In 2015, the Council and UNL leaders reached agreement to establish a full-time faculty position with an emphasis on cooperatives. Dr. Greg McKee, formerly at North Dakota State University, has been selected to fill this position.
With the hiring of Dr. McKee, the “Role of Cooperatives in Agriculture” class (first offered in the fall of 2014) at UNL has expanded from a one-credit hour course into a three-credit hour course which is now called “Cooperatives” (#AECN474).
Two other segments that Dr. McKee will be working on are a Cooperative Study/Tour and an Internship program.
The Cooperative Study/Tour will allow students to travel to cooperatives and learn more about the cooperative business model. It is envisioned that the students would travel as a group to both local and regional cooperatives during the tour.
The Internship Program will allow students to earn college credit while interning in a cooperative. This will allow students to further their understanding of the importance of cooperatives to our state.