Nebraska Co-op Employees go Above and Beyond to Help a Fellow Employee


At VistaComm we serve a lot of clients who work and live in rural America. In helping our agribusiness clients market and communicate with their customers we come across all kinds of amazing stories of how these cooperatives and ag retailers are helping people in their communities. We recently published Farmers Ranchers Cooperative’s newsletter which contained one of those great stories about how co-op employees came together to help a fellow co-worker in his greatest time of need, and we had to share.

Read the exerpt below, or view the full newsletter by clicking here.

Band of Brother and Sisters

by Justin Nelson, Agronomy Division Manager

Sometimes you’re just darn proud of the people you work with—and the lengths they’ll go to help their communities and co-workers. We had an occasion to test that premise recently when one of our own in the Agronomy Division was faced with a family medical emergency. The employee’s son, while attending a camp in Lexington, was airlifted to an Omaha hospital where he spent two weeks, some of it in a medically induced coma, after a near drowning.

Knowing that their co-worker had enough to worry about, the rest of the team banded together. They switched shifts around and took over running his equipment while he was gone, making sure our customers’ needs were met during a busy season. Then they went one step further: donating their own vacation time so this dad could be with his son and not lose pay for the two weeks he was gone.

We’re very pleased to tell you that our employee’s son is back home and doing well—expected to make a full recovery. I’m also appreciative of our team at the Agronomy Center—some of whom also serve as volunteer firefighters and EMTs. We think they’re a pretty great group of people!