Mr. Todd Steen, Ruminant Nutritionist with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative was elected President of the Board of Directors for Cooperative Research Farms, during the October meeting of the

CRF Board.  Mr. Steen received his Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University in 1984 and Master of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1990.  In 1990, he began employment as a nutritionist with Indiana Farm Bureau Coop, and in 1999 with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.  He has also been member of the CRF organization since 1991 and has served as past Coordinator of CRF’s Dairy Research Team, Beef Research Team, and Equine & Specialty Research Team; as well as Chair of the CRF Research Committee.

Also elected as Vice President was Mrs. Sharon Klinger, Animal Nutrition and Compliance Manager with Federated Co-operatives, Limited.  Mrs. Klinger has been an active member of the CRF Beef Research Team, Dairy Research Team and Equine & Specialty Research Team, and has also represented Federated on the CRF Research Committee. Mr. Paul Kalmbach, Chief Executive Officer of Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. was elected Treasurer. Mr. Kalmbach has served on the CRF Board of Directors since 2003.  CRF’s General Manager Mr. David Ott was appointed Secretary by the Board.

CRF is a multi-national organization of feed manufacturers in North America and Europe. For 67 years, CRF members have worked together conducting thousands of nutrition and management related research trials for the benefit of their customers.  The members of CRF include Federated Co-operatives, Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Kalmbach Feeds, Inc., Upper Sandusky, Ohio; MiXscience, Bruz, France; Sollio Agriculture, Montreal, Quebec; and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, LaVergne, Tennessee.  The combined scope of the CRF membership represents 13 million metric tons of final feed equivalents, 45-member owned feed mills manufacturing feeds of the highest quality, 1,615 employees working to provide superior animal nutrition products and 93 highly skilled individuals employed in research, development, and technical support.

For more information regarding CRF contact David Ott, General Manager, Cooperative Research Farms at (804)-897-8612 or visit the CRF website at