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KEARNEY, NEB.- Ten farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2020 Leadership Academy. They will begin a year-long program starting Jan. 23-24 in Kearney.

“The goal of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy is to cultivate the talents and strengths of our members and connect their passion for agriculture to opportunities of service within the Farm Bureau organization. Great leaders have a clearly defined purpose; purpose fuels passion and work ethic. By developing leadership skills, academy members can develop their passions and positively impact their local communities and the state of Nebraska.” said Phil Erdman, facilitator of the 2020 Leadership Academy.

Erdman works with Audrey Schipporeit, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s director of generational engagement to help facilitate the program. Erdman also serves as the vice president of membership for Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“We congratulate this group of diverse individuals and thank them for their willingness to step out of their comfort zone to learn more about how they can influence their community, state, and world for the better,” said Schipporeit.

Academy members will participate in sessions focused on leadership development, understanding the county, state, and national structure of Farm Bureau and its grassroots network, policy work on agriculture issues, and the importance of agricultural literacy. The group will also travel to the Capitols in Lincoln and Washington, D.C. to visit with elected officials and agency representatives.

The 2020 Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy members are:

Kelsey Scheer, a member of Howard County Farm Bureau, lives in Saint Paul. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Economics. Kelsey is in feed sales for an ag cooperative. She also works with her family’s cow/calf operation.

Connie Brott, a member of Hayes County Farm Bureau, lives in Hayes Center. Her family farms and raises cattle and owns a custom harvest business.

Michael Nelson is a member of Chase County Farm Bureau, and lives in Enders. He is the owner and operator of a seed business and provides seed treatments for soybeans and wheat. Michael also farms dry land crops and raises cattle.

Joseph Melnick, a member of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau, lives in Hastings. He grew up on a family farm and is operations director for a custom cover crop company. Joseph is also an Army veteran.

Daniel Hasart, a member of Cherry County Farm Bureau, lives in Wood Lake. He works full time on the family farm and cattle feeding operation. He currently manages the day-to-day operations of their cow/calf business.

Natasha Schumacher, a member of Box Butte County Farm Bureau, lives in Hemingford. She is a mom of three and married to a fifth-generation farmer. The family farms dry edible beans, wheat, and corn, and operates a cow/calf herd.

Jeffery Schuerman, a member of Boyd County Farm Bureau, lives in Butte. Jeff served three years in the Marines before becoming involved in farming and ranching with a cow/calf operation. He is also a self-employed truck driver.

Brett Santin is a member of Merrick County Farm Bureau, and lives in Palmer. He grew up on family farm and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management before returning to his family farm where he helps manage their cow/calf herd.

Austen Sis, a member of Red Willow County Farm Bureau, lives in McCook. He grew up on a family farm which he returned to after college. They raise irrigated food grade crops in Southwest Nebraska.

Josh England, a member of Hall County Farm Bureau, lives in Doniphan. He grew up on a family farm which he returned to after college graduation to farm with his father and uncle. They raise corn and soybeans.

KEARNEY, NEB. – Randy and BrenDee Reinke of Neligh were named the recipients of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award. The award was given Dec. 10, at the “We Love our Members” luncheon during Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Convention in Kearney, Neb.

The Reinkes, of Antelope County Farm Bureau, were recognized for their ongoing involvement and commitment to agriculture. Candidates for the award are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic, service, and community organizations.

Randy is the third generation involved in the family owned agriculture implement dealership and has two associate degrees, one in Agriculture Diesel Technology and the other in Truck Diesel Technology. BrenDee grew up on her family’s farm and is currently a CPA with a master’s degree in Business Administration. Together the couple have a first-generation farm operation raising alfalfa, grass hay, and other various rotating crops.

As active Antelope County Farm Bureau members, the couple have developed events in their region to attract new Farm Bureau members. They also promote agriculture in their community by holding an “Ag Olympics” at the Antelope County Fair, distributing place mats with information about agriculture to local restaurants and participating in the Ag in the Classroom program, which offered teachers agriculturally based resources to use in their classrooms.

In the next five years, Randy hopes the family’s implement dealership will grow its employee base and work on an H-2A temporary agricultural program to allow them to continue to keep up with the demand for sales and service. BrenDee wants to expand the number of agricultural clients at her CPA firm and is working towards becoming a partner in the firm.

The Reinkes will continue to grow their leadership with Farm Bureau and want to continue their active role in policy development, advocating for agriculture, and supporting agricultural education.

“Farm Bureau is instrumental to supporting agriculture and we want to be involved in promoting Farm Bureau to as many people as we can to show the support the organization provides for agriculture,” BrenDee said.

Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award. As Nebraska winners, the Reinke’s will receive $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas in January to compete with other state winners at the national level.

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 at Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Convention Tues., Dec. 10 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.


The Ramseys were selected based on performance in farm or ranch management, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and service to the community and Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau members 18 to 35 years of age can apply for the award.


Tyler is a fifth-generation farmer, farming the same fields that his great great grandfather did. Tyler pursued a degree in Architectural Drafting after high school but went on to manage a department at his wife’s family’s manufacturing company. He also has a passion for cars and gained experience working for a Ford dealership repairing and repainting vehicles. Tyler came back to the family farm in 2011 and serves as the Adams County Farm Bureau president. 


Alysha has an Accounting degree and works as the bookkeeper for the farm and is a leader of their church worship team. She is also on the board of their local home school co-op and home schools their five children; Trinity, Chloe, Boaz, RoseMary, and newborn Willow.

Their farm started when Tyler rented just two quarters of land from his father in 2011 to now renting nearly 1,000 acres while farming alongside his father and cousin. Tyler is responsible for selecting the seed, booking fertilizer, and applying pesticides, herbicides, and manure for the farms.

Within the next five years, the Ramseys hope to grow the efficiency and marketing of the farm while having a personal goal to average 300 bushels an acre on a field. Tyler hopes to successfully manage the family farm while giving his parents the opportunity to enjoy retirement with peace of mind the farm is in good hands.

“Being young, married, and raising a family on the family operation pushes us to be better leaders in our community and grows us personally,” Tyler said.


As winners of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, the Ramseys will receive a $500 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin,Texas in January, where they will compete with other state winners in the national contest.

KEARNEY, NEB. – Douglas County Farm Bureau member, Brady Revels of Omaha is the winner of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet competition. The award was announced Dec. 10, at the “We Love Our Members” luncheon during Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Convention held Dec. 8-10 in Kearney.

Revels received the top score of the contestants who advanced to the final round of the Discussion Meet contest. Rather than debating, contestants work to develop a solution to a problem being discussed, building on each other’s contributions. Competitors in the annual contest must be prepared to speak on several current agricultural related topics; the selected question is announced a short time prior to the contest round.

Revels is a Douglas County Farm Bureau board member and serves on the YF&R Committee. He grew up on a family farm in Florida but relocated to Nebraska when his job as a sales representative for an animal health company moved him to Omaha. He helps coach several area FFA judging teams and volunteers with the Nebraska State Dairy contest. His wife, Katie, is a chiropractor.

Revels competed with three other contestants, Sean Krebs, Cadrien Livingston, and David Schuler. Krebs is an Antelope County Farm Bureau member and a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Agriculture Engineering. He grows popcorn, field corn, and soybeans, and raises cow/calf pairs on his family farm. Cadrien Livingston is a Knox County Farm Bureau member and serves on the YF&R Committee. She is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Communication and will graduate in Dec. 2019. Livingston raises Registered Gelbvieh Angus cattle with her mother on their family farm. She is also an advocate for safety in agriculture. David Schuler is a Morrill County Farm Bureau member and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Animal Science. He raises Red Angus seed stock with his family on their ranch. Schuler also served as an FFA State Officer.

Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 can participate in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition. As a Nebraska winner, Revels will receive $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas in January to compete in the contest at the national level. For more information, visit www.nefb.org/yfr

KEARNEY, NEB. – In his annual address at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson praised the efforts of Nebraskans, especially Farm Bureau members and their neighbors who rallied together in the face of historic blizzards and floods that ravaged the state in the Spring of 2019.

“I’ve never seen the Farm Bureau family come closer together or be stronger than it’s been in 2019. In some of the worst conditions I’ve ever seen, Nebraskans across the state found out exactly what it was like to be a part of the Farm Bureau family when our members and our organization were there to help them get back up, persevere, and push forward in disaster recovery,” said Nelson.

In relaying his appreciation for the work of Farm Bureau members and the Farm Bureau organization, he thanked all those who made financial contributions to the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“I had no idea how much money we could raise and wasn’t sure it would be enough to make a difference, but as we were able to capture and share stories of those impacted, the awareness of the needs grew and the fund climbed steadily to more than $3.4 million, with more than 6,000 donors and gifts coming from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., as well from active military located in nine different countries,” said Nelson. “This amazing generosity has allowed us to make nearly a thousand financial distributions that have served tens of thousands of Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.”

In terms of agriculture policy issues, Nelson called on the legislature and the Governor to make sure excess state tax revenues are used for property tax relief.

“When the legislature convenes in January there will be a lot of talk about how to spend roughly $100 million plus in state tax revenues that aren’t obligated in the state budget. There will be plenty of ideas on how to spend that money. I’m calling on the legislature and the Governor to make sure those revenues are used specifically for property tax relief,” said Nelson. “The overreliance on property taxes is holding Nebraska agriculture back; and it’s holding our state back.”

In addition to the use of those revenues for property tax relief, Nelson said the legislature must continue a path to find new and different ways to fund K-12 schools as Nebraskans can no longer afford to place such a heavy burden on property taxes to fund education.

In his address, Nelson also spoke to the importance of growing international markets for Nebraska’s agriculture products, highlighting several actions needed including congressional passage of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement, finalizing a deal that would eliminate the tariffs China has placed on agricultural products, work to find and sign trade deals with new partners around the globe, as well as reforms to the World Trade Organization.

“We’ve never been more dependent on international trade for the well-being of Nebraska agriculture. Nebraska Farm Bureau continues to work to promote Nebraska agricultural products around the world,” said Nelson.

Nelson also told members that changing consumer tastes and demands, evolving supply chains, the global economy, continued emphasis on improving environmental management, technological innovation, and the growing ability to direct market to consumers, were identified as factors that will continue to drive opportunities in agriculture.

“For agriculture to be successful, we must continue to look forward. Nebraska must be open to new opportunities to grow agriculture, even when those opportunities look different than what has been available to previous generations,” said Nelson, who specifically pointed to the Nebraska families who are now raising chickens due to the Costco affiliated processing plant located in Fremont, and the opportunity for Nebraska farmers to commercially produce industrial hemp in 2020.

In his closing remarks, Nelson pointed to the need for neighbors to continue to look out for each other during challenging times.

“I know 2019 has been a difficult one for a lot of people. I hope and pray that 2020 is better for all of us. If you see someone you think is struggling, don’t be afraid to engage. Talk with them or share your concern with someone close to them who can help. Your compassion and generosity just might change someone’s life, or you might even save it,” said Nelson.

KEARNEY, Neb. – Four members of Collegiate Farm Bureau from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis got a glimpse of member advocacy and policy development at a state convention in Kearney this week.

This was my first time experiencing this great event,” freshman Jacob Jenkins of Mitchell said about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference.

“I was glad to hear all the news of post-flooding reports and the stories of how Farm Bureau’s disaster fund helped out so many families that were affected by the storms last spring,” he said. NCTA campus fundraisers helped in the disaster response.

“It’s also nice to see how, or what, the organization and our membership does for us as farmers in the State Capitol,” Jenkins added.

Club advisor Brad Ramsdale says the annual trip to a state convention is helpful in understanding how grassroots policy development occurs.

“This heightens awareness of issues which are of concern to agricultural production, rural areas and farm ownership, for example,” said Ramsdale, chair of NCTA’s agronomy and ag mechanics division.

“It’s also helpful for these students who may be future agricultural leaders to interact with other young people and producers in the industry,” he said.

Club president Clade Anderson of Otis, Kansas, is a sophomore majoring in agronomy at NCTA. He is one of two students representing Nebraska’s collegiate clubs as a voting delegate in the business sessions.

Collegiate chapters are located at Curtis, Chadron, Norfolk and Lincoln.

Anderson also serves on the Young Farmer-Rancher state board which hosts the annual YF&R Discussion Meet at each convention, and is preparing the for YF&R Conference which will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020 in Kearney.

Jenkins and Anderson were joined by classmates Gilberto Herrera of Lexington and Tucker Hodsden of Lyman.

Ramsdale also encourages Aggie students from the club to participate in an annual legislative visit to the Nebraska Unicameral next spring. There, they meet with state senators and observe floor debate at the State Capitol.