Representatives from chapters across the state gathered in Columbus this weekend for the Nebraska State Grange convention.
At the Saturday evening banquet, the Grange recognized the state’s law enforcement community collectively with the Distinguished Service award. Nebraska Grange President Kevin Cooksley of Broken Bow says as officers are under the microscope even more these days, it’s important to recognized the brave men and women behind the badge who should be commended for the lives they protect and save every day. He says not only are they officers of the law, but they also spend countless hours supporting officers’ spouses and families and raising money for numerous charities.
On hand to accept the Distinguished Service Award were Sgt. Trinity Jones of the Nebraska State Patrol – Columbus Troop representing the State Troopers Association of Nebraska, and also Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Jim McGuire representing the Fraternal Order of Police – Nebraska. There are over 400 Troopers that are a member of STAN in Nebraska, and about 50 lodges and 28-hundred FOP members in the state.
Grange members also discussed resolutions during the policy sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Topics ranged from mega-mergers and foreign ownership of domestic agricultural companies, access to repair information of modern farm equipment, and also transparency of federal checkoff organizations.