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Pete Ricketts
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Mike Jacobson

Nebraskaland National Bank President Mike Jacobson has joined an agricultural advisory committee for Pete Ricketts’ gubernatorial campaign for governor.

The committee will advise Ricketts on the challenges facing Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers, the Ricketts campaign announced Monday.

“Pete believes that the vitality of Main Street in towns across Nebraska is tied to the continued strength of our ag economy which is the economic engine of our state,” Jacobson said. “Achieving continued success requires careful forethought and investment on the part of Nebraskans, and this ag policy advisory committee is critical first step.”

Jacobson is chairman, president, and CEO of Nebraskaland National Bank in North Platte and a past chairman of the Nebraska Bankers Association. He is a member of the North Platte Airport Authority and as the chairman of the North Platte Community Redevelopment Authority.

Ricketts' advisory committee is comprised of representatives from corn, soybean, wheat, beef, pork, dairy, and other associations, including some active farmers and livestock producers. (see below)

Jon Holzfaster of Paxton is also a member. Holzfaster is a member of the National Corn Growers Association board of directors where he also serves on NCGA’s CornPAC. Holzfaster represents District 8, which includes 29 counties in western Nebraska on the Corn Board. Her served as chairman of the board from 2007-09.

Ricketts said it is "a distinct honor to receive the advice and support of so many of our state's leaders in agriculture.... Our state’s economy is rooted in the farms, ranches and small towns from the Missouri River to the Pine Ridge. The strength of our economy depends on the leadership of these men and women, and others just like them in communities across our state."

If elected, Ricketts promised to "be an unwavering advocate for agriculture and the rural economy – from trade to water issues and regulation to taxes."

“His private-sector experience will provide the leadership our state needs to keep Nebraska agriculture competitive nationally and globally.”

Born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha, Ricketts is the son of an entrepreneur and a public school teacher.

After graduating from Omaha Westside High School and the University of Chicago, Pete returned to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific before working as a customer services representative in his family’s business, a company that eventually become TD Ameritrade.

Ricketts held leadership roles in the company, including senior vice president of strategy and business development, senior vice president of product development, senior vice president of marketing, as well as company president and chief operating officer.

Ricketts is also the founder of Drakon, LLC, supporting startup companies.

The Ricketts ag advisory members:

President of Board, Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance (KAAPA) Ethanol, LLC
Vice Chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board – Business & Industry Representative

JOHN KUEHN, Heartwell
Veterinarian, Kuehn Animal Health
Professor of Biology, Hastings College
Director and Secretary of the Board of South Public Power District

Partner in Lapaseotes Feed Yard
Partner in 21st Century Equipment
Chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative Board of Directors
Past member of the Nebraska Sugarbeet Growers Association (2001-2011)

Owner of Lapaseotes Feed Yard
North Platte Natural Resources District Director
Partner in Partner in 21st Century Equipment
Partner in 11 The Mercantile Farm, Ranch & Home stores
Member of the Valley Bank & Trust Board of Directors
Member of IMI Global’s Board of Directors

GREG OLSON, Alliance
President, Vitalix, Inc. 1989-Present

Vice President of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association
Member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

Member and Past Chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board – At-Large
Secretary/Treasurer of the U.S. Grain Council Board of Directors
Past Chairman of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board
2001 Outstanding Farm Family – Seward Kiwanis

Board Member and Past Chairman, American Soybean Association (ASA) 
Chairman, ASA Strategic Planning Committee 
Has served on ASA Finance, Investment and Audit Committees 
Member, Nebraska Soybean Association (President  2002-2003) 
Member, Nebraska Corn Growers Association
Member, Nebraska Cattlemen

President, Sandpoint Cattle Company 
2007 Cattleman’s Ball Host Family
Owner, D&L Meat Co.
Angus Foundation Representative at the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattleman’s Conference

Chair, Nebraska Leadership Agriculture Council (governing board for the Nebraska LEAD Program)
Chair, Nebraska Cattlemen Cow/Calf Council
2012 Resolutions Committee Vice Chair for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Producers Council


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/10/2014
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