LeRoy and Vergie Hansen Receive Seventh Generation Award

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Hank Rohling, hankr@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1009

or, John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that LeRoy and Vergie Hansen, retired farmers from Minden, NE, have been chosen to receive the 2013 Seventh Generation Award. They were honored for their integrity and leadership at a special awards banquet February 10 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point, Nebraska.


The Seventh Generation Award is a lifetime service award presented to an individual or individuals who have made major contributions to improving rural life and protecting our land and water.

According to Hank Rohling, with the Center for Rural Affairs, the Hansens have been long-time Center for Rural Affairs supporters, Initiative 300 veterans and major contributors to the Center for Rural Affairs Granary endowment fund.

“Hearing that we were being considered to receive the 7th Generation Award was a complete surprise! And then when we were later told we had been selected to receive it … that was totally unbelievable,” said LeRoy Hansen. “Thank you Center for Rural Affairs for the recognition, it is a great honor.”

The Hansens have been very active in their rural community and involved with many aspects of agriculture throughout the years.

The Hansens were grain and cattle farmers in the early years, then transitioned to all grain later on. “Vergie was the combine operator and she moved a lot of gated pipe,” commented LeRoy. The couple have been active in the Nebraska Farmers Union and I-300 work. They also worked with the Nebraska Wheat Growers. In 1971 LeRoy was appointed to the Nebraska Wheat Board by then Governor J.J. Exon and in 1976 reappointed for a second term. LeRoy served on the local co-op board for many years. They were both active at the Fredericksburg Lutheran Church near Minden

"LeRoy & Vergie have focused on important rural issues for decades,” added Rohling. “The traditional values they espouse helped connect them with the Center back in the 70's, and they have contributed to our work in many ways, including the recent growth in our national rural action network."

For a photo of the Hansens accepting the award, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfra/12593323533/in/set-72157640015481164/
(Pictures courtesy of the Center for Rural Affairs)

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