December 1 Lunch-n-Learn featuring Central Valley Ag

Kent Schultz, Director of Marketing for Central Valley AgJoin us on Monday, December 1 for a lunch-n-learn meeting at the Lancaster Extension Education Center to hear from Kent Schultz, Director of Marketing, for Central Valley Ag. Kent will discuss the merger between United Farmers Cooperative and Central Valley Ag. He will talk about why they decided to merge and what benefits and opportunities it brings to local growers near their 66 locations in Nebraska and Kansas.

Please RSVP in the form below if you can attend. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Club Banquet reservations due Oct. 23!


Have you sent in your banquet reservation form yet? We would love for you to join us in two weeks!

The Nebraska Agribusiness Club will be honoring two individuals for the Public Service to Agriculture Award and one for the New Horizon Award.

The banquet will be Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O Street, Lincoln, NE  68520. Reception starts at 5:30 pm with dinner starting at 6:30 pm. Entertainment to be announced!

We ask that you please reserve your seats by October 23rd for $25 per ticket. After October 23rd until the day of the event, tickets prices increase to $30.

Please click below for the form:

2014 Banquet Reservation Form

Print and fill out form. Then send with your cash/check made payable to Nebraska Agribusiness Club (we are sorry but cannot accept credit card) by Thursday, October 23rd to:

Nebraska Agribusiness Club

PO Box 94891

Lincoln, NE 68509

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Update your membership today!

Get a head start on filling out your membership form for the 2015 calendar year!

2015 NE ABC Membership Application

All memberships will be $100.  Membership benefits: all networking and educational lunch and learn meetings, summer meeting/social, annual tour and one free lunch card for a guest.  Fall social and annual banquet are NOT included, tickets will be sold separately.

***We ask that all members RSVP to all events to help with meal count planning***

Non-members pay $20 each for monthly Lunch and Learn meetings, summer meeting/social and annual tour.

2014 Summary:

  • The club met seven times for Lunch and Learn networking and educational opportunities. Meetings typically are held the first Monday of the month at the Lancaster County Extension Educational Center, 444 Cherry Creek Road, Lincoln.  Lunch registration starts at 11:30 am with the meeting concluding at 1:00 pm.    All paid members received one Free Lunch Card to give to a guest.
  • A complete list of 2014 Lunch and Learn meetings can be found at org. Speakers included a farmer/rancher panel, representatives from B&R Stores, Oxbow Animal Health, Zoetis, Central Nebraska Public Power, etc.
  • During Ag Week, a matching grant of $5,000 was raised for the Food Bank.
  • On the one-day summer bus tour, members and guests, toured Rotella’s Bakery Plant, Midwest Labs, Farm Credit Services, Claas Manufacturing and concluded with a stop at Nebraska Brewing Company.
  • The summer meeting/social in August was during a Saltdogs baseball game.
  • The Club adopted a Cedar’s family for Christmas and held a social in November as a fundraiser
  • 3 honorees were recognized at the 48th Annual Banquet in November.
    • Public Service to Agriculture Award: Don Anthony & Stan Jensen
    • New Horizon Award: Brandon Hunnicutt

Tentative 2015 Meeting/Event Dates

January 5 – Lunch and Learn

February 2 – Lunch and Learn

March 2 – Lunch and Learn

March – Ag Week Activities

April 6 – Lunch and Learn

May 4 – Lunch and Learn

June – Annual Bus Tour

August – Summer Meeting/Social

October 5 – Lunch and Learn

November 5 – 49th Annual Banquet

November – Fall Social

December 7 – Lunch and Learn


Come join us.

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Social at James Arthur Vineyards – November 13th

ballardThe Nebraska Agribusiness Club will hold a fundraiser for Cedars Youth Services at James Arthur Vineyards on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Barb and Jim Ballard will host our club for an afterhours tour of James Arthur Nebraska’s Largest Vineyard and pair about 4-5 wine selections with food provided by their caterer.

There will be a $15 free will donation asked to be donated to everyone who attends the event to raise money for Holidays gifts for needy families from Cedars Children. Feel free to bring family or guest – all participants, regardless of membership, will be asked to give for the fundraiser.

James Arthur Vineyards
2001 W Raymond Rd
Raymond, NE 68428

RSVP now for you and your guests because space is limited for this great event.

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August 7th Lincoln Saltdogs Game Club Social

rounddog_wordsTake me out to the ballgame! Join the Nebraska Agribusiness Club for a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game on Thursday, August 7th at 7pm!

Your ticket will include your seat to the game and a meal of hamburger/ hotdog, chips & drink. It’s also “Thirsty Thursday” so beers are $1. Our group has an area reserved under the press box in the 2nd deck behind the home plate. Snitily Carr has also offered their suite to enjoy the game or to just enjoy some AC for a while. Anyone attending the game can go back and forth from their seat to the suite.

The best part, this event is free for inclusive members and only $10 for standard members, guests & kids. This is a family friendly event and a great place for kids.

Please RSVP in the form below by Monday, August 4thby 12 noon to reserve your tickets for you and your family/guests. We will have a club officer outside the main entrance by the large baseballs between 6:30-6:50pm to pick up your ticket(s) unless other arrangements are made.

We look forward to seeing you all out at the ballgame!

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Club tour a success!

FCS16By Morgan Zumpfe, Nebraska Corn Board intern

Approximately 45 members and friends of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club had a great day for a tour on June 2 as we headed to Omaha to tour Rotella’s Bakery Plant, Midwest Labs, Farm Credit Services, Claas and Nebraska Brewing Company.

We started the day at Rotella’s Italian Bakery. Most of us have either seen or bought the Rotella brand of bread, so it was interesting to visualize the process behind the red, white, and green packaged loaf. One of the most striking things to me was that this business started with one man raising his own wheat, grinding it to flour, and selling the bread to local customers in 1850 in Italy. This business continues to strive today in the 5th generation. Rotella’s story reminded me of a lot of our family farm stories- started with one family’s ambitious, entrepreneurial spirit and has made it through the tests of time with sweat, persistence, and new technology.

Our next stop was Midwest Labs. This company will test anything related to agriculture, environmental, feed/pet food, human food, and fuel. It was amazing how much technology is utilized to find exact data. We even got to see the brand new lab that will be utilized by the human food department, since human food research has expanded so much that the department has outgrown its current area.

Our group was ready for lunch by the time we got to Farm Credit Services of America. We were treated to a delicious lunch by FCS as we heard a rundown of the organization. As we spoke with the employees and toured the facilities, many reasons were evident that FCS was voted Best Place to Work in both Omaha and Iowa. FCS employees work together in teams and enjoy a very horizontal structure. It is also notable that the FCS building itself was beautiful. Every piece of architecture was meant to represent a piece of agriculture. The staircases looked like augers, carpet looked like grass, and brick looked like wheat swaying in the breeze-just to name a couple of features. It was obvious that FCS is passionate about agriculture and helping rural America prosper. The atmosphere was so vibrant and full of energy that I would love to get the chance to be able to work with or for Farm Credit Services of America someday.

The German company, CLAAS Manufacturing, was our next stop. Since our agricultural machinery market is dominated by John Deere and Case IH, I was not very familiar with CLAAS. I learned that CLAAS makes the majority of combines and tractors in Europe, but expanded to North America in 1979. You probably associate CLAAS with Caterpillar since they were run cooperatively from 1999 to 2002. This is why you have seen CLAAS equipment in Caterpillar’s mustard yellow color. However, CLAAS has been independent since 2002 and will soon start producing combines in their actual lime green, red, and white colors. Omaha is the North American CLAAS headquarters, where we got to watch LEXION combines move down the assembly line. Only about 40% of the pieces for the combines are U.S. sourced; the rest of the work and assembly is done in Germany, such as the painting. However, most of it gets put together in Omaha, which takes about a week. CLAAS is expanding rapidly in the North American market, and I think that they will continue to become more and more common to see in our fields.

The Nebraska Brewing Company, a much anticipated last stop, was a refreshing end to our day. Our group was walked through the process of beer making. We learned that the color of the beer did not indicate the alcohol concentration- it was actually the hops added to the process. The members of our group enjoyed being treated to a free sample of the specialty beers. The Nebraska Brewing Company is increasing capacity and business quickly, and it was exciting to see their progress.

Overall, this was a day well spent. I think it is important for individuals to get out in the world and experience things that they are not used to. If this does not happen, it is all too easy to become narrow–minded instead of considering how actions will affect the whole industry. The Nebraska Agribusiness Club is a group of warm, welcoming individuals who have a lot of interesting stories to share. This is an outstanding professional organization to get involved in if you like meeting new people and learning about agriculture.

Find all picture on our Facebook page!

A big thanks to Club Vice President, Doug Carr, for setting up the tour!!

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Club Tour – June 2, 2014

Join the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on June 2, 2014 as we head to Omaha to tour Rotella’s Bakery Plant, Midwest Labs, Farm Credit Services, Claas and Nebraska Brewing Company for our All-Day club tour!

All inclusive members can participate in the tour for free; standard members and guests will pay $10 for the tour.

More details to come!

Tour Agenda – June 2, 2014

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

The tour is limited to the first 56 people. Please RSVP by MAY 23 using the form below.

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National Ag Day event a success!

russ's marketThe Nebraska Agribusiness Club celebrated National Ag Day, March 25, with an event put on with help from KX96.9 and Russ’s Market. In addition to supporting Russ’s Market’s 50th Anniversary, the club helped promote National Ag Day and Russ’s Market commitment to “Real. Local. Proud to support our Nebraska Growers and Producers.

During our event, we had representatives from all across Nebraska’s agricultural industry. Prairieland Dairy had milk and cheese samples, Nebraska Pork Producers parked their wrapped bus in front of the store and had samples of pork tenderloin, the Nebraska Beef Council had tasty steak samples, Nebraska Soybean Board – Bean Team shared smoothies, Nebraska Corn Board handed out popcorn samples, Nebraska Wheat Board had cookies, and CommonGround volunteers gave kids pencils and shared with consumers recipes while having conversations about their farm and food.

The Food Bank of Lincoln was also on hand as well to promote the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s offer to DOUBLE your DOLLARS (up to $5000). More exciting info on this to come!

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National Ag Day Activities

russ's marketThe Nebraska Agribusiness Club will celebrate National Ag Day with an event put on with help from KX96.9 on Tuesday, March 25th from 4p-6p at Russ’s Market 70th & Van Dorn. In addition to supporting Russ’s Market’s 50th Anniversary, we will be promoting National Ag Day and Russ’s Market commitment to “Real. Local. Proud to support our Nebraska Growers and Producers.

During our event, we will be offering samples and have confirmations from:

Prairieland Dairy MILK
Nebraska Pork Producers wrapped BUS parked in the parking lot and sampling PORK TENDERLOIN
Beef Council with sampling
Nebraska Soybean Board – Bean Team with SMOOTHIES
Nebraska Corn Board POPCORN samples
CommonGround – speaker representative to talk about Ag in NE at the event
and more!

The Food Bank of Lincoln is also planning to be on hand as well to promote the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s offer to DOUBLE your DOLLARS (up to $5000). Come out support the local agriculture and raise money for the Food Bank. Or you can give on-line in the Virtual Store the food bank set-up for the Nebraska Agribusiness Club.

We would be thrilled to have even more folks join us – feel free to pass along the invitation, and see you on Ag Day!National-Ag-Day

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47th Annual NE ABC Banquet

Join us for the 47th Annual Banquet Honoring Public Service to Agriculture on November 7 at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O Street, Lincoln, NE. Click here for directions.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend the banquet is $25.00 if you register before October 23rd. (The cost jumps to $30 after October 23rd through the day of the event.)

Please RSVP below now and print out and send in your 2013 Nebraska Agribusiness Club Banquet Reservation Form with payment.

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