“It’s fascinating how the regional co-op, the local co-op, and the farmer work together to get the crop in every year,” says board president Craig Mold, adding, “I look at the co-op as an extension of my farming operation.”
Craig comes from a family of very active co-op members. His grandfather was a charter member of Land O’Lakes®, and his father has served on various co-op boards. Craig was elected to the Pine City Co-op board in 1986 and served as its chairman through that organization’s merger with Central Rivers Cooperative. On the Central Rivers board and then on Federated Co-ops’ board, Craig held the office of vice-chairman. He currently serves as Board President for Federated. He also serves on the Chisago County Soil and Water District as supervisor and on the Chisago County Planning Commission.
Craig and his son, Andre, grow corn and soybeans on their Rush City farm. In addition to a son, Craig and his wife Margaret, have two daughters and two granddaughters.