Joan Ruskamp

Dodge, NE 68633

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  • Feedlot
  • CBB Executive Committee (Ex-Officio)
  • CBB (member)
Joan Ruskamp and her husband, Steve, operate a feedlot and row-crop farm west of Dodge, Nebraska. The farm 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 the beef industry, with service to local and national organizations. She has received the Livestock Industry Appreciation Award from the Nebraska Corn Board and the FarmHer Hall of Fame award. In addition, she has been active in her community as a 4-H leader, EMT, and other local organizations. Joan received a Certificate of Merit from the Catholic Order of Foresters, Outstanding Catechist from the Archdiocese of Omaha and a 25 year 4-H leader award from the Dodge County 4-H Council. Joan currently serves as Chair on the Cattleman’s Beef Board (CBB). Joan is also on the planning committee for the annual Ag-Ceptional Women's Conference held in Norfolk, NE; is an alum of the Nebraska LEAD program; and volunteers for a national advocacy program known as CommonGround. Joan and Steve have been married for 37 years, have five children, three sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and six grandchildren. Joan is actively sharing her farm's story on social media and through a personal blog.