Lloyd Gunter

Dairy Farmers of America and Webster Electric Cooperative - Inducted in 2014


Lloyd Gunter has been involved in cooperatives for 38 years. He has served as a board member of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Southeast Council since 1997 and on the Webster Electric Cooperative Board since 2001. He is also an active MFA member – first through Cooperative Association #110 in Conway and more recently through the Marshfield MFA.  


Lloyd is the council person for district #423 of DFA – representing his fellow dairymen, helping to set policy for the cooperative.  As a board member, Lloyd is dedicated, attentive to detail and always willing to go an extra mile to represent dairy farmers on committees – even when it is not convenient. He is guided by what is the best interest of dairy farmers when making cooperative decisions. 


On the board of Webster Electric Cooperative, he is respected not only as a board member, but also as a mentor and a friend. Lloyd has witnessed the cooperative grow in terms of the number of meters and also increasing revenues.  Lloyd has been a proponent of technology to ensure the cooperative is operating in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner.  He has been instrumental in helping the cooperative achieve new and improved physical assets ranging from field equipment to geographic information systems, plus automated metering systems and a new headquarters to replace the original facility built in 1950, which the cooperative had severely outgrown. Beyond his support for investment in physical resources, Lloyd’s greatest asset to the cooperative is his true concern for people and the rural way of life. Lloyd is an ardent supporter of the cooperative business model. He gives generously of his time to serve on boards and to work with elected officials to ensure the cooperative business model and rural way of life are strong.


Lloyd is dedicated to improving the quality of life for his rural neighbors, to protecting the environment and to enhancing the productivity of the rural economy. He sees a vital role for cooperatives in each of these goals. Lloyd has been honored as Cooperator of the Year by the Webster County Soil and Water District, as the Wildlife Farmer of the Year for the state of Missouri, and as the Webster County Farm Family of the Year at the Missouri State Fair. In addition, since 1999, the Gunter family hosts farm tours for area school children and the public – with a corn maze and a pumpkin patch. They use the tours as an opportunity to teach others about dairy farming, where milk really comes from, farm life and conservation.


cooperative minded; tireless representative on behalf of fellow dairy farmers; commitment to protect the rural way of life and cooperative business model