Roche To Retire As CEO Of Minn-Dak Farmers Sugar Beet Cooperative In Wahpeton

Dave Roche, chief executive officer at Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, N.D., is retiring this summer after 12 years as top manager for the company. He will be replaced by Kurt Wickstrom, president of Betaseed in Minneapolis, according to the news release below.

Roche was hired as CEO on March 1, 2001. The news release is below. For a dozen years, Roche has always made himself available to answer questions from Agweek regarding the condition of his company, and the industry in the region, nation and world. I have appreciated that and wish him well in retirement. The news release is below:

WAHPETON, N.D. – The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Board of Directors has hired Kurt Wickstrom of Chaska, Minnesota, to succeed Dave Roche as President and Chief Executive Officer of the cooperative.

 Wickstrom will join Minn-Dak on July 10, 2013 and assume the position of President and CEO upon Roche’s retirement on August 31.


Wickstrom currently holds the position of President at Betaseed, Inc. of Shakopee, MN.


Roche is retiring from Minn-Dak after 12 years as President and CEO.


Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is located north of Wahpeton. The co-op has 479 shareholders, employs more than 400 year-round and campaign associates, and has been producing sugar since 1974.