Distinguished Service Award

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association needs your help in identifying individuals who have made significant contributions to Nebraska’s grain and feed industry. The award will be presented at NEGFA’s 2019 Winter Convention to be held December 15-17, 2019 in Kearney.

Nomination Deadline is November 15, 2019. Submit Your Nominee

Guidelines for Selection of Honorees

  • Candidate must exemplify qualities and character traits that support a positive image of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association.
  • Candidate must have made contributions positively affecting the grain and or feed industry in Nebraska.
  • Preference will be given to Nebraska residents and NEGFA members, but all ag-related personnel nationwide are eligible.
  • Honorees must attend the awards ceremony, except the committee may waive this requirement if a member of the honoree’s immediate family will be present to receive the honor. Posthumous aware require a member of the honoree’s family to be in attendance to accept the award.
  • Award nominations shall be considered for a period of three years from the date on nomination.
  • A resume of the nominee is preferred, but good descriptions of the qualifications of the nominee is acceptable in lieu of a resume.

Past Distinguished Award Winners

Howard W. Elm
Howard W. Elm began his tenure with the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NFG) in 1945. He witnessed the modern age of agriculture and grew the NGF membership to over 1,000 members during his tenure. Howard spent countless hours both in the state and Federal legislative arenas pushing and fighting legislations that still affect the grain and feed industry today. At the age of 76, Howard retired following over 30 years of service to the grain and feed industry. In retirement, Howard would stun friends and neighbors by his remembrance of every grain elevator in the state. How is greatly missed following his death on October 5, 2002.

Kieth Frye
Kieth Frye got an early start into the grain industry as a teenager working with his father at Byron Grain Company. Following time spent in military service, Kieth returned to again work for his father’s business, Citizens Grain Company of Chester, NE. Following his father’s retirement in 1967, Kieth purchased the business where he continued to manage it until his retirement in 1989. Kieth served diligently for 12 years on the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association’s Board of Directors, serving as President of the association from 1981-1982, and also served on the National Grain and Feed Association’s Country Elevator Council Committee. Kieth passed away on January 10th, 1995. Kieth is remembered for his dedication to his employees, customers and the grain and feed industry in which he worked.

Bob Patterson
Bob Patterson retired from being president and manager of the Keene Coop Grain & Supply in Axtell, Nebraska after 46 years in the grain and feed industry in December 2003. Bob got his start in the grain business with an elevator in Gruver, TX. During his years of service to the industry Bob has worked for the Etling Grain Company, Continental Grain, and a Kansas grain company besides his last position at Keene Coop Grain and Supply. Bob served on the NGF Board of Directors from 1982 until 1987, serving as President from 1985-1986. He is also a past recipient of the Nebraska Grain Elevator Manager of the Year Award presented by the Nebraska Corn Board. Bob and his wife of 48 years, Joyce, have three children Rand and wife Laura, John Tracy and wife Ruth and Mike and wife Ann. They also have 8 grandchildren.

Duane Tinsley
Duane grew up in Holt County and graduated from Ewing High School. His parents were involved in ranching and farming. Agriculture has been a great part of his life throughout the years. During the late 60’s Duane managed Clearwater Feed and Grain Elevator at Clearwater, NE. In the early 70’s his started Tinsley Trucking and offered a haul-for-hire business. Shortly there after he received a grain dealer license for the buying and selling of grain. Duane and his wife Judy purchased Neligh Grain Elevator in 1986. Tinsley Grain, Inc. is located on the south edge of Neligh and is a very active business in this small town. Duane is the son of the late Jim and Dorothy Tinsley. Duane and his wife Judy have four children: daughter Julie and husband John Wilhelm, Justin, Jamie, and Jacob of Humboldt, Nebraska, son Shannon and fiancé Lala Hanzlik, Kaylee, Mia, and Dylon of Clearwater, Nebraska, daughter Bridget Tinsley of Los Angeles, Calafornia and son Dustin and wife Candi Tinsley, Austin, of Neligh, Nebraska.