Who We Are
The Nebraska Grain Dealers’ Association was formed in 1896 in the midst of chaos. The nation had yet to recover from the second severe economic crisis within three decades. The depression of the 1890s sent 74 railroads into receivership, closed 573 banks, and destroyed more than 12,000 businesses. Farmers had become distrustful of grain dealers and suspicious of speculation and futures trading.
Elevator operators recognized the need for uniformity in weights, measures, and inspections. In 1896, a group of grain dealers in Eastern Nebraska agreed to abide by a set of rules to govern the transaction of business and the promotion of friendly relations among legitimate grain men of the territory.
In the formative years of what is now known as the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association, friction existed between grain dealers and railroads, scalpers and terminal houses until grain dealers united. Together grain dealers had a unified voice which helped shape policy and forced tough discussions between organizations involved in the storage, transportation, and marketing of commodity crops.
More was accomplished by working together than fighting their business battles alone. That common belief united the founders of our organization and it’s that belief that keeps the association alive and well today.
During the 1930s and 1940s, the feed business had grown so much that it was no longer a side business for grain or lumber dealers. The feed industry was slowed by grain shortages in the 1940s. Even though U.S. grain production continued to climb, it still fell short of demand. To deal with the shortages, cooperation between feed dealers and elevator operators was required. In 1943, the relationship became official when feed dealers joined the association and the association was renamed the Nebraska Grain and Feed Dealers Association.
The association’s final name change came in 1986, as the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association. Every day for the past 120+ years, the association has been fighting for the collective good of its members and Nebraska agriculture.