The Missouri Institute of Cooperatives operates the Cooperative Hall of Fame to honor leaders of Missouri's cooperatives. Officially created "to ensure a permanent, prestigious recognition for future generations of cooperative leaders with exemplary service and lasting achievements," the Hall is updated each year through a nomination and selection process.
As the oldest cooperative in the state, MFA Incorporated is well represented in the Hall of Fame, with several inductees. Visit the Hall of Fame, and you'll find more complete descriptions of the individuals enshrined there, as well as other individuals who have made cooperative history at other Missouri institutions.
Don Mills worked with cooperatives for more than 44 years. In 2006, Don was elected to the MFA Incorporated board of directors, and in 2010, he was elected chairman of the board. Don's leadership helped ensure MFA never lost sight of its purpose to benefit its members.
Janice Schuerman dedicated 45 years of service to Missouri cooperatives. She rose through the ranks at MFA Incorporated through skill, attitude and performance.
Boone Electric Cooperative
Keith Schnarre served on the MFA Incorporated's Board of Directors for a total of 17 years. He was the Chairman of the board between 2000 to 2002.
A short article written by William Hirth in The Missouri Farmer about farm clubs caught Aaron Bachtel's attention.
In 1917 at the young age of 19, Fred Heinkel dedicated his life and more than 60 years to building a cooperative to meet the economic needs of farmers.
R.J. Rosier began his cooperative career as a bookkeeper at the Adrian Elevator in 1920.
Bill Streeter devoted his career and life to cooperatives. The MFA Incorporated corporate board selected Streeter as President and CEO in March 2009. Streeter retired in 2015 with over 40 year's of service to MFA.
Don Copenhaver worked for MFA Incorporated for 47 years starting in an entry-level position all the way to President and Chief Executive officer. He served as MFA's top executive from 1998 to 2009.
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Lester Evans was elected to the board of Producer’s Creamery Association in 1967 and has served as chairman at the local level for over 20 years.
In 1908, William Hirth published the first issue of The Missouri Farmer and Breeder.
Bill Stouffer became involved with cooperative leadership in 1979 when he decided to run for the board and make his opinion heard.
Chuck Lay began his cooperative career as an editor for Today's Farmer Magazine as editor. He was honored for work as a strategic communicator, gifted storyteller and devotion to share the remarkable history of cooperatives. Lay wrote,"Proud Past, Bright Future," a book archiving the history of MFA.
John F. Johnson was an original. He truly built an organization that served as the predecessor to MFA Incorporated’s Feed Division.
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David Jobe is first and foremost a businessman. Throughout his career at MFA Incorporated, David championed financial objectivity.
Eric Thompson embodied leadership – as a high school athlete, a decorated B-52 fighter pilot, dedicated teacher, and as president/CEO of MFA.
MFA Oil and MFA Incorporated
Ray Young began his career with the Missouri Farmers Association in 1933 as an accountant for the Producers Produce Company in Springfield, MO.