Position title: President & CEO, Landus Cooperative
Carstens leads Landus’ work to advocate for farmer-members and customers, empower employees, and lean into the future of the ag industry. His passion for, and experience in, agriculture spans every step in the supply chain from agronomy retail to end-user grain customers, food manufacturers, grocery stores and consumers.
Carstens most recently served as Senior Vice President of Truterra, a division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. There, he provided leadership for farmer-driven sustainability collaborations with food manufacturers and consumers by focusing on technology, data, and precision offerings. Previously, he was responsible for the crop nutrient business, including sales, marketing, supply chain logistics, financial performance, and commodity procurement at United Suppliers, Inc., now a part of Land O’Lakes/WinField United. He has also held various sales, marketing, and management positions at several other agronomy businesses.
Carstens graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. His passion for agriculture developed on his family’s farm and has only deepened after spending years in the industry. He and his wife Shanda have three children (Claire, Camden & Carolyne) and reside in Panora, IA.