James Roberts was born June 11, 1930 to a Lexington, Nebraska banker and received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953. It was then that he became interested in the cattle industry and returned to Lexington to begin a feedlot operation which has grown to the 10,000 head capacity Roberts Cattle Co.
Mr. Roberts has won numerous awards including: Dawson County Outstanding Young Farmer (1959), Public Service to Agriculture Award (1983), AK-SAR-BEN Agricultural Achievement (1983), Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement (1983), Honarary Hall of Agricultural Achievement (1983) and National Cattlemen's Association Businessman of the Year (1987).
Jim has served as director for Cattle-Fax, an advisor for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and appointed to the Interstate Agricultural Grain Marketing Commission. He has been successful in all aspects of the livestock industry, including cattle feeding, cow-calf production, stocker/grazer operations, packing plant manager, commodities broker, grain company operator, farmer and consultant to investigators and money lending organizations.
In addition, Jim is a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Trusteess, Chairman of the Agriculture "2001" Committee, Chancellor's Advisory Committee, Ag Builders and Ag 40 Group. Jim was also a strong force in gaining approval for the $19M Animal Science completion project.
The UNL Block & Bridle club is honored to admit Mr. James F. Roberts to the Animal Science Hall of Fame.