Catch Up With Chuck Episode 15 Building a Thriving Rural Community with Harry Knobbe


Feb. 22, 2018

Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is rural entrepreneur Harry Knobbe. He is dedicated to the success of his rural community in West Point, Neb. and believes in investing in the future of its leadership and community development.

Knobbe has dedicated more than 50 years to the cattle-feeding industry. A few years after moving onto his farm in 1960, he started Knobbe Commodities, a successful business that now includes six commodities brokers. He believes in the importance of investing in the future of rural leadership and entrepreneurship to help a community thrive.

His participation and leadership, however, extends further than the cattle-feeding industry. His volunteer spirit also can be found in many areas of community involvement. Knobbe is involved in numerous organizations, ranging from agriculture-related groups such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to community economic development groups like Partners in Progress.


“What you’re doing here is going to help a lot of communities… but, at the same time, it doesn’t happen overnight.”

-Harry Knobbe


Knobbe shares RFI’s belief in people’s capacity to shape their own futures. He agrees that a thriving rural community is a hopeful vision backed by grit, and his hope has always persisted in the face of adversity or challenges.


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.