AgriGrowth Announces Sheryl Meshke as New Board Chair

February 1, 2023

Saint Paul, MINN. -- The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (AgriGrowth), a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food industry, is pleased to announce Sheryl Meshke, President and CEO of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), as its new board chair. The AgriGrowth Board voted on the new chair and executive committee members on January 21, 2023.

In addition to Meshke, AgriGrowth’s executive committee members include: 

  • Vice Chair: Jake Hamlin, Director of State Government Affairs of CHS, Inc. 
  • Secretary: Don Wick, Farm Broadcaster and President of Red River Farm Network
  • Treasurer: Greg Howard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Christensen Farms

“AgriGrowth fosters long-term sustainability, competitiveness and growth for the agri-food industry. We are incredibly pleased to welcome Sheryl Meshke as our new board chair, and I am confident that her leadership will help us further elevate our sector, a key economic driver for our state and nation,” said Tamara Nelsen, Executive Director of AgriGrowth. “Sheryl has long been a champion for our industry, and we are fortunate to have such an able, talented leader to help drive our organization forward.” 

“AgriGrowth brings together diverse voices across agri-food with a shared goal - to lift up and strengthen our industry. There are so many opportunities in our sector for growth, and I am humbled and excited to lead AgriGrowth as we continue our mission to communicate with lawmakers, consumers, employers, employees and all those impacted by the positive work of agri-food. We help feed the world,” said Meshke.

Meshke replaces outgoing chairman Rod Hebrink of Compeer Financial, who served as board chair for three years. 

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