Who are you?
Jim Rodenburg, corporate communications manager for Ag Processing Inc (AGP). But by the time you read this, I’ll be retired!
My wife, Deb, is an elementary curriculum director for Papillion LaVista Schools in Papillion, NE; daughter Jamie, 36, a physical therapist who lives in Cave Creek, AZ; son JJ, 34, a systems analyst for Rockwell Collins, who lives in North Liberty, IA; and son Jacob, 31, a systems analyst for Northrup Grumman, who lives in Glenwood, IA. We have five grandchildren, three in Cave Creek and two in North Liberty. I grew up on farm in southwest Iowa and graduated with a journalism and mass communication degree from Iowa State University.
AGP is a major U.S. soybean processor/refiner producing and marketing soybean meal, refined soybean oil, and biodiesel. Our plant locations are in the Midwest with our corporate headquarters in Omaha. AGP is owned by local and regional cooperatives representing farmer-producers across the United States.
How long have you worked with cooperatives?
I worked for AGP for nearly 24 years. I also worked with cooperative livestock marketing firms such as Producers Livestock at both the Sioux City Stockyards and the Omaha Stockyards early in my career. Also, in addition to farming, my dad was a branch manager for the Council Bluffs, IA farm service cooperative where I helped out hauling anhydrous tanks to farmers’ fields and loading feed bags among other tasks. Cooperatives have been and continue to be a big part of my life.
Describe your role.
Responsibilities included newsletters for cooperative members and employees, website, annual report, advertising/marketing, industry trade events, member meetings including the annual meeting, and assisting with promotional marketing.
What do you enjoy about working with cooperatives?
I like that what we do here is done to improve the lives of our members. We are working for them and aren’t accountable to a large publicly traded organization.
When did you join CCA? Why?
I joined CCA shortly after starting at AGP in 1996. Our cooperative encourages professional employee development and after some research, we felt that CCA was the best organization that fit my responsibilities.
Did anything surprise you about CCA?
The willingness of CCA folks to take new members under their wing, even older “newbies” – I was 42 when I joined CCA.
What’s been your favorite thing about CCA?
I’ve always loved how the members share their ideas and expertise, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise when the organization has the word “cooperative” in it. That care and support continues to be a highlight for me as I learn new things from CCA — even in retirement.
Email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.