Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nebraska Agribusiness Club Celebrates National Agriculture Week

National Agriculture Week is quickly approaching and we are in the final planning stages for our club’s activities!

To kick off the week on Monday, March 5th, a club officer will do a live interview on 96KX, 1240KFOR and 92.9 The Eagle in the 8 am hour. The officer will share some important information about Nebraska agriculture and the club, plus will be giving away prize packages for callers to call in and win!

National Agriculture Day is Thursday, March 8th and we’re celebrating in a BIG way — with a LIVE radio remote at Super Saver on 48th and O St, from 4pm to 6pm. As a member, this is an opportunity for you and your organization to promote, promote, promote! Bring in koozies, recipe cards, pens, educational information, coupons or ANYTHING that you would like to share with Lincoln consumers. ALMOST ANYTHING GOES! For example, the Department of Agriculture is participating at this event by bringing staff members, as well as members of the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council to distribute information and answer questions in the store. The folks at Prairieland Dairy are also coming with a dairy calf (in the parking lot) — HOW EXCITING IS THAT! This live remote can be bigger and better with more of our club members being involved!

If you and your business or organization plan on participating in the live remote in some way, or have additional questions, please talk with Kyla — kyla@nepork.org or 308-529-2880 (cell).

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March 12 meeting to feature Dr. Ronnie Green

We are excited to feature Dr. Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor as our March 12th meeting speaker!

Please note that this is the second Monday of the month, not the first Monday like we regularly meet. Getting  a moment of Dr. Green’s time is valuable and this will be a meeting you won’t want to miss. Read his bio here: Dr. Ronnie Green Biography.

Please RSVP by clicking here or filling out the form below. We are still working out the kinks with our new system, if you have any questions or suggestions, please email nebraskaagribusinessclub@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Legislative issues that affect Nebraska agriculture

The February meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club focused on legislative issues that affect Nebraska agriculture. Craig Head, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation brought forward a few broad, key issues that the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation has their eye on during the 102nd legislative session in Nebraska.

The list of these issues include:

LB 850 – Hadley = Provide an income tax credit for people to move to rural Nebraska areas.
LB 1061 – Heidemann = Change provisions relating to valuation of agricultural land
LB 84 – Fischer = Adopt the Build Nebraska Act and provide for distribution of sales and use tax revenue for road construction
LB 884 – Sullivan = Create an agriculture literacy task force
LB 427 – Cornett = Change the commercial Dog and Cat Breeding Inspection Act
LB 459 – Schilz = Prohibit political subdivisions from defining or assigning legal status for animals inconsistent with personal property status
LB 1057 – Carlson = Change the Nebraska Corn Resources Act
LB 9050 – Carlson = Change the Nebraska Wheat Resources Act

Another issue to pay attention to is term limits. Currently, Senators may serve two, four-year terms before being term limited out. In 2014, there will be 22 open seats (of 49 total senators in our Unicameral) and a number of those 22 open seats are committee chairs. Many districts may struggle to find good candidates willing and able to serve.

To learn more about each issue and to keep up on the most recent legislative information, visit the Nebraska Legislature website.

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Meeting announcements:

  • Ethanol Board Meeting is February 14 – email Gerri Monahan ( geri@inebraska.com)  for more details.
  • Governor’s Ag Conference is February 15-16 in Kearney
  • LEAD recognition is March 9 – email Jeff Monhollon ( JMonhollon@farmersnational.com) for more details.
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Last reminder! RSVP for meeting on February 6th

Please RSVP by tonight for next Monday’s meeting, (Feb. 6) of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club!

We will have two speakers to provide a legislative update on agricultural issues. Craig Head, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations with the Nebraska Farm Bureauwill share information important to all of agriculture across the state, and Mick Mines, lobbyist for the Nebraska Corn Growers Association will look at the specifics in legislation that affect Nebraska’s corn farmers.

The meeting will be held at the Lancaster Extension Education Center in Lincoln. Buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at 12:20 p.m.

Please RSVP by clicking here, then fill out the form and press “Submit”.

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