Two new directors have been appointed to the Nebraska Corn Board and one current director was reappointed.
David Nielsen of Lincoln and Tim Scheer of St. Paul were appointed to the Corn Board. Nielsen, who raises corn, soybeans wheat and hay on 1,750 acres, will represent District 1 in eastern Nebraska.
Scheer, who raises corn, finishes hogs and runs a cow-calf operation, represents District 5 in north central Nebraska.
Reappointed to the board was Bob Dickey of Laurel, who represents District 4 in northeast Nebraska. All three directors were appointed to serve three-year terms.
"Nebraska needs to maintain a strong agricultural economy and checkoff dollars are a great investment in our state," Nielsen says. "With the development of the ethanol industry in Nebraska, along with our strong livestock industry and geographic location, Nebraska is positioned well to excel in this new era of food, fiber and fuel products."
Nielsen says that cooperation between the various commodity and livestock groups in the state is essential. "We are all interdependent on each other - from the cow-calf producers in the Sandhills, to our dairy, swine and poultry producers, to our large and small grain operations, and our feedlot operators - we all must work together to further strengthen Nebraska."
Scheer says the Nebraska Corn Board must keep looking ahead and anticipating future opportunities and challenges. "It's important that we keep the ball rolling on ethanol and other value-added products.
"I think I bring a good livestock perspective to the board," Scheer says. "It's a great opportunity to serve and a great opportunity to learn."
Dickey owns and operates a diversified grain and livestock operation, including corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle. He has been a member of the Nebraska Corn Board for more than 15 years and has served as board secretary, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.
Dickey was recently elected first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association, which puts him in line to become president of the organization in 2008.