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June 2, 2008

Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska Grieves Loss Of Friend And Ambassador, Jim Hanna

HYANNIS, NE (June 2, 2008)The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska
(ICON) are grieving the loss of a true friend and a vital ambassador
for the cattle industry. Jim Hanna passed away on Wednesday, May 28,
2008 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following
a brief illness.

"Jim Hanna was a true leader and had a passion for standing up and
fighting the issues affecting the independent cattlemen across
Nebraska and the nation,"said Chris Abbott, president of The
Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON). "He won the admiration
from any and all cattlemen he crossed paths with. I am honored to
have known and worked with Jim through the Independent Cattlemen of
Nebraska. We will all miss him dearly."

Jim Hanna was the fifth generation of his family to own and operate
the Pass Ranch in Nebraska over the past 100 years. Prior to full
time work at the ranch, Jim earned his bachelors and masters
degrees in Geography. Jim was a Director for the Independent
Cattlemen of Nebraska, the former president of Nebraska Cattlemen's
Association and served as the Region VII Director for the U.S.
Cattlemen's Association representing cattle producers from Nebraska
and Iowa. In addition to his crucial roles within the agriculture
and cattle industries, he was also deeply involved in his community.
Jim served on the local high school board, the Greenbelt Advisory
Committee and many other civic and industry organizations.

"Jim had the wisdom and ability to agree to disagree,", said ICON
vice president and director Dave Wright. "He was a member and
officer of cattlemen organizations whether he agreed with their
policies or not. He understood and had the qualities to stay focused
on the principles of an issue. Our nations cattle industry has truly
lost a great spokesman in Jim Hanna."

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 4
in Thedford, NE at the high school gymnasium.



"Solid as a windmill. Always working for the independent producer."

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