BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS, US — GROWMARK, Inc. has named Steve Hopkins to the newly created position of advisory director on its board of directors, the company announced Aug. 31. 

Hopkins, from Louisa, Virginia, US, is a board member of EverGRO Cooperative and an active member of the Virginia Farm Bureau. The advisory role will begin in December 2022 for a term of three years.

“The goal of this position is to bring subject matter expertise regarding agriculture and the role of cooperatives in the marketplace of the Southern United States,” said John Reifsteck, chairman of the GROWMARK board. “Steve’s addition to the board will contribute a unique voice and expertise to serve the farmers of the future with ever-increasing value.”

The GROWMARK board of directors consists of 18 active farmers who guide the Bloomington, Illinois, US-based agricultural cooperative and its affiliated FS and grain companies.

Hopkins owns and operates Riverview Farms Cattle, LLC with his two sons. The sixth-generation farmer also served as an agriculture extension agent for Virginia Tech for almost 30 years. In 1998, Hopkins created the Central Virginia Cattlemen Association (CVCA) to help local farmers capture value added premiums and discounted supplies for their cattle. CVCA currently oversees 40,000 cows in Virginia with its largest sale in August typically selling more than 4,000 head.

“Due to my ties with Farm Bureau and National Cattlemen and Beef Association, along with my close proximity to Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC, I have had numerous opportunities to meet with legislators and represent ag,” Hopkins said. “I am impressed at the progressive mindset of the GROWMARK board and its commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of the farmer of the future. I look forward to helping build an even stronger FS brand across the Southeast region.”

GROWMARK serves almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services.