Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson retiring at the end of the year
Nelson: "From the time I was a young boy, I wanted to be a farmer."
Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson will retire at the end of the year after serving in that role since 2011.
“It’s been a privilege to serve as president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau and have the opportunity to speak on behalf of farmers and ranchers across the state,” Nelson said.
Nelson says retiring at the end of 2020 was always part of his plan. He notes that his predecessor, Keith Olsen, served for nine years as president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Nelson always felt that was a good template to follow. That doesn’t mean he won’t be missed.
“As soon as I heard the news, I texted him that there was obviously a terrible mistake,” U.S. Senator Ben Sasse said. “None of the stakeholders of Nebraska want this to happen, he needs to reconsider. I can’t say enough good things about Steve Nelson.”
Sasse say he greatly admires Nelson’s smart, empathetic, and steady leadership through obstacles including floods, severe droughts, low commodity prices, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nelson says he’s most proud of traveling the globe on trade missions and telling the story of those affected by floods last year. He still plans on continuing to mentor young farmers and ranchers and expects to work with the Nebraska Farm Bureau in some capacity. In retirement, he’s most looking forward to farming with his son and spending time with his family. He’s always been driven to do right by Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers who help feed the world.
“From the time I was a young boy, I wanted to be a farmer,” Nelson said. “If we do what’s right for young farmers and ranchers, the rest of us will be fine and I mean the rest of us in agriculture and the rest of us in society will be fine if we take care of our young farmers and ranchers because they will provide for us. That’s something I truly believe and I will continue to support efforts on that.”