Charles Herbster

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Charles Herbster
Personal details
BornFalls City, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Judy Herbster
(m. 1982; died 2017)

Charles W. Herbster is an American businessman, farmer, and politician who is a Republican candidate for the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election. Herbster was briefly a candidate for the 2014 Nebraska gubernatorial election, but withdrew in August 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Herbster is a native of Falls City, Nebraska, where he graduated from Falls City High School. Herbster attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for less than two years before returning to his family's farm after the death of his mother.[1]


As a college student, Herbster was the vice president of the Future Farmers of America. Herbster became a Conklin Company distributor becoming a director in 1977. He later became a majority stakeholder in the company. In 1994, Herbster became the sole owner of the company and has since worked as president, CEO, and COO. In 2019, Herbster acquired Agri-Solutions Inc. Herbster was briefly a candidate for the 2014 Nebraska gubernatorial election, but withdrew in August 2013.[2] Herbster was the national chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign.[3][4][5] After Trump was elected president, Herbster was considered for United States secretary of agriculture and United States deputy secretary of agriculture.[6][7] In November 2020, Herbster declared his candidacy for the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Herbster married his wife, Judith "Judy" Ann Herbster (née Wagg), in 1982. Judy died in 2017.[9][10]


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  7. "Cattle Groups Support a Sonny Perdue/Charles Herbster USDA Team". KTIC Radio. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
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  9. "Herbster, Judith A. 1955-2017". News-Press NOW. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  10. "About Judy's Dream". Retrieved 2021-04-18.

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