the success of our customers’ operations.
MKC offers comprehensive risk management services to help farmers and ranchers succeed.
The Optimal Acre Program offers unique packages to match the level of precision ag you want on your operation. Using a host of precision agriculture tools and data analytics, MKC can meet your needs.
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As one of the leading agricultural companies in Kansas, we believe employees play an important role in the growth and success of the cooperative.
C.J. Blew and his wife, Beckie, of Castleton farm in a family partnership that includes irrigated corn and soybeans, dryland wheat, milo, and soybeans, and a commercial cow-calf operation. CJ was elected to his first term on the MKC Board of Directors in 2005 and currently serves as chairman.
In 2010, CJ was elected to the CHS Board of Directors. He has served on the CHS Resolutions Committee and attended the CHS New Leader Institute. He serves on the Hutchinson Community College Ag Advisory Board, and is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, Texas Cattle Feeder's Association and the Red Angus Association of America. CJ holds an applied science degree in farm and ranch management from Hutchinson Community College, and has recently achieved Board Governance Fellowship status from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
CJ believes local cooperatives have an important role because they can offer the service and convenience that often isn't available from independent companies. However, that also means that today's cooperatives must be more competitive with independent companies than they may have been in the past to keep member business. To become more competitive, CJ believes it is important to eliminate inefficiencies between locations and take full advantage of recent mergers by viewing MKC as one company rather than each branch as a separate entity. Board members should serve as a listening body for the members and strive to have the right people in place to carry out the day-to-day management decisions, he believes.
Myron Voth, Walton, and his wife, Phyllis Regier, operate an 85-cow dairy and diversified crop farm in Marion and Harvey counties. Their primary MKC location is Walton. Myron was elected to his second term on the board of directors in 2006 and currently serves as vice-chairman.
Myron believes cooperatives are vital to the market structure. By buying grain and providing inputs, cooperatives provide a fair market structure to producers. The successful co-op is one which provides a market for purchasing or selling at a fair price and which returns a profit to producers and owner members, while the company makes a profit as well, he believes. Cooperatives are being challenged with rising costs and flat market prices and ever more complicated input needs of its members, he says. He would like to see the co-op develop strategies to meet those needs and also invest money in key facilities so the co-op can continue to be an efficient grain handler. Myron believes, the board's role should be one of oversight of management, policy setting and serving as an information feedback loop.
David Mills operates a diversified grain farm which is primarily dryland, and a cow/calf herd near Abilene. David was appointed to the board of directors as an associate board member in February, 2008 and now represents District 2.
David believes the on-going consolidation in agriculture has had a big impact on ag producers. This same consolidation is happening with the suppliers of our inputs and buyers of our products which makes it even more important to have our cooperative organization. He believes members benefit by being able to build the co-op into an organization that provides all of the critical needs of the farm operation. Members also have the added bonus of sharing the profits at the end of the year.
David believes that to further build MKC requires board members to guide and direct the cooperative to make sure it grows and changes to meet the ever-changing needs of the ag industry.
Cecil Wiebe, Burns, and his wife, Jacque, have a diversified farm operation raising corn, milo, wheat, feeder cattle and hogs. Their son, Josh, farms with them. Their primary MKC location is Burns. Cecil was elected to his first term representing District 3 in 2004. Prior to that, he served on the MKC Board as an appointed member from Farmers Grain Cooperative when the two cooperatives merged. He currently is serving as secretary of the board.
Cecil believes that local cooperatives serve a vital role in the rural economy and that it is important that the local co-op stays profitable so it will be there for producers in the future. However, meeting the needs of the co-op's customers and members should not be sacrificed to gain that profitability, he believes. The co-op must always be alert to new services and ventures which could be beneficial for its members and every effort should be made to gain efficiencies in the coop's operations. Cecil is a detail person who believes board members must consider how a decision will affect the whole cooperative, not just an individual board member's own farm or location.
Duane operates a diversified dryland and irrigated farm and cow-calf operation located between Lindsborg and Marquette. He has served as chairman of the Farmers Union Elevator Board of Directors at Lindsborg. Most recently, Duane served on the MKC board from 2000-2009 and was re-elected in 2011.
Duane believes the key issues facing MKC today are keeping the cooperative profitable and protecting the equity of all our members while meeting the challenge of upgrading grain handling facilities. Strategic planning for short and long-term goals is very important in order to adapt to change and new challenges that face the co-op. MKC serves a variety of producers, from small to very large. He believes we need a co-op that can meet the needs of all its patrons. Duane believes the primary responsibility of the board of directors is to hire the CEO, establish operating policies and set objectives for the co-op. He feels attending educational courses is an excellent source for directors to not only learn strategies that other organizations are implementing, but also to share ideas and gain insight from other co-op board members from around the country.
Jason Gaeddert and his wife, Kristy, are involved in a diversified grain operation with his father, uncle and cousins. Jason was elected to the board of directors in May, 2007.
Jason believes today's cooperatives must be competitive with other agri-businesses in providing the best products and services around. He sees the cooperative's role as a provider of agronomy products, fuel, fertilizers and other services necessary for farmers to successfully grow a crop. Key to a successful cooperative is the people associated with it. Having talented, knowledgeable staff is important, but for the co-op to be successful, it is also important to have the support of the patrons. He believes that the co-op is only as good as its employees and its patrons. Jason believes the board's role is to assist in guiding the direction of the company so that it is an even better cooperative in the future.
Keith Becker, Galva, was elected in 2005 to his first term on the board of directors representing District 2. Keith and his wife, Esther, primarily raise wheat with some milo production. He also does some custom farming and harvesting and is employed by Empire Township in McPherson County. His primary MKC location is Galva, with some grain hauled to Conway.
Keith believes the cooperative system's strength in today's agricultural economy lies in the trust factor which comes from personal contact between local location employees and the customers. Having access to a country elevator is a tremendous advantage for the smaller farmer, he believes, and it is important that farmers support the country elevators to keep them viable. Efficient utilization of employees throughout the year is necessary in a business where much of the work is seasonal. He also believes that equipment maintenance should be a priority of the co-op. The role of a board member should be to listen and make wise decisions based on proper and accurate information, Keith believes. Board members should also allow managers to do their jobs while serving as a check to ensure the co-op's goals are being accomplished.
Randy Elwood and his wife, Nancy, live near Windom where they operate a diversified grain farm and have a cow-calf operation. Randy was appointed to the MKC Board of Directors as an Associate Member in the fall of 2006.
Randy believes that being mindful of the needs of the co-op's customers, while balancing its own input costs in an efficient manner, is one of the marks of a successful co-op. Developing strategies to meet those needs, particularly in ensuring an available supply of fertilizer is an issue the co-op will need to deal with in the future. He believes the primary responsibility of the board of directors is to oversee management, voice opinions about issues and help determine the future direction of the company. To do this, he feels the board must work together to reach consensus on what is best for the company, not just the individual.
Allan Wegner and his wife, Melissa, operate a dryland corn and soybean operation near Onaga. Wegner's farther farms with them. They also have a cow-calf operation. Their main MKC location is Onaga. Prior to merging with MKC, Wegner served on the board of directors for Farmers Cooperative Association for 12 years and was the secretary for the past 10 years.
He believes the cooperative system is vital for the producer to succeed. While the producer strives to remain independent, the co-op offers access to products, programs and markets that would otherwise be unavailable to him or her. He believes MKC must continue to grow and adapt to best serve our producers' needs as they evolve. Additionally, it's important for MKC to be a financial stable cooperative with a progressive board and management team.
Wegner believes the role of the director is to provide guidance for the organization by being open to all information provided and by making sound decisions that are in the best interest of the cooperative. In addition, the patrons' accessibility to representation must be maintained as MKC continues to grow.
Hal Mayer and his wife, Jill, operate a stocker operation near Alta Vista and raise corn, wheat and sorghum silage in Wabaunsee, Morris and Geary counties. Their primary MKC location is Alta Vista. Prior to merging with MKC, Mayer served on the board of directors for Farmers Cooperative Association for more than 20 years.
Mayer believes in the cooperative system and the benefits it brings to patrons. While competition is stiff, he believes the future of the cooperative looks bright. In order to be successful, he says MKC must continue to grow to meet the needs of the patrons.
He believes the board should provide oversight to ensure MKC and its patrons are profitable. In addition, he says the board is tasked with ensuring the co-op has safe, up-to-date facilities and hires the best employees.
Kenny Carlton joined the MKC Board of Directors as an associate director in August 2014. A native of Little River, Carlton operates a diversified grain and livestock operation, including dryland wheat, milo and soybeans with a cow-calf and stocker operation there today. Carlton worked for Farm Credit for 13 years, working in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. After leaving Farm Credit he returned to Little River and was the branch manager of the Little River State Bank for five years. While working at the bank, he began farming part-time with his father and later took over the farming operation. Today, Carlton is farming full-time. Carlton and his wife, Connie, have two grown sons, the youngest working on the farming operation full-time.
As Carlton looks at the benefits MKC offers to its members, he believes as a progressive co-op MKC is able to bring technology and advancements in agriculture to the members. The members can then take advantage of these services and expertise of the highly-qualified employees as part of a partnership towards their own success. Carlton says over the years MKC has grown to meet the needs of the producers and is continuing to look to the future to meet the needs as agriculture is now a global market. Carlton wants members to know MKC is truly a partner in their operation.
Sara Hasty and her husband, Will, operate a diversified dryland crop operation with her father near Hesston. Sara also works with her father in a tax accounting business, specializing in agricultural businesses. Sara was appointed to an associate director position in April 2016.
She believes the way the cooperative system shares profits with the members give the system a huge advantage over independent companies. Not only can the members benefit from the current year’s profits, but they can also be a part of helping fund further development of infrastructure and services that will help their operations to succeed in the future. She thinks it’s critical to continue a growth strategy with the future of all producer-members in mind.
Sara believes the role of the directors is to represent the interest of all the members and help management evaluate the opportunities and risks the organization needs to take to best position the cooperative to serve current and future members.
Ben Schrag and his wife, Tina, are involved in a dryland wheat, corn and soybean operation near Canton. In addition to their cropland, they have a stocker cattle operation. Ben was appointed as an Associate Director in 2016 and will serve three years on the Board of Directors.
He believes the largest challenge facing producers and co-ops is staying profitable in an always changing and tightening market along with balancing member equity and the expenses of a co-op such as new infrastructure and locations. Ben looks forward to serving on the board to learn more about the cooperative system and provide input in a business that directly impacts the local economy. He looks to help develop strategic plans along with forward thinking to help MKC succeed.
Ben says what makes a local co-op important is the built-in advantages over independent companies such as allowing patrons to purchase inputs and market grain collectively. MKC serves as an important role in the rural economy by providing jobs and providing producers with a place to conduct business and deliver grain.