LINCOLN – The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC) presented its highest honor, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute’s Award of Merit, to Gerald “Pete” Peterson of York, Nebraska, during the annual NAYI banquet held July 13 in Lincoln.


“The NAYI Award of Merit is given each year to someone with a strong commitment to youth and a lifelong dedication to agricultural,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. “Mr. Peterson has an extensive, positive history of working with youth interested in agriculture. In 4-H alone, he has influenced so many young people and helped guide them to ag-related careers.”


Peterson worked for county Extension programs in Nebraska for more than 41 years before his retirement in January of this year.  He spent the last 17 years of his career working as Assistant at the York County Extension office in the 4-H program.  Peterson has served on the Fair Board in the past and also as secretary to the York-Hamilton Cattlemen Association. He served as a ring steward at the State Fair and at AKSARBEN.


“I have always been amazed with Pete’s organizational skills and the great rapport he had with 4-H members when he was ring steward at the State Fair, AKSARBEN and the State 4-H Horse Show,” said Eugene Bergen, a past recipient of NAYI’s Award of Merit. “Pete’s a hard worker and always enjoyed helping young people and their families succeed in 4-H.”


Peterson currently resides in York.