The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) announced today that the organization’s president and CEO, Jean-Mari Peltier, had tendered her resignation, effective August 31, 2008. Peltier, who has been at NCFC for four and a half years, is leaving to lead the newly-formed National Grape and Wine Initiative (NGWI) in her home state of California.
“Jean-Mari has revitalized NCFC during her term as president, and leaves behind a healthier and more vibrant organization than she inherited,” said NCFC Chairman Bill Davisson. “On behalf of the members of the Council, I would like to thank Jean-Mari for her hard work on behalf of America’s farmer-owned cooperatives, and I wish her well in her new endeavors.”
During her tenure, Peltier refocused the organization, expanding NCFC’s policy agenda to include a broader range of issues affecting cooperatives and their producer members. Under her leadership, NCFC refined its strategic vision to represent the policy and business interests of members, reflecting the changing farmer cooperative business structures and practices in a rapidly changing global marketplace.
“I feel honored to have been able to work for an outstanding organization and a wonderful membership for the past five years,” said Peltier. “While I look forward to returning to California and getting NGWI up and running, I will truly miss the hard working and exceptional staff at NCFC, as well as the supportive and engaged members of the Council.”
The NCFC board has begun the process of selecting the next chief executive of the organization; NCFC Chairman Davisson has named a special committee of the Executive Council to work on the search, and will be engaging an outside executive search firm to assist in the vetting process.
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for over 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.
Additional information about NCFC can be found at http://www.ncfc.org.