Nebraska Cattlemen Supports Confirmation of Sherry Vinton for Director of Nebraska Department of Agriculture

 In Media Release, Newsroom

LINCOLN, NE (January 24, 2023) – Today, after giving his official testimony to the Nebraska Legislature Agriculture Committee, Nebraska Cattlemen President Steve Hanson released the following statement in support of Sherry Vinton to serve as Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture:

“Sherry Vinton has first-hand experience in our industry and knows the grit, commitment, and sacrifice it takes to be a successful cattle producer. Nebraska Cattlemen is proud to support Sherry, as her background and service to the beef cattle industry and knowledge of farming will allow her to work with all scopes and sectors of our industry.” He continued, “Sherry understands the issues facing Nebraska agriculture and we look forward to working alongside her to keep the Beef State thriving.”


*As prepared

To: Agriculture Committee

From: Steve Hanson – Nebraska Cattlemen

Date: January 24, 2023

Re: Proponent Testimony for Confirmation of Sherry Vinton for Director of Agriculture

Good afternoon, Chairman Halloran, and members of the Agriculture Committee. My name is Steve Hanson (S T E V E – H A N S O N), I serve as the President of Nebraska Cattlemen and a fourth-generation cattle producer from Elsie. Nebraska Cattlemen supports Sherry Vinton to be the Director of Agriculture.

Sherry’s background and service to the beef cattle industry and knowledge of farming, make us confident in her ability to work with all scopes and sectors of our industry. Her real-world experiences are why she has been nominated for this prestigious position.

Her family runs a respected ranch in the Sandhills near Whitman. They have a cow-calf operation, where they raise high-quality Angus cattle. She understands the issues facing Nebraska agriculture and why it is vital that we remain the beef state which delivers a high quality, safe product to our consumers.

Throughout her career, she has served the industry in multiple capacities on local, state, and national levels throughout associations and advisory committees. Sherry was appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board in 2012. She also represented ranchers and farmers across Congressional District 3 on Nebraska’s Environmental Trust Board for 14 years. In addition, she is a long-time member of Nebraska Cattlemen, Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, and Nebraska Farm Bureau.

In this role, we believe she will continue to represent and serve all sectors of the agriculture industry in Nebraska. Sherry will lead by example as she works with farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness leaders across the state. She will utilize her real-world experience to form and develop policies with a common-sense approach.

Sherry is not only a cattle producer herself, but she also has invaluable experiences that establish she is the individual who will get the job done. She knows the agriculture industry from top to bottom. For these reasons, the members of Nebraska Cattlemen urge you to confirm Mrs. Sherry Vinton.

Thank you for your time. Happy to answer any questions you may have.


Founded in 1988, Nebraska Cattlemen is a grass roots membership policy organization – governed by the NC Board of Directors and is committed to protecting the interests of Nebraska’s beef cattle producers at the local, state, and federal level. Nebraska Cattlemen’s mission statement is to work on behalf of Nebraska cattle producers – pasture to plate.

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