As a director for Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON), Jim Hanna worked tirelessly to further the causes he believed in. This scholarship recognizes his relentless dedication to the cattle industry he loved. One of those causes was the ICON. Hanna wrote policy, attended legislative hearings, testified on issues important to Nebraska’s cattle industry, co-chaired the annual convention, and was an inspiration to the board and to all who knew him. He felt that one man could make a difference and that it was every man’s duty to step up and be involved. His passing has left a hole in ICON which is not easily filled.

The ICON Directors are please to award Dexter the 2013 ICON Scholarship. She plans to attend Hastings College where she will study Journalism. In Dexter’s scholarship application, she wrote, “Ranching is the life I know…and I also enjoy writing. With this combination, a career in journalism seems natural. I want to tell the world what it is that ranchers do, how we do it, and even WHY we do it. It isn’t for the money, it isn’t for the fame. It is for the love of the land, the animals, even the people who inhabit the world.”
With no better words could Dexter have supported Hanna’s philosophy for ICON and for Nebraska livestock producers.

This will be the fifth scholarship awarded by ICON which only cements the work ICON does in Nebraska and the legislature to ensure a profitable future for Nebraska livestock producers. Through the last legislative session, ICON worked closely with state senators to define a brand law for the future and continues to monitor action in the Unicameral which affects ranching and farming in Nebraska.

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