President, Bushel Boy Farms
Chuck Tryon’s roots in the food and agriculture industry run deep. Inspired by his father’s career in the grocery business and his overall love of food, Tryon earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus on international commerce and agriculture trade, followed by an MBA in marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business. He spent two decades at food giants Pillsbury and General Mills, where he harnessed his passion for sustainability and premium-branded specialty vegetables. Tryon has also held leadership positions with Ecolab, Blencor, and WEPA, where he led numerous initiatives related to business strategy, commercial operations, market expansion, global supply chain, customer acquisition, sustainable agriculture, and food safety.
Tryon joined the Bushel Boy Farm’s team in 2020, applying his 30 years of experience in branded premium vegetables, agriculture, and food safety to help the brand meet its significant growth initiatives and navigate an increasingly competitive industry. In his role, Tryon spearheaded initiatives related to company culture, community involvement, and product innovation.
When he’s not at Bushel Boy Farm’s Owatonna or Mason City operations, he is either spending time with his wife, two adult children, and two young grandchildren, or indulging his love of food by trying out a new recipe or local restaurant. Tryon also makes time for leadership roles in key industry groups focused on sustainable agriculture and serves as a mentor for the Minnesota Cup.