NWGA Board

Randon Peters, McCook, NE

Randon Peters webRandon was elected to the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association executive board in December 2011. He currently serves as the association president. He was also appointed to chair the domestic trade and policy committee for the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Randon is a fourth generation farmer working with his father, brother, wife and children Ryland and Laney. He farms in Hitchcock and Red Willow counties in southwestern Nebraska. Randon raises certified seed along with corn, soybeans and sunflowers.

He’s been a member of FFA and 4-H, along with a vestry member of the St. Albans Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied agronomy and diversified agriculture.



Michael Thomas Jr., Ogallala, NE


Michael was elected to the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association executive board in December 2009. He currently serves as the past-president and has interest in biotechnology issues for NWGA. Michael is a third generation Nebraska wheat farmer. He lives in Ogallala and farms with his family in Keith, Perkins and Deuel counties. In addition to wheat, Michael also raises corn and dry edible beans.

He is a graduate of the Nebraska LEAD program. When not farming, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, Husker football and traveling.






Brian Schafer, Culbertson, NE

Brian Schaefer web1Brian was elected to the NWGA executive board in December 2014. He currently represents Nebraska on the National Association of Wheat Growers’ research and technology committee. Schafer is a third-generation farmer growing both irrigated and dryland corn, wheat, soybeans and edible beans in Hitchcock and Hayes counties with his brother. Schafer and his wife, Donnetta, have two boys, Tate and Ty.

A graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans., Schafer has served on the Culbertson School Baord. He and his wife are the former owners of Nebraska Bull Service of McCook.





Scott Osler, Elsie, NE

Scott Osler webScott was elected to the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association executive board in December 2012.  He previously served from 2002 through 2010.  In that time, he was President from 2007 to 2009 and served on NAWG’s Domestic and Trade Committee for many years.

Scott is also active in the local community and is currently a member of the Perkins County Schools Board of Education. Scott farms in Perkins and Chase counties near Elsie. He raises wheat, corn, soybeans and certified native grass seed. His operation is both dryland and irrigated on ground that has been in his family for more than 125 years. Scott is married to Debbi and has three daughters. Tori is studying at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Amanda and Josie attend Perkins County High School.




Mark Spurgin, Paxton, NE

Mark owns and operates Spurgin Inc., a diversified dryland-irrigated farm and small feedlot located in Keith, Lincoln and Perkins counties. He raises wheat, corn, edible beans, soybeans, popcorn and feed crops.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, the Colorado School of Banking, and the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Mark has served on many other agriculture committees and organizations. He’s been a member of the West Central District and Keith County Farm Advisory Committee, the Keith County Planning and Zoning Board, the District 7 Commissioner Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association. Mark also traveled with the Governor and the US Meat Export Federation on trade missions to Japan, China, Mexico and Cuba. He is also a member of the American Legion Post #303.



Jeff Ruggles, McCook, NE

Jeff Ruggles web1Jeff was elected to the NWGA executive board in December 2014. He has been part of the family farm operation since he graduated in 1996. He, along with his wife Kelcy, his parents, brother and brother-in-law run a diverse farming operation in Red Willow and Frontier counties. They raise dryland and irrigated wheat, corn and soybeans, have a cow-calf and cattle back grounding operation, and run a trucking and trailer sales business.