Konnie Frederick Receives Bob Steffen Pioneer Award

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Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext.1007.


Lyons, NE - During the Center for Rural Affairs’ MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success conference held last week in Kearney, Konnie Frederick was honored for her efforts, integrity, and leadership. Konnie received the Center for Rural Affairs’ Bob Steffen Pioneer award.

Konnie owns and operates a farm two miles directly north of Randolph, Nebraska. She first became connected with the Center for Rural Affairs in 2003 after completing “Tilling the Soils of Opportunity”, an entrepreneurial business training course. Konnie developed a business plan and obtained a livestock loan for Boer goats through a Heifer Project International pilot program in 2004.

Now managing partner of Frederick Boer Goats, Konnie has increased her herd to more than 80 nannies and is in the process of purchasing 100 head or more. She is also a founding member of Many Rivers Producer Cooperative, an association of goat and sheep producers in Nebraska. With technical assistance from the Center and others, the cooperative received both state and federal value added grants to examine the possibility of putting up a processing facility in Nebraska. According to Michael Holton, Director of the Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program for the Center for Rural Affairs, “Konnie characterizes why the award is given, not only did she gain from the information gathered for the Center, she is passing the knowledge on to others. She is spreading the message.”

"I've learned a lot through this process and it's now a pleasure to pass that information on to others," Frederick commented.

Konnie has helped dozens of prospective Boer goat owners with advice on the business and husbandry of goats. Her spirit of care for animals, as well as for fellow farmers, is an example of the stewardship Bob Steffen expected of himself and other responsible farmers.

Bob Steffen was a pioneer in sustainable agriculture and organic farming. He also helped launch the Center for Rural Affairs.

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