Ricky Cochran, who recently retired from AgSouth Farm Credit in Madison, has been recognized as a Georgia Distinguished Cooperator by the Georgia Cooperative Council.
“I was greatly honored to receive this award,” said Cochran, who noted how special the award was to him because of his mentor also receiving the award. “I have known some of the people who have won this award previously, one of them being Alvin White who hired me back in 1981. I looked up to him. So winning the same award—I felt very distinguished to win the award. That means a lot to me.”
Cochran worked at AgSouth Farm Credit, a member-owned cooperative, for 37 years, retiring from the business this past February. Cochran said his career spent helping local farmers thrive.
“At our cooperative, we invest profits back into the local economy. We return our profits back to our farmers,” said Cochran. “I just tried to help the local farmers. Farming is hard and it was a privilege to serve the local farmers.”
Cochran was awarded the title along with three other 2018 recipients Wayne Livingston, Mark Camp, and Lamar Sexton.
According to the Georgia Cooperative Council, The Georgia Distinguished Cooperator Awards are given to “individuals who have had an impressive history of supporting cooperatives in Georgia and contributing to the success of their cooperative.”
“The Georgia Cooperative Council’s Distinguished Cooperator award recognizes and honors men and women for their outstanding achievement and service to the cooperative movement,” said a press release.
According to the council, recipients demonstrate “outstanding” experience in one or more fields of cooperative endeavors. AgSouth Farm Credit is one of nearly 50,000 cooperatives in the country.