Landus Cooperative recently hosted United States Senator Joni Ernst for a tour of the company’s Farnhamville agronomy research plot and roundtable on agricultural issues.
Farmer board members Jim Carlson, Gowrie; Trent Farnham, Gowrie; Jordan Carstens, Bagley; and board president, John Scott, of Odebolt, joined Landus Cooperative staff and the Iowa Institute of Cooperatives in hosting Ernst, a member of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry committee.
The roundtable discussion included impacts of federal regulations on cooperative operations; employment and recruitment issues; the need to grow opportunities for export markets via international trade; and the continued need to support biodiesel and ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“Senator Ernst is a passionate advocate for agriculture and our farmer-members,” said Landus Cooperative’s chief executive officer, Milan Kucerak. “There are many tough issues facing the agricultural sector and we look forward to working with Ernst and her team in promoting what’s best for Iowa’s farmers, our members, and our employees across the state.”
Following the meeting, Dave Lemke, Landus Cooperative strategic account specialist, hosted a tour of the cooperative’s 184 acre research plot including the company’s in-field nitrogen management trials.
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Landus CooperativeTM is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, headquartered in Ames, Iowa that has a global reach and a local touch with more than 725 full-time employees at locations in more than 70 communities in Iowa and Minnesota and approximately 7,000 member-owners
Landus Cooperative is one of North America’s largest grain storage companies and has shuttle-loading access on all seven, major Iowa rail lines. The diversified farmer-owned cooperative offers precision agronomy services with more than 50 agronomists on staff; a proprietary, member-owned brand of soybeans; expert grain marketing services; as well as corn and soybean processing including a facility in Ralston, Iowa which manufacturers SoyPlus®, a high bypass protein soybean meal for dairy herds across the globe.