Join the Nebraska Agribusiness Club for the January 6, 2014 ‘Lunch-n-Learn’ meeting at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherry Creek Road, Lincoln, NE. Click here for directions.
The first meeting of the year will be an exciting one! Club Board members and officers will be announcing and explaining some of the important structure changes to the Club. Additionally, the club will be presenting checks to the four groups we provide sponsorship to, and allow them a few minutes to present to the group. We will also recap what we discuss during the Board planning meeting and ask for volunteers to help carry out the many exciting projects we have planned.
We also encourage you to bring a potential new member! Share with them the importance of being involved in our Club and encourage them to participate with us. Dues for 2014 will be due at this January meeting. Feel free to fill out the 2014 membership form and bring it with you or send to the address listed.
2014 NE ABC Membership Application
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 (unless you have already paid for the inclusive membership). Guests are $10 per person.
RSVP below or on the RSVP page by December 20 at 5:00 p.m.!
For the third straight year, the Nebraska Agribusiness Club is adopting a family through the CEDARS program. Again this year, the club held an After Hours even to raise donations for the family – $375. Read about our adopted families in 2011 and 2012.
The “adopted” family this year is Genni and Justin. They are the parents of a 7-month-old son, Aaron and are expecting another child in April. Justin suffers from PTSD from being in Afghanistan and is working with the local VA Hospital to manage his depression. He has not been able to work since coming home from the war. Genni works part time and is the sole provider for the family. They have been involved in the CEDARS Healthy Families America program since September 2013. Genni did not breastfeed as long as she hoped with Aaron, and really wants to be successful in breastfeeding her new baby for at least one year. Genni and Justin do not have family in town and they won’t be seeing them this Christmas either, so having a family in town “adopt” them would be special to them.
Aaron is a 7 month old boy who loves crawling around and being on the floor playing and reading books. For Christmas, Aaron would love a Vtech alphabet activity cube or a Fisher Price laugh & learn stride to ride puppy. He would also enjoy a Baby Einstein Sea Dreams soother or board books like Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, and I Love You Forever. He will be wearing 12-18 months and needs footie pajamas (non character preferably), and fun socks (polka dots or stripes). Aaron LOVES music so any Baby Einstein Baby Bach & Baby Mozart cd’s Rock-a-bye Baby Lullaby Renditions would be perfect.
A few of the club officers shopped for the family this week and the CEDARS staff was very appreciative of the donation.
Three Nebraskans were awarded for their service and dedication to agriculture at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s 47th annual awards banquet November 7th at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln.
The 2013 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture are Ken Pohlman of Omaha, and Gerald Schmidt of Jansen. The club also recognized Deanna Karmazin of Lincoln as the New Horizon Award honoree.
Ken Pohlman is most noted for his work with Midwest Laboratories, of which he is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Since its opening in 1975, Ken has grown the company from a single building, to a seven building campus that houses over 130 employees. Ken’s experiences in agronomy and laboratory management date back to 1964 and include work with Harris Laboratories, Inc. in Lexington and Northrup King and Company in Norfolk. Ken and his wife Beverly are the parents of two married children, Brent (Michele) Pohlman of Omaha, Nebraska, and Amy (David) Reuter of Bellevue, Washington, and grandparents to seven grandchildren.
Gerald Schmidt and his wife Marcia farm with his two brothers and a brother-in-law. Their farming operation produces irrigated and dry-land crops, broiler chickens and hogs. It is Gerald’s dedication to the board room that makes him deserving of the award. Gerald served two terms on the board of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Plymouth, including serving as chair at the time of merger with Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester and continues in that role today. Gerald has also actively served on the Board of MBA Poultry, America’s Premium Pork Cooperative, Triumph Foods LLC, and the Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation. Gerald is a member of LEAD Group VI, and recognized as the LEAD Outstanding Nebraska Alumni in 2001.
Deanna Karmazin has a passion for agricultural education that has guided her 16 year career thus far. From 1996-2011 Deanna served as a UNL Extension Associate in Lancaster County. During her tenure she educated countless students not only in her 4-H activities, but also in programs she developed to educate urban youth about agriculture. Since March of 2011, Deanna has served as the State Director for the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program. This role allows her the opportunity to work together with teachers across the state to integrate agriculture literacy into their classrooms. Deanna is a member of LEAD Group XXIX. Deanna and her husband Steve are the parents of twins, Chris and Lauren.