OMAHA, NEBRASKA, US — Hosted by Scoular’s new enterprise producer origination team, a diverse group of farmers is collaborating with the global grain and ingredients company to address producer issues and solutions related to farming economics, technology and innovation, sustainability, regenerative agriculture and community outreach.
The group – called the Farm Advisory Roundtable Members, or FARM – consists of 15 producers from across the Scoular origination network. The producers will meet twice a year and partner with company leaders to identify opportunities within the evolving agricultural supply chain. Scoular selected producers who are innovative, influential thinkers within their local farming communities and beyond.
The producers joined Scoular leaders in late January at the inaugural FARM meeting at Scoular’s global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, US. The event was hosted by Scoular’s new enterprise producer origination team, which is led by Melissa Norem.
“FARM was created to bring the voice of the producer into dialogue with Scoular to build upon the 130-year history we have of serving our customers,” Norem said. “As the agriculture industry evolves at a pace not seen before, our FARM advisers will help Scoular define the opportunities for us to continue adding value to the unique position we hold in the supply chain.”
FARM members are: Kyle Campbell of Asbury, Missouri, US; Ashley Colglazier of Grant, Nebraska, US; Hazen Deeds of Goodland, Kansas; Jerry Deweese of Pratt, Kansas, US; Frank Groeneweg of Three Forks, Montana, US; Michael Jeffries of Brule, Nebraska; Kyle Miller of Waverly, Illinois, US; Jeff O’Connor of Kankakee, Illinois; Kendal Peterson of Assaria, Kansas; Bill Rhea of Arlington, Nebraska; Troy Rieger of Forrest, Illinois; Chad Simmelink of Esbon, Kansas; Chris Soehner of Goodland, Kansas; Todd Tobin of Iuka, Kansas; and Johnnie Witt, of Underwood, Iowa, US.
Scoular is an employee-owned agribusiness that buys, sells, stores, handles and processes grain and ingredients through more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia. Scoular partners with farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquafeed and pet food as well as food, beverages and supplements.“FARM was a great next step for Scoular,” said Ron Bingham, senior vice president at Scoular, who leads the Grain Division. “With this group of farmer leadership, we not only validate our past investments but also bring their voices and influence into our future growth.”