ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA, U.S. —Jason Klootwyk is beginning his new role at Agtegra Cooperative’s as senior vice-president of grain marketing and rail logistics.

Klootwyk was previously with Bunge North America where he held multiple positions, including specialty grains manager, commercial manager, region manager, director of interior assets, and most recently director North American origination.

“It is exciting to have someone with Jason’s experience and track record joining our Agtegra team,” said Chris Pearson, chief executive officer (CEO) of Agtegra. “Jason joins a talented senior leadership team that is committed to doing what they can to serve our farmer/owners and our employee team.”

Agtegra is comprised of 900 employees in North and South Dakota serving more than 60 communities and approximately 7,850 member-owners and 22,600 equity holders.

“Agtegra really has created something special,” Klootwyk said. “The rich history and legacy combined with the focus on customers and employees is what attracted me to the company. The team members I have met have been phenomenal. I’m humbled to be joining such an organization, and I can’t wait to get started.”

In addition to offering grain and agronomy services, Agtegra offers members aerial application services, fuel, animal feed, and precision ag hardware and software products and services.

Agtegra Cooperative was formed in February 2018 from a unification of two farmer-owned cooperatives — 95-year-old South Dakota Wheat Growers (Aberdeen) and 102-year-old North Central Farmers Elevator (Ipswich).