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Montana Farmers Union elects president and board members

-- GREAT FALLS, Mont. Alan Merrill of Big Sandy, Mont., was elected president of the Montana Farmers Union at its recent 91st annual meeting and convention. Merrill and his wife, Lorrie, are organic farmers southeast of Big Sandy. Lifelong member...

-- GREAT FALLS, Mont. Alan Merrill of Big Sandy, Mont., was elected president of the Montana Farmers Union at its recent 91st annual meeting and convention. Merrill and his wife, Lorrie, are organic farmers southeast of Big Sandy. Lifelong members of Farmers Union, the Merrill family has participated in all aspects of its education program and has served at the local and county levels of the organization. Merrill serves on the MFU Education, Resolutions and Facilities committees. Other Montanans elected include Rollie Schlepp of Conrad, vice president; Diana Adamson, District 2, Devon; Sig Rudie, District 4, Fairview; Jan Tusick, District 6, Ronan; Calvin Lane, at-large, Molt; Herb Vasseur, conductor, Chinook; John Wendland, doorkeeper, Rudyard. NFU convention delegates are Bill Courtnage, Geraldine; Lane; and Erik Somerfeld, Power. Alternates are Charlotte Kelly, Chester; Henry Nagamori, Loma; and Betty Schwarzrock, Poplar. Youth delegate is Zach Styren, Brady. Raelee Bishop of Brady is an alternate.

Minn-Dak board members re-elected-- WAHPETON, N.D. Current Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative directors Doug Etten, Chuck Steiner and Alton Theede were re-elected at Minn-Dak's annual meeting Dec. 5. Executive board member, Chairman Mike Hasbargen of Breckenridge, Minn.; vice chairman Doug Etten of Foxhome, Minn.; secretary Steiner of Foxhome; and treasurer Russ Mauch of Barney, N.D., will remain in their positions. The board also approved the continued appointments of David Roche as president and chief executive officer; Simone Sandberg, legal counsel; and Susan Johnson, recording secretary.

CHS members elect directors-- ST. PAUL Members of CHS Inc. have elected eight agricultural producers to the organization's board of directors. The CHS board of directors elected Michael Toelle, a Browns Valley, Minn., producer to a fifth term as chairman. Newly elected to the board are Don Anthony of Lexington, Neb.; David Kayser of Alexandria, S.D.; Steve Riegel of Ford, Kan.; and Dan Schurr of LeClaire, Iowa. Re-elected to three-year terms were Duane Stenzel of Wells, Minn.; Michael Mulcahey of Waseca, Minn.; Steve Fritel of Barton, N.D.; and James Kile of St. John, Wash. The board selected Robert Bass of Reedsburg, Wis., as vice chairman; Kile as second vice chairman; Bruce Anderson of Glenburn, N.D., secretary-treasurer; and Robert Grabarski of Arkdale, Wis., assistant secretary-treasurer. Officer positions are one-year terms.

Bunge North America names senior leaders-- ST. LOUIS Bunge North America, the North America operating arm of Bunge Ltd., has promoted five people as part of a company reorganization. Todd Bastean is general manager of the newly created Bunge Biofuels unit; Greg Bechtel is general manager of Bunge Oilseed Processing; Rodney Perry is general manager of Bunge Milling; Bailey Ragan is general manager of Bunge Grain; and Mike Snow is manager of the industrial management department.

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