CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, has named Rick Dusek executive vice president for its Country Operations division. This division serves farmers and ranchers through locally governed ag retailers in 450 communities across 16 states.
“A strong leader with a diverse background in commodity businesses, Rick brings a depth and breadth of industry knowledge and experience that will help us continue to create value for our owners through our Country Operations retail platform,” said CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin.
With nearly three decades in the cooperative system, Dusek recently served as vice president, CHS Agronomy, where he was responsible for global crop nutrients supply and trading, North American fertilizer operations, sales and marketing, and for developing additional agronomy product and technology offerings.
Previously, Dusek served as vice president, grain marketing, where he oversaw North American commodity trading, logistics and transportation and risk management. His team led the strategic expansion of the company’s North American grain origination platform, including inland river terminal acquisitions and development and upgrading of export terminal facilities.
Dusek joined CHS in 1988 and spent his early days on the wheat export trading desk. He was named director of merchandising in 2006 and vice president of grain marketing in 2012. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Fertilizer Institute, and is a past board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
Born and raised in Grafton, N.D., Dusek earned a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.