Established in 1968, the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation’s mission is to advance the future of Nebraska’s Beef industry by investing in research and education programs. The Foundation’s success and its ability to endow scholarships, sponsor leadership and education programs, assist with research and infrastructure projects have been possible only because of the support from the Nebraska cattle producers and allied industries.

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Youth Scholarships

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) offers scholarships to qualified youth in Nebraska who have an interest in the beef industry. These scholarships are provided through contributions received by NCF.

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Scholarships offers scholarships with a $1,000 minimum are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, beef industry involvement, and goals/quality of application. The NCF Scholarship application is due in the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation office on or before March 15, 2023.  Incomplete applications and applications received in the NCF office after March 15, 2023 will be disqualified.

Scholarship Application 

The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship awards a $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding college junior, senior, or graduate-level student. Eligible students must be residents of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry-related degree. The scholarship will be awarded based on student needs, Nebraska beef industry involvement (past achievements and future plans), and academics. The deadline to apply for the Nebraska Beef State Scholarship closed on February 15, 2023.


The Retail Value Steer Challenge raises money to support:

Youth and adult leadership programs
NCF education programs – scholarships
NCF research programs and infrastructure projects
History preservation
Judging teams at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Northeast Community College, and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation welcomes steer donations by individuals, businesses, groups of individuals or businesses, and NC affiliates. Donors can donate their own steer or purchase one from the Foundation. Contributors should contact their tax professional as to the tax deductible status of this contribution. NCF is a 501(3)C entity.

Participants will receive complete carcass data on their steers and a chance to win prize money. Winners will be announced at the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Conference in June, 2023.

To donate, or for more information concerning the NC Foundation, contact Lee Weide, Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Secretary at (402) 475-2333, lweide@necattlemen.org or Jana Jensen, NC Foundation Fundraising Coordinator at (308) 588-6299, janajensen@nebcommfound.org.

Help Us Grow

As the Foundation grows, expands, and moves forward in its mission to raise funds for educational and scientific activities that benefit the state’s beef producers – the board asks you to consider investing in your industry through the Foundation.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation Fund was established to build endowments to support the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

As an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, all contributions to the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation Fund are tax-deductible. The Nebraska Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards of operational quality, integrity, and accountability.

Online donation is possible through the Nebraska Community Foundation website.

The 2022 Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Annual Update is available now. To review online – Click Here.

For more information, contact:

Lee R. Weide

Jana Jensen

2023 Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Board of Directors

NCF President/NC Region 7: Ryan Loseke, Columbus

NCF Vice President/NC Region 6: Loren Berger, Stapleton

NCF Treasurer/NC Region 1: Jerry Underwood, Alliance

NC President-Elect: Jerry Kuenning, Lemoyne

NC Region 2: Kathie Martindale, Brewster

NC Region 3: Pat Meiergerd, West Point

NC Region 4: Clark Gotschall, Atkinson

NC Region 5: Dave Lamb, Anselmo

NC Region 8: Doug Parde, Sterling

NC Region 9: Randy Helms, Holbrook

Member at Large: Rex Peterson, Gordon

Member at Large: Craig Uden, Johnson Lake