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Jerry Farke was raised in Armour, South Dakota. He is a graduate of South Dakota Mines (BS Mechanical Engineering 2014, MS Engineering Management 2015), and earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. Farke is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Nebraska and resides in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Farke currently leads continuous improvement work at Bunge (NYSE: BG), a global leader in agribusiness. As a regional continuous improvement leader, he supports oilseed crushing, refining, grain milling, and packaging sites in the United States with technical projects as well as coaching leadership competencies to drive business results.

Prior to Bunge, Mr. Farke directed continuous improvement projects at Nebraska Medicine, Nebraska’s largest hospital. These projects included COVID-19 pandemic response and novel approaches to care delivery to improve nationally recognized quality outcomes. Farke spent five years with Parker Hannifin (NYSE: PH) as a process engineer, completing projects including industrial hose design and manufacturing, machine vision, robotics, and automation.

Mr. Farke joined the CARA board in 2019 and serves as Chair of the Governance committee and as a member of the Executive committee.

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