Pioneer Farm families named – Ogallala Keith County News

Aksarben has been recognizing Nebraska’s state’s agricultural heritage for nearly 130 years, and began celebrating the dedication and perseverance of Nebraska farm families with Pioneer Family Farm awards in 1956. Since then, nearly 10,000 families have been recognized statewide with either a Pioneer (100 years) or Heritage (150 years) Family Farm Award. Paying homage to the families is something Aksarben looks forward to each year and, in partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Fair Board Managers, it announces this year’s honorees.

Pioneer Farm Families - Honoring 100 Years:

Deuel County - Freeman/ Paulsen Family Farm; Mauser Family Farm.

Garden County - Paulsen Family Farm.

Keith County - Peters Family Farm.

To apply, families should visit and fill out an application. The deadline to apply each year is April 15. Once the application is received, the Aksarben Foundation will work with the county that the farmland is located within to approve the application.

To commemorate the achievement, each family listed will receive an engraved plaque and gatepost marker at their respective county fair. For more information about the Aksarben Foundation, visit