Board of Directors
The members of CPI’s Board of Directors are elected representatives of CPI patrons.
Phillip Askey is from Trumbull, Nebraska and represents the East District. He’s been a member of the board for 8 years, but has previously served on other coop boards. Phillip graduated from Trumbull High School and went on to the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he graduated from the College of Ag. He started farming after college in 1987. Phillip and his younger brother are partners in their farming operation. They produce corn, soybeans, seed corn, and wheat. Approximately ¾ of the farm is irrigated. He and his brother are also partners in a custom seed corn picking business. Phillip chooses to serve on the board to see that farmers’ needs are being met with service, facilities, and technology. The other reason for serving is to help see that the coop remains viable to protect assets and revolve equity.
Brian Bish is from Giltner, Nebraska and represents the At Large District. He’s been a member of the CPI board for 8 years, but has previously served on other coop boards. Brian started farming full time as a senior in high school in 1977. He took over farming his dad’s land after he started an independent manufacturing business. His son, Heath, and son-in-law, Brad Schutt, have joined the farm where they produce irrigated corn, soybeans, and wheat. Besides farming his own land, Brian also does custom farming and land development work. Outside of farming, Brian and his wife are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Giltner. He is also an active member of the Giltner Lion’s Club and has been involved in coaching youth softball and baseball. Brian chose to serve on the board because he has always felt the coop is a major contributor to the local economy. Being involved on the coop board has always been an enlightening experience for him.
Darrel Buschkoetter is from Lawrence, Nebraska and represents the East District. He and his wife, Kathy, live on the family farm west of Lawrence in Webster County. They have five daughters and one grandson. Darrel’s farm is diversified with dryland corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and a cow/calf operation. He served on the Lawrence Board of Education for 8 years, the Lawrence-Nelson TEAMMATES Board of Directors for the past 4 years and currently volunteers as a TEAMMATES mentor. Darrel and his wife and attend the Blue Hill United Methodist church where he serves as the parish treasurer. For the past 20 years, he has been a member of the Lawrence Sons of the Legion, Post #45. Darrel is also actively involved in the Nebraska Farmers Union currently serving as District 3 President.
Neal Carpenter is from Saronville, Nebraska and represents the East District. He and his wife, Terry, have been married and farming on the family farm for 42 years. The farm ground has been passed down through Neal’s family for five generations. He raises corn and soybeans, utilizing the latest technology available and over the years has been involved with a cow/calf operation and also raised hogs. Neal served on the local Co-op Board of Directors for many years, Clay County Mutual Insurance Board, Fox Hollow Golf Course Board, and began a term on the South Central Public Power District Board of DIrectors in January. He and his wife are active members of the Stockham Community Bible Church, where he has served on several boards and committees.
Jerry Guthrie is from Ragan, Nebraska and represents the West District. He grew up on the family farm, helping his dad until starting his own farming operation in 1987. Jerry has two children. His son, Riley joined him in the farming operation 3 years ago. Their farm consists of 80% irrigated ground and 20% dryland. They raise corn, soybeans, milo, wheat, and have a cow/calf/grassland cattle operation. Jerry also does some custom harvesting, planting, and haying.
Lynn Lisius is from Juniata, Nebraska and represents the Central District. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy where he was active in the UNL Agronomy Club. Lynn returned to the family farm to farm with his father after college. He has been farming for 24 years. They primarily farm irrigated corn and soybeans. He and his wife Kimberly have 3 children Harleigh, Henry, and Hadyn.
Jeff Loschen, Chairman of the Board, is from Hildreth, Nebraska and represents the West District. He’s been a member of the CPI board for 8 years, but previously served on the Midland Coop board. Jeff graduated from Hildreth High School and went on to the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he got a two year agriculture degree. He works with his father and brother. Their farm includes both irrigated and dryland acres. They raise corn, popcorn, seed corn, and soybean crops, as well as a cow/calf herd. Jeff currently serves on the Wilcox-Hildreth School Board, the Franklin County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and the Hildreth Rural Fire Board. He is also a member at the Hildreth Vounteer Fire Department and Hildreth Lions Club. Jeff and his wife, Carol, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hildreth. He chose to serve on the board to continue to see improvement in the services offered to our patrons. As a company we need to maintain a strong balance sheet to protect the patrons’ equity and allow the opportunities to grow.
Lyle Mertens is from Nelson, Nebraska and represents the At Large District. He graduated from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis in 1991 with an Associate’s Degree in Diversified Agriculture. When his father passed away in 2001, Lyle took over the family farm where he’s been working for the past 16 years. He has been farming for 16 years. He farms 2,000 acres of row crop corn and soybeans, irrigated and dry land, with a little wheat and alfalfa. Lyle also raises a cow/calf operation with his brothers.
Mark Miller is from Wood River, Nebraska and represents the At Large District. Mark attended Southeast Community College before coming back to his family’s farming operation. Mark farms row crops of corn and soybeans and also has a cow/calf herd. He and his wife have 2 children.
Clark Nelson is from Funk, Nebraska and is an At Large Director. Clark started farming after high school and has continued to do so for the last 33 years. His farming operation includes irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. He also has a cow/calf herd and does some custom farming. Outside of farming, Clark is the president of the Phelps County fair board and a member of the Water User board. He attends Trinity Church in Holdrege. Clark chooses to serve on the board to help protect the patrons’ investments in CPI and provide good service and products.
Jerrad Stroh, Board Secretary, is from Juniata, Nebraska and represents the Central District. After graduating from Adams Central High School, Jerrad went to Hastings College and then Washington University in St. Louis where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has been farming corn and soybeans for 20 years. Outside of farming, Jerrad attends Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hastings where he serves on the church council.
Brent Woodman, Vice Chairman of the Board, is from Kenesaw, Nebraska and represents the Central District. Brent started farming after high school, and has continued to do so for the last 31 years. His farming operation includes irrigated corn and soybeans and a small cow/calf herd. Outside of farming, Brent is a part of the Kenesaw volunteer fire department, township treasurer, and school board member. He’s held various church positions and is a member of many ag-related organizations. Brent enjoys being a representative for the patrons that own this company.
Nathan Dunse is from Republican City, Nebraska and an Associate Director. He attended the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Nathan has been farming and ranching since 2003. He raises corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa, and also has a cow/calf operation.