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Annual Meeting

Notice is Hereby Given, that the annual meeting of the members of Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative will be held at North Iowa Area Community College (Muse Norris Conference Center), 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401 on March 28, 2023, starting at 10:30 am with registration and display booths opening at 10:00 am. For those unable to attend in person there will also be a Zoom option available.

Mar 28, 2023

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)

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North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, Iowa

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Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative

25th Annual Meeting

March 28, 2023

NIACC – Muse Norris Conference Center

Mason City, IA



10:00 am – 10:30 am

Display Booths Open and Registration Begins


10:30 am – 11:00 am

Welcome – Mark Hanna

Introduction of Directors & Staff – Mark Hanna

Call to Order & Determination of Quorum – Mark Hanna

Minutes of Prior Meeting – Mark Hanna

Treasurer's Report – Sara DeRoo, Christianson & Associates

Election of Directors – Sterling Young

Old Business – Mark Hanna

New Business – Mark Hanna


11:00 am – 11:30 am

Lightning Round – Jordan Colby

(Introduction of Company Booths)


11:30 am – 11:50 am

Networking Break


11:50 am – 12:20 pm

Guest Speaker – Colin Hurd


12:20 pm – 1:30 pm

Invocation – Sterling Young

Lunch & Networking Break

Lunch Menu: Prime Rib, Pork Tenderloin Diane, Mashed Potatoes,

Green Beans & Carrots, Rolls

Dessert: Lemon & Cream Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, or Chocolate Layer Cake


1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

State of the Coop – Spencer Stensrude


1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Countryside Angels – Jordan Colby


2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Portfolio Company Video Updates – Jordan Colby


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Networking Break


2:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Farmer Trial Panel - Pete Nelson


2:55 pm – 3:00 pm


Guest Speaker

Colin has devoted his career leading innovative companies in the ag industry. In 2016 Colin founded his second company Smart Ag which developed the first retrofit driverless system to automate tractors. After funding and growing the company, he led Smart Ag successfully through an exit to Raven Industries (NYSE:RAVN) in 2019. Raven was then acquired by CNH Industrial in 2021 (NYSE:CNHI). Colin stayed with Raven and managed Business Development until 2022.

Colin Hurd, CEO of Mach


Below are some of the companies that will have booths at the Annual Meeting where you will have a chance to visit with them. The others have sent a video update that will be shown during the Annual Meeting. (If you click on them it will take you to their websites.)

Portfolio Company Booths
Portfolio Company Videos

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Door Prize Drawing

Members will be given three tickets they can put in bags for each for the following items/services. You can put them all in the same bag or split them in separate bags. At the end of the meeting a drawing will be held for each of items/services but you must be present to win. There is one item that is reserved just for those that will have been attending all day online.

ETS SoilWarrior Machine Rental Approx Value $15,000

An 8-row single bin or 12-row double bin SoilWarrior strip till machine rental for Fall 2023 worth approximately $15,000

Progressive Dinner for Party of 4 Value $400

Progressive Dinner for Party of 4 made by Chef Baldus at Taste in Osage. Chef Baldus uses locally sourced food in her recipes. The gift card includes enough for 4 people to have dinner, dessert, two drinks each, and gratuity. Every month the menu comes out for the progressive dinner which is held the 3rd Friday of each month. If you like the menu, you will want to make a reservation quickly so you don't miss out or you can wait for a different month's menu as there is no expiration date on the gift card. This is a sample of the menu you could have signed up for in March.

Yard/Garden Bundle

Approx Value $150

Phinite – (Fertilizer Analysis 3-12-0) 5-gallon backet of fertilizer for garden or yard,

Seedsheet– Expeditious Delicious Raised Bed Seedsheet,

Ag Ventures Alliance kneeling pad,

and Flower Garden sign.

NOCO GB70 Genius Boost HD 12V 2000A Lithium Jump Start & Case 

Value $300

Designed for gas engines up to 8 liters and diesel engines up to 6 liters. Provides up to 40 jumps on a single charge.

Jug of Holganix Bio800+ Breakdown 

Approx Value $400

What's in a Jug of Holganix Bio800+ Breakdown? Holganix Bio 800+ Breakdown contains an entire microbiome or community of organisms that is both abundant and diverse. In a single jug of Holganix Bio 800+ Breakdown, there are over 800 species of active microbes, microbe food, and nutrient enhancers.

Blank Park ZooLiving History Farms, & Science Center Family Plus Combo

Value $330

A family plus membership includes two named adults, all children 18 and under plus two additional guests of any age for one full year. The two additional guests are not named. If you click on the name of each place it takes you to their website. Here is a link that summarizes the benefits of have the Tri Membership in one place.

EVOIA – Jug of AmpliFYR™  

Approx Value of $250

AmpliFYR™ is a proprietary seed treatment for row crops that increases seedling root and shoot growth, improves seedling vigor, and enhances the ability of the seedling to tolerate abiotic stress. As a result, the use of AmpliFYR™ leads to a more consistent, uniform, and vigorous establishment of the crop, increasing the potential of higher crop yields.

ChopLocal Gift Certificate

Value $250

ONLINE Attendees Only

Meat buyers want convenience and variety, and family farms need a better way to market their products. That's where ChopLocal comes in. Founded by farmers, ChopLocal features high quality products from butcher shops and meat farms near you. They are dedicated to building a more resilient supply chain for meat that benefits everyone involved, and they're certain you'll be able to taste the difference!

Home & Kitchen Basket

Approx Value $150

Farm wreath, charcuterie board, sign, candle, cow, lamb, chicken, and basket.

Charcuterie Basket

Approx Value $150

Sign, charcuterie boards, charcuterie bowls, charcuterie utensils, dip packages, and basket.

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2023 Board of Director Nominees

Jeff Divan

Jeff lives in Thompson, IA with his wife Haley and son Beckett. He has been an AgVA member since 2017 and currently serves on the board of directors and Business Development Committee. He graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Ag Business, Agronomy and Entrepreneurial Studies. Jeff is currently the Sr. Director of Agronomy for Oakland, CA based Ag startup Sound Agriculture. In this role, Jeff oversees product development and technical agronomists across the U.S. Prior to Sound, he held sales management roles with 3 other Silicon Valley based start-ups: Ceres, The Climate Corporation, and Mavrx. In addition to his current duties at Sound, Jeff owns and operates the family farm near Thompson, Iowa. His ambition to adopt new technologies led the farm into strip-till in 2011, cover crops in 2012. Both practices have grown to encompass a majority of the operations acres and additional custom work. Jeff is committed to applying technology to drive efficiency and profitability on the farm.

Steve Eastman

Steve lives in rural Mitchell County between Riceville and McIntire with his wife Deanna. They have six children Brian, Kayla, Erica, Clint, Chad and Chris, two granddaughters Braille, Charolette, and two grandsons Waylon and Beau. Steve has been a member of AgVA since 2001 when GGE was incepted and it was a requirement to become a member. Steve works in his family owned business (second generation) Farmers Feed & Grain Co Inc in Riceville, IA. He also farms row crop corn and feeder cattle to finish since 1985 with his family. Other organizations Steve is involved in is the Riceville FFA Alumni. Steve also finds time to assist his wife in operating her business, 10th Hole Bar & Grill & Inn & Suites. Steve is up for re-election on the AgVA board of directors after completing his second 3-year term and has served on the Business Development and Startup Committees, and the Stover Ventures Board. He joined the board of directors to further enhance value added agriculture in Northern Iowa and to learn from others involved.

Mark Hanna

Mark is from the Joice area, grew up on a family farm. He graduated from Lake Mills High School and attended Northeast Iowa Tech and has an AB degree in Farm Management. He is married to Belinda, they have two sons, Andrew (wife Alyssa and their three daughters, Nora 10, Ellery 8, and Bria 3) and Philip (wife Morgan). Mark has been a member of AgVA since 2003, serving on the board of directors, Executive, Startup, and Business Development Committee's. Mark has served on the Selection Committee for the AgLaunch 365 Row Crop Challenge since 2019 and is a current board member of AgLaunch Farmers, LLC. After college, Mark worked for a tiling contractor for two years before returning to the family farm. In 1981, they moved to the Forest City area to his Grandfather's farm and ran a farrow to finish hog operation and raised corn and soybean. In 2013, they moved back to Joice. Their current Family Farm operation includes his two sons Andrew and Philip. They row crop corn and soybeans using a no till, strip till approach, along with cover crops. Mark is a member of the Lake Mills FFA Alumni. It was very important when AgVA was organized to find ways to add value to our commodities in agriculture. As our industry has changed, it is still very important to continue that vision. Mark enjoys the challenges of continuing that vision in AgVA.