Saturday, October 16, 2010

Nice House - No Barn

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"The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through."
Alexis de Tocqueville 1805 - 59


  1. John, This is shocking! This fella should be brought up on charges. I won't mince words but he stole money from member producers.

    It a glaring example of what's wrong with cooperatives - there's no goverance or oversight. And I think we all realize that's it's just not Dairylea.

    So how in God's name can we fix these out of control cooperatives?

    Ande mess

  2. From 2006.............


    Clyde Rutherford of Dairylea Wins NCFC Director of the Year Award

    Washington, DC – The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has awarded its prestigious Director of the Year award Clyde E. Rutherford, chairman of NCFC member Dairylea Cooperative Inc.

    Rutherford, who has been a member of Dairylea for over 40 years and chairman since 1978, operates a mediumsized dairy farm in Otego, New York.

    “Clyde has provided strong and able leadership to Dairylea over the last 25 plus years, and has helped to ensure that his cooperative is well positioned to compete effectively in a changing marketplace,” said Jean-Mari Peltier, president and CEO of NCFC. “He is truly dedicated to the principles of farmer-ownership and I congratulate him on being named Director of the 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.

    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.

    The awards were presented on Friday, January 20 at NCFC’s 77th Annual Meeting at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

  3. simple, Quit feeding the beast. Every month that you ship milk to these co-ops or one of the 'marketing' agencies controlled by them you are knocked for dues, equity, marketing fees, and surcharges. This is where they get thier power from. Take away the income and they lose the power to control the industry. Money = power, power =control which results in corruption. DWCovert

  4. I completely agree with DWCovert!

    What options are out there? Who should we be signing up with?

    Should we be trying to establish completely NEW cooperatives that are more transparent, accountable and better represent the needs of dairy producers? Or am I an idiot for even asking such a queation?