Tyler Stehr is UFC's Newest Board Member

Dec 07, 2020

Tyler Stehr is UFC's Newest Board Member
Tyer was raised in southeast Minnesota in Goodhue on a crop and feedlot operation where farming was instilled in his blood. He would often be found helping his father with the steers and field work, or helping neighbors with anything from tossing square bales to milking cows. 

Being involved in agriculture is all that he has ever wanted to do; which is why he chose to attend UW-River Falls.  In 2013, he graduated with an Agricultural Business degree.  From there he entered his career in the ag lending sector with Farm Credit Services System.  Since then, he has gotten married, changed lending institutions, became a father, and now resides and farms south of Winthrop.  He currently works for Frandsen Bank and Trust as an Ag Business Banker in Fairfax.

While at River Falls, he met his bride, Emilee Lauwagie. In 2018, he was lucky enough to marry her, that was also the year they started farming with her parents.  He and his wife currently raise corn and soybeans and later this year they will be adding a feed lot to their operation. In August of 2020, they were blessed with their first born, a little girl named Jolee to keep them on their toes!

Working as an ag lender has given Tyler the opportunity to finance and advise hundreds of farms in all different shapes and sizes.  From the 30 acre vegetable producer to the 7,500 acre row crop enterprise; a 30 sow farrow to finish grower to a 2,000 plus cow dairy operation.  Every operation is different, yet they all have one thing in common, the hope for return on investment. Tyler has helped these producers along the way advising on cashflow related to their cost of production. As well as risk management associated with different types of insurances, such as crop insurance and life insurance. Often these risk management practices are involved in transition plans.

When thinking about what is important for Tyler and his cooperative, several things come to mind. He believes that Faith, Family, Future and Farming would be the most important things, and in that order. Other things that come to mind would be honesty and integrity. He values someone, or an organization who always believes in doing the right thing, for the customer, for the repair job, for the crop, or for the soil. Doing the right thing time and time again, will build stronger commitments and relationships for years to come.

Other than being with his family and farming, being involved is another thing that he values. Tyler is a member of the Saint Francis de Sales Church in Winthrop where he is a lector and an usher. He joined the Knights of Columbus and he attended “That Man is You”, a weekly program offered through the Church. In college he was fortunate enough to play football and become a captain of the team. He really enjoys music, and often plays guitar and sings whenever he can.

What is of the utmost importance to Tyler is keeping this cooperative sustainable and positioned to thrive for the years ahead well into the future. UFC is an extremely important part in employing people from all the communities it serves, as well as donating to community events across UFC’s marketplace. To him, community is part of family.  He will take special interest in utilizing his experiences to keep a strong balance sheet and cashflow, as well as to help continue to strengthen this cooperative. He will do this so our children’s children can continue to work with this organization.

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