We Are On A Mission
Meet Jim & Mark Kleinschmit, brothers raised on a farm in Nebraska. Their parents were early sustainable and regenerative family farmer leaders. Other Half Processing SBC helps carry forward the values and principles learned at home. The SBC stands for "Specific Benefit Corporation," with OHP's explicit mission "to create high value and high quality products in ways that are ethical and respectful to the animal, and support regenerative farmers, ranchers and agricultural systems.
Founder & CEO
After leaving the farm and graduating college, Jim's work and further studies took him to Russia, the Baltics and Seattle. But the pull of agriculture and being near home was strong, so in 2001, Jim moved back to Minnesota. He spent most of the next two decades focused on US and international farm and climate policy, rural development, regen ag, and value-added markets, first at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), and later as an independent consultant.
In 2016, Jim co-founded (and continues to help lead) Regeneration Farms, home of Tree-Range® chicken. At the same time, he saw the need for traceable, regenerative byproducts, and began work in this area, launching OHP officially in 2018.
Co-Founder & COO/CFO
Mark followed a different route from the farm, acquiring a Ph.D. in Physics before joining a Fortune 500 company. In 14 years, he worked in a range of roles including Marketing Director, Business Development Director, operations and Product Development, picking up an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management along the way.
Mark informally advised Jim in early company development, and then jumped in as a co-founder when Other Half Processing was officially established.