Founded by Farmers for Farmers

Through hard work, we proudly provide valued products and services to benefit our employees, partners, and to preserve the family farm.

Our History

Working Together to Make Things Better

Back in 1915, livestock producers were struggling. Facing volatile markets, they needed economic security, so they banded together. Rather than competing with each other, they created a system of marketing their products collaboratively.

This was the beginning of Farmers Union Industries. Growing from this common ground in 1929, FUI did more than outlast the Great Depression. It thrived in both scope and scale, adding more and more like-minded partners along the way.

Today, FUI and its six divisions continue to work together to represent the best of farm life in the upper midwest. We believe there is no nobler pursuit.


Scholarships help us all reach higher

Farmers Union Industries is pleased to present these scholarships and is now accepting applications.

Stanley Moore Scholarship
Deadline: The complete application is due April 26, 2024 About Stanley Moore

Who may apply: Farmers Union members and their children who are high school seniors, college students, or non-traditional students seeking funding to attend a two-or four-year accredited college or university for any area of study.

Dave Morman Scholarship
Deadline: The complete application is due April 26, 2024 About Dave Morman

Who may apply: Children of hourly, full-time employees who have worked at least one full year for Farmers Union Industries. Any high school senior or college student seeking funding to attend a two or four-year accredited college, university, or technical school in any area of study.

Farmers Union Industries
Board of Governors

The Board of Governors represent the states of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Our growth and passion for agriculture not only runs deep in our business but also with our Board of Governors.

Farmers Union Industries’ board of 13 members establishes policy and elects principal board officers and the President/CEO of the company.

Back Row: Rollie Schlepp (MT), Aaron Chervestad (MN), Dave Velde – Legal Counsel, Larry Birgen – Vice-Chairperson (SD), Bob Kuylen – Chairperson (ND), Josh VanDerPol (MN), David Rosen (WI), Kirk Schaunaman (SD).

Front Row: Wes Niederman (ND), Patty Edleburg (WI), Anne Schwagerl (MN), Wayne Soren (SD), Josh Heinrich (ND), Steve Anderson – Secretary (MN).

Farmers Union Marketing & Processing Association (FUMPA) consists of cooperative ownership members.

Farmers Union Industries (FUE) is organized as a corporation and equally owned by the Farmers Union of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Farmers Union Industries is a partnership-focused, quality-driven family of businesses that builds on a 90+ year history. Inspired by our roots in agriculture and driven by our purpose to preserve the family farm, being farmer owned provides us with a great opportunity to lead in the industries in which we operate. We continuously look for ways to improve our company and create greater connections with our customers and suppliers throughout every division.

Farmers Union Industries Presidents of the Past


Meet the Team

Dale Bednarek Chief Executive Officer / President

Glenn Jensen Director of Feed and Ag Sales

Bonnie Ahlbrecht Director of Human Resources

Gabe Prescott Director of Safety

Nick Potter Director of Information Technology

Curt Gosser Director of Operations

Troy Bryant Director of Construction and Project Management

Jason Bentley Director of Pet Food and Meat Sales