Bill Luckey was raised on a family farm located northeast of Columbus, NE. From a very early age Luckey demonstrated an interest in agriculture, particularly animal agriculture. As a youth, he was a member of the Silver Stars 4-H Club. Among many club activities, showing cattle and participating in the club's livestock judging team were among his favorites. While attending Columbus High School, Luckey was a member of the school's FFA chapter. Luckey graduated high school in 1973 and began his college career at Central Community College-Platte Campus. Luckey ultimately transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1977. In 1978, Luckey was married to his wife Nancy and in the same year he took over the family farm.
The Luckey family epitomizes the spirit and determination of the family farmers who are the backbone of the agriculture industry in Nebraska. Luckey considers his greatest accomplishment to be raising a family with his wife, Nancy. All of the members of the Luckey family (Bill, Nancy, Ryan, Lucas, Michael, and Kyle) are involved in agriculture. Luckey continues to manage the family farm's grain and livestock operations. The farm includes approximately 400 acres of farmland with a 2000-head hog finishing barn. In addition, the farm maintains approximately 400 cow/calf pairs. The livestock units provide the outlet through which much of the farm's grain is marketed.
In addition to his full-time job, managing the family farm, Luckey is a proven leader at the local, state, and national levels and has demonstrated a true passion for promoting the agriculture industry. Luckey has excelled in leadership roles with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the National Pork Board, the US Pork Center of Excellence and the National Pork Producers Council. Through a long track record of participation in the Nebraska LEAD and the National Pork Board Operation Main Street Programs, Luckey has made countless presentations conveying the positive message of the livestock industry to the public. Luckey's dedication to the industry is also evident in his service to youth including involvement in the Platte County 4-H program and the "Life on the Farm" extension programs for urban school children.