By Kerry Watson, Director of CommunicationsThree positions on MKC's board of directors will be decided by a vote of the membership during MKC's annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m., at the Sunflower Building located on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Jason Gaeddert, is seeking re-election to District 3.
Jason, along with his family, operates a diversified, dryland and irrigated grain operation in the Buhler area. Their operation consists of corn, soybeans, wheat, milo and sweet corn. His primary MKC location is Buhler.
Jason was first elected to the MKC board of directors in 2007.He is seeking re-election to District 3 because he feels a sense of responsibility to MKC to not only do business with the cooperative, but also contribute to the leadership and direction of the company. Jason wants to do his part to insure MKC’s future remains strong so that it will continue to help in the success of everyone’s farming operations.
He believes MKC’s strengths include the many employees that are dedicated to helping members farming operations be successful. The ability to market grain and purchase inputs in today’s global market and joining others in a cooperative provides a competitiveness that can’t be achieved as individuals. Jason believes MKC’s tag line, "Shared Growth. Shared Success." truly defines what a cooperative is.
Jason feels there are a number of key issues facing MKC today. He believes risk management will continue to be of high importance as the chance of volatility in grain and input prices will likely continue. Another key issue and challenge is to upgrade infrastructures to keep pace with the speed and efficiency of the producers.
Jason believes as a group, the primary responsibility of the board of directors is to oversee the financial well-being of the cooperative. He also believes a director’s role is to provide input into MKC’s long term and strategic plans that will align to meet member needs now and into the future.