Joan Ruskamp

Dodge, NE 68633

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  • Feedlot
  • Operating Committee (Chair)
  • CBB Executive Committee (member)
  • CBB (Chair)
Joan Ruskamp and her husband, Steve, operate a feedlot and row-crop farm west of Dodge, Nebraska, that has been in Steve's family for more than 100 years. On the farm, Joan's main jobs include walking pens, cattle doctoring/ processing, and office manager. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Curtis, where she earned an associate degree in veterinary medicine in 1980. Joan has been very active in the beef industry, with service to organizations including the Dodge County Cattlemen, Nebraska Cattlemen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American National CattleWomen; Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Soybean Association. In addition, she has been a 4-H leader for 26 years, an EMT for 16 years, and a religious education teacher for 30 years. Joan currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Cattleman’s Beef Board (CBB) and has co-chaired the Innovation and Taste committees of the CBB. Joan is on the committee for the annual Ag-Ceptional Women's Conference held in Norfolk, NE; is an alum of the Nebraska LEAD program; and volunteers for CommonGround. Joan and Steve have been married for 36 years and have five children, three sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.