Steve Nelson - President
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Steve Nelson Bio
Steve Nelson has been involved in farming all of his life. He farms near Axtell in south central Nebraska and produces irrigated corn, hybrid seed corn and soybeans. He was elected as president of Nebraska Farm Bureau in December 2011.
A graduate of Hildreth High School, Steve also received a degree from the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture. He is a past president of the Kearney/Franklin County Farm Bureau and served many years on its board of directors. At the state level of Farm Bureau, Steve has served on the State Legislative Policy Committee and Membership Advisory Committee. In the American Farm Bureau Federation, Steve has been chairman of the Feed Grains Committee and has served on the Water Quality Task Force and the Information and Technology Committee. In 2003 he was appointed to the AFBF MAAPP (Making American Agriculture Productive and Profitable Committee) to study the future of American agriculture. The study was completed in January 2006.
Prior to becoming president, Steve was elected to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 1997 to represent District 5 and was re-elected in 2000. In 2002 he was elected to the position of first vice president, and was re-elected in 2003, 2006 and 2009.
He is a member of numerous state and national agricultural organizations. He is a life-long member of Bethany Lutheran Church near Axtell, Neb. Steve and his wife Elma currently volunteer for the Hastings-area chapter of Compassionate Friends ever since their younger daughter, 21-year-old Sarah, passed away unexpectedly following a 2006 surgery. That experience brought the Nelson family closer together. Now they give their support to others who grieve the loss of their child.
Steve’s wife, Elma, is a retired nurse. Their son Scott farms with Steve near Axtell and is married to Amy. Their daughter Stacy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and works for National Research Corporation in Lincoln.