On behalf of our farmer-members, Landus is honored to support the full circle of the food chain—from seed to commodity, from product to feed and from cow to the kitchen table.
Something That Matters
The farmer-members of Landus are an integral part of a remarkable story that begins with planting AcreEdge® seed and includes working with our agronomists to maximize yields.
Farmers sell their harvested soybeans—which represent a season’s worth of sacrifice, hard work and hope—back to Landus.
These soybeans, in turn, are processed at Landus facilities and transformed into a line of specialized, high-quality, soybean meal-based dairy cow feed that is distributed worldwide.
Dairies in six continents use SoyPlus, SoyChlor and PasturChlor to help improve cow health and performance for optimum productivity.
And eventually, the farmer-members of Landus find the dairy products—from milk to cheese, baby formula and more—in their grocery stores.
Landus is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative headquartered in Ames, Iowa.
We’re proud to provide value for approximately 7,000 member-owners.
Our unique capabilities include offering agronomy services, precision ag, field services, AcreEdge soybean seed, grain marketing and animal nutrition. We also manufacture a line of specialized feed for dairy cows, which is distributed globally.
At Landus, our team enjoys serving members, uplifting agriculture and enriching lives in local communities. We employ more than 600 people and serve more than 60 communities in Iowa and Minnesota. We are governed by a member-elected board of directors and guided by an experienced executive team.
The History of Landus is the History of Iowa Cooperatives
The earliest known roots of Landus developed in 1888 with Farmers Elevator and Livestock Company in Jordan, Iowa.
Over the years, dozens of elevators, grain companies, feed millers and suppliers, agronomy facilities and even a hardware store and energy company have merged, changed hands and banded together to remain relevant and strong in a global marketplace.
The transformations culminated in 2016 with the founding of Landus. Take a look at our family tree, which lists the 60+ companies that helped build Iowa agriculture.
Matt CarstensPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Carstens leads Landus Cooperative’s work to advocate for farmer-members and customers, empower employees, and lean into the future of the ag industry. His passion for, and experience in, agriculture spans every step in the supply chain from agronomy retail to end-user grain customers, food manufacturers, grocery stores and consumers.
Carstens most recently served as Senior Vice President of Truterra, a division of Land O’Lakes. There, he provided leadership for farmer-driven sustainability collaborations with food manufacturers and consumers by focusing on technology, data, and precision offerings. Previously, he served at United Suppliers, where he was responsible for the crop nutrient business, including sales, marketing, supply chain logistics, financial performance, and commodity procurement. He has also held various sales, marketing, and management positions at several other agronomy businesses.
Mark MinerChief Financial Officer
Miner brings to Landus Cooperative three decades of cooperative experience. He was previously chief financial officer/vice president of administration at Farmers Cooperative. He was also location manager at Mid-Iowa Cooperative and began his career at his family’s agronomy company, Miner Farm Supply.
Kerrey Kerr-EnskatCommunications & Marketing Leader
Don KingProduct & Services Leader
Tim UnruhAdministration Leader
Amanda De JongBusiness Unit Leader
Matt HackfortFeed Leader
Randy MainBusiness Unit Leader, Eastern and interim Northwest
Stephen NielsenGeneral Counsel
Chairman: Nate Stewart, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Vice Chairman: Ryan Bristle, Polk City, Iowa
Secretary/Treasurer: Matt Showalter, Hampton, Iowa
Ron Buse, Lake City, Iowa
Jim Carlson, Gowrie, Iowa
Matt Chambers, Audubon, Iowa
Jeff Frank, Auburn, Iowa
Gary Graber, Forest City, Iowa
Dan Heller, Irwin, Iowa
Tim Kolder, Ackley, Iowa
Dan Reynolds, Rockwell City, Iowa
Sue Tronchetti, Paton, Iowa
Associate Director: Bryce Caple, Maxwell, Iowa
Are you interested in becoming part of the Landus board of directors? Each director serves a three-year term and is then eligible for re-election. To learn more, visit with your local director or email firstname.lastname@example.org.