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UNL's Block and Bridle names Homer Buell of Bassett Hall of Fame honoree


Homer Buell, a rancher and past president of Nebraska Cattlemen, will be honored as the 75th member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle Hall of Fame.

The Bassett native will be honored April 24 at the Department of Animal Science and Block and Bridle annual honors banquet at 6:30 p.m., at the Nebraska East Union on UNL's East Campus. Tickets to the banquet are $20 and can be purchased by calling Nancy Savery, club secretary, by April 17 at 402-472-6440 or e-mailing nsavery1@unl.edu. A reception for Buell, his wife and past honorees will precede the banquet at 5:30 p.m.

The Block and Bridle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made commendable contributions to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects and community activities.

Buell is a fourth-generation rancher and a 1971 graduate from UNL. Following college, he operated his family's Shovel Dot Ranch near Rose, which is more than 125 years old. His support for the university continues even now as he has helped with research and defended the university's budget in the Nebraska Legislature.

He has served as president of the Nebraska Hereford Association, president of the president's council of the American Hereford Association and chair of the board of trustees for the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

Buell also is an active member in his community. He was twice president of the Rock County Roping Club, a member of Ag Builders of America, a eucharistic minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church and a youth activities director for the Knights of Columbus.

Other events of the evening include a review of the past year's Block and Bridle events and recognition of Block and Bridle award recipients.

The Department of Animal Science in UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is part of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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