LINCOLN, NEB. – Rob Schafer of Beatrice has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Schafer serves on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents representing District 5. He is currently seeking re-election to the position.

“Rob has first-hand experience and a tremendous understanding of the needs of agriculture and rural Nebraska. During his time on the board he’s shown that he understands how the University fits into the bigger picture of supporting agriculture and rural communities,” said Mark McHargue of Central City, chairman of NEFB-PAC and first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.

McHargue says it is vital that those leading the University have a strong grasp of its land grant mission to be in tune to the needs of farmers, ranchers, and the state’s agriculture- based economy.

“Rob’s involvement in his farming operation, and in his law practice dealing with agriculture issues, make him uniquely qualified to bring real rural and agriculture knowledge to the table. He’s made rural growth and agriculture a key part of his priorities and will keep those priorities on the forefront for the University,” said McHargue. 

Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Agriculture” designation is given to selected candidates for public office based on their commitment to and positions on agricultural issues, qualifications, previous experience, communication abilities, and their ability to represent the district.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.