KAAPA Coop Nebraska’s Producer-Owned Ag Development Group
The Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance, aka KAAPA, is a farmer-owned cooperative established in 1996. Currently the alliance includes over 400 dedicated members.
The idea to create KAAPA derived from the Kearney community’s effort to secure a potato chip processing facility. Competition for the plant was fierce and it eventually was developed in a neighboring county. The process of soliciting such a facility to Buffalo County brought to light the need for a group of local individuals with agricultural backgrounds to advocate for this area.
In 1995, a Board of Directors (BOD) was organized and the name, Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance (KAAPA) was chosen. In 1996, KAAPA formally became a cooperative. A membership drive and projects began in February. The BOD was excited and determined to grow central Nebraska by pursuing value-added agriculture projects.
To seek and acquire opportunities which can increase member profits and net worth while promoting agriculture. This will be accomplished by its members producing for, or investing in, value-added agriculture projects.
KAAPA pursues its mission in a variety of ways:
- BOD and staff are presented with and research a wide variety of value-added agricultural projects each year.
- BOD and staff do their due diligence as they approach each project. This has led KAAPA to become a more professional, informed and effective agriculture development alliance.
- BOD and staff diligently monitor the agriculture industry to be in the forefront and anticipate changes which indicate opportunities.
- BOD and staff continue to evaluate the needs of its members by identifying plausible projects to meet these needs.
- BOD and staff have developed strong, reliable relationships with government agencies, local & state service organizations, Nebraska legislators and agriculture advocates.