Prairie North Co-op AGRO FUEL TEAM
February 23, 2021

Meet the Prairie North AGRO FUEL Team
NOTE: these will be updated as bios for the entire team are received

Larry Kohl, Agro Division Manager

Larry Kohl, has been the Agro Division Manager for Prairie North Co-op since February of 2020. Larry’s experience in the field started with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for 28 years, before joining the Co-op Retailing System (CRS) 13 years ago. “We closed the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool facility in Naicam as a result of a restructure when it became Viterra”, Larry explains, “that’s when I was approached by the general manager of the Spalding Co-op and he offered me a position as Agro Manager.”

Larry was the Agro Manager for the Spalding Co-op, until 2010 when the merger took place with Prairie North Co-op. Under Prairie North, Larry was promoted to Agro Centre Manager in Naicam, and in 2020 he was promoted to Agro Division Manager. “I’m in the process of helping to develop and grow the Agro Division process for Prairie North. In this role I can help guide the other managers,” says Larry, “it’s more or less an opportunity to encourage the Agro retails in Prairie North Co-op to work together more efficiently.” Larry currently oversees the Agro retails in Melfort, Archerwill, Kelvington and Naicam. While St. Brieux is also part of Prairie North, the location doesn’t have an Agro Centre.

Greg Niezgoda, Petroleum Manager 

A farm boy at heart, Greg was born and raised in the Kelvington area on a mixed cattle and grain farm West of town. He farmed for 22 years before starting his Co-op journey as a Relief Fuel Truck Driver, which turned into a full-time position. For the next 13 years he served Kelvington and the area, growing and building strong relationships with his fuel customers. Greg then accepted a position as Bulk Petroleum and Farm Equipment Manager for East Central Co-op. In January 2018 Prairie North and East Central amalgamated and later that summer Greg became Petroleum Manager for all of Prairie North.

Shane Klepak, Agro Area Manager Archerwill-Kelvington

Effective March 1, 2021, Shane Klepak became the new Agro Area Manager for Prairie North Co-op. In this role, Shane works with the Agro teams in Archerwill and Kelvington to grow business, profitability and support operational efficiencies. In 2013, Shane graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Diploma in Agribusiness, joining Prairie North Co-op as the Melfort Assistant Agro Manager in 2019. He completed the Federated Co-op Agro Manager Trainee program in 2020 and is a Certified Crop Consultant and Articulating Technical Agrologist.

Emily Barteaux, Assistant Manager Archerwill

Emily was a CRS scholarship recipient who had been matched with Prairie North Co-op for the summer of 2020 for her work placement. When her term was done she was offered a full time position in Archerwill.  Emily is from a mixed farm background (cattle and grain) and is currently working toward her Bachelor of Science Agriculture - Agronomy at the U of S. Originally from Manitoba, she has spent the past four summers working as an Agronomist with Twin Valley Co-op. In her words, “My previous experience with Twin Valley consisted primarily of field scouting, including weed, disease and insect identification, fungicide staging, as well as pre and post harvest staging. I would say that weed identification and staging are two of my strongest skills. I am also familiar with fertilizer blending, anhydrous ammonia focusing mainly on the agronomic side of its application, seed treatments, and Tronia.”

Natalie Kennedy, Assistant Agro Manager Kelvington

Natalie started at Prairie North Coop in 2018, and this is her 5th year within the CRS. Natalie is responsible for crop protection, canola, fertilizer, and bin and equipment sales at our Kelvington location. Born and raised on a mixed cattle and grain farm in South Eastern Ontario she found a love in agriculture at a young age. Natalie grew up driving a Massey 1100 as her tractor, since then Natalie has moved to Western Canada where her personal and work life have a strong connection to the agriculture community. Natalie’s passions include being outdoors, their dogs and of course being behind the wheel of a Massey tractor. Planting roots in the Kelvington, Natalie aims to be the trusted choice for local producers in the surrounding area for years to come.

Allen Woolsey, Agro Manager Melfort

Allen grew up on a grain and cattle farm South of Melfort. After high school Allen attended Lakeland college to get his Ag Business Diploma. Allen is registered with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologist as a Technical Agrologist. In 2013 Allen joined Prairie North Co-op, in his role he works with the Agro Teams to grow business, profitability and support operational efficiencies. Allen enjoys working and farming in the Melfort community.

Cole Hiebert, Sales Agronomist Melfort

Cole joins Prairie North most recently from Bayer Crop Science where he spent the last two summers as their Market Development Agronomy student. In addition, Cole's agricultural knowledge has been developed through several years of experience on his family operated grain farm.Cole is currently working toward completing the final year of his Agronomy Diploma program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Chantelle Redman, Ag Sales Representative Melfort

Chantelle grew up on a grain farm north of Invermay, Saskatchewan and joined Prairie North in April 2021. Chantelle has gained her agricultural knowledge through her family farm, schooling, and work experiences. She has her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan and is an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Chantelle joins us most recently from Prairie Coop in Strasbourg where she began her career after completing a rural work exchange in New Zealand. Chantelle is looking forward to helping producers in the Melfort area with Seed, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, and Equipment.

Curtis Mills, Agro Manager Naicam

Curtis Mills was born and raised in the Spalding area on a mixed farming operation 4 miles south of town. The Co-op in Spalding was his first job. He worked there for 12 years before deciding to pursue a career on the grain side of things as the assistant manager (4 years) and then manager (7 years) at Pioneer. When the Pioneer elevator was closed, Curtis accepted a position at the C.M.I grain terminal where he worked for 14 years before taking over from Doug Anholts at the Naicam Agronomy Centre.

Jeff Henry,  Senior Agronomist Naicam

Jeff grew up on a grain farm south of Regina. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the U of S in December of 2005. He started working with the Melfort Co-op in January of 2006. He worked at various other Co-ops and independent retailers over the next number of years before returning to the Prairie North Co-op in April of 2013 in the newly created position of Agronomist. Jeff farms with his parents on their farm south of Gray. In his spare time he is either at the lake or accompanying his two girls to various rinks all over the province.

Dexter Dauk, Hardware Manager Naicam

Dexter was born and raised in small town Naicam Saskatchewan, his family farmed when he was young. Dexter worked at the Spalding farm supply for his grade 12 year, and it was his first job. Dexter went on to work at the Naicam gas bar for nearly 3 years. He then got offered a position at the Naicam agronomy as a hardware manager trainee. Dexter helps on the farm during harvest mostly, either combining or being a gopher. In his spare time Dexter enjoy spending time with family and friends whether its golfing, fishing or watching sports.

Dave Nienaber, Equipment Specialist Naicam

Dave grew up on a dairy farm a few miles outside of Annaheim SK. After graduation, and several jobs later, he then spent 9 years as a welder at Doepker Industry. Having never been comfortable with that kind of work, he answered a job as an assistant hardware manager in 1993 at the Naicam Co-op Service Centre. In 2000 he took over the role as hardware manager. In 2003 they closed the service centre, and moved the staff, and several buildings to the Naicam agronomy site, where farm equipment was added to his role as hardware manager. He continued that role until March 4, 2021, where he now holds the role of equipment specialist for the Prairie North Co-op. This is a new role within the Co-op and Dave is very excited to help bring all the Agro departments together to be as efficient and successful as possible. Married to Lana in 1984, they have 4 boys with successful careers of their own. His recreation time is spent around family activity’s and is excited to see his family growing later on in 2021.