Barry Jensen Inducted into Hall of Fame

Barry Jensen inducted into the South Dakota Cooperative Association Hall of Fame

Barry Jensen is recognized with the state's highest cooperative honor. He has provided leadership and guidance throughout the cooperative community for over 30 years.

Barry Jensen has served crucial roles for cooperatives beginning at the grassroots level in 1981 for Country Pride Cooperative, where he was elected onto the board of directors. In 1994 he was elected to the board of The Cooperative Finance Association, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri as the only agricultural producer being vice chairman and is now chairman. Jensen also provides a leading role to Missouri Valley Insurance Company where for the past 13 years he has served as a board member and now serves as vice chairman. Since 2003 Jensen has been on the board of directors for South Dakota Association of Cooperatives and was elected as vice president in 2009.

For 20 plus years, Jensen served on the board of directors for Farmland Industries, Inc. and 11 years as a member of Midwest Cooperative, Golden West Telephone Cooperative, Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative and Farm Credit Services.

Jensen has always shown strong support for principles of cooperative business and has a clear understanding of the influence that multiple voices speaking together can have for the good of the members, said Mike Trosen, CEO of Country Pride Cooperative, who noted Jensen's commitment and involvement helped the cooperative achieve its success.

Jensen, a rancher and former state representative from White River, SD. A current or past board member of four agricultural and finance co-ops, Jensen joked about his own heavy involvement with co-ops during the induction ceremony.

"I am addicted to co-ops," said Jensen, who as a former state representative from White River also supported co-ops by helping pass legislation favorable to them.

Mr. Jensen earned a BS in Biology and Agriculture from Kansas State University and a teaching degree from South Dakota State University. For four years he taught high school chemistry and biology in White River, SD. He has also served on a Methodist Church administrative board, the Board of Education, and as a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks county commissioner.

We want to congratulate Barry on the well deserved honor of induction in the South Dakota Cooperative Association Hall of Fame.