The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced the election of James Prokopanko, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Mosaic Company, to serve a two-year term as chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors. In addition, the board tapped Cheryl Schmura, vice president of crop nutrients for CHS Inc., to serve a two-year term as vice chairman. Prokopanko and Schmura were elected at a Feb. 4 TFI Board of Directors meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 Fertilizer Marketing and Business Meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Prokopanko is president and CEO of The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Schmura is the vice president of crop nutrients for CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness, owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.
New Board Elected
TFI’s board also elected the following new board members for three year terms: Nicholas Adamchak of Ameropa North America, Inc.; Tom Bayliss of Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.; Jordan Burns of Tessenderlo Kerley; Daryl Gates, Morral Companies, LLC and Jason Woulfin of SQM North America, Corp.
In addition to Prokopanko and Schmura, these new board members join Qamar Bhatia, Honeywell Resins and Chemicals LLC; Robert Brown, CALAMCO; Matt Carstens, United Suppliers, Inc.; Larry Dearing, DASCO Incorporated; Donnie Dickerson, Jimmy Sanders Inc.; John Diesch, Rentech Nitrogen GP, LLC; William Doyle, PotashCorp; Keith Espelien, Compass Minerals; Anna Flaig, Cargill AgHorizons; Gene Gauss, Wilbur-Ellis Company; Phil Gough, El Dorado Chemical Company; Brian Harlander, Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC; Brent Hart, Trammo Inc.; Valery Ivanou, Belarusian Potash Company; William Jackson, AGRIServices of Brunswick, LLC; Christopher Jahn, The Fertilizer Institute; Robert Jornayvaz, Intrepid Potash, Inc.; Melih Keyman, Keytrade AG; Chase Koch, Koch Fertilizer, LLC; Garrett Lofto, Simplot; Chuck Magro, Agrium; Scott Mickey, CGB Fertilizer; Bartolomeo Pescio, Yara North America, Inc.; Mark Shaw, Knox Fertilizer Company; David Spears, Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association; James Spradlin, GROWMARK, Inc.; Stephen Stallons, Oxbow Fertilizer; Scott Tinsman, Twin State, Inc.; Bill White, Coffeyville Resources, LLC; Anthony Will, CF Industries, Inc.; William Willard, Willard Agri-Service of Frederick, Inc. and William Wolf, The Andersons, Inc. The following honorary directors were also elected: W. Daren Coppock of the Agricultural Retailers Association; Jean Payne of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Inc. and Terry Roberts of the International Plant Nutrition Institute.