Three Nebraskans were awarded for their service and dedication to agriculture at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s 47th annual awards banquet November 7th at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln.
The 2013 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture are Ken Pohlman of Omaha, and Gerald Schmidt of Jansen. The club also recognized Deanna Karmazin of Lincoln as the New Horizon Award honoree.
Ken Pohlman is most noted for his work with Midwest Laboratories, of which he is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Since its opening in 1975, Ken has grown the company from a single building, to a seven building campus that houses over 130 employees. Ken’s experiences in agronomy and laboratory management date back to 1964 and include work with Harris Laboratories, Inc. in Lexington and Northrup King and Company in Norfolk. Ken and his wife Beverly are the parents of two married children, Brent (Michele) Pohlman of Omaha, Nebraska, and Amy (David) Reuter of Bellevue, Washington, and grandparents to seven grandchildren.
Gerald Schmidt and his wife Marcia farm with his two brothers and a brother-in-law. Their farming operation produces irrigated and dry-land crops, broiler chickens and hogs. It is Gerald’s dedication to the board room that makes him deserving of the award. Gerald served two terms on the board of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Plymouth, including serving as chair at the time of merger with Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester and continues in that role today. Gerald has also actively served on the Board of MBA Poultry, America’s Premium Pork Cooperative, Triumph Foods LLC, and the Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation. Gerald is a member of LEAD Group VI, and recognized as the LEAD Outstanding Nebraska Alumni in 2001.
Deanna Karmazin has a passion for agricultural education that has guided her 16 year career thus far. From 1996-2011 Deanna served as a UNL Extension Associate in Lancaster County. During her tenure she educated countless students not only in her 4-H activities, but also in programs she developed to educate urban youth about agriculture. Since March of 2011, Deanna has served as the State Director for the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program. This role allows her the opportunity to work together with teachers across the state to integrate agriculture literacy into their classrooms. Deanna is a member of LEAD Group XXIX. Deanna and her husband Steve are the parents of twins, Chris and Lauren.