Monthly Archives: May 2012

Nebraska Agribusiness Club Tour, June 4th

Join the tour! The Nebraska Agribusiness Club hosts a tour every June to show members and guests different aspects of agriculture in the state.

The tour this year will give participants a feel for agribusiness, ethanol production and even a little wine makin’ & tastin’!

UPDATED: On June 4, 2012, the tour will launch at Fox Neighborhood Bar and Grill (1241 Libra Dr.)  This is just south of Southwest High on South 14th Street. at 1:15 pm. The bus will leave at 1:30 pm, heading to E Energy Adams. E Energy Adams, LLC was organized in 2005 for the purpose of developing, building, and operating a dry mill ethanol plant in southeast Nebraska. We will tour the plant and learn about the local economy as well as the products that come from the plant. Part of the tour will include about 3/4 of a mile walk, so please wear comfortable shoes!

We will leave E Energy Adams and head for WunderRosa Winery near Roca, Nebraska. The winery opened in 2009 offering four wines and have added new ones every year since. Participates will be able to walk through the vineyard full of Frontenac and LaCrosse grapes, as well as tour the wine-making facilities. Wine tasting and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

We will plan to arrive back to the Pioneer site around 6:00 pm. Feel free to wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and get ready to learn about the diversities of Nebraska agriculture!

Guests and/or spouses are encouraged to attend. The tour registration, which includes bus, food and beverages, is $10 per person.

Please plan to join us for the day! You can RSVP by clicking here or by filling out the form below.

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USDA celebrates 150 years on May 15 and throughout 2012

In 2012, USDA will commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA Factoids:

  • Since 1944, USDA has built thousands of small dams on upstream watersheds to control floods and supply water in rural areas across the country. 
  • In 1900, the average size farm was 146 acres, three times smaller than the average of 487 acres in 1997.
  • The USDA Bureau of Biological Survey, established in 1905, was one of the first federal agencies committed to wildlife conservation.
  • In 1900, 39.2 percent of the US population lived on farms, compared to 1.8 percent in 1990.
  • The Hatch Act of 1887 established experiment stations in each Of the states, laying the foundation for dramatic advances in all agricultural science over the subsequent decades
  • Through the 19th century, seed distribution was the USDA’s single largest activity. By 1897, the Department had distributed 1.1 billion packets of seed. 
  • During the 1930s, the USDA directed the work of tens of thousands of young men enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Did you know in 2007, eighty-eight percent of farms are small, and these farms account for 64 percent of farm assets, including 63 percent of the land owned by farms?
  • One of the most significant changes in the 2007 Census of Agriculture is the increase in female farm operators, both in terms of the absolute number and the percentage of all principle operators.  There were 306,209 female principle operators counted in 2007, up from 237,819 in 2002 an increase of almost 30 percent.
  • During the 19th and early 20th centuries, USDA scientists explored foreign countries for plant species with potential  beneficial uses for American agriculturalists.
  • In 1980, more than 69 million eggs were produced compared to more than 90 million eggs produced in 2010.
  • Between 1985 and 2002, APHIS intercepted more than 7,000 different species  of plant pests at U.S. ports of entry.  Many of these pests could have severely  harmed our agriculture and environment if they had become established in our country.
  • Peanuts are a great snack anytime, especially at the ballpark.  Did you know that the smallest yield was 623 pounds per acre in 1943 and the largest yield, was 3,426 pounds per acre in 2008?
  • 1900-1910 George Washington Carver, director of agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute, and soybeans, thus helping to diversify southern agriculture, pioneered in finding new uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes.
  • In 1986, APHIS licensed the world’s first vaccine derived from recombinant DNA

The first shipment of Japanese cherry trees sent for planting in Washington DC arrived in 1910, heavily infested with plant pests, and had to be burned.  Japanese scientists worked with USDA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (a predecessor group) to ensure the second shipment would be safe to plant.  The second shipment of trees arrived and was planted in 1912.
(Note:  Japanese Cherry Trees will be planted in Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, on April 27, 2012)  – see legislative resolution below
LR609 Recognize the 2012 Gift of Trees Centennial and the friendship between Japan and the United States

WHEREAS, 2012 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the gift of three thousand cherry blossom trees from Tokyo, Japan, to Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital; and

WHEREAS, the gifted trees were planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a two-week celebration recognizing the international friendship between the United States and Japan and the arrival of spring; and

WHEREAS, as part of the one hundredth anniversary, the government of Japan will be gifting cherry blossom trees to cities across the country; and

WHEREAS, Omaha, sister city to Shizuoka, Japan, has been designated as a recipient of the gift of trees; and

WHEREAS, the trees will be planted in Lauritzen Gardens and will be presented in a ceremony on April 27, 2012, Arbor Day.



1. That the Legislature recognizes the 2012 Gift of Trees Centennial and the enduring friendship between Japan and the United States of America.

2. That a copy of this resolution be presented to the Consul General of Japan at Chicago, OKAMURA Yoshifumi.


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LEAD XXX Fellows share on seminar to Ireland, Scotland, England

Jamie Bauman and Aaron Raymond, LEAD XXX Fellows were our guest speakers at the May meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club yesterday at the Lancaster Extension Education Center in Lincoln.  Jamie and Aaron spoke about their LEAD Study/Travel Seminar to Ireland, Scotland and England earlier this year. While on seminar, they toured grain and livestock farms, dairies, distilleries and had time for some tourist activities like visiting castles, libraries and old cities.

Their presentation is split into to videos (part 1 and 2 as labeled below) or click here to watch on our YouTube page. Enjoy!

Our next meeting will be our annual bus tour on June 4th. Save the date!

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