Cozad Chamber Honors Thramer For Ag Service
Long-time area agronomist Tim Thramer was honored posthumously as the 2016 Ag Service Award winner last Tuesday night by the Cozad Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Ewing, Thramer knew in high school he wanted a career in agriculture and after working with an agronomist scouting fields during high school, he decided on seeking a degree in agronomy.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986 and moved to Gothenburg where he worked as an agronomist with Mark Spaur at High Plains Agronomics.
After five years there he took the leap and started his own business, Thramer Agronomics, Inc., in 1992. He provided field scouting for a growing clientele for several years before accepting a position with DuPont Pioneer as an account manager, selling seed and eventually building a warehouse in Cozad.
While his former clients missed his services, they never stopped asking him agronomy questions and the knowledge he had gleaned from scouting fields was applied to his seed recommendations for his Pioneer customers.
While agronomy was his livelihood, his family came first and foremost. Thramer married Cindy Yocom in 1993 and they became the parents of three daughters, Molly, Hannah and Abby.
Thramer was an active member of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee and always had a station at the fourth and fifth grade Ag Exposure Day organized by the ag committee every other year.
He was also a past officer of the Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, and was active in the Nebraska and Dawson County Corn Growers Associations.
Thramer was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, the Cozad Elks Lodge and was a past board member of the Cozad Country Club. His love of sports took him to the press box for all Cozad High School football games where he assisted with running the scoreboard clock.
Following recognition of Thramer and his family’s acceptance of the award, the Chamber presented their 2016 Farm Family of the Year award to Al and JoAnn Svajgr.
Svajgr was recognized not only for his contributions to the Cozad community and area agriculture, but for his dedication to and promotion of the state’s livestock industry.
He is a co-owner of Darr Feedlot, Inc., operates Agrow, Inc., and has served on a score of livestock boards and associations, including terms as president of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association in 1987 and as chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board in 2005.