A trip to Australia to help with wheat harvest introduced Huesers to her future husband, and she was soon immersed in his family operation near Garrison, N.D. Two decades later, the farm's primary crops are pulse crops, sunflowers, wheat and canola. She handles the agronomy work while cooperatives supply crop nutrients and crop protection products and market the farm's wheat and soybeans. Huesers is also vice chair of the CHS Garrison board.
"I agreed to be on the board because I wanted to learn what CHS does and how it operates," she explains. "I have been pleasantly surprised with how much our cooperative truly cares for the community and every co-op member."
While Hueser was the first woman on the CHS Garrison board, General Manger Chris Gratton says she wasn't elected to simply check a box. "While Brenda brings a different perspective to the board, overall she's just another patron who is a great farmer and provides a thoughtful, insightful voice."
Her perspective is rooted in life lessons. "I know what it's like to be an employee and an employer," she says. "I appreciate people who are dedicated and loyal; they put in long hours to make my farm successful. And I lost a spouse to a long-suffering disease, so I don't sweat the small stuff. I believe you should change the things you can control and not worry about the rest."
Her advice to other women in ag is based on another definition of community: "Know there are people to support you, like dealers, agronomists, FSA and NRCS staff, and bankers. The women in those industries know what you are capable of, and your success helps them succeed."
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