In February, members gathered at our 99th Annual Meeting to create connections across the co-op and share insights and stories from the past year.
At the meeting, members elected six new leaders and re-elected one leader for our board of directors. Each individual brings a unique perspective and strength as we together travel the road to our 100th anniversary.
Get to know the directors:
Paul Coppin - Newly Elected
Paul is the CEO of Reynolds United Cooperative, an ag supply cooperative headquartered in Reynolds, North Dakota, serving the I-29 corridor between Fargo and Grand Forks. Reynolds operates five locations with approximately 45 employees, and it purchases approximately 95% of its seed and CPP requirements from Land O’Lakes.
Paul grew up on the family crop and livestock farm in North Dakota. He has been an elected member of the Land O’Lakes Executive Council and serves on the Land O’Lakes Policies and Resolutions Committee. Paul and his wife, Monica, have two sons and six grandchildren.
Justin Curti - Newly Elected
Justin Curti and his family own and operate Curti Family, Inc., which consists of dairy and farming operations. Curti Family, Inc., milks 3,260 Jerseys and has 3,050 head of support stock. Their farming operation grows wheat, corn, sorghum and alfalfa across 569 acres. In partnership with P&J Enterprise, they farm an additional 1,433 acres of row crop and grow pistachios.
For the past 14 years, Curti Family, Inc., has received the Land O’Lakes Milk Quality Award, and in 2010 was the Tulare DHIA Low Somatic Cell Count award winner. Justin currently serves as a board member on the California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Council of California and the Firearms Policy Coalition and is a member of the Western United Dairyman, Tulare Co. Farm Bureau, Tulare Chamber of Commerce, American Pistachio Growers, Firearms Policy Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition. He is also a past member of the Land O’Lakes Leadership Council and past participant of the Co-op 101, 201 and 301, and Growth for Advocacy programs.
Justin graduated from California State University in Fresno with a degree in business and accounting. Justin and his wife, Navin, have three children.
Carl Dickinson - Newly Elected
Carl Dickinson is the president and CEO of Central Valley Ag Cooperative, a full-service local cooperative operating in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas handling grain, agronomy, feed and energy. Central Valley Ag has over 10,000 voting stockholders represented by 19 board members. Carl has been in the cooperative system for 25 years, serving the past 20 years as a local cooperative CEO. Carl served as vice chairman of the Milliman Cooperative 401K Plan board, South Central Development Corporation, Consolidated Ag Solutions and the Church Administrative Council and was also a trustee of the Nebraska Cooperative Managers Association.
Carl has been a member of the Land O'Lakes Executive Council for the past six years. Carl and his wife, Dawn, have two children.
Jared Fernandes - Newly Elected
Jared Fernandes and his brothers, Frank and Josh Fernandes, are partners of Legacy Ranches, where they have two dairy sites and farm 1,800 acres. Their main dairy milks 3,000 Jerseys and raises all their support stock, and their second dairy milks 1,250 Holstein cows. The farm consists mainly of wheat, corn and alfalfa and they also farm pistachios. Jared is the vice president of the Tulare County Dairy Heifer Replacement Committee, board treasurer and past president of the Tulare DHIA, vice chair of the California Dairy Research Foundation and is a past board member and current delegate of Western United Dairyman. Jared also served on the Land O’Lakes Leadership Council for six years and was a participant in the Land O’Lakes Co-op 101 and Leadership 201 programs.
Jared holds an ag business degree from California Polytech State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Jared and his wife, Andrea, have two children.
John Habedank - Incumbent
John Habedank, with his wife Jolee and their two sons, operate a 2,200-acre cash grain farm in northwestern Minnesota. They raise corn, soybeans, and dry edible beans. John was vice chair of the Land O’Lakes Executive Council for Ag Region 1 and has served on a variety of local coop boards over the last 30 years.
John is a lifelong member of Wild Rice Lutheran Church and currently serves as treasurer. He attended the University of Minnesota at Morris and Crookston and studied business, economics, and ag production.
Andy Mason - Newly Elected
Andy, his wife Valerie and Andy's parents are partners on their operation that has 640 milking and dry cows along with all young stock raised on their farm. They crop 1,300 acres growing corn, soybeans, small grains and hay, with most used to feed the herd and employ eight full-time employees. Andy oversees all employees, cropping and the day-to-day management of the dairy. Andy is a member of the Maryland Jersey Cattle Club, Kent County Young Farmers, Eastern Shore Holstein Club and Kent County Farm Bureau and is also the Farm Crop chair for the Kent County Fair as well as a Kent County 4-H volunteer.
Andy holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell University. Andy and his wife, Valerie, have three young children.
Christine Sukalski - Newly Elected
Christine manages the milking herd of 470 Holsteins and Jerseys and 450 youngstock at Reiland Farms, LLP — a partnership with her brother, Scott Reiland, who manages the 1,500 crop acres spread across twenty miles in southeast Minnesota. In 2019, the herd ranked 7th among Minnesota DHI herds for average total pounds of fat and protein per cow. Christine has been an ag advocacy speaker since 2007 presenting to over 50 consumer audiences and also to Land O’Lakes sales staff twice. She has served several years as a Land O’Lakes Unit Delegate and on the Policy and Resolution Committee. Since 2012 she has served on the United Dairy Industry Association/Dairy Management Inc. board.
Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She serves on the church council at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ostrander, Minnesota. Christine and her husband, Troy, have three children ages 23, 21 and 17.