The Nebraska Corn Board presented awards to five Nebraskans during its Cooperator and Awards Dinner in Lincoln this spring.
"It is undeniable that these individuals have had a profound impact on the corn industry, their own community and the state in general," says Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board. "Nebraska's strength in agriculture is built on the strength of people who have the vision to grow their own businesses. Each of these individuals have added value to Nebraska's corn, or helped communicate the importance of corn producers and what they grow."
The awards and recipients:
- The Elevator Industry Appreciation Award was given to Bruning Grain and Feed. Darreld and Tina Domeier accepted the award. Bruning Grain and Feed is an independent elevator owned by local farmers and stockholder.
- The Livestock Industry Appreciation Award was given to Harry Knobbe of West Point. This award honors Knobbe for his recognition of the value of corn and corn co-products, the corn checkoff investment towards livestock programs, and consumer education of the importance of the livestock industry to the state.
- The Ethanol Industry Appreciation Award was given to Loran Schmit, executive director of the Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers, for his commitment and support of Nebraska agriculture through his work developing the ethanol industry in the state.
- The Media Appreciation Award was presented to Lori Potter of the Kearney Daily Hub newspaper, for her dedication to the corn industry and helping to tell agriculture's story.
- The Ag Achievement Award annually honors someone who has supported and expanded Nebraska agriculture. The award was given to Keith Heuermann of Phillips, for his vision, commitment and deep understanding of the value of agriculture and the corn checkoff to the state of Nebraska.