Bill Beukema Selected to Succeed Larry Sterk as CEO at StateLine Cooperative

The Board of Directors of StateLine Coop has announced that Bill Beukema has been selected to serve as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager effective August 18, 2014.  Beukema will succeed Larry Sterk who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Beukema has over 20 years of progressively responsible leadership and experience in agriculture for both cooperatives and privately-held companies. He was previously employed as Vice President of Operations with West Central Cooperative, Ralston, IA.  Prior to joining West Central Cooperative Beukema was General Manager of Dakota Plains Ag Center, LLC in Parkston, S.D.  His career also includes experience as Location General Manager of Renewal Energy Group, Ralston, IA.

“StateLine Cooperative is an outstanding company with a strong history and exciting future,” stated Beukema.  “I am honored to have been selected to serve as CEO and look forward to working with the board, management staff, employees, farmer-owners and customers.

“Bill’s leadership skills, diverse agricultural experience, and in-depth knowledge of agriculture, positions StateLine well for the future. We are excited to have such an agribusiness professional leading our cooperative,” stated Kim Ruby, StateLine Coop’s Board President.  Ruby added, , “The board looks forward to working with Bill and the StateLine staff as our company continues to grow and move forward.”

Bill was raised on a row crop and livestock farm near Bondurant, Iowa.  He is a 1993 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business with a minor in Agronomy.  He and his wife, Stacy, have three children.

StateLine Cooperative ( is owned by 2500 area farmers and has its corporate office located in Burt, Iowa and consists of 16 business locations in North Central Iowa and South Central Minnesota.  The company serves customers by providing services in grain handling and marketing, fertilizer sales and application, agriculture chemicals sales and application, and livestock feed sales and processing.