North Dakota Farmer Named Farmer Co-op Director of the Year


Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2013)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has awarded its prestigious Director of the Year award to Everett Dobrinski, chairman of the board of CoBank, a co-op member of NCFC.

Dobrinski has served on the CoBank board for 14 years, joining through the merger of CoBank with the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives in 1999, and has been chairman since 2008. With his wife Peggy, Dobrinski owns and operates a cereal grain and oilseed farm in Makoti, North Dakota. In addition to serving on the CoBank board, he is also a member of CHS Inc., the nation’s largest agribusiness co-op, as well as several local farm marketing and supply cooperatives. In addition, he formerly served as the longtime chairman of the board for his local rural electric cooperative and is a member of a cooperatively organized communications service provider.

“Everett 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. “During his tenure on the CoBank board, Everett has shown the good business judgment and leadership necessary to help lead what is now a $90 billion cooperative bank and the single biggest institution in the Farm Credit System. The past two years have been an apt illustration of this, as Everett has been an integral part of leading CoBank through the process of merging with U.S. AgBank.”

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. 

Farmer Cooperative Director of the Year nominees were examined by a panel of judges representing the NCFC members and outside experts.  In selecting the winners, judges looked at four broad criteria: how well the nominee understands his cooperative; the ability to provide leadership and be a team player; the possession of good business judgment; and the ability to communicate effectively.

To honor award winners, the NCFC Foundation provides a $5,000 donation to the scholarship fund of a land grant university chosen by the winner. Dobrinski has asked that his donation be directed to the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University.

The award was presented on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at NCFC’s 84th Annual Meeting, which was held at the Westin Kierland Hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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