Robert Busch Receives Panhandle Outstanding Service to Ag Award

Robert Busch Receives Panhandle Outstanding Service to Ag Award

February 2008

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Robert L. Busch

Robert L. Busch, a leader in numerous agricultural organizations in western Nebraska and a respected voice in statewide water policy discussions, has been named the 2007 winner of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Outstanding Service to Panhandle Agriculture Award.

Busch was recognized February 12 during the Nebraska Sugar Beet Growers Association annual meeting.

According to the nomination received by the University, Busch "doesn't stand back and complain when he feels agriculture is getting the short straw from government. He gets active in the political process and educates those who need to know the situation in modern agriculture."

Busch, who with his wife, Norma, operates an irrigated farm south of Mitchell, is a long-time member of the Sugar Beet Growers and active in the American Sugar Beet Growers. He has been on the corporate board of the Western Sugar Cooperative.

Busch has devoted considerable time to educating the general public and policy makers about water issues in Nebraska. He has served as chairman of the water tours of the North Platte System sponsored by the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the North Platte Natural Resource District Stakeholders Group and also on the Platte River Basin Wide Stakeholders Group, which is concerned with issues of the five NRDs along the Platte River in Nebraska.

He has made numerous visits to the U.S. Congress and the Nebraska Legislature to lobby for agriculture interests. He has made as many as five trips during a legislative session.

He represents not only agriculture interests but the whole community in several capacities, including serving on the Regional Airport board.