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John Husk, Chief Operating Officer

John Husk is Wheat Growers’ Chief Operating Officer. He joined Wheat Growers in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Operations. He has more than 40 years of agribusiness leadership experience from the grain and agronomy supply side of agriculture.

John began his career as a crop scout for Huntting Elevator Company in 1977. For the next 20 years he was the General Manager of Huntting’s businesses in Hayfield, Waltham and Claremont, Minnesota. In 1997 John was promoted and transferred to the company’s flagship facility in Canton, South Dakota. The sale of the company in 1997 prompted John to move to the cooperative side of the farm supply business. In March of 1998 he was hired as the General Manager of Fremar Farmers Cooperative Inc. in Marion, South Dakota. Also in 1998 he was successful in creating a partnership with Archer Daniels Midland and Fremar in the grain division of the business.

After a 3-year stint as the National Sales Manager for a swine genetics business, John returned to the grain and agriculture supply business in 2003 as the President and CEO of Elburn Cooperative. The next 12 years John led the company through very dynamic growth and success as it transitioned to a regional cooperative presence in northern Illinois before leaving in 2015. John has most recently been a General Manager for a portion of Southern States Cooperative.

John attended Austin Community College and graduated from Iowa State University with a major in Agriculture and Agriculture Business.