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Frenchman Valley Co-op’s general manager in Imperial accepts position in Iowa PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Frenchman Valley Farmers Cooperative, Inc. (FVC) board of directors accepted, with regret, the resignation of General Manager Jim Chism effective Oct. 31.
Chism has accepted the CEO position with Farmers Cooperative (FC) in Ames, Iowa. FC has corporate headquarters in Ames and is the largest farmer-owned local agriculture cooperative in Iowa, serving its 5,500 members with 450 full-time employees from their 60 locations.
A press release stated the FVC board has always taken the matter of succession planning seriously and has a management succession plan in place. FVC has named Doug Ohlson as interim general manager effective Nov. 1.
Chism has 30 years of service with the company, 14 of which were as general manager. During his tenure, the company has grown to over $700 million in sales with 220 full-time employees serving its farmer/rancher members.
Founded in 1912, FVC has 21 locations serving patrons in southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas, the Nebraska Panhandle, northeast Colorado and Wyoming. FVC provides services in agronomy, feed, grain, member services, petroleum and grain procurement.
Chism’s tenure at the coop will be featured in an upcoming story.