The late Otto Geiger of Cozad, Nebraska, is the recipient of the 2022 Service to Agriculture Award presented by the Nebraska Rural Radio Association.
The honor is presented annually to someone who has demonstrated significant contributions to rural Nebraskans.
Geiger, his wife Marlene, and their family raised corn, alfalfa, wheat, soybeans, sugar beets, sunflowers and cattle on their farming operation southwest of Cozad.
His family shared about his specialized skills in the shop and his pioneering role in the minimum tillage movement in Dawson County during the early 1960s.
In addition to his dedication to production agriculture, Geiger also committed to serving the public in many ways. He joined the board of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association in 1973 and continued his service for more than 30 years, serving as president for many of them.
He stepped down from the board of directors in 2006.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter was presented with the very first Service to Agriculture Award in 1987. The list of those receiving this honor is long and includes many of the most notable leaders in the Nebraska agriculture industry.
The board of directors continued the tradition of selecting an outstanding individual for this year’s award.
Geiger’s family accepted the award at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association in Lexington, Nebraska.
The Nebraska Rural Radio Association is the only radio group in the nation which is owned by a cooperative of farmers and ranchers. Along with flagship studios in Lexington, other markets include Scottsbluff, West Point, Holdrege and York. In addition to the radio stations, the NRRA has production studios on the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.
The NRRA-owned Rural Radio Network reaches six states across the Midwest.