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Board of Directors

As a cooperative, MFA Oil is controlled by its farmer-members who elect delegates at annual bulk plant meetings each fall. These delegates, in turn, elect an eight-member board of directors to establish company policy and set operating guidelines.


Benny Farrell (Chairman)
District 1 –Northwest

Benny Farrell is a grain and cattle farmer from Maryville, Missouri. He was born and raised in northwest Missouri and has been involved in farming all his life. He was first elected to the MFA Oil Company board of directors in 1991 and has served as board chairman since 1997. He currently serves on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Farm Bureau Advisory Board and the National Beef Board. Past service includes six years on the MFA Incorporated Board and two terms on the Missouri Beef Industry Board. Farrell also has served on the National and State Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Boards and was appointed by two United States presidents to the US Meat Export Federation Board.

Wayne Wright
District 2 –Northeast

Wayne Wright, Cincinnati, Iowa, farms about 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. He serves on the U.S. Bank Advisory Board and is a Township Trustee. He also has served on the Conservation and Farm Bureau Boards. Wright is a member of American Legion and Disabled Veterans. He has been an MFA Oil Company delegate since 1990 and was elected to the MFA Oil Company board in 2014.

Ralph Schallert (Vice Chairman) 
District 3 –Southwest

Ralph Schallert, a lifelong resident of Purdy, Missouri, started his farming career on the Century Farm owned by his parents. Today, he and his son and brother own and operate a multi-faceted agribusiness that grows, harvests and processes KY-31 fescue seed. They also grow soybeans, corn, wheat and background cattle. Schallert is a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Farm Bureau and Western Seed Association. He is a past president and past elder of St. John’s Lutheran Church. A long-time MFA Oil delegate, Schallert has served on the board of directors since 2003.

Marion Kertz
District 4 –Southeast

Marion Kertz, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, farms in both Missouri and Illinois with his son and nephew. He currently serves as Vice President of MRV Banks and is a board member for Citizens Electric Coop. He also has served on the boards of the local MFA Coop and the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church. Kertz is a member of the Pork Producers and Farm Service (in Illinois). He has been an MFA Oil delegate for 16 years and was elected to the board of directors in 2011.

Kim L. Diehl

Kim L. Diehl
District 5 –West Central
Kim L. Diehl of Butler, Mo., raises row crops and cattle with his three sons in Bates County and has trucking and dozer operations. He is a member of the Bates County Cattleman Association, Masonic Lodge #254, Bates County Shrine Club, University of Missouri Alumni Association and is one of the original founders of the Butler Bear Backers. Diehl is also a member of Pleasant Gap Christian Church, where he serves as a deacon. He has served as an MFA Oil delegate since 2013.

Ronald Felten
District 6 –Central

Ronald (Ronnie) Felten is a life-long resident of Pilot Grove, Missouri. He farms approximately 1,000 acres in a cow-calf / row crop operation. He currently serves on the Pilot Grove Coop Elevator Board and has served on the Cooper County Extension Council and the Cooper County Soil and Water Board. He is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and formerly served as Grant Knight of his Knights of Columbus Council. He has been an MFA Oil Company delegate for 21 years and has served on the board of directors since 2006.

Floyd Buckman
District 7 –East Central

Floyd Buckman, Stoutsville, Missouri, is a contract nursery operator and row crop farmer and serves as president of Buckman Family Farms. Secretary of Farmers Elevator and Exchange, he also serves on the board of the Monroe City Fire Department and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Monroe Manor. He has served as an MFA Oil Company delegate for four years and was elected to the MFA Oil Company board in 2011.

Joey Massey
District 8 –Mid-South

Joey Massey, Paragould, Arkansas, farms about 2,000 acres of rice, corn, soybeans and wheat. He is a licensed commercial pilot and uses his airplane to gather color infrared data for use in determining field applications. Massey serves as a board member and past president of the Greene County Farm Bureau and is an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Pilots for Christ International. He has served on the MFA Oil Company board since 2007.