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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.

Monte Fisher
District 2 –Northeast
Monte Fisher, a lifelong resident of Brashear, Missouri, grew up on his family’s farm. Following his retirement from a 31-year career with the Missouri Department of Transportation, including 17 years as a supervisor, Fisher began farming full-time. He enjoys raising cattle, baling hay and growing row crops. He has been a member of the cooperative since 1985 and has served as a delegate for many years. He was elected to the MFA Oil Board of Directors in 2017.


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 since 1997 and was elected to the board of directors in 2011.

Kim L. Diehl

Kim Diehl
District 5 –West Central
Kim 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. Kim was elected to the MFA Oil board of directors in 2016 and has been a 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.

Tony Dameron
District 7 –East Central

Tony Dameron of Vandalia, Missouri, raises row crops and cattle with his wife. He is a third-generation MFA Oil member and has served as a delegate for the cooperative since 2015. Tony is a lifelong member of Curryville Baptist Church and is a member of the Van-Far School Board. He is also an active member of the Vandalia Lions Club, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association and Van-Far FFA Alumni. He was elected to the MFA Oil Company board in September 2018.

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.