OMAHA – Since the 1950s, the Aksarben Foundation has been celebrating Nebraskan farm families with its tradition of awarding Pioneer and Heritage Farm Family Awards. To date, nearly 10,000 families have been recognized at their county fair with this distinction. Aksarben partners with Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers on these awards each year, honoring families for 100 or 150 years of consecutive family farm ownership in Nebraska.
“These families exemplify the dedication and strong Nebraska values that set our state apart. Aksarben has celebrated agriculture for over one-hundred years, and these families are what the Spirit of Aksarben is all about,” said Sandra Reding, Aksarben Foundation President.
Mark McHargue, Nebraska Farm Bureau president adds, “Nebraska Farm Bureau is proud to be part of this long standing program. Farm and ranch families deserve to be recognized with this coveted and prestigious award, which includes nearly 10,000 families in its alliance. These awards recognize the commitment to preserve and build Nebraska agriculture for future generations.”
To commemorate this milestone, each of these families will receive an engraved plaque and gatepost marker at their respective county fair this summer. The Heritage Farm Families award represents 150 years of ownership. The Pioneer Farm Families represents 100 years of ownership.
Cass County Pioneer Awards – Dale and Nancy Nutzman, Nutzman Family Farm, established 1921; Sue Schlichtemeier-Nutzman, Schlichtemeier Family Farm, established 1894 and Jim Group, Heil-Group Family Farm, established 1882.
Lancaster County Heritage Awards – Michael and Chere Kane, Kane Family Farm, established 1871 and Nancy Mocroft and David Paulson, Mocroft Family Farm, established 1870.