Jack Maddux, rancher and agriculture industry leader, will receive the Livestock Leader of the Year award from Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences on Saturday, January 17. The award is given annually at the National Western Stock Show on Colorado State University Agricultural Outreach Day to recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s livestock industry.
Maddux, a Colorado State alumnus, manages his family’s ranch in Wauneta, Neb., that was established more than one hundred years ago. He has participated in discussion of water and natural resource issues, including serving on the Legislative Water Advisory Committee and in helping form Nebraska’s groundwater management legislation. He is a former member of the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust and currently serves on the Governor’s Republican River Task Force in Nebraska.
Maddux has been active in the agricultural community through his involvement in the National Cattleman’s Association, where he campaigned to bring better management and financial planning within the industry. He served on the National Task Force on Packer Concentration and Integration; Cattle-Fax and on the marketing and strategic planning committees for the NCA. His community involvement includes serving on the University of Nebraska Foundation board, the AmeritasAcacia Companies board and several university support groups.
He has served as president of both the Society of Range Management in Nebraska and the Nebraska Stock Growers Association.
Other recognition includes being named the first recipient of the National Cattleman’s Association Businessman of the Year award, induction into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and the AkSarBen Court of Honor; the Nebraska Builder Award; AkSarBen Agricultural Achievement Award, and Block and Bridle Honoree. He also has received numerous awards for conservation and range management, including the W.R. Chapline Award for Land Stewardship from the Society of Range Management.
The Livestock Leader award will be presented during the annual College of Agricultural Sciences social Saturday evening. The social is in conjunction with Colorado State University Agricultural Outreach Day at the National Western Stock Show.