Department of Agricultural Economics presents annual awards

In April, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics presented their Outstanding Alumni Awards and Outstanding Service Award.

April 27, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — In April, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics awarded Jay Rempe and the late Clayton Yeutter with 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The Nebraska Bankers Association received the 2017 Outstanding Service Award.

Jay Rempe received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Agricultural Economics. He is currently the senior economist at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to his current role, Rempe was the vice president of government relations. His service to the University of Nebraska includes membership on Department of Agricultural Economics advisory board and the University of Nebraska Water Research Advisory Panel and as a member of several search committees. He is currently working with the department and the Department of Biological Systems Engineering to develop the inaugural Agricultural Economics and Technology Summit, scheduled for this June in Kearney. 

Clayton Yeutter earned his doctorate in agricultural economics in 1966. During his decades-long career, he held several cabinet and sub-cabinet level positions. He led negotiations of a U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement and helped launch the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, which led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization. As secretary of agriculture, he was instrumental in the passage of the 1990 farm bill. Yeutter was also the president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 2015, he made a leadership gift toward the establishment of the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Clayton returned to the University of Nebraska many times during his career to guest lecture and to present seminars.

The Nebraska Bankers Association and its members have awarded over $650,000 in scholarships to agricultural banking and finance students at Nebraska. The NBA and the Department of Agricultural Economics established the agricultural banking program in 2005. It was created to prepare college students for a career in agriculture lending and fill agricultural lending roles in rural communities. The program also includes a paid ten-week bank management training internship. Through the internship, students gain banking and agricultural lending experience at a Nebraska bank.

The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is engaged in research, teaching, and outreach in agricultural production, natural resources, rural development and industrial organization. Visit the department’s website at

Kara Heideman
Department of Agricultural Economics