Charles Shapiro

Charles Shapiro
Omaha, Nebraska

I consider myself an “agricultural scientist,” so, in 1975, I came to Nebraska from New York because this was where there was a lot of agriculture. My degree in general agriculture and desire to explore my options brought me to rural America, my passion for the practice kept me here to further my education, and then that passion brought me back to Nebraska for good in 1984.

Early on during my time here, I went to a meeting sponsored by the Center and agreed with their approach to providing both information about alternate farming practices and making public policy suited to the family farm.

I spent most of my career in the academic field, although my work was focused on production issues related to Nebraska agriculture. I retired in January 2018, and after spending many years in Wayne, Nebraska, I now live in Omaha and do some consulting and community service work. Over the years, I had many opportunities to work alongside Center staff and eventually became a member of the Center’s Advisory Committee.

This organization attracts a rich selection of engaged, interesting people, and it’s a joy to know there are similar thinking, caring people working on these issues across the state. The Board, the staff, and the many interns all together make a stimulating mix of ideas and experiences. I thank everyone at the Center, young and old. It has been an honor to work with this group for so many years.