Southern States names new head of agronomy division

Staff report

RICHMOND, Va. — Southern States has named Steve Becraft as the new executive vice President of agronomy effective March 7, 2016. He will be in charge of all agronomy operations and Procurement throughout the organization’s footprint.

“We are pleased Steve is joining the Southern States team” says President and CEO Jeff Stroburg. “His many years of experience and enthusiasm for the business will ensure Southern States remains a dominant player in the agronomy arena for years to come.”

Becraft is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana with a degree in agronomy and has close to 30 years of experience in the agronomy business, spending most of that time with Cargill and Ag Partners, LLC.

Becraft will be moving to Richmond from Victoria, Minnesota where he last served as Cargill’s U.S. Retail Crop Inputs Manager.

Southern States is a Richmond, Virginia-based farm supply and service cooperative, established in 1923, which now has more than 200,000 farmer-members. As one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, it provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative serves its members and non-member customers through 1,200 retail outlets in 23 states.Visit for more information.

Staff report