Nebraska Corn Board honors three individuals
The Nebraska Corn Board presented awards to three Nebraskans during the Nebraska Ag Classic meeting in Kearney.
Receiving the annual Ag Achievement Award was Doug Robinson of Golden Harvest Seeds, Inc., based in Waterloo. Robinson was recognized for his ag industry leadership, and his support of numerous Nebraska Corn Board activities including the annual Corn Harvest Tour.
"Doug has been a long-time supporter of the Nebraska corn checkoff, hosting many trade teams for us and always giving unselfishly of his time and efforts," said Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board.
"He has also been a leader in our industry, serving as chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and holding key leadership positions with the Nebraska LEAD program, the National Agri-Marketing Association, Nebraska Seedsmen, and other ag organizations."
Robinson has been in the seed business for 36 years. Most recently, he was senior vice president of JC Robinson Seeds, Inc. Robinson now serves as head of national brand communications for Golden Harvest.
The Nebraska Corn Board also presented two Elevator Manager Appreciation awards. The recipients were Harold Kroeker of Kroeker Grain and Lumber Inc. in Henderson, and Merlin Schlote of Progressive Nutrition in Norfolk.
The awards are presented annually to grain elevator managers and/or merchandisers who are supportive of the mission of the Nebraska corn checkoff and help communicate the value of checkoff investments that are being made.
Kroeker has been in the independent grain business for more than 50 years, according to Stan Boehr of Henderson, a director of the Nebraska Corn Board, "In daily business with customers, Harold exemplifies the positive characteristics that have made him a leader in the elevator industry, and also an active supporter of the corn checkoff," Boehr said. "He has always bent over backwards to assist his customers and work with them throughout the year."
Schlote is the CEO of Progressive Nutrition, a joint feed venture between Cenex Harvest States and Battle Creek Farmers Cooperative. "Through Merlin's leadership, Progressive Nutrition has grown to become one of the feed sales leaders throughout all of Nebraska," said Bob Dickey of Laurel, a director of the Nebraska Corn Board. "Merlin has been a strong supporter of Nebraska Corn Board activities, and is always willing to help us out with trade teams and other events. He's a good friend to the corn producers of Nebraska."
The Nebraska Corn Board collects and disburses the funds generated by the 1/4 of a cent per bushel corn checkoff. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.