Tyson LGS started with the idea that buying corn directly from farmers allows the money we spend on grain to stay in local communities, while feeding our chickens the highest quality grain available. It’s a win for all of us. We’re ready to put our expertise and passion for the farm to work for you.
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Josh is the Senior Director of Tyson Foods Local Grain Services (LGS). He began his career with Tyson Foods in 2007, working in various positions, including capital buyer and financial analyst, before joining the Commodity Purchasing Group (CPG) in 2012. During his time with CPG, he has worked as a soybean meal buyer, logistics manager, and Eastern corn buyer. The Elkins, Arkansas, native enjoys working with farmers across the country, allowing him to establish long-term relationships with suppliers and representing Tyson in local communities. Josh enjoys Jeeping, golfing, hunting, and fishing when he is not at work.
Brett is the Associate Director of Commodity Feed Ingredients and assists in managing the buyers on the LGS Team. Brett has been in the Commodity Purchasing Group for over 7 years, buying truck corn from farmers at our feed mills across the East and West. He graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he majored in Finance, and received his MBA at John Brown University. He enjoys working and building personal relationships with farmers. Outside of work, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, fishing, cheering on the Hogs, real estate, and managing his furniture business on the side.
Tyler is a Senior Manager on the LGS team. He worked in transportation at Tyson Foods for two and a half years before transitioning to the LGS team. Tyler enjoys talking to farmers and learning about commodity markets in different regions. His spare time is spent with his wife and three kids, going to their sports games, and hunting and fishing.
Craig is a buyer on the Tyson On-Farm Pickup (TOPS) team. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2017 with a degree in Agribusiness, and prior to joining Tyson in May 2020, spent 2.5 years working in logistics, origination, and trading with Consolidated Grain and Barge in Tulsa, OK. Born and Raised in Southeast Kansas, Craig grew up working on his family's farm, feedlot, and grain business. In his free time, Craig enjoys golfing, hunting, and rooting on the Chiefs.
Dennis W. Kinkead, Jr. has been a buyer on the LGS team for three years; before joining the team, he had experience buying grain directly from farmers in Missouri. He has had a passion for agriculture since a very young age as he grew up in Farmington, MO, around his family's cattle. He earned his bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Southeast Missouri State University and his master's from Texas Tech in Agriculture Education. Dennis likes to spend time with family, hunting, and fishing in his free time.
Trenton manages the on-farm pickup program. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Supply Chain Management, and before joining Tyson in April 2023, spent two years as a Supply Chain Manager for an e-commerce company. Trenton enjoys working with carriers growing the program and speaking with farmers about the benefits of using Tyson for on-farm pickup. Outside of work, Trenton enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with friends and family.
Megan Dickard is a Senior Buyer on the Tyson LGS team. Megan is a native of Northwest Arkansas and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she majored in Agriculture Business, minoring in Agriculture Leadership. She began her career with Tyson Foods in 2018 as an intern in food service, where she stayed until joining the commodities department in May of 2020, joining the team as an analyst assisting the buyers with all Tyson LGS feed mill needs. She re-joined the team in August of 2023 as a Senior Buyer, originating grain for our Southeastern feed mills. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab Wyatt, hunting, riding horses, and fishing.
Kyleen is a Senior Commodity Buyer for Tyson Foods; before joining the team, she was a grain merchandiser in southeast Missouri. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2020 with a degree in Agribusiness. Originally from Waterloo, IL, Kyleen grew up working with livestock around her family farm and being involved in 4-H and FFA. Kyleen enjoys fishing, running, coaching tumbling, and spending time with her friends and family in her free time.
Jason is a Senior Manager on the LGS team. Before joining the team, he worked for 10 years in a long-haul reefer trucking group at Tyson Foods. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and brewing his own beer.
We’re committed to the communities we live and work in, and to the grain farmers who provide homegrown corn for our birds. Tyson Local Grain Services’ community engagement efforts include sponsorships, partnerships, and volunteering. We offer several ways to request support for your group or organization. Check out our Giving Back section to learn more about the programs we support.