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Grand Farm Welcomes Jon Erickson and Dr. Steve Kappes to its Board of Directors

Fargo, ND – Grand Farm is thrilled to announce the addition of two distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. Jon Erickson and Dr. Steven Kappes join the board, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise that will further elevate Grand Farm’s work.

Jon Erickson, a seasoned leader in cooperative governance and agricultural economics, brings over a decade of experience serving on various boards and committees, including the CHS Board of Directors. Erickson operates the Diamond T Ranch southwest of Minot, N.D., where his family raises small grains and oilseeds and has a commercial Hereford-Angus cow-calf operation. As the third generation of his family involved in cooperative leadership, Erickson’s deep-rooted passion for agriculture will undoubtedly enrich Grand Farm’s strategic initiatives.

Dr. Steven Kappes, a distinguished expert in agricultural research and animal production, joins the board following an illustrious career with the USDA ARS. With significant leadership roles within the ARS, including serving as the Associate Administrator for the Office of National Programs, Dr. Kappes has played a pivotal role in shaping national research programs focused on plant and animal sciences. His leadership of the ARS Big Data Initiative underscores his forward-thinking approach to leveraging technology for agricultural innovation.

“We are honored to welcome Jon Erickson and Dr. Steven Kappes to the Grand Farm Board of Directors,” said Greg Tehven, Grand Farm Board Chair. “Their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience in agriculture will be instrumental in guiding our strategic direction and fostering innovation within agriculture.”

The addition of Jon Erickson and Dr. Steven Kappes to Grand Farm’s Board of Directors reinforces its commitment to creating innovative solutions to challenges in agriculture through technology.

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