Richard Hahn, retired president and CEO of Farmers National Company, and Terry Klopfenstein, a professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, were named Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honorees at a April 1 banquet in Lincoln.
Hahn retired from Farmers National Company in 2005 and maintains his real estate license with the company. He began his career serving agriculture and agribusiness with MetLife. He joined Farmers National Company in Omaha in 1986 when MetLife purchased the company. In 1987 he became president and CEO.
Hahn and his wife, Pat, reside in Omaha. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Klopfenstein, who calls his position his dream job, held only one position since graduating from Ohio State University—ruminant nutrition researcher and teacher at UNL. His findings help the bottom line of cattle feeding operations across the state and nation. He is a pioneer in feeding corn coproducts from the ethanol and sweetener industries, saving Nebraska cattle producers and feeders more than $100 million annually. His research also has affected decisions to build and expand ethanol plants in Nebraska and the Midwest.
He has advised more than 160 master's degree and doctorate degree students, many of whom now hold positions at major universities, agribusinesses, consulting firms and government agencies.
Klopfenstein and his wife, Nancy, reside near Lincoln.