December 26, 1947 – June 29th, 2024

Remembering Edgar Hicks: A Champion for Agriculture and Community

Edgar Hicks, a visionary leader in agriculture and community development, leaves behind a legacy defined by his dedication to fostering agricultural knowledge and community bonds. Growing up in Louisiana during the era of segregation, Edgar was fortunate to have parents who were professionals—a teacher mother and a physician father—who instilled in him a strong sense of community and resilience.

After earning a degree in finance from Pace University in New York City, Edgar embarked on a career that spanned various aspects of agricultural commodities. His journey eventually led him to Nebraska, where he became deeply involved in grain merchandising and risk management consulting. Throughout his career, Edgar’s commitment to agriculture was matched only by his passion for educating future generations.

In Omaha, Edgar became a pivotal figure in promoting agricultural education among youth. He was actively involved in organizations like Carver Grange, where he championed hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), emphasizing leadership skills and fostering an appreciation for careers in agriculture.

Beyond his local impact, Edgar Hicks also contributed globally through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program, where he shared his expertise with farmers in Senegal, assisting in the formation of cooperatives. This experience broadened his understanding of global agricultural systems and reinforced his belief in the interconnectedness of agriculture and community well-being.

Edgar’s passion for agriculture extended beyond his professional endeavors; he was an avid stamp collector, with a collection focused on stamps celebrating agricultural achievements worldwide. His holistic approach to food security and sustainability resonated deeply with those who knew him, as he tirelessly championed the importance of understanding where our food comes from and the impact of agriculture on global issues.

Edgar Hicks’s legacy as a mentor, community leader, and advocate for agricultural education will continue to inspire future generations. His belief that education and community engagement are fundamental to sustainable agriculture leaves an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we remember Edgar Hicks, we honor his enduring legacy and strive to carry forward his vision of a more resilient and connected agricultural community.

In memory of Edgar Hicks, may his passion for agriculture and commitment to community continue to guide and inspire us all.