Chuck Schroeder was the speaker last night at the 46th annual Kiwanis Ag Recognition Banquet. He has recently accepted the position as the first Executive Director of the University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute. Schroeder came back to Nebraska after serving as Executive Director of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was also with the National Cattleman's Beef Association , the University of Nebraska Foundation and was the Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Chuck was with his family's company, the Schroeder Cattle Co., near Palisade for about 30 years, the last 10 as owner and president. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied animal science and business and production options. He gave a very stimulating message to the 400 people in attendance as he spoke about Ag Week and the future of the new Institute he is heading. I got to know him quite well some years ago while I was with the NE Natural Resources Commission and he was next door as the State Director of Agriculture. We had a good visit as the party broke up. He will do a great job in this new position that fits his abilities perfectly.