Board of Directors

The Aurora Cooperative is governed by a 14-member board of directors, all of whom are active producers. Each director serves a three-year term. The board is governed by the Aurora Cooperative’s bylaws and develops policies regarding management operations.

Board of Directors

The Aurora Cooperative is governed by a 14-member board of directors, all of whom are active producers. Each director serves a three-year term. The board is governed by the Aurora Cooperative’s bylaws and develops policies regarding management operations.

Bill Schuster

Chairman - 1985

Bill and his son Scott produce yellow corn, white corn, seedcorn and soybeans on their irrigated farm. Bill started the farming operation in 1970 and has expanded it to include custom farm work along with a trucking business and cow-calf herd. Bill has served on the AGP board, NE Cooperative Council and county FSA.

Evan Brandes

Vice Chairman - 2005

Evan joined the family farm and corporation in 1975, raising corn, soybeans and seed corn. Their farm business also maintains a cow-calf operation and custom harvesting business. Evan has served on many agricultural committees including the Farm Business Association, local Farm Bureau, and Merrick County Ag Industrial Board.

Paul McHargue

Secretary/Treasurer - 2011

Paul and his brother operate a family farm of corn and popcorn which they started in 1988. The farm also has a farrow-to-finish hog operation. Paul also has been a leader on his local school board for the past 14 years, as well as coaching the local high school basketball team for 10 years.

Robin Bochart

Governance Committee Chairman - 2004

Robin and his brother have owned and operated their farm since 1977. Their irrigated farm produces, corn, soybeans and alfalfa along with a 400 head cattle operation. Robin has experience as a member/president of another Cooperative along with serving as treasurer for his church for over 30 years.

Craig B. Grams

Audit Committee Chairman - 2009

Craig started his irrigated farming operation in 1983, where they raise corn, soybeans and white corn. He also has almost 30 years as a member of the Upland Fire Department and has been an EMT for 18 years. Other agricultural board experience includes the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Minden Exchange Bank & Upland Coop.

Ryan Sands

Nominating Committee Chairman - 2014

Ryan started farming in 2002, where he joined the family farming corporation. On their irrigated farm they raise seed corn, soybeans and yellow corn. Ryan also has experience volunteering with his local church ministry.

Danny Janzen

Director - 2004

Danny started farming in 1981, with his son Evan joining the family farm a few years ago. On their irrigated farm they raise corn, soybeans and specialty corn. Danny has served on the Soil Conservation Service Board, Church Board and Mission Committee where he participated in a mission trip to Haiti in 2012.

Scott Elting

Director - 2006

Scott and his son operate Sugar Tree Farms, where they raise yellow and white corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. They also have a cow-calf operation along with a feed business that includes custom hauling in bulk-bag trucks. Scott has been active as an FSA county board chairman for the past 9 years along with the Thayer County Act committee and his local church.

John Willoughby

Director - 2007

John started his career as a crop consultant and worked as an ag lender for over a decade before he began farming in 1992. His irrigated farm grows corn, soybeans and seed corn. John also has leadership experience serving on the Buffalo-Hall County Corn Growers Association, KAAPA Coop and KAAPA Aqua Farms.

Paul Mumm

Director - 2009

Paul began farming in 1982, and recently his son has joined the family business. His irrigated farm produces corn, soybeans and alfalfa; as well as a cow-calf operation and custom farming/haying operation. Paul has served on many agricultural boards including Pork Producers, Feeders Board and county 4-H council.

Ken Kozisek

Director - 2014

Ken has operated his irrigated farm since 1992, raising corn, soybeans and rye. His farm also feeds and finishes cattle along with custom feeding and background weaning. Ken also serves on his county planning and zoning board, and the Nebraska Farm Bureau where he sits on the State legislative policy committee.

Brad Kroeger

Director - 2014

Brad has raised corn, soybeans and alfalfa on his irrigated farm since 1992. He also runs a cow-calf operation on his farm. Brad has been on his local Rural Fire board for the past five years.

Tobe Duensing

Director - 2014

Tobe started his irrigated farming operation in 1979 where he raises corn, soybeans, and wheat. Tobe also raises cattle and has a custom feeding operation, along with work custom harvesting and running a trucking business. Tobe has served on the Thayer County Feeders Board, Byron Community Foundation and St. Paul Lutheran Church board as well as a volunteer fireman for the past 25 years.

Dean Schwenka

Director - 2015

Dean, Mary Jo and their son Colin raise seed corn, white corn and commercial corn on their irrigated farm along with a cattle operation. Dean also works for regional banks doing collateral appraisals in the Midwest. Dean has experience as a commodity broker and serves on the Kearney/Franklin Corn Growers, Minden school board and Heartwell Holy Family Parish Board.