ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA, US — Agtegra Cooperative has made two additions to its senior leadership team, promoting Travis Antonsen to senior vice president of grain marketing and rail logistics and Mike Traxinger to senior vice president and general counsel, government affairs, the company announced July 21.
“As we continue to invest in our core assets, we must also find ways to strategically grow the business and drive collaboration; with that in mind, I am announcing the following additions to our leadership team,” said Jason Klootwyk, chief executive officer of Agtegra, who was named to his role on June 13.
Antonsen will head Agtegra’s Grain Division, including driving its origination strategy, leading product lines and overseeing rail logistics. Antonsen joined Agtegra in 2009 as a grain merchandiser. He has held numerous positions in his 13 years with the company, including domestic corn trader and director of origination. Since October, he has led product line teams as well as the commodity risk committee in addition to his responsibilities as wheat product line manager. Antonsen is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business.
Traxinger will lead Agtegra’s legal department, compliance, corporate governance, contractual transactions, public policy, and assist with board governance and relations. He joined Agtegra in the summer of 2014 as corporate attorney and then became general counsel and director of governmental affairs in 2019, a position he has held until now. Traxinger is a graduate of Drake University Law School and the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and journalism.
Agtegra Cooperative is headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, US, and is the nation’s largest locally owned agricultural supply cooperative. According to Sosland Publishing Co.’s 2022 Grain & Milling Annual, Agtegra has 120.17 million bushels of licensed grain storage at 41 locations, making it the 12th largest grain storage company in North America.