Northeast Graduates Run Agri-business in Dodge
Published on: August 27, 2019 Media
Dodge, NE – The value of teamwork – that’s one of the most important things Jason and Kammy Meyer learned while students at Northeast Community College. It’s especially helpful now that they’re operating an agri-business in Dodge.
Not only have Jason and Kammy been working to serve their customers at Meyer Agri-Services for the past 15 years, so have the people with whom they work.
“We don’t call them employees,” Jason is quick to say. “We wouldn’t be what we are today without them.”
Meyer Agri-Services is a multi-faceted agri-business serving corn and soybean growers in northeast Nebraska. They provide sales and service for Pioneer Hybrid Seed customers, offer Precision Planting products, and are part owners in Clay Hills Ag, a chemical business located at nearby Clarkson. The couple also farms land near Dodge.
Jason Meyer got his jump start in these various agronomy-related businesses through classes at Northeast. He graduated in 1998 with an associate degree in applied science, and Kammy graduated the following year from the college’s vet tech program.
The two met while in college where she was involved in work study at the college’s ag building. Jason soon found himself spending more time there, although match-making is not one of the services Northeast offers.
They’ve both appreciated the networking begun at Northeast, friendships they’ve continued to seek out. They also appreciated the Northeast faculty, whom Jason describes as “good and caring instructors who wanted to see you succeed.”
Jason went on to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to earn a bachelor’s degree in agronomy. After several years of employment, he was planning to further his education at Kansas State University’s grad school in Manhattan when he was offered the opportunity to purchase the Pioneer dealership in Dodge.
In 2008, Jason moved the business across the street to its current, larger location. In doing so, he expanded its services as well.
“Technology has advanced in everything so much within seed and equipment, and also in the digital ag platform,” Jason said.
In the meantime, Kammy was employed for 15 years as a vet tech both in a small animal clinic in Lincoln and with Nebraska Vet Services in West Point and Dodge. Today, she assists with the family business as do the Meyers’ five sons, especially the older ones.
Both Kammy and Jason grew up in small towns, Kammy in the small southeast Nebraska town of Cook. She chose Northeast—one of only two vet Tch programs close to home at that time—because of its good reputation.
Jason, who was among 14 Dodge High School graduates, appreciated the smaller class sizes and the economy of attending Northeast.
“It was a better fit for me,” he said, and eased his later transfer to UNL.
“I learned there was a world outside of Dodge,” he said, and once he experienced it, he was happy to return to Dodge to set up Meyer Agri-Services.
Funding for the$23 million project is currently being solicited to enhance and expand the agriculture facilities at Northeast Community College. In addition to the College’s commitment of $10 million, Northeast is seeking at least $13 million in private funds to begin the initial phase of construction, which includes a new farm site with a farm office and storage, a large animal handling facility and other farm structures for livestock operations, and a new veterinary technology clinic and classrooms. The new facilities will be located near the Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex on East Benjamin Avenue.
For more information, contact Northeast Community College Associate Vice President of Development and External Affairs Dr. Tracy Kruse, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-844-7056. Online donations can be made through the website agwaternexus.com. Checks can be mailed to: Nexus Campaign, Northeast Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469.
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Kammy and Justin Meyer in their business, Meyer Agri-Services. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)