Agriculturalist of the Year
Mr. Ray Erbele
Ray grew up on a farm and ranch in Logan County, North Dakota. He graduated from Streeter High School in 1963, and pursued his secondary degree at NDSU, where he graduated in 1967 with a degree in agricultural education. After graduating from college, he taught high school vocational agriculture in Ashley and Gackle for 10 years. He attributes most of his success to the unwavering support from his wife Carol, their two children, Tim and Tammy, and many other family and friends.
Ray has been involved in many leadership and community roles, so much that it almost won’t fit on one page! He’s been involved on the Logan County Water Board, along with serving as the chairman for a number of years. He also served on Logan County Soil Conservation District Board for 23 years. Beyond that, he’s been involved in North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, North Dakota Beef Commission for six years, three of which he served as chairman, National Cattleman’s Association, he served as a director of the Federation of State Beef Councils of NCBA, director of US Meat Export Federation on a national level, and he was recently appointed by US Department of Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue to serve in one of two positions to represent North Dakota as a national director on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
While Ray has involved himself in production agriculture on a national level, he still remains true to his roots. Beyond the beef world, Ray plays an active part in the church and community. Today Ray is a part-owner of Napoleon Livestock, where he’s been a prominent figure for over 20 years. He continues to farm and ranch on a diversified crop and cattle operation with his son outside of Streeter, North Dakota. He’s a devoted Christian and is always willing to share God’s word.
But the most distinguishing feature of Ray is his humbleness. He is truly passionate for agriculture and is an exceptional example of what an advocate for the agricultural industry looks like.