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New leaders elected to MFA board

The MFA Incorporated Board of Directors has two new members after district meetings and elections were held in the last week of February.

Jim Novinger of Kirksville, Mo., was elected to rep­resent District 3. He and his wife, Lanna, have a son and a daughter, and run a diversified row-crop, beef cattle and feedlot operation. Novinger replaces outgo­ing director John Moffitt of Kirksville, whose term ended in March.

“MFA has been part of my family’s operation since I was a kid, and I want to see it succeed,” Novinger said. “It’s important that we look for ways to keep something local to provide the services and products we farmers need. I don’t like to do things halfway. I’ll put my whole heart into being an MFA director and use what almost 40 years of hard knocks has taught me to do what I can for the co-op.”

Steve Stumpe was elected as the new director for District 10, filling the position vacated by Tim Engemann of Hermann. Stumpe and his wife, Cathy, have two daughters and a son and raise beef cattle and hay on their farm in Leslie, Mo.

“The rate of change in agriculture is not going to slow down; it’s only going to get faster,” Stumpe said. “That’s our challenge. Can we accept technology and make changes that are positive for us as producers and positive for MFA as a company? I believe MFA has been on that track, and no other company in the state of Missouri is set up to handle those changes and deliver the technology to us.”

Also re-elected to their positions on the MFA board were Tom Dent, District 2, and Doyle Oehl, District 14. Members of the corporate board are eligible to serve three-year terms and are limited to four consec­utive terms. Operating under those rules means that three more of the 14 members will leave the board due to term limits by March 2020.

In addition to elections, the February meetings in each of MFA’s 14 districts gave farmer-owners a chance to learn about the cooperative’s financial progress, hear from management and operating divisions and get updated on highlights from their respective regions.

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