Three Directors Re-Elected to MFA Oil Board
March 11, 2022
MFA Oil hosted delegate meetings in February across the company’s eight voting districts. In Missouri, the delegations gathered in Harrisonville, Jonesburg, Kirksville, Marshall, Mt. Vernon, Ste. Genevieve and St. Joseph. Arkansas delegates met in Jonesboro.
MFA Oil delegates from District 1 – Northwest, District 3 – Southwest and District 6 – Central voted to re-elect three incumbent members of the MFA Oil Board of Directors. Chuck Weldon of Gallatin, Mo.; Glen Cope of Aurora, Mo.; and Jake Taylor of Ashland, Mo. were each reappointed with a three-year term on the co-op’s board.
Chuck Weldon, a lifelong resident of Gallatin, Mo., is the owner/operator of Weldon Farms LLC, a corn and soybean operation in Daviess County. In addition to crop farming, Weldon is a contract pork producer for Smithfield Foods and co-owns Whitetail Fix, a popular hunting television show on The Sportsman Channel. He serves as an MFA Oil delegate, an MFA Agri Services delegate, a board member of Harrison Township, and a member of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656. In addition to farming, he is an on-air talent for KMZU Radio in Carrollton, Mo. Weldon was elected to the MFA Oil Board of Directors in 2018.
Glen Cope is a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Aurora, Mo., with his wife, Leanne, and their two children, Orran and Katie. He is a past board member and chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council; past board member of MFA Incorporated, where he served on the audit, legislative and foundation committees; and past president of Barry County Farm Bureau. Cope served for three years as chairman of Missouri Farm Bureau’s beef commodity advisory committee. He has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau board as well as the American Farm Bureau Federation board and on the Young Farmer and Rancher committees with both organizations. Cope currently serves on the FCS Financial board as well as Congressman Billy Long’s agriculture advisory committee. Cope was elected to the board in 2018 and has served as its chairman since 2020.
Jake Taylor of Ashland, Mo., is a first-generation farmer. He and his wife, Molly, started J Taylor Farms, LLC in 2014. In July of 2021, Taylor retired from the insurance business after a successful 21-year career. Today, Taylor works full time expanding his grain and cattle operation. He also sells Einbock equipment used for weed control in organic row crop production and manages his wife’s family’s farms in Henry and Johnson County, Mo. Taylor is an MFA Oil delegate, a member of The Crossing Church of Columbia, Mo., an advisory board member for Farm Credit Services, and a past board member of Boone County Farm Bureau. Taylor was elected to the MFA Oil Board of Directors in 2018 and became its vice-chairman in 2020.