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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Brett is the LGS Eastern corn buyer, buying from farmers east of the Mississippi River. The Fayetteville, Arkansas, native is no stranger to Tyson Foods; Brett interned for the company throughout college in various positions, including operations, live production and the Case Ready Beef & Pork team before joining CPG full time as he led LGS analytics and reporting. He enjoys working with and building personal relationships with farmers. Outside of work, Brett enjoys fishing and hiking, cheering on the Hogs and St Louis Cardinals and managing his furniture business on the side.
Haley is an analyst for the LGS team, buying corn from farmers across Alabama and Georgia. Before joining the team in June 2018, Haley graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2018 with a degree in animal science, and a minor in food and agricultural business. She enjoys being able to interact with multiple departments within CPG, as well as with farmers across the country. In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family, and cheering on the Vols.
Tyler manages the LGS on-farm pickup program. Prior to this position, he worked in transportation at Tyson Foods for two and a half years managing 100 trucks. He moved to the feed world handling micro-feed ingredient purchasing before joining the LGS team. Tyler enjoys talking to farmers and learning about different commodity markets in all regions. His spare time is spent with his wife and three kids, going to their sports games, and hunting and fishing.
Hli Yang manages LGS communications and marketing. She grew up on a poultry and cattle farm in Wheaton, Missouri, and understands the ebbs and flows of farming life. Hli received both her undergraduate degree and master's degree from the University of Missouri. She looks forward to meeting grain producers, hearing their stories, and making it easier for them to succeed in marketing their grain. She brings with her vast communications skills with past experiences at Farm Journal Media, RFD-TV’S Market Day Report show, conducting market research for General Motors and Portillo’s, and working as a TV reporter in Columbia, Missouri. Outside of work, you can find Hli hanging out with her family, traveling to new places, or cheering on the Mizzou Tigers.
Taylor is the LGS Western corn buyer, buying from farmers west of the Mississippi. Born and raised in South Dakota, just outside of Sioux City, Iowa, he has lived most of his life in heavy agricultural areas. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his MBA at the University of Arkansas. While attending Arkansas, he was an intern at Tyson Foods in the Value-Added Meal Solutions Group, followed by the Commodity Purchasing Group. After completing his degree, he moved to Denver and worked as a consultant at Deloitte. With the continued growth of LGS, Taylor took the opportunity to come back to Tyson Foods in early 2018. When not working, he enjoys staying busy through any outdoor activity or sport.
Josh is the director of Tyson Foods Local Grain Services (LGS). He began his career with Tyson Foods in 2007 working in a variety of positions including capital buyer and financial analyst before joining the Commodity Purchasing Group (CPG) in 2012. He has worked as a soybean meal buyer, logistics manager and Eastern corn buyer during his time with CPG. The Elkins, Arkansas, native enjoys getting to work with farmers across the country, allowing him to establish long term relationship with suppliers and representing Tyson in local communities. When he is not at work, Josh enjoys Jeeping, golfing, hunting and fishing.
Tatum is an analyst on the LGS team. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in May 2019 with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in agricultural communications. Tatum grew up on a four generation family farming operation in Northern Illinois where her family still grows corn and soybeans, while running their grain elevator. She started at Tyson Foods as an intern in January 2018 before joining the team in January 2019. Outside of work, Tatum enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor adventures, and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
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.