At the Nebraska Farm Bureau's 102nd annual convention, several awards and honors were announced.
Tyler and Alysha Ramsey of Adams County Farm Bureau were honored as Nebraska Farm Bureau's 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award winners.
Randy and BrenDee Reinke of Neligh were named the recipients of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Douglas County Farm Bureau member Brady Revels of Omaha was named the winner of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition.
All three award recipients will receive $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual convention in Austin, Texas, to compete at the national level.
The Farm Bureau also named members of its 2020 Leadership Academy Class.
The 2020 members are Kelsey Scheer of Howard County Farm Bureau; Michael Nelson of Chase County Farm Bureau; Joseph Melnick of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau; Daniel Hasart of Cherry County Farm Bureau; Natasha Schumacher of Box Butte County Farm Bureau; Jeffery Schuerman of Boyd County Farm Bureau; Brett Santin of Merrick County Farm Bureau; Austen Sis of Red Willow County Farm Bureau; and Josh England of Hall County Farm Bureau.
Soybean Board names officers, committee members
At the Nebraska Soybean Board's first meeting for fiscal 2020 in November, the following officers were elected to serve a one-year term: Eugene Goering of Columbus, chairman; Doug Saathoff of Trumbull; vice chairman; Anne Meis of Elgin; secretary; and Daryl Obermeyer of Brownville, treasurer.
Committee chairmen and members also were appointed. Richard Bartek was appointed Research Committee chairman; Eugene Goering, Clay Govier and Nathan Dorn were appointed committee members.
Greg Anderson was appointed chairman of the Domestic Marketing Committee; Richard Bartek, Eugene Goering, Jason Penke and Doug Saathoff were appointed committee members.
Nathan Dorn was appointed chairman of the International Marketing Committee; Daryl Obermeyer, Anne Meis and Clay Govier were appointed committee members.
Jason Penke was appointed chairman of the Education and Communication Committee; Anne Meis, Daryl Obermeyer, Greg Anderson and Doug Saathoff were appointed committee members.
IANR faculty, staff honored for work, leadership
Faculty and staff from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were honored at an awards luncheon in December.
Receiving the Outstanding Employee Award were Michael Bergland-Riese, communications specialist, Nebraska Extension; Steven Burkey, electronic media engineer, IANR Media; Thomas McGargill, research technician, Department of Animal Science; and Kaylene Sorensen, administrative associate, Department of Agricultural Economics. Each received $750, a certificate and a lapel pin.
Receiving the Exemplary Service Award were Rex Nielsen, research technologist, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; and Rebecca Vogt, survey research manager, Department of Agricultural Economics. Each received $1,000 and a plaque.
Sarah Plautz, research manager, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, received the Omtvedt Servant Leader Award, which includes $1,000 and a plaque.
Rebecca Wachs, assistant professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, received the Dinsdale Family Faculty Award, receiving a plaque and $2,000.
Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, associate professor, Extension nutrition specialist, Department of Agricultural Economics, received the Omtvedt Innovation Award for Extension. Dirac Twidwell, associate professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, received the Omtvedt Innovation Award for Teaching.
Samodha Fernando, Department of Animal Sciences, received the Omtvedt Innovation Award for Research. The NUTrack Livestock Monitoring Team, including Ty Schmidt, Benny Mote and Eric Psota, received the Omtvedt Innovation Award for Team.
Individual recipients of the Omtvedt Innovation Award received $2,500 and a plaque. Team recipients received $5,000 per team, and each team member received a plaque.