Monthly Archives: April 2012

LEAD Fellows will report at May meeting

The May meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club will be May 7th at the Lancaster Extension Education Center in Lincoln. We are excited to hear from representatives of the LEAD XXX (30) class: Jamie Bauman and Aaron Raymond!

Jamie is a Research Technologist II in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab  at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, as well as being the UNL Rodeo Association Advisor. Aaron is a Financial Analyst with Farm Credit Services of America. Both will be sharing their experiences of the LEAD program, and what they have yet coming up this year.

The Nebraska LEAD Program began 30 years ago to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska’s future generations. The constant changes that occur in agricultural policy, marketing, economics and technology point to the need for strong leaders to advocate for the heart of Nebraska’s economy–agriculture.

Buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at 12:20 p.m. Meeting registration, which includes lunch, is $10 per person.

Please RSVP below, or by clicking here. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Award nominations forms are out and about!

The Nebraska Agribusiness Club would like to remind everyone that nomination forms for the Public Service to Agriculture  and New Horizon awards are available.

The Public Service to Agriculture award has been presented annually since 1967.  The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Nebraska agriculture and Nebraska agribusiness. See the 2011 Award Recipients here.

The New Horizon Award is an award that recognizes individuals 40 years of age and younger who are upcoming leaders in the agricultural industry.

Nominations for both awards are due by July 16, 2012.  The nomination forms and more information can be found in the links below or by e-mail at

Public Service to Agriculture Award Application

New Horizon Award Application

For guidelines to nominate, click here.

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2012 Omaha Agri-Business Leadership Award is presented to Dr. Allen G. Blezek, PhD

Nebraska Agribusiness Club member, Dr. Alan Blezek, received the 2012 Omaha Agni-Business Leadership Award at the Annual Banquet.

Dr. Blezek was nominated by Larry E. Sitzman and supported by a number of company representatives in the Omaha/Lincoln area.

Dr. Blezek served as the director of the Nebraska LEAD Program for 25 years and during that time participated in international programs in over 90 countries. While at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Blezek was recognized for a number of awards including the Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Educational Service Award.

On the service side, Dr. Blezek served on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board, Nebraska Ag Relations Board and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee.

Dr. Blezek accepted the award and gave tribute to Omaha as a great city with a rich history of Agriculture and Agri-Businesss. He thanked his supporters who gave graciously to the Nebraska LEAD Program and thanked the audience for keeping Agriculture as a vital economic driver for the State of Nebraska.

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Rural Futures Conference, “Connecting Innovation”

Globalization and other factors are rapidly changing the world. To create a successful future, people in rural America must anticipate and manage this ever-changing environment.

With that in mind, the University of Nebraska will host the inaugural Rural Futures Conference May 8-10 at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The theme of the conference is “Connecting Innovation” — a challenge to participants to interact and think boldly about the future of rural Nebraska and the Great Plains.

The conference is open to anyone, especially those interested in ensuring a strong future for rural areas for the benefit of all of Nebraska and the region. Registration for the conference is open until April 30. Cost is $120, which includes all conference events, materials and meals.

“The conference is designed to implant the seeds for a new culture of innovation around the role of higher education in supporting positive rural futures,” said Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Nebraska and Harlan vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Frans Johansson, a New York entrepreneur and author of “The Medici Effect,” will deliver the keynote address, titled “Creating Breakthrough Innovations.” Encouraging conference participants to live and work at “the Intersection,” where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide, Johansson’s talk will emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in ensuring success in rural areas. Johansson has spoken to audiences around the world and his book is an international best seller.

Other speakers and panelists include: Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer; Nebraska native Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California at Berkeley; and Jim Cavaye, associate professor of rural development at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Green and Gov. Dave Heineman will make welcoming remarks for the conference, and NU President James B. Milliken, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen are among the other university leaders who will make remarks.

The third day of the conference, May 10, will be a working session that allows participants to interact and discuss topics related to the future of rural Nebraska, the Great Plains and the world. The day will include a moderated “open space session” so participants can learn from their peers and tackle questions related to the formation of a University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute.

“This conference is truly designed to excite faculty, staff, students, partners and stakeholders to provide feedback and a setting to build robust partnerships to address potential objectives of an institute focused on positive rural futures,” Green said.

More information is at Follow the Rural Futures Conference on Twitter, @rural_futures, (hashtag #RFC2012) and Facebook for the most up-to-date conference details.

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April meeting focused on Nebraska crop numbers for 2012

Michael Irons, commercial manager within ADM’s Oilseed Division, was our guest speaker for the April meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club. Irons’ position with ADM is to oversee the Lincoln and Fremont, Nebraska soybean crush facilities. His responsibilities are primarily centered on the procurement and sales of soybeans and soy products.

Irons began his presentation with a background of ADM and their position in Nebraska. Currently, ADM is consuming around 13% of Nebraska’s crop production. This is about 85 million bushels of soybeans per year, 209 million bushels of corn per year and 19 million bushels of wheat per year in Nebraska.

According to the USDA/NASS Report on March 30, Irons shared some numbers important to the U.S. and Nebraska in terms of stocks and acreage reports. Highlights include:

    • Corn stocks down
      • 8% down in U.S.
      • 10% down in NE
    • Soybean stocks up
      • 10% up in U.S.
      • 37% up in NE
    • Corn acreage
      • U.S. up 96 million acres
      • NE up 10.3 million acres
    • Soybean acreage
      • U.S. down 74 million acres
      • NE down 4.7 million acres
    • Looking forward to 2012-2013
      • Corn supply tight nearby
      • Soybean supply sufficient  nearby
      • Possibly more production in South America
      • 2013 acreage battle
      • Usage/profitability
      • Mother nature

Be sure to mark May 7, 2012 on your calendar for our next meeting at the Lancaster Extension Education Center. You can RSVP here!

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Ag is Sexy and You Know It!

Ag is Sexy and You Know It! What a way to start a meeting! But Dr. Ronnie Green is sincere when he started his presentation about the future of agriculture with this phrase because the future of agriculture is looking so good.

Yet, he did talk about the challenges we have, like the expected growth of world population and producing enough food, staying on the cutting edge of technology, and focusing on food, fuel and water.

Watch these video series (four parts) of Dr. Green’s presentation:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Also, check out Dr. Green’s blog, Innovating Agriculture and Natural Resources to 2025:

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