Board/Committees/Staff

Board of Directors: [as of 11.20.15]

David Briggs, Manager – Westco, Alliance [Bd Chair]

Dean Thernes, Manager – Farmers Pride, Battle Creek [Vice Chair]

Bruce Favinger, Director – Cooperative Producers Inc, Hastings [Secretary]

Dave Beckman, Director – Central Valley Ag Co-op, York

Mike Hechtner, Central Region President – CoBank, Omaha

John Oehlerking, Director – Midwest Farmers Co-op, Elmwood

Doug Ohlson, Manager – Frenchman Valley Farmers Co-op, Imperial

Randy Robeson, Manager – Frontier Cooperative Company, Brainard

Tim Rowe, Director – Country Partners Co-op, Gothenburg

Staff

The office staff is composed of 4 full-time employees:

Rocky Weber – President & General Counsel

Ed Woeppel – Education & Program Director

Glenda Gaston – Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

Deb Mazour – Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Legislative Advisory Committee

The LAC evaluates, formulates, and submits recommendations to the Council’s Board of Directors concerning legislation which it deems appropriate. This committees consists of 9 voting members and is currently comprised of the following individuals:

[as of 1.1.15]

Robert Andersen, Council President [Co-chair]

Dean Thernes, Manager – Farmers Pride, Battle Creek [Co-chair]

Dave Beckman, Director – Central Valley Ag Co-op, York

Evan Brandes, Director – Aurora Co-op Elevator Co.

Matt Caswell, VP of Member/Corp Relations & Gov’t Affairs – AGP

Jamey Nygren, Dir of Legis Affairs – Farm Credit Services of America

John Oehlerking, Director – Midwest Farmers Co-op, Elmwood

Randy Robeson, Manager – Frontier Cooperative Company, Brainard

Ron Rutten, Manager – Country Partners Co-op, Spalding

David Briggs, Manager – WESTCO, Alliance [ex-officio]

Political Action Committee

This committee consists of 9 members, each serving a 2-year term, as follows:

[as of 1.1.16]

Dean Thernes, President – Farmers Pride, Battle Creek [Chair]

Britt Anderson, Director – All Points Co-op, Gothenburg

Tom Hansen, Director – Ag Valley Co-op, Edison

Mary Kay Lyon, Director – CHS Agri Service Center, Holdrege

Doug Ohlson, Manager – Frenchman Valley Farmers Co-op N/S, Imperial

Bill Schuster, Director – Aurora Co-op Elevator Co

Kent Taylor, President/CEO – Farmers/Ranchers Co-op Assn, Ainsworth

Ron Velder, President – Farmers Cooperative, Dorchester

David Briggs, President – WESTCO, Alliance [ex-officio]

Hall of Fame Committee

This committee consists of 5 members, each serving a 3-year term, as follows:

[as of 1.1.16]

Daryl Erickson, Greenwood [Chair]

Don Wiseman, Fairbury [Vice Chair]

Jerrell Dolesh, Tilden

Ed Foster, Gothenburg

Doug Nuttelman, Stromsburg

David Briggs, Manager – WESTCO, Alliance [ex-officio]

Robert Andersen, President – NCC, Lincoln [ex-officio]

Excellence in Cooperative Education Committee

The ECEC researches, discusses and recommends educational activities it determines to be favorable to the enhancement of the entire farmer cooperative community. It also oversees the Fund For Excellence. This committee consists of 10 members and is currently composed of the following individuals:

[as of 1.1.16]

Ed Woeppel, Council Education & Program Director

Bruce Favinger, Director – Cooperative Producers Inc, Hastings [Chair]

Dale Anderson, Manager – Farmers Co-op Elevator Co., Hemingford

Don Anthony, Director – CHS Inc

Carl Dickinson, President – Central Valley Ag Co-op, York

Jay Geu, Director – Frenchman Valley Farmers Co-op, Imperial

Tom Houser, Vice President – CoBank

Mike Nohavec, Director – Farmers Cooperative, Dorchester

Dale Piper, Manager – Midwest Farmers Co-op, Elmwood

Tim Rowe, Director – All Points Co-op, Gothenburg

Dr. Larry Van Tassell – University of Nebraska-Lincoln [ex-officio]

David Briggs, Manager – WESTCO, Alliance [ex-officio]