Mario Boivin, President

 Sollio Agriculture

Mr. Mario Boivin is the Senior Manager, Innovation and Business Solutions (Livestock) with Sollio Agriculture and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cooperative Research Farms in June 2021.  Mr. Boivin received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Animal Sciences from Université Laval. He has worked within the Sollio Agriculture network for more than 30 years; and has been a past member of CRF’s Dairy Research Team and the Research Committee.  Mr. Boivin is based in Sollio’s office in Lévis, Québec.

Sollio Agriculture believes innovations allows our customers and us to meet the market expectations and go beyond. Research data from many CRF research trials has been successfully implemented in our line of products for the benefit of all.    

Paul Kalmbach, Vice President & Treasurer

Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.

Mr. Paul M. Kalmbach is the Chief Executive Officer of Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. Mr. Kalmbach is a proud Ohio State University Alum in which he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S) and his Master of Science in Agriculture (M.S).

His thirty-nine years in the industry has taught him much about the industry and how it relates to CRF. Mr. Kalmbach feels that the future success in the business of producing high quality meat, milk, and eggs will require real solutions, properly researched and delivered to farmers.  CRF is the best model to efficiently deliver these scientific and practical solutions that will be required by our customers.

Michel Layus


Mr. Michel Layus is the General Manager of the Innovative Feed solutions business line of MiXscience. He received a Masters of Science in Animal Science in 1989 from INAPG (University Paris-Grignon). He started his career in Glon-Sanders company and occupied different positions such as swine genetic activity Manager, swine feed activity Manager and Global Manager for the premix and feed additives activity in Sanders until the creation of MiXscience 2014. Michel is currently the president of the AFCA CIAL (French association of feed additives and premix producers).

Mr. Layus noted that MiXscience base line is “Innovate for life”, MiXscience owns and manages its MiXscience Research Center (MRC) in West of France, the biggest private experimental farm in UE, so innovation is our DNA, and our partnership with CRF is a very important open window to the North American nutrition science that will increase the value that we bring to our customers worldwide.

Todd Steen

Tennessee Farmers Cooperatives

Mr. Todd Steen is currently a Ruminant Nutritionist for CRF member Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, specializing in dairy nutrition since 1990.  He also provides technical service support for all animals.  Mr. Steen received his Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University and Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee.  Mr. Steen has nine 9 peer-reviewed publications including six CRF research reports.  He has also been member of the CRF organization since 1990 and has served as Coordinator of the CRF’s Dairy Research Team, Beef Research Team, and Equine & Specialty Research Team; as well as Chair of the CRF Research Committee.

CRF has great value to TFC, as we have implemented many feed products and developed ration principles based on CRF’s research.

David Ott, Secretary & General Manager

Cooperative Research Farms, Inc.

Mr. David Ott has served as the CRF General Manager and Secretary since 1999.  Prior to that time he was employed by a CRF member as the Manager Swine Feed Sales & Marketing, and as a Technical Services Specialist.  Mr. Ott grew up on a swine operation in Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture in 1985 and a Masters of Science in Animal Sciences (Swine Nutrition and Management) in 1986.