Mark Jagels is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Mark is the fourth generation to operate his family farm that was homesteaded in 1883. Along with his wife Suzanne, they run a diversified operation that grows white corn, yellow corn, and soybeans; has a cow/calf operation; feeds cattle, and operates a trucking business. He also represents District 2 of the Nebraska Corn Board and has been serving as a director for the Nebraska Corn Board since 1999.
Along with serving on the Nebraska Corn Board, Mark’s leadership and commitment to the livestock and grain industries, as well as his community is evidenced through his service on local, state, national, and international levels. He is a graduate of the Nebraska Lead XI(11) program. In 2007 he received the Outstanding Nebraska LEAD Alumni award. Mark also received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award from the Nebraska Agribusiness Club. On the State level, Mark is an Agriculture Builders of Nebraska member, Nebraska Cattlemen member, and participated in the governor’s Trade Mission to Cuba. Nationally, Mark has been very active with the U.S. Meat Export Federation by serving on various committees and is currently serving as the vice-chair. He has also been actively involved with U.S. Grains Council, National Corn Growers Association, and has lobbied senators and representatives in Washington D.C. for the Nebraska Corn Board, National Corn Growers Association, and Nebraska Cattlemen. Mark has also played a key role representing agriculture on the international level by hosting trade teams and traveling to Japan, South Korea, South America, European Union, Poland, and Hungary representing the USMEF and the Nebraska Corn Board.
When Mark isn’t busy representing agriculture on the state and national levels, he can be found serving in his local community. He is a former District 4 Representative for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers/Ranchers Committee, participant in the Nebraska Farm Bureau Ag Pen Pal Program, Thayer County Livestock Feeder member, Thayer County Farm Bureau member, and a Davenport Lions Club member. He has also served as a beef leader for Circle D 4-H Club and has served as a youth group sponsor, church secretary, and is a member of the Voter’s Assembly. He was also elected to serve on the school board for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Mark has also volunteered as an umpire and was a former coach for the local summer baseball league.
Mark and his wife have three sons. Derek is a merchandiser for AGP in St. Joseph, Missouri, Brett and his wife Kristin, live in Austin, Texas where he teaches third grade at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, and Jason is the fifth generation to return to the family farm.