Nick and Kati Ladenburger of Stratton were presented with the Nebraska Farm Bureau's 2011 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement award at the organization's convention in Kearney recently.
Those recognized by Farm Bureau are selected on the basis of performance in farm and ranch management, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles and service to the community and Farm Bureau.
The Ladenburgers are the third generation of their family to farm near Stratton in Hitchcock County. The couple raises 95 cow-calf pairs, owns 950 acres and rents another 700. The acreage is split between cropland and pasture. Their crops are dryland wheat and corn and irrigated corn.
Nick has an associate's degree from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis in applied science in agriculture production systems. Katie has a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from the University of Wyoming.
Nick farms with his father, Dan, and brother, Dustin, on 8,000 acres the family owns. They each have their own operation, but share equipment and labor. Nick trades labor for his use of machinery. Nick gets to use his father's machinery and has feed for his cattle in the winter, and in return his father receives year-round help. Nick is responsible for all of the crop spraying and fertilizing on all of the family's ground.
Katie keeps track of the farm's financial status.
They are both members of the Hitchcock County Farm Bureau. They also have served on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Nick is a Nebraska LEAD graduate. They attend St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratton.
They have three children: Haley, 4; Scot, 2-1/2; and Molly, 10 months.The Ladenburgers received a $500 cash prize, an I pad and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2012 American Farm Bureau convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, this month where they will be entered in the national competition.