This year’s recipient of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame award is Nancy Degner. Nancy was nominated by the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) as a shining example of an individual that has given over 40 years of service to the Iowa beef industry. During her time with the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC), Nancy has shown the uncanny ability to make a connection with each and every person she has come in contact with. It is this passion, integrity, and honesty that make Nancy such a great promoter of beef, beef producers, and the beef industry as a whole.
Nancy began working for the Iowa Beef Industry Council in 1975. She used her background as a home economics teacher to educate consumers about beef, often appearing on television to demonstrate recipes and cooking methods. Nancy became the Executive Director of IBIC in 2003, and saw the organization through many challenges, including the lean finely textured beef controversy of 2012.
“Nancy’s commitment to the beef industry in Iowa is unmatched. She leaves behind a strong legacy of leadership and influence that have helped make the beef industry in Iowa what it is today,” says Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director.
Despite challenges, Nancy’s enthusiasm and passion were evident through her work and every day interactions. Nancy worked tirelessly to build the foundation that has made IBIC very successful. Throughout her career, Nancy utilized the Beef Checkoff to help farmers, increasing domestic and international demand for beef. Because of her perseverance, Iowa approval of the Beef Checkoff is at an all-time high. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council thank Nancy for her service and her many contributions to the Iowa beef industry.
Source: Iowa Cattlemen's Association