For their service and dedication to agriculture, three Nebraska were recognized at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club's awards banquet recently in Lincoln.
The 2013 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture are Ken Pohlman of Omaha, and Gerald Schmidt of Jansen. The club will also recognize Deanna Karmazin of Lincoln as the New Horizon Award honoree.
Pohlman is most noted for his work with Midwest Laboratories, of which he is the president and CEO. Since its opening in 1975, Pohlman has grown the company from a single building, to a seven-building campus that houses more than 130 employees. His 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.
Schmidt and his wife, Marcia, farm with his two brothers and a brother-in-law. Their farming operation produces irrigated and dryland crops, broiler chickens and hogs. He 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. He has served on the board of directors for MBA Poultry, and currently serves of the boards of America's Premium Pork Cooperative, Triumph Foods LLC, and the Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation.
Karmazin, from 1996 to 2011, served as a UNL Extension associate in Lancaster County. During her tenure there, she educated many students not only in her 4-H activities, but also in programs she developed to educate urban youth about agriculture. Since March of 2011, Karmazin 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.
She is a member of LEAD Group XXIX.