Nebraska Cattlemen News


Date: 12/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Title: Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Honors Industry Professionals

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lee Weide
402-475-2333
lweide@necattlemen.org 

December 15, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

 

 

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Honors Industry Professionals

 

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) President, Jeff Heldt presented awards to industry professionals at the NCF lunch program held December 8 during the Nebraska Cattlemen Annual Convention and Trade Show in Kearney.

 

The Friend of the Foundation award is presented annually to a person and/or business that has shared endless amounts of time, talent and/or treasure with the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation. The 2016 recipient was Al and JoAnn Svajgr of Cozad. The Svajgr's are involved in farming, ranching, backgrounding, cattle feeding and banking. They are active in many community, church and civic activities as well as local, state and national beef industry organizations. Al is a past president of the Dawson County Cattlemen, past president of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association, and past chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB). Al & JoAnn have given back to their community and the beef cattle industry numerous times with financial support as well as many volunteer hours to educate others about cattle in Nebraska.

 

The Nebraska Beef Industry Endowment was established in December 2009 and provides grants to beef industry-related research and/or teaching positions at Nebraska post-secondary educational institutions. This award honors those professors or instructors that are providing cutting edge research and/or student instruction in a beef industry related area. For 2016, the Foundation awarded grants to Dr. Dennis Burson, Professor Meat Extension & Food Safety Specialist at UNL, Jo Bek, Professor of Animal Science at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and Mike Roeber, Agriculture Instructor and Livestock Judging Coach at Northeast Community College.

 

The Nebraska Range & Conservation Endowment was established in December 2011 and provides grants to range management and conservation research and/or teaching positions at Nebraska post-secondary educational institutions. This award honors those professors or instructors that are providing cutting edge research and/or student instruction in a range management and conservation related area. For 2016, the Foundation awarded the grant to Dr. Doug Smith, Division Chair/Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Agriculture Education at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

 

The Cattlemen's Legacy Society recognizes donors that have created endowments within the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation. This year, three donors were recognized for establishing scholarship funds:

  • Bill Briggs Family Endowed Scholarship - established by Carole Briggs and her family remembering their husband and father, Bill, and showcasing the impact the Briggs family has had on the beef industry in Nebraska.
  • Jim & Helen Gran Endowed Scholarship - established by Jim to honor his late wife Helen and their contributions to the Beef Industry in Nebraska.
  • Todd Ricenbaw Memorial Scholarship - established by the Ricenbaw Family and the Nebraska Cattle Beef Pit in honor of Todd who was a strong promoter of agriculture and the beef industry and served on the Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit Committee.

 

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The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation was created in 1968 and has been nurturing important, long term facets of the cattle industry, education for our future leaders and promoting needed research. The Foundation's mission is to advance the future of Nebraska's Beef Industry by investing in research and education programs. For more information concerning NCF, contact Lee Weide, Nebraska Cattlemen Vice President of Operations at 402.475.2333 or Jana Jensen, NCF Fundraising Coordinator at 308.588.6299.