A third generation farmer, Robert "Bob" Dickey is a true leader in today's agricultural industry as he has selflessly dedicated himself to the improving the future of agriculture both nationally and in Nebraska. Bob Dickey was born September 5th, 1939 in Ponca, Nebraska. He grew up helping his dad on the family farm. It was on his family's farm where Bob developed his strong moral character and passion for agriculture. Upon graduating from Laurel High School in 1958, Bob went on to earn a certificate in General Agriculture from the University of Nebraska in 1960. He then served his country from 1961-1962 in the United States Army. In 1965 Bob married his wife Mary. They have raised three children, Julie, Jim, and June.
Bob's impact on agriculture goes far beyond his Laurel Nebraska farm where he and his family raise corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle. He served as a Nebraska State Senator for District #18. He also serves on the National Corn Growers Board of Directors, was the Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (1997-1998), Chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board (1995-1996), a director and past chairman of Farm Credit Bank Board (NE, IA, SD, WY). He is also a current member of the Nebraska Soybean Association, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Nebraska Pork Producers, as well as the Agricultural Council of America, and the Agricultural Builders of Nebraska. As a Council officer, he conducted extensive personal negotiations with national industry leaders (corn, pork, sorghum, barley, soybeans) to improve cross-industry alliances and broaden agricultural promotion.
Bob has traveled internationally to promote American products to numerous foreign markets. Such opportunities include serving as a member of Governor Mike Johanns's trade missions to Japan in 2003 in addition to Hong Kong/China and Mexico in 2004. These endeavors compliment his other experiences representing U.S. agricultural products to customers in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Bob's believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of the family farm. He has helped numerous beginning producers through the years. He has participated in share agreements using cows and calves, compensated producers for finishing hogs in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska, carried a land contract, loaned machinery, and done countless other things to assist young producers.
Bob has been recognized with numerous awards for his service and business skills. Such awards include "Man of the Year in Service to Nebraska Agriculture, Progressive Farmer Magazine (2000) and "Top 100 Best-Managed Farms in the USA", Farm Futures Magazine, (1998) and named to the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement in 2000.
Bob Dickey's contributions to the livestock industry and agriculture as a whole are many. He is a motivated, passionate man that practices what he preaches. Bob serves as an example to everyone on how one person can make a difference with a positive work ethic, sincerity, and passion.