Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Michael D. Freeman to serve on the Nebraska Brand Committee, filling the seat previously held by Jerry Kuenning of Imperial.Kuenning’s term has expired. Freeman will serve through Aug. 28, 2020, the announcement said.
Born and raised in Ainsworth, Freeman has been married to his wife Jolene for more than 30 years. They have three grown children. He has an extensive background in the cattle industry and has been the managing partner of Rolling Stone Feedyard since it opened in 2003.
“As we thank Jerry Kuenning for his years of dedicated service to the Nebraska Brand Committee we also welcome Mr. Freeman and look forward to working with him on the myriad of details and challenges facing the livestock industry, specifically as they involve ownership and enforcement related policy," the Brand Committee’s Executive Director Bill Bunce said. “The experience and involvement in the cattle industry that all members of the committee have, collectively brings guidance to the policies set on behalf of and by the livestock industry.”
The Nebraska Brand Committee was created by the Legislature in 1941 to inspect cattle and investigate missing and/or stolen cattle.
It is a self-supporting cash fund agency, with operating fund solely from fees collected for brand recording, brand inspections, and registered feedyards.