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Electric Consumer Online > Monthly Issues > MARCH 2010 [cached]

Rodney Hager, a director of Orange County REMC, was chosen as the new president of the Indiana Statewide Association of RECs.
Rodney Hager has always been a man on a mission, taking the fast track to his various leadership roles. Back when he was 21 years old, he was the youngest township trustee elected in Orange County and served in that position for 12 years. Fast forward to this past December: Hager was chosen to lead the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives after less than seven years on its board. As its president, he’ll be guiding and helping set policy at the Indianapolis-based service association. Indiana Statewide provides government relations, training, communications assistance and more for the state’s 39 electric cooperatives. An Orange County cattle farmer and entrepreneur, Hager was first elected to the Orange County REMC board of directors in 2001, following in the footsteps of his father, Kenneth, who was an Orange County REMC director from 1970-84. Hager was appointed by his local co-op to the Indiana Statewide board in 2003. Three years later, Hager was elected to Indiana Statewide’s seven-member executive committee, representing southeastern Indiana. He became association secretary-treasurer in 2008 and assumed the vice president position in 2009. He officially took over presidential duties in January. Hager, 63, is no stranger to association leadership. Active in the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, he served on its board from 2000-07 and was its president in 2006. His experiences on the Beef Cattle Association and Indiana Statewide boards taught him that “It’s very important to build a relationship with the legislators.†He takes over the reins of Indiana Statewide during an economically challenging time with threats of astronomically high electric bills due to looming cap-and-trade legislation and EPA carbon regulations. Though times are tough, he’s not intimidated by the situation or his role in convincing legislators to listen to our positions and support our issues. “I just try to be truthful,†he said. “If you state your case, you usually get along with most people.†Hager has visited congressional offices in Washington, D.C., on several occasions, on behalf of both the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and the electric cooperatives. Guided by the old adage, “If you’re not at the table, then you are probably on the menu,†Hager is savvy about nurturing relationships with people who can make a difference. While hosting the first Indiana Beef Producers Field Day in 2006, Hager welcomed more than 300 cattle industry leaders, and national and state government officials, to his Orleans farm to talk about agriculture-related issues. That same year, he was one of six people to testify during a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the importance Farm Service Agency equipment assistance programs. Though he previously worked at the General Motors plant in Bedford, Hager’s roots are definitely in agriculture. He’s always farmed, he said. In 1968, at age 21, he bought his family’s homeplace. There, he raises 400 acres of row crops with the remaining 600 acres used for pasture and hay. He has a 150-cow commercial beef herd and typically has 250 total head of cattle on hand. Last summer, he was recognized for his outstanding work in agriculture and dedication to his community and professional organizations by being named an Indiana Master Farmer. His love of farming was instilled in him when he was a boy. “I picked corn by hand and was driving a team of horses by the age of 5,†he recalled. On Sundays, Hager serves as the shop’s meat cutter. Working seven days a week has always been the norm for Hager, who for several years was a single dad raising his three children, Steven, Marty, and Ronetta, now all adults. (He is also stepfather to Kathy’s daughter, Candace.) Hard work with no breaks was instilled in him during his days at GM. Hager believes in putting forth maximum effort in all his endeavors. He hasn’t missed an Indiana Statewide or Hoosier Energy annual meeting since he joined the local board. He’s also served as a delegate to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation annual meetings. One thing is certain as Hager begins his term as Indiana Statewide president: His administration will do everything necessary to continue the association’s dedication to Indiana’s electric cooperative members. During his Master Farmer acceptance speech, Hager quipped that he always looks ahead toward new challenges. “I’m kind of like an old fellow I went to church with,†Hager said. “He used to say, ‘I’ll never retire, I’ll work ’til the day I die.’ I keep trying to accomplish things. Just to sit down ... that’s not me.†Learning is something he looks forward to every day.

Indiana Beef Cattle Association | Indiana Beef Council | Beef, It's What's for Dinner! | Welcome [cached]

Rodney Hager, Orleans Past-President

Orange County REMC - Rodney Hager

Electric Consumer Online > Monthly Issues > FEB 2010 [cached]

Orange County REMC Director Rodney Hager was elected president of the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., during the association’s annual meeting Dec. 17.
Hager previously served as Indiana Statewide’s vice president and secretary-treasurer.

At its annual banquet, Johnson County hosted IBCA President Rodney Hager and IBCA staff member Dawn Davis to bring updates from the association and council.

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