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Kevin Edberg

Kevin Edberg has worked with cooperatives in multiple sectors for over 20 years.  In the 1990s, he saw the expansion of farmer-owned ethanol co-ops to add value to corn, and created new programs at the MN Dept. of Agriculture to add value to other agricultural commodities.  After coming to Cooperative Development Services as Executive Director in 2000, he and CDS colleagues developed approaches that have resulted in the success of over 100 new consumer-owned grocery co-ops nationwide.  He is currently working with new applications of the co-op model to address issues of rural community vitality and employee ownership.  Kevin has a passion for governance, with 29 years of elected local government experience. He holds BS degrees from the University of Minnesota in agricultural economics, horticulture and secondary science education, and graduate work in plant breeding and plant physiology.

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