Ron Hanson

Ron serves as the Neal Harlan Professor of Agribusiness in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professor Hanson’s college teaching and student advising career has earned 26 university and national recognitions. He has been selected as the Outstanding College Ag Instructor for the Central U.S. Region and has received the John Deere Agribusiness Teaching Award of Excellence. Ron has been recognized by the University Parents Association nineteen times, the most of any UNL faculty member.

Last April Ron was selected as the University Educator of the Year by the ASUN student body.

Ron is the only University of Nebraska professor to have received the USDA Excellence in University Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture which is the highest national teaching honor granted to a college professor in the area of agricultural and food sciences. His highest career honor was earned by being named the Nebraska Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

Ron was raised on an Illinois family farm and earned his college degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois. He has counseled with Nebraska farm families for more than 30 years to help them resolve family conflicts in a more positive manner and to improve family relations through better communications. Ron has been honored by both the Nebraska Ag Youth Council and the Nebraska FFA Foundation for his dedicated service to both rural youth and farm families in Nebraska.

Professor Hanson is regarded as a widely traveled national speaker who shares an entertaining and motivating message with audiences on the importance of family and personal relationships with other family members when farming and working together in a family owned business operation. Ron’s latest efforts have been directed at resolving the family issues involved with the farm business ownership succession and the transfer of management control between generations.


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