YORK COUNTY – Boyd and Elaine Stuhr, lifelong York County residents, have been formally inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement.
They had been speculated to be inducted again in 2020, however the annual banquet was cancelled that 12 months and once more in 2021, as a result of pandemic.
They had been chosen for the respect by the Nebraska Agriculture Achievement Board of Trustees, acknowledged for “exemplary commitment and achievements in agriculture.”
Less than 150 individuals have been chosen for this honor since 1917.
Formed in 1916, the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement is devoted to preserving and enhancing Nebraska agriculture. Each 12 months, the group acknowledges at the very least one honoree. Earlier inductees have included Mike Johanns, Cap Dierks, Bryce Neidig, the late Holly Miller of York, Virginia Smith, William Krejci of Exeter, George Norris and General Henry Atkinson (simply to call just a few).
Nancy Eberle, additionally a York County resident, introduced the Stuhrs’ tribute through the induction ceremony.
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The Stuhrs had been inducted into the York Area Ag Hall of Fame in 2012.
Both grew up right here and after attending school and serving a time period of responsibility with the United States Navy, they started their farming operation in 1960. In the early years, they had been concerned in each grain and livestock manufacturing.
Both have made vital contributions to agriculture and the state of Nebraska by way of their voluntary involvement and management actions in numerous native, state and nationwide organizations.
Boyd was instrumental within the formation of the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards. He was elected to the York County Extension Board for 2 3-year phrases and served as its chairman of the board. He noticed the necessity for a state group of extension boards and served on the steering committee the place he initiated the formation of the state affiliation and in planning the primary state conference. He was elected to the primary board of administrators and later served as chairman of the board. Boyd additionally served on the Nebraska Extension Advisory Committee for 4 years and represented Polk, Seward and York Counties Extension Program Unit on NACEB within the early Nineties.
Boyd served on the Nebraska Foundation for 4-H Development for eight years and in 1983, he served as president of the Executive Council.
Through the years, Boyd has been energetic in selling and talking out for agriculture and the corn trade in Nebraska. He has been an energetic member of the native, state and nationwide Corn Growers Association. For 10 years he served on the Nebraska Corn Growers Board of Directors and additionally served as state treasurer.
He chaired a number of committees together with authorities relations during which he testified earlier than the Nebraska Legislature and lobbied in Congress quite a few occasions on behalf of Nebraska corn farmers. He was instrumental in ethanol promotion and labored diligently in bringing the ethanol trade to York County.
Boyd was elected as a director of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District and served from 1974 to 1977. He was a director and member of the York County Feeders Association for a few years and additionally served on the Research and Nutrition Committee of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association. He was a group committeeman of the York County ASCS for 16 years and labored as a area assistant for 10 of these years. He was elected and served as a county committeeman for six years.
Boyd served on the Bradshaw Board of Education for 25 years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Association of School Boards for 12 years and is the one two time period president (1982 and 1983) of NASB. He was elected as a board member of Education Service Unit Number Six and served 15 years representing agricultural issues.
Elaine taught faculty for a quantity of years at Hampton and Henderson Public Schools and labored as an assistant teacher for the college within the space of training and household assets, working with scholar academics.
She was a York County Home Extension Club member for 25 years; a 4-H chief for 15 years; she served on the steering committee and board of administrators for the Nebraska Family Community Leadership Program; she served on the Nebraska Extension Advisory Committee for 5 years and on the Nebraska Advisory Committee for Nebraska Ag within the Classroom. In 1980, she was one of 9 individuals within the U.S. chosen by International Harvester as a participant within the National Farm Forum held in Chicago. She was one of 4 from Nebraska chosen to attend the Land-Grant Lay Leaders Seminar in Washington D.C. to foyer for the federal funds in 1984 and in 1987.
Elaine was an energetic spokesperson for agriculture through the Eighties and Nineties as she served on the Nebraska Corn Board; as director within the U.S. Feed Grains Council; was on the Executive Committee of the Agricultural Council of America in Washington D.C.; served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska LEAD Program and president of the board; was Nebraska President of Women Involved in Farm Economics in 1983 and 1984 and nationwide president in 1990 and 1991; was president of the Foundation for Agricultural Women’s Leadership Network and served as co-chair of the National Farm Women’s Forum in Washington D.C. In the early Nineties, she was chosen to journey to Russia by the Farmer to Farmer Program and to Lithuania by the Volunteer Overseas Cooperative Assistance Program. She served as chair of the Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest held in York County from 2007 to 2009.
Elaine represented the twenty fourth District of the Nebraska Legislature for 12 years from 1995 to 2007. She was instrumental in passing laws that promoted ethanol and many points associated to agriculture and rural Nebraska, together with formation of the Nebraska Water Policy Task Force. She was chair of the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee; vice chair for six years of the Natural Resources Committee; served on the Education Committee, the Government and Military Affairs Committee, the Rules Committee; and a commissioner on the Education Commission of the States and the Rural Development Commission.
Elaine has been acknowledged for her assist for agriculture, households and youth throughout the state. In 2006, the Nebraska Career Education Association introduced her with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and named the annual award in her honor. In 2007, she obtained the Outstanding York County Agri-Business Award. Some of her different awards embrace an Honorary FFA diploma, the Nebraska AgRelations Council Award for service to Nebraska, the Nebraska Agri-Business Club Public Service to Agriculture Award and the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association Meritorious Public Service Award.