Industry Leadership Award

Harry Knobbe – 2013 Recipient


Harry Knobbe has dedicated more than 50 years to the cattle-feeding industry. After opening a commodity brokerage office in 1967, Knobbe Commodities Inc., he began buying and selling all weights of feeder cattle to regional farmers through Knobbe Livestock. Today, he also owns a farming and cattle-feeding operation, Harry Knobbe Feedyards, which feeds several thousand head of cattle per year.

His passion and dedication to the industry is reflected in his many appointments with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association—including serving as vice chairman, chairman and executive officer for many committees and councils. Additionally, at the state level, Knobbe led associations such as the Nebraska Beef Council, State Board of Agriculture and the Cuming County Feeders Association.

His participation and leadership, however, extends further than the industry. His volunteer spirit also can be found in many areas of community involvement.

Regularly recognized as an industry leader, Knobbe remains active in the industry at the age of 73 … and doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon.

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