Joe Steffen, agriculture education instructor and FFA Chapter Advisor at Newark High School, was presented with the 2016 Illinois Cooperative Council’s Outstanding Cooperative Educator Award during the Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates Youth Conference held in East Peoria on Tuesday, April 4, 2016.
Renee Deuth, vice-chair of the Illinois Cooperative Council and membership and program manager for the Illinois Farm Bureau, who presented Steffen with the award, said, "Mr. Steffen is an outstanding educator who teaches the cooperative principles and cooperative way of doing business to his students year after year. His students are very fortunate to have him as their teacher and advisor." Read more »
The Newark FFA Chapter consistently receives high honors from the Farm Bureau and Affiliates Cooperative program. Steffen’s chapter has a strong understanding of the cooperative principles and demonstrates them well though their project. Mr. Steffen instils the cooperative principles in his students and their cooperative program, an ag test plot.
Deuth praised Steffen for being highly respected by his peers and always willing to jump in and lend a hand.
For more than 30 years the Illinois Cooperative Council has promoted a positive climate for cooperatives and helped educate the public about the value and importance of cooperatives in their everyday lives. The council has publicized the wide range of essential goods and services cooperatives offer and the differences between cooperative and corporate business models.
Each year the council presents awards in four leadership categories: Director, Manager/CEO, Educator and Friend.
For more information about cooperatives or the Illinois Cooperative Council, contact Beth Bolger, Illinois Cooperative Council chair at email@example.com