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Carl and Kim Casale Oral History Interview. November 6, 2015

Carl and Kim Casale Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

November 6, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Carl Casale (b. 1961) and his wife Kim (Martin) Casale both graduated from OSU in 1983 with degrees in Agricultural Economics. In the years that followed, Carl moved up the executive ranks at the Monsanto Corporation, ultimately rising to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Kim enjoyed career growth as well, eventually becoming an Area Director at Bristol-Myer Squibb. In 2011, Carl accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of CHS, Inc., the nation's largest agricultural cooperative and a Fortune 100 company. Though based in Minnesota, the Casales also own and operate a 100-acre blueberry farm near Aurora, Oregon, which they manage, in part, through cutting-edge precision agriculture technologies. Their wide-ranging interview touches upon their OSU experiences; their career trajectories; Carl's life as a chief executive; their blueberry farm; and their continuing connections with OSU.