KEARNEY, NE–The 71st Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Cooperative Council is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney. One of the highlights of this year’s meeting will be the induction ceremonies for a new inductee into the Nebraska Cooperative Council Cooperative Hall of Fame.
The Council’s Board of Directors implemented the NCC Cooperative Hall of Fame in 1999 as a way to recognize individuals who have been unwavering in their support of the cooperative system in Nebraska. It is the Council’s intent that this prestigious award be reserved for only those who are held in the highest esteem by their peers.
The specific goal of the Cooperative Hall of Fame is to recognize those cooperative leaders whose leadership:
✧ Was instrumental in the growth and service of their respective cooperative.
✧ Fostered and promoted unity and a common approach to agricultural cooperatives.
✧ Improved and promoted a better understanding of the principles and practices of agricultural cooperatives.
✧ Was instrumental in the defense, protection, and enhancement of the agricultural cooperative movement.
On November 17th, the Council will induct retired long-term Council President Bob Andersen into the Nebraska Cooperative Council Cooperative Hall of Fame:
Anderson began his career in cooperatives in 1974 after two years of service in the U.S. Navy and a short stint in the Farmers Home Administration. In Bob’s early years as Executive Secretary of the Council, membership was a concern. Membership grew over 32% from 1973 to 1976 which strengthened the Council considerably.
With a well-respected organization in place, the Council continued on an upward trajectory under Anderson’s lead-ership. In the late 70’s the Director Certification Program was added along with a multi-state education agreement with Iowa and CoBank. The 80’s saw significant legislative involvement with ag input liens, “double jeopardy”, and crude oil overcharge refunds being important issues.
In the 90’s the Council implemented a scholarship program and the Hall of Fame. In the 2000’s the Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation was formed and organized fly-ins to Washington, DC began.
In addition to the outstanding leadership that Bob provided for cooperatives, he also served on the boards of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council (LEAD), the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, Ag Builders of Nebraska, Ag 40, the Lower Platte South NRD, and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
Bob’s 42 years of cooperative leadership advanced and protected the farmer owned cooperative system and the interests of its 55,000 Nebraska farmers and ranchers.