Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2015)–At its annual meeting in San Diego, CA, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) announced that Randy Mooney, chairman of Dairy Farmers of America, had been selected as the 2015 Farmer Co-op Director of the Year.
Mooney has served on the DFA board for 15 years and before the formation of DFA served on the Mid America Dairymen board for 10 years. A co-op member of long standing, he has been a champion of cooperatives and has displayed outstanding leadership of both DFA and the dairy sector more generally. Mooney and his wife Jan milk 300 cows on a rotational grazing operation in Rogersville, Missouri, and he also serves on the board of Dairy Management Inc., the Innovation Center for US Dairy, Hilland Dairy, the Missouri State Milk Board and the Nationwide Board Advisory Council.
“Randy is someone who is respected widely across the farmer co-op community and this award is recognition of that fact. On behalf of NCFC and our members, I would like to congratulate him on his achievement,” said NCFC President and CEO Chuck Conner. “Randy’s achievements in the past year stretch far beyond the DFA boardroom or even the farmer co-op community. His tireless dedication, patience and seemingly unending hard work were instrumental in securing meaningful dairy program reform in the farm bill signed into law last year.”
The Farmer Cooperative Director of the Year Award was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of a farmer cooperative director who takes the lead to help their board of directors make decisions vital to their cooperative. To further recognize the winners, the NCFC Education Foundation will also make a contribution to a scholarship fund at the land grant college or university of Mooney’s choosing.