Monthly ‘Lunch-n-Learn’ meetings will be held at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherry Creek Road, Lincoln, NE unless otherwise noted. Click here for directions.
Buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at 12:20 p.m. Meeting registration, which includes lunch, is $20 per person (unless you have already paid your membership).
2018 Meeting Calendar
January 8, 2018 – Bruce Rieker, Vice President of Governmental Relations for Nebraska Farm Bureau will be speaking to the club about the upcoming legislative session, top priorities impacting agriculture, and potential bills to be introduced.
February 5, 2018 – Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust will be speaking to the club about the background of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, projects they have contributed to, and the focus of their current efforts.
March 5, 2018 – Steve Wellman, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will tell us about his background and give a general update of the Department of Ag.
April 2, 2018 – Lincoln Premium Poultry Speakers – Jessica Kolterman & Walt Shafer of Lincoln Premium Poultry which is a Nebraska-based company created in collaboration with Costco Wholesale to source and process chickens in Nebraska through local Nebraska farmers. Costco is currently in the process of building a state-of-the-art processing facility, feed mill, and hatchery in the industrial park in Fremont, NE. At peak production, the new facility will process roughly 2 million chickens per week, grown on approximately 125-150 farms around the region, and will employ between 800-1000 people. Walt Shafer (a chicken farmer) serves as the COO and project manager of Lincoln Premium Poultry. Walt’s poultry experience spans over three decades. At one point in his career, he was responsible for over 26 production facilities at one time. Additionally, Walt is a chicken farmer and has four of his own barns at his home in his home state of Virginia.
May 7, 2018 – Justin Raikes from EpiCrop will discuss the epigenetic technology they are using to improve crop yields.
June 4, 2018 – Annual Bus Tour
8:15 a.m. Board Bus at Lancaster Extension Office
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Rotella’s Italian Bakery
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Claas
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. DTN (lunch & tour)
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hop Producers
August 9, 2018 – Saltdogs Baseball Game
October 1, 2018 – Jessica Herrmann, Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs with Nebraska Cattlemen will present about lab grown meat and other current issues to Nebraska cattlemen.
November 1, 2018 – 52nd Annual Banquet
November 15, 2018 – Fall Social for Cedars Family at Blue Blood Brewery from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 3, 2018 – Lunch-n-Learn
2017 Meeting Calendar
January 9, 2017
Jana McGuire with the Center of Food Integrity will speak about “The Transparency Revolution: What Consumers Expect from Food and Ag to Earn Their Trust”.
February 6, 2017
Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss and Dean Steve Waller from UNL will be discussing CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP).
March 6, 2017
Dr. Rod Moxley from UNL will be speaking about the $25 million STEC CAP Grant, UNL has managed for the past five years. The grant involves coordinating 17 other universities, the USDA, and other government institutions to show how Shiga-Toxin producing E. Coli gets into our food supply.
April 3, 2017
John Heaston with Aquamart will discuss the new program starting from the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA). They are focused on linking targeted on-farm water management practices to the larger framework of water use, conservation, and management across the state.
May 1, 2017
Scott Young with the Food Bank of Lincoln will discuss projects they are working on along with different types of events and fundraisers they hold. Please bring nonperishable items to donate to the Food Bank of Lincoln.
June 5, 2017 – Annual Bus Tour
8:15 a.m. Meet at Lancaster Extension Center to Board bus
8:30 a.m. Depart from Lancaster Extension Center
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Tour Bayer Crop Science Beaver Crossing Breeding and Trait Development Station
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tour Pellet Technology USA
Lunch (11:30 – 1:00 p.m.) Hosted by Central Valley Ag Leadership Team
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Tour Pioneer Seed Corn Production
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tour Junto Winery & Vineyard (Seward)
5:00 p.m. Tentatively arrive back at Lancaster Extension Center
August 1, 2017 – Saltdogs Baseball Game
October 2, 2017 – Lunch-n-Learn
November 2, 2017 – 51st Annual Banquet
November 14, 2017 – Fall Social at Code Brewing
December 4, 2017 – Lunch-n-Learn
2016 Meeting Calendar
January 4, 2016 – Willow Holoubek is the Executive Director of Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) will be introducing a new consumer education campaign entitled “Farmers and Ranchers Deliver”.
February 1, 2016 – Dave Anthony, a senior PhD student at Nimbus Lab will be our speaker. He will be giving an overview of some of the work at Nimbus Lab and his particular work on aerial (from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)) canopy sensing and measurement.
March 7, 2016 – Torri Lienemann and her husband Trevor own and operate their family farm, Lienemann Cattle Co. Torri will be sharing her experience raising cattle and heading up the 2016 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska.
April 4, 2016 – Vishal Singh, CEO and Founder of Quantified Ag will be speaking about his company’s “bio-metric sensing ear tags” and technology use in agriculture.
May 2, 2016 – Chad Spohn from the Archer Daniels Midland soy processing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska will be speaking about their soybean crushing program and soybean oil.
June 6, 2016 – Annual Bus Tour
8:30 a.m. Meet at Lancaster Extension Center to board the bus.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Tour Neogen
10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tour LI-COR
Box lunches at arboretum on East Campus
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Tour Commodity Trading Room on UNL East Campus
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Tour and enjoy Empyrean Brewing Company
4:30 p.m. Arrive back at Lancaster Extension Center
July 28, 2016 – Summer Meeting/Social
October 3, 2016 – Micah Wells from Neogen will be speaking about some of their new research they are doing.
November 3, 2016 – 50th Annual Banquet
November 17, 2016 – Fall Social at Firespring
December 5, 2016 – Dairy Specialist Jeff Keown will be speaking about his IT tags tracking cows to cars and back to cows.
2015 Meeting Recap
January 5, 2015
Jay Rempe from Nebraska Farm Bureau will be in to talk about the upcoming 90-day session in the Nebraska Legislature which starts on January 7th. He will discuss what potential bills could be introduced and which Legislators that he will be interested in meeting with during the session.
February 2, 2015 – Lunch-n-Learn (cancelled due to weather)
March 2, 2015 – Amy Dickerson, Managing Director of the Lancaster Event Center. The Lunch-n-Learn will be held at the Lancaster Event Center.
March 16, 2015 – Farmland documentary at the Grand Theater downtown
April 6, 2015 – Greg Hollingshead with Homeland Security and Ag Bioterrorism
May 4, 2015 – Susan Littlefield, 2015 President of National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB)
June 1, 2015 – Bus Tour
August 13, 2015 – Saltdog’s Game and Social Event
October 5, 2015 – Nebraska Department of Economic Development
November 5, 2015 – 49th Annual Banquet Honoring Public Service to Agriculture
November 18, 2015 – Holiday Social at Blue Blood Brewing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for Cedar Family
December 7, 2015 – Dr. Matt Blomstedt from the Nebraska Department of Education
2014 Meeting Recap
January 6, 2014 – Lunch-n-Learn update from Officers & Board
February 3, 2014
Come hear from Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers who will share with us details about their operations and answer questions about how they keep up with all the changes in agriculture today at our February meeting.
Dave Nielsen, Lincoln
Todd Reed, Waverly
Walt Traudt, Clay Center
Geral Schmidt, Jensen
Dan Rice, Firth
March 3, 2014
B&R Stores & Ag Week
We will take the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on the road to B&R Stores HQ (4554 W St, Lincoln, NE 68503). For a lunch & Learn with Marty Jarvis their Marketing Director to learn about how modern day grocery stores operate, how many products they carry and why that number keeps growing? We will also hear about the clubs plans for National Ag Day/Week (March 25th) at their local Russ’s Market stores.
March 24-29, 2014 – Ag Week
April 7, 2014
Oxbow Animal Health
Come hear from John Miller about the history of his fifth generation farm in Murdock, NE. During this time, hay was the lifeblood from which they grew and nurtured their animals. It was important that every harvest meet the absolute highest standards. Out of that commitment grew the foundation of Oxbow Animal Health. Miller has created an internationally-recognized brand that has become the most trusted name in small animal nutrition, from loyal customers to top veterinarians.
May 5, 2014
Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes a diverse portfolio of animal health medicines and vaccines designed to meet the real-world needs of veterinarians and the livestock farmers and companion animal owners they support.
Mike Morgan the Operational Leader of the Lincoln facility will be our presenter to discuss their change from under the Pfizer umbrella to Zoetis. What new things they have on tap for their Lincoln Plant. He will also bring with him Tom Evans, DVM, and Jack Coogan, EHS Director to help with the presentation and answer any detailed questions about their products.
June 2, 2014 (All Day Bus Tour)
8:15 AM Load Bus and Leave for Omaha from Walmart Supercenter, 3400 N 85th St, Lincoln, NE 68507
9:15 AM Arrive a Rotella’s Bakery Plant 108th & Harrison
10:30 AM Arrive at Midwest Labs
11:45 AM Arrive at Farm Credit Services Offices for Lunch, Education and Tour
2:00 PM Arrive at Claas Manufacturing to view video and tour of manufacturing facility
3:30 PM Tour & Tasting at Nebraska Brewing Company
5:30 PM Tentative time to return to Walmart Supercenter
Take me out to the ballgame! Join us for a night at the baseball game with the Club. More info to come.
October 6, 2014
Jeff Buttner, Public Relations Coordinator from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) will be our guest to talk about the integrated water management approach they take to the water projects they manage.
“It is Central’s goal to continue to serve the agricultural-based community in south-central Nebraska by protecting and utilizing in a sustainable and ecologically balanced manner all of the natural resources available to us to provide reliable and reasonably priced surface water irrigation and ground water recharge while producing electric power and preserving and enhancing our quality of life and the natural environment in which we live … It is important that these activities be undertaken with the abiding conviction in, and understanding of, our overriding obligation to be good stewards of the region’s environment and its land and water resources.”
November 6, 2014
Annual Club Banquet
November 13, 2014
Nebraska Wineries- James Arthur Vineyards
2013 Meeting Recaps
January 7, 2013 – Featured Senator Tom Carlson
February 4, 2013 – Featured Chuck Hibberd, the new Dean of Extension at UNL
March 4, 2013 – Featured a Nebraska Department of Agriculture update
March 19, 2013 – National Ag Week social at the Nebraska Club sponsored by the University of Nebraska Foundation from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. $10 donation at the door which will be used to purchase the Farm Bureau ag book of the year “First Peas to the Table” for LPS school libraries.
April 1, 2013 – Featured Abraham Oommen from GeneSeek in Lincoln
May 6 – Dan Rice from Prairieland Dairy
June 3 – Club Tour to Nebraska City
August 7 – Welcome-Back Social at the Saltdogs Game
October 7- regular meeting
November 7– Annual Club Banquet
November – charity social for Cedars family
December 2 – regular meeting
2012 Meeting Recaps
- January 9, 2012
- February 6, 2012
- March 12, 2012
- April 2, 2012
- May 7, 2012
- June 4, 2012 – Club Tour
- August 20, 2012
- October 1, 2012
- November 1, 2012 – Awards Banquet, Hillcrest Country Club
- December 3, 2012