2008 Honorary Member: Don Copenhaver
DON COPENHAVER has worked for MFA Incorporated for more than 40 years, rising from an entry-level auditor position to its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his executive duties, he finds time to remain close to his farming roots.
Copenhaver earned an accounting degree from Quincy College. At MFA, he served as a retail controller, district manager and senior vice president of the agri-services division.
He has been the company’s president and CEO for more than ten years. During those years, MFA plant food sales have increased an impressive 50 percent. Grain bushels handled have increased from 42 million in 1999 to 70.7 million today. Crop protection sales have risen $20 million, and seed sales increased from $16 million in 1999 to $40 million in 2007. MFA serves approximately 45,000 farmers in the Midwest.
In addition, Copenhaver is a member of the MFA Foundation Board of Trustees and has served as president of that board. The MFA Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in college scholarships to 10,000 graduating high school seniors. He also serves on the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council on Agriculture and the Future Farmers of American Leadership Fund committee.
A vocal supporter of CAFNR, Copenhaver has directed MFA’s donations to issues important to the College from the $250,000 in donations for the life sciences project to a $50,000 donation to the Eckles Hall Addition and a $125,000 donation to the children’s barnyard at the Jefferson Institute.
"IT IS A PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO RECOMMEND DON COPENHAVER AS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE MU AG ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.DON IS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER FOR MISSOURI AGRICULTURE WITH A TRACK RECORD DESERVING OF THIS RECOGNITION. DON’S ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTSTS LITERALLY FILL VOLUMES AND IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY HIS PEERS LOOK TO HIM FOR ADVICE ON A ROUTINE BASIS. IF THERE WAS A ‘WHO’S WHO LIST OF MISSOURI AGRICULTURAL LEADERS,’ DON COPENHAVER’S NAME WOULD CERTAINLY BE AT OR NEAR THE TOP."
— Don Nikodim, executive vice president of the Missouri Pork Association
He lives on his 300-acre Boone County grain farm with his wife Jessica and children Brandon and Bailey. He enjoys crop farming, following his son’s basketball teams and spending time with family. He is an active member of Forum Boulevard Christian Church.