Producer Board


Don Wenande
Alexandria Location

Don farms 3.5 miles south of Alexandria.  He grows corn, beans, alfalfa and grass hay.  He also runs a cow/calf operation and sells feeder cattle.  Don joined the Farmers Union Co-op board in Alexandria in 1986. He then joined the Cenex board in Mitchell and continued to serve after the merger when they became CHS Farmers Alliance.  He currently serves as vice chairman.



Lyndon Hofer
Bridgewater Location

Lyndon farms 6 miles south of Bridgewater. Just after graduation from SDSU in 1976 he started farming.  Today he farms 500 acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans with his wife, Barbie.  They had a cow/calf operation up until 2014.  Lyndon joined the Bridgewater Coop board in 2001 and continued to be on the board after the merge with CHS Farmers Alliance in 2009 as well.



Tim Pazour
Chamberlain Location

Tim farms with his wife, Karla, their 2 sons, Jim and Joel, and Tim’s brother, Mark. They have a diversified grain and cattle operation. They raise corn, wheat, and soybeans, and also have a cow/calf operation with 5000 head feedlot. Tim served on the Brule Co. Coop board and CHS Farmers Alliance board.



Lowell Bye
Corsica Location

Lowell lives on a farm northwest of Corsica. He raises corn, soybeans, winter wheat and hay along side his son Adam who also has some of his own acres and beef cattle.  Lowell joined the Corsica Coop board in 1995 and has continued to serve on the board of Farmers Co-op Elevator and CHS Farmers Alliance in Corsica.  He currently serves as the board chairman.



Derek Mueller
Ethan Location

Derek farms 3 miles northwest of Ethan with his dad, Delmar, and his brother, Jay. They raise corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and alfalfa. They also have a beef cow/calf operation and a wean to finish hog operation.  Derek joined the CHS Farmers Alliance board in 2010.



John Millan
Mitchell Location

John and his wife, Amanda, live on the family farm 5 miles southwest of Mitchell. He started farming in a partnership with his parents, Brock and Carol, after graduation from SDSU in 2005. They run a cash grain operation producing corn, beans, and wheat along with alfalfa and a cow/calf operation.  He joined the board in 2011.



Kelly Hohn
Storla Location

Kelly farms about 9 miles northwest of Storla with his wife, Kristie, and their 2 sons, Nathan and Erick. They raise corn, beans, wheat, and hava a cow/calf operation.  Kelly joined the board in 2011.



Duane Beckman
White Lake Location

Duane farms southeast of White Lake on about 800 acres. He raises corn, beans, oats, alfalfa and run about 160 cow/calf operation. He joined the Cenex board in 1999 then joined the CHS Farmers Alliance board in 2009.



Ivan Bialas Jr.
At Large Position

Ivan farms south of Mt. Vernon. He raises corn, soybeans, winter wheat and alfalfa along side a cow/calf and finishing operation. He is a graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute in ag marketing and management. He worked for Mueller Lumber in Mitchell before coming back to farm with his father in 1979. He farmed with his father for 15 years and now farms with his son.  He joined the board of Farmers Co-op Assn in 1994 before joining the CHS Farmers Alliance board.  He is currently serving as secretary of the board.

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