On behalf of our farmer-owners, Landus Cooperative 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-owners of Landus Cooperative 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 Cooperative.
These soybeans, in turn, are processed at Landus Cooperative 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-owners of Landus Cooperative find the dairy products—from milk to cheese, baby formula and more—in their grocery stores.
Landus Cooperative 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 Cooperative, 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 Cooperative is the History of Iowa Cooperatives
The earliest known roots of Landus Cooperative 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 Cooperative. Take a look at our family tree, which lists the 60+ companies that helped build Iowa agriculture.
Milan KucerakChief Executive Officer
Formerly president and CEO of West Central Cooperative, Kucerak oversaw significant growth in its branded dairy nutrition products. Previously Kucerak was director of credit at Purina Mills, Inc. (now a part of Land O’Lakes, Inc.) and leader of Purina Ag Capital, a small national bank system. Kucerak was also with Farm Credit Services for 17 years, where he held a variety of leadership roles. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany (New York) and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
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.
Brett BellChief Operating Officer
Bell is responsible for the overall operations of Landus Cooperatives facilities, direction of the millwrights and large capital projects. Additionally, Bell serves on the board of directors for three joint venture companies in which Landus Cooperative has an equity stake. Previously Bell was with Cargill for 10 years where he was U.S. crop inputs product line lead and regional agronomy leader for U.S. grain and agronomy. Bell was also with Syngenta, Ag Partners LLC and AGB. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State and his MBA from Purdue.
Ron DeJonghChief Commodity Marketing Officer
DeJongh is responsible for the strategic direction of grain policies, inventory and quality control policies, as well as farmer-facing grain marketing programs, including our Cooperative Advantage Packages. His experience includes domestic and international grain marketing, operations, P&L responsibility and supply chain management. Previously he was senior vice president at Columbia Grain and held several leadership roles at AGP Grain Ltd. He has an agricultural business administration degree from the University of Minnesota.
Ryan RisdalChief Marketing and Communications Officer
Risdal is responsible for the cooperative’s marketing, communications and business development planning. Additionally, he oversees Landus Cooperative’s customer experience focus. His experience includes research and development, sales, marketing and management at Key Cooperative and Land O’ Lakes. Most recently, he was a senior product manager with WinField United. Risdal holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Iowa State University.
Janelle ThomasChief Human Resources Officer
Thomas oversees the human resources, safety and quality departments, including recruitment, talent development, payroll and benefits, employee relations, safety programs, quality management and regulatory compliance. Previously, she was with an Emerson business and Todd & Sargent and has more than 20 years of human resources experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a MBA from Iowa State University. Thomas has earned SHRM-SCP accreditation by the Society for Human Resource Management and SPHR certification by the HR Certification Institute.
Mark CullenChief Animal Nutrition Officer
Cullen is responsible for Landus Cooperative’s dairy, beef and swine nutrition manufacturing businesses. Under his leadership, SoyPlus, SoyChlor and PasturChlor branded dairy nutrition products, which are marketed domestically and internationally, saw significant growth. Cullen has more than 20 years of experience in the cooperative system in management, sales and manufacturing operations, including oversight for HACCP and ISO certifications. Cullen holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Northwest Missouri State University.
Robert BarkerChief Information and Technology Officer
Barker oversees Landus Cooperative’s technology, integrating every aspect of the business and providing real-time data internally and to customers. In his nearly three-decade career, Barker has implemented business intelligence strategies, modernized companies’ online presences and improved customer experiences. Barker has served in IT leadership roles at Ingram Barge Company, The Manitowac Company and Ford Company. He graduated from Purdue University and holds PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Tim UnruhChief Agronomy Officer
Unruh oversees Landus Cooperative’s agronomy business, including sales, marketing, product procurement and precision ag. Previously he enjoyed a long career in various segments of the agriculture industry, at companies that include Winfield United, John Deere Financial and Helena Chemical. Unruh holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Ashford University.
President: John Scott, Odebolt, Iowa
Vice President: Jim Carlson, Gowrie, Iowa
Secretary: Dan Reynolds, Rockwell City, Iowa
Ron Buse, Lake City, Iowa
Jordan Carstens, Bagley, Iowa
Glen Christensen, Scranton, Iowa
Gary Graber, Forest City, Iowa
Craig Heineman, Ogden, Iowa
Dan Heller, Irwin, Iowa
Tim Kolder, Ackley, Iowa
Jim Long, Maxwell, Iowa
Matt Showalter, Hampton, Iowa
Nate Stewart, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Sue Tronchetti, Paton, Iowa
Associate Board Member
Ryan Bristle, Polk City, Iowa
Are you interested in becoming part of the Landus Cooperative 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 email@example.com.