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Landmark Services Cooperative Director’s recognized for achievement in Farm Credit Counseling Services Training

Duo successfully completes Advanced Governance Series

Two Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors were recently recognized for their success in completing the Advanced Governance Series (AGS) Training through FCC (Farm Credit Counseling) Services. Jim Lange, Muskego, and Jon Laper, Markesan, are members of the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors and recently finished this three-year series

The Advanced Governance Series by FCC Services is an unparalleled development program designed to assist directors of agricultural cooperatives to succeed in the dynamic environment on behalf of the organization they help govern. It offers a high-caliber interaction with peers and subject matter experts, while enabling individual directors to fulfill their role with substance and significance.

Over the course of the three-year program Lange and Laper joined directors from agricultural cooperatives across the country as part of an AGS Membership Group. These participants take part in five core modules, each focusing on an area essential to excellence in governance. They include:

Excellence in Board Leadership

  • This module focuses on leading among equals and enlightens directors to their own leadership style. They also examine board dynamics and add facilitation skills to their leadership ability.

Financial Direction of the Enterprise and Risk Management

  • This module focuses on today’s economic volatility and geo-political shifts that are affecting business decisions, opportunities, and outcomes differently today. Directors also review current economic practices.


  • In this module, directors delve into the art and science of strategy and the complementary roles the board and management play in the strategic planning process. Directors focus on how to differentiate their organization within the market and the impact of maintaining current course or changing direction.

Human Capital as a Resource

  • Here directors focus on high-profile subject matters, working through a series of case studies and healthy dialogue between facilitators and directors.

The Gettysburg Leadership Experience

  • At this session directors examine the Battle of Gettysburg and the leadership decisions, styles, and actions displayed by military leaders before, during, and after battle. Directors learn how the many leadership styles used in the battle can be applied to modern-day organizational issues and challenges

Throughout this series Lange and Laper had the opportunity to network with others in similar roles while furthering their education, thereby demonstrating their dedication to the cooperative and its member owners. Bob Carlson, President and CEO of Landmark Services Cooperative notes, “The leadership provided by the Landmark board has done an amazing job of ensuring we as a cooperative continue to evolve. The board’s decision to take part in this world-class training makes us a stronger cooperative, one more aware of the agribusiness economy and how businesses can thrive when led by those willing to take part in lifelong learning.”

Upon completion of this series Lange and Laper were recognized for their achievements at the July Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors meeting. They each were presented with an Advanced Governance Series Certificate of Achievement.

The Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors was part of a leading group of cooperative board members who helped FCCS develop this series of training board governance. Members of the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors take part in FCCS training throughout the year.

Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative business dedicated to providing both rural and urban customers the highest quality products and services. For more than 80 years, Landmark has been providing agronomy, energy and retail services, animal nutrition, grain and transportation products and services to its more than 15,000 members in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Employing nearly 500 people in rural areas and reaching sales in excess of $450 million, Landmark provides the benefits of volume buying and access to state-of-the-art technology to its members while maintaining a hands-on, customer service-oriented approach in each of the communities we serve. For more information, visit or call 1-800-236-3276.

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Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Director members Jon Laper (left), Markesan, and Jim Lange (right), Muskego, were recently recognized for their successful completion of the Advanced Governance Series through FCC Services.

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