Mike Jordan was recently inducted into the Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame during a special dinner ceremony in conjunction with the annual meeting activities of the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC) and Kansas Farmers Service Association (KFSA). Jordan is a past board member of Farmway Co-op, Inc. and currently serves on the advisory board of Central Valley Ag (CVA) cooperative.
“Mike Jordan is a well-rounded, knowledgeable individual passionate about the cooperative system. He is concerned about building for the future and recognizing the legacy of past supporters. During my long career with cooperatives, Mike has earned my respect and admiration as one of the finest board of directors that I have had the privilege of working with,” said Art Duerksen, SVP of Business Development for CVA.
Jordan’s contribution to the cooperative industry spans over 40 years. He believes strongly in the cooperative model and wants all to thrive. Jordan served on the Farmway board for 35 years, including 10 years as chairman. Jordan’s dedication has extended far beyond his service to his local cooperative. He has served on numerous committees for Farmland Industries, CHS, KCC, Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers (KAWG). Under his direction, KAWG worked extensively with legislators on Capitol Hill, developing opportunities for trade with Cuba. Jordan’s contributions are continuous. It’s his steady, passionate commitment that makes him a leader in the cooperative system.
“I am very humbled to be given such an honor as being inducted into the cooperative hall of fame,” said Jordan. “I care about cooperatives even when they aren’t my own and would like to see them all thrive.”
The Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame was formed in 1999 by the Kansas Cooperative Council to recognize cooperative pioneers who have been instrumental in developing and spreading the cooperative philosophy on the state, national or international levels. The inductees are nominated by cooperative members and the annual selection of new Hall of Fame members is based on recommendation by a committee of cooperative leaders from across Kansas with approval by the KCC Board of Directors.
All inductees are honored in a permanent display at the Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame exhibit, located in the Pride of Kansas Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. This exhibit plays a significant role in educating others about the uniqueness of the cooperative business model by highlighting the achievements of the state’s great co-op leaders and preserving the cooperative history.