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Ready For His Second Term

Michael Sulak, of Louise, thanks the United Ag Cooperative, Inc. membership for allowing him to serve his first three-year term as a board director Wednesday during the co-op’s 37th annual meeting held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Sulak was recognized as an outgoing board member by board president A.J. Kresta, left, and Jimmy Roppolo, United Ag manager. Sulak, along with three other board members were elected that evening.

United Ag Cooperative, Inc. membership elected four members to its board of directors from six nominees Wednesday at its annual report meeting held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Outgoing board members were recognized and included Duane Lutringer, Ryan Reck, Robby Strnadel and Michael Sulak. Nominees included Reck, Sulak, Brian Adamek, Daniel Berglund, J.C. Bouse and Daniel Juranek.

Reck and Sulak returned to the board along with Bouse and Juranek. Juranek previously served six terms on the board with one term as vice president.

Reck, of El Campo, is a third generation farmer who works 2,100 acres of cotton and milo in the county around FM 1162.

“I have been working with United Ag for many years now and have benefited from their quality agricultural programs, advances in technology and wisdom of their helpful staff. As a customer and member, I have seen our co-op go through some major changes and mergers,” Reck said.

“I hope to continue that growth and progress to ensure our producers are profitable. I believe the past three years have shown that despite some weather adversity, we can still grow as a co-op.”

Sulak, of Louise, who is also a third-generation farmer, has been farming full time since 2001 raising corn and cotton and previously growing rice, soybeans and grain sorghum. He also raised commercial cattle. A member for 13 years, Sulak said serving a three-year term on the board has been an honor.

“The growth that has taken place in the co-op over the past several years has been impressive. The co-op has done a good job of continuing to grow to meet the ever changing needs of its members,” Sulak said.

“I feel my primary responsibility is to serve as a voice for my peers and colleagues and to ensure that the co-op continues to do what is best for its members.”

Bouse, of El Campo, serves as senior vice president of lending for First State Bank.

“I spend an extensive amount of time studying and working with local farms and ranches to support their long term financial goals,” Bouse said.

“Serving (on the board) will allow me to give back to the farming and ranching community that has supported me,” he said.

Juranek, of El Campo, has been involved in farming all his life, and began farming independently in 1982. He currently farms cotton and corn.

“As a long-standing customer of United Ag, I believe in the co-op business methods and the future of the co-op serving its members in the best way possible.”

For a story on the annual co-op report, earnings and dividends, look to a future edition of The Leader-News.

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