2022 New Board Member Candidates:
My name is Dale Bartee, and I am a native of the San Luis Valley. Together with my wife and two sons, we farm northeast of Center. Both of my grandparents were pioneer farmers in this region, and we count it an honor to be the fourth generation to farm our land.
Our farm’s focus has always been on conservation and sustainability, which is why we transitioned to organic several years ago. Additionally, nearly all our electricity usage is offset by our solar fields. Currently, we raise potatoes, alfalfa, and grass hay. We also raise registered Polled Herefords. Our older son, Tyler, runs a flock of commercial sheep, while our younger son, Kolby, raises pigs. This diversification gives me a dynamic perspective on the current trends in the agricultural industry.
I have a deep passion for the continued success of the San Luis Valley and each of its communities. I recognize the key role that the Monte Vista COOP plays in this success. Not only does the COOP bring key products and services to our communities, it does so at fair market prices while also providing dividends and many benefits to its members. It has been an honor to serve on the Coop’s board of directors for the past six years and I hope you will support me in continuing in this role.
My name is Tyler Mitchell and my wife Melissa and I have two children, Madeline (9) and Sophia (7). We are part of a farming operation in the Sargent area. Together with my brother Clay and father Mike we raise potatoes, malt barley, quinoa, and green manure under center pivot irrigation. I received my bachelor’s degree in Bio-Resource and Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University.
I am currently a board member of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee which is a marketing committee for the Colorado potato industry, and the National Potato Council which is a national representative of the potato industry on legislative and regulatory matters. I am also a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau, a 4-H leader, and serve as a board member of the Sargent School Board of Education.
I am running for a board position because I believe the Monte Vista Coop is very important for our Ag Industry and the community we have here in the San Luis Valley.
If elected I will use my experience as a business owner, as well as my experience serving on other boards to help the Coop continue to successfully serve the needs of the industry and the community.
We Serve Our Members
Our company is owned and run by members of the community, which means the Monte Vista Cooperative is in business, first and foremost, to serve its members, with all of our profits going back into the community. In 1949, a group of forward-thinking farmers formed the Monte Vista Cooperative Association (MVC) to pool resources to buy in bulk. This saved the farmers money, and in turn helped to balance the market and economy in the area. Today, the MVC has more than 7,000 members and not only offers farming and ranch necessities, but also provides petroleum services and stations, a full-service fertilizer department, grain marketing services, a tire sales and service department, hay and potato equipment, and a farm and ranch retail store. MVC’s purchasing power is evident in the premium manufacturers and brands we carry.
To be sure, one of MVC’s main priorities is to keep our area farmers and ranchers in business to help keep our local economy robust and thriving. Our mission, after all, “is to provide options and information, leading-edge technology, and quality products and services to enhance profitability of the membership today and in the future.” But because of the nature of our organization, we have additional community priorities that enrich and enhance our lives as well as our livelihoods. Our owners and members are our neighbors, too, so spending time, energy and dollars on community-based pursuits is essential to, and truly defines, our cooperative.