NFU president receives Service to Ag Award
Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen was presented with the Nebraska Rural Radio Association’s prestigious Service to Agriculture Award at the NRRA’s annual meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Lexington.
The Service to Agriculture Award has been presented to 34 recipients since it was first presented in 1987 to former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter. The NRRA’s board of directors nominate and then select a recipient to be honored for significant contributions to rural Nebraskans. Hansen said he is humbled to receive the NRRA’s Service to Agriculture Award and appreciative of it. Hansen comes from a diversified grain and livestock farm near Newman Grove, Neb. When elected president of Nebraska Farmers Union in 1990, Hansen discontinued his farming operation and moved his family to Lincoln, Neb. Born in 1951, and raised on his family’s farm, Hansen attended a one-room country school without running water for grades K-8 and from grades 9-12 attended Newman Grove High. He was a FFA State Farmer and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for three years in teachers college until his grandparents sold him the Hansen home farm in 1972. At the state level, Hansen serves as secretary for the Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation and the Nebraska Farmers Union political action committee, NEBFARMPAC, and manager of the Nebraska Farmers Union Enterprises. In the 105-year-old Nebraska Farmers Union history at 29 years, John is the organizations longest serving president. At the national level, Hansen serves as a member of the National Farmers Union Budget and Audit, Legislative Committee, and Regenerative Agriculture and Local Foods Committees. He chairs the NFU Meritorious Service Committee, and is a board member of the NFU Service Association. Hansen is the longest serving current National Farmers Union board member, and within one year of the longest serving board member ever.
Coloradans among winners of young horse development scholarships
Since January, some American Quarter Horse Youth Association members have recorded their progress training a yearling bred by a Zoetis American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Breeder. Recently, four AQHYA members were named scholarship winners for the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. Earning first place, a $2,000 scholarship and an Awards Recognition Concepts belt buckle was Lydia Loken of Gunnison, Colo. Loken’s Ranching Heritage-bred horse was Jessies Dry Hankie, a 2017 buckskin gelding by Docs Dry Hankie and out of Jessies Vibrant Bay by Pal Jessies Okie. Jessies Dry Hankie was bred and donated by Scott West, West Brothers Inc. of Arvada, Colo. Second place was awarded to Lauren Weaber of Eaton, Colo. She receives $1,500 and a pair of Justin Boots. Weaber worked with Justa Bita Ivy, a 2017 sorrel filly by Rickys Hickory and out of Justa Bita Blue by Lotta Advantage. Justa Bita Ivy was bred and donated by Kyle and Pam Simianer, Broken Box Quarter Horses from Osage, Wyo. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.aqha.com/yhd.
Nebraska Cattlemen announce YCC class of 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Cattlemen announced the 2019 class of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. YCC nominees were accepted from throughout the state and selected by committee to participate in the two-year leadership program. The Class of 2019 includes: Quentin Dailey, Lexington; Tony Elting, Hebron; Marc Hanson, Fairbury; Kat Kennedy, Purdum; Clayton Krause, Hemingford; Dane Miller, Wisner; Grant Potadle, Herman; Misty Stauffer, Ashland; Brock Terrell, Hay Springs; and Janessa Updike, St. Paul. The goal of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference is to expose young and emerging leaders to a variety of areas of the beef industry and provide them with necessary leadership tools. During the two-year program, YCC members are provided training on professional communication, given the opportunity to tour multiple Nebraska-based agriculture production facilities and learn to navigate state agencies and legislative processes. ❖