The Land O'Lakes Board of Directors Thursday (Feb. 22) elected Jim Fife, General Manager of the Ag Supply Company of Wenatchee, Wash., as its 2001 Board Chairman. Fife is the eighth board chairman in Land O'Lakes 80-year history.

Fife, who has served on the Land O'Lakes Board since 1991, most recently served as Chair of the Board's Agricultural Services Committee. He is also Land O'Lakes shareholder representative on the board of CF Industries, an interregional crop nutrient manufacturing cooperative.

Fife, who has been General Manager of the Ag Supply Company for more than 28 years, is also a member of the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives; former chair of the Cenex/Land O'Lakes Ag Services Council; and past president of the Western Area Managers Association. He is an alumnus of the University of Washington, where he earned a degree in Business Administration-Marketing.

Land O'Lakes (http://www.landolakesinc.com) is a national, farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative, with sales approaching $6 billion. Land O'Lakes does business in all fifty states and more than fifty countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the U.S.; services its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and local cooperatives with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, crop nutrients and crop protection products) and services.

Ag Supply Company is a diversified supply cooperative serving approximately 1,000 producer-members in North Central Washington. The cooperative provides petroleum products, propane distribution, feed, seed, farm supplies, hardware and convenience store services to members.