Cattle Community Announcements

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The Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honor


Doris and Ivan Rush at a banquet April 8 in Lincoln.

Formed in 1916, the hall of achievement is dedicated to preserving and improving the state's agriculture. Each year, the group recognizes at least one honoree and elects new members.

Doris Rush is a longtime advocate for Nebraska agriculture. She has been active in the Nebraska CattleWomen and the American National CattleWomen since 1972. Rush has also promoted beef as a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. 

Ivan Rush was a beef extension specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center for 40 years, which provided him a venue to serve agriculture and the beef industry. He had state and national leadership roles for implementation of Integrated Resource Management in the beef cattle industry. His involvement greatly impacted productivity of cow/calf operations. Rush was on the planning committee of the Range Beef Cow Symposium, one of the most respected production-level beef cow/calf meetings in the nation. 

The Rushes have also contributed to 4-H. Ivan Rush has been a 4-H leader in Scotts Bluff County for 40 years, and his wife was a 4-H leader for 35 years.



Nebraska Corn Board Presents Awards of Recognition and Achievement

The Nebraska Corn Board presented its annual awards to five exceptional individuals and organizations during its Cooperator and Awards Dinner in Lincoln last week.

For 25 years, the Nebraska Corn Board has acknowledged outstanding representatives in the livestock, ethanol and agribusiness industries, as well as awarding an organization in the media. The Ag Achievement Award is the pinnacle of awards given to an individual who has helped develop Nebraska’s corn industry and agriculture over time.

The Ag Achievement Award was the Corn Board’s first-ever award presented in 1991 with the intent of recognizing outstanding and unselfish efforts which further the corn industry.  This year, the Nebraska Corn Board selected a highly respected leader in the agricultural industry, Don Hutchens, to be the recipient of this prestigious award. Don served as the executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board from 1987-2014.   

“Don has played an instrumental role in representing agriculture. His diligent leadership and commitment to Nebraska’s grain and livestock industries is evident through his many years of service on a local, state, national, and international level,” said David Merrell, farmer from St. Edward, Nebraska and chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. “On behalf of Nebraska’s 23,000 corn producers, it was an honor to recognize Don for his tireless dedication to agriculture and admirable goals in moving the state forward in its agricultural ambitions.”

The Livestock Industry Appreciation Award was given to Duane “Dewey” Lienemann, extension educator in Webster County, whose focus is primarily on beef systems. Lienemann was selected for this award based upon his outstanding 45 years of focused commitment to Nebraska agriculture education and his continued enthusiasm to share his wisdom about the beef industry with young agricultural leaders in 4-H and FFA.

“Dewey has always had a wonderful ability to share the story of agriculture with youth,” said John Greer, farmer from Edgar, Nebraska and director on the Nebraska Corn Board. “Over the years as an FFA advisor and extension educator, he has helped students and community members not only understand, but appreciate the value of the livestock industry in Nebraska. He was very deserving of this award.”


Lowell Minert

Lowell Minert, 76, of Dunning died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Kearney Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Sandhills High School Gymnasium in Dunning with the Rev. Mark Sievering officiating. Burial will be at Hawley Flats Cemetery in Blaine County with military honors.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Sandhills Community Church in Dunning. Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Sandhills Community Church, Blaine County Emergency Medical Technicians or Blaine County Community Foundation.

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Lowell and Carol

Lowell Minert purchased his first Angus heifer as part of his 4-H project in 1953. He and his wife, Carrol, started their registered and commercial Angus operation in 1964. Lowell and Carrol’s daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and J.W. Simonson, and their daughters Shaina and Jaylee, are involved with the daily operation of their Sandhills ranch. Son Tim and his wife Kim along with their children Alex, Andrea and Alexa live in Scottsdale, Arizona where he is a financial consultant, and son Wes and his wife Kelly and daughter Hailey and son Landon live in Jacksonville, Florida. Both assist with the operation as time allows.

Lowell served several leadership roles within the beef industry. He served on the Nebraska State Fair Board. Lowell completed his term in 2002 on the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Boards of Directors. In 2002 he served as chairman of the CAB Board. He was a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Served on the board and was chairman of the purebred council of the Nebraska Cattlemen. He served twice as president of the Nebraska Angus Association.

The Minert-Simonson ranch has placed an emphasis on multiple-trait selection, using genetics that will perform in the Sandhills environment. Their herd calves in the early spring, and the weaned bulls and females are developed on the ranch. Since 1975 bulls have sold in an annual sale, which is the third Saturday of each February.

The ranch has been a host for many tours and groups including international groups from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain, Japan and China.

Rex Glen Messersmith

February 15, 1932 - April 15, 2016

Rex Glen Messersmith, age 84, of Lincoln, passed away April 15, 2016. Rex was born on February 15, 1932, to Frank and Luva Messersmith in Alliance, and was the youngest of seven. He went gently, falling asleep after complications from Parkinson's and old age.

Rex excelled with studies and graduated high school at 16. He was the first of his clan to attend university, and was also a proud member of Farmhouse Fraternity, and a proud member of the Innocents of '52. He graduated from UNL with a BS in agriculture.

Rex enjoyed a career in radio broadcasting, as both management and on-air talent for 55 years. He started as a Nebraska Co-op Extension Service specialist, was farm director and manager of WNAX radio in Yankton, S.D., and executive director for the livestock auction markets in South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota before moving to the KRVN "farmer-owned" station at Lexington. He had a fast, accurate auction voice.

Rex was past president of the Nebraska Ag Relations Council and the Nebraska Agribusiness Club in Lincoln. He also served as executive secretary for the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association. In March of 2000, Rex was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and received the NeGSPA Industry Service Award and also the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Industry Service Award in 2001.

Rex is survived by wife, Wilma, after 34 years of marriage; eldest brother, Ken in Alliance; Mark and Sheryl, Rex's son and daughter (California and Texas respectively) and Frank Pratt, his step-son in Lincoln. He is preceded by both parents; brothers, Robert, Lee and Frank; and sisters Eileen and Betty.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., April 21. Westminster Presbyterian, 2110 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, A private burial of cremains will follow at Lincoln Memorial. Special thanks to Nancy Liebers, Olinda Hartley, and Rosie Budrhram for the care given to Rex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Rex's name to either The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the American Diabetes Association.