Nebraska Farm Bureau is governed by an elected Board of Directors, all of whom are farmers or ranchers.

Mark McHargue


Mark McHargue is a fourth-generation farmer from Central City. He and his wife Judi have four children. They have a diversified farming operation raising irrigated corn, popcorn, and soybeans utilizing and organic and conventional cropping methods along with running a nursery and finishing hog operation. Mark and his son also own and operate McHargue Builders. He was elected President of Nebraska Farm Bureau in December 2020 and elected to the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors in January 2021. 

McHargue is a past Merrick County Farm Bureau president and has been in leadership capacities for more than 20 years in Nebraska Farm Bureau. He has served as First Vice President of Nebraska Farm Bureau and has been an active member of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

He has a passion for agriculture policy and advocacy. Mark’s hope is that the next generation of farmers and ranchers will have the same opportunity to purse their dreams as an agriculturalist he was given. 

McHargue attended Grace University in Omaha. He is involved in his community and has served on various boards including Chairman of Nebraska Christian Schools and Chairman of Heartland Evangelical Free Church. Mark and Judi are members of the National Angelman Syndrome Foundation, which advocates on behalf of those who have no speech, such as their daughter Charis, who has been diagnosed with Angelman syndrome. They have four adult children. 

Sherry Vinton

1st Vice President

Sherry Vinton operates a cow-calf operation near Whitman. Sherry is an Arthur County Farm Bureau member.

Katie Olson

2nd Vice President, North Central Region

Katie Olson grows corn and soybeans and raises cow/calf pairs near Atkinson. Katie is a Holt County Farm Bureau member.

Dennis Beethe

Southeast Region

Dennis Beethe is a Johnson County Farm Bureau member and has a cow/calf operation in Elk Creek.

Kevin Peterson

Central Region

Kevin Peterson raises livestock and grows row crops near Osceola. Kevin is a Polk County Farm Bureau member.

Martey Stewart

Northeast Region

Martey Stewart raises cows and calves near Dixon. Martey is a Dixon County Farm Bureau member.

David Grimes

South Central Region

David Grimes grows irrigated corn, soybeans, and alfalfa near Minden. David is a Kearney/Franklin County Farm Bureau member.

Dustin Ladenburger

Southwest Region

Dustin Ladenburger grows dryland wheat, corn, milo, and has a cow/calf operation near Stratton. Dustin is a Hitchcock County Farm Bureau member.

Andy DeVries

Northwest Region

Andy DeVries grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. Andy is a Keith County Farm Bureau member.

Hilary Maricle


Hilary Maricle grows corn, soybean and alfalfa, and raise cattle, hogs, and sheep near Albion. Hilary is a Boone County Farm Bureau member.

Jason Perdue


Jason Perdue works for a family-owned Agriculture Retail company and he and his wife Karah runs the family’s contract poultry operation and raise corn and soybeans with Jason’s family near York. Jason is a York County Farm Bureau member.

Lance Atwater

Youth At-Large Director

Lance Atwater has a cow/calf operation and grows row crops. Lance is a Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau member.