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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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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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Club adopts a CEDARS family this holiday

after hours nov 12For 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.

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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.


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Club Tour 2013 {Nebraska City}

The Nebraska Agribusiness Club Tour was a success! Thank you to those who were able to join us.


The day started out heading East from Lincoln to Nebraska City. The first stop was the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum. The museum just opened to the public this past April and was a great display of the Kregel family’s business of water-pumping windmills. For more history, click hereDSC04056 DSC04059 DSC04058

Next the tour took us to the Arbor Tree Farm where we had a Renewable Fuels Tour  and completed an Awesome Adventure, much like an Amazing Race competition. We were able to learn about wildlife, the farm, the greenhouse and more during this adventure.DSC04066 DSC04068 ??????????????????????????????? DSC04071 DSC04072

Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard hosted the group for lunch where were given a great intro on their history and their business, as well as a hayrack ride and wine tasting/apple barn tour. DSC04073 DSC04074To see all of the pictures from the tour, see our Facebook photo album.


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Dan Rice, PrairieLand Dairy, shares about dairy, sustainability and healthy soil

Club members and guests heard from Dan Rice of PrairieLand Dairy at the May Lunch -n-Learn meeting in Lincoln. Dan shared about his role at the dairy, the future direction and plans for the business.

Please watch it if you missed the meeting!

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Club learns about genomics, GeneSEEK in Lincoln

Club members and guests heard from Abraham Oommen at the April Lunch -n-Learn meeting. Oommen is a co-founder of GeneSEEK. GeneSeek provides comprehensive agrigenomic and veterinary diagnostic solutions and services for the agricultural biotechnology industry.

Since 1998, GeneSeek has assisted customers spanning the genotyping continuum from research and development to focused genetic markers. GeneSeek provides customers with the services and expertise to assist in areas such as SNP profiling, marker assisted selection (MAS), disease diagnostics, and identity management. With capabilities in place to provide ultrahigh throughput solutions at extremely competitive prices, GeneSeek is a leading global provider of DNA testing for farm animal improvement, and veterinary diagnostic testing and surveillance.

Mr. Oommen’s presentation was very interesting – please watch it if you missed the meeting!

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March meeting to update club from Department of Agriculture

ne_dept_of_agricultureJoin us for the upcoming Lunch & Learn Meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on March 4th, 2013 at the Northern Lights HyVee, 84th & Holdrege Street in Lincoln. Map It location here.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be giving an update.  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).

Please RSVP here.

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Dean of Extension shares areas of focus, new outreach

At the Monday meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club, Dean of Extension, Dr. Chuck Hibberd, gave a great insight to the way Extension Educators are helping the agricultural communities across the state.

Hibberd first shared about the role of the county agent in 1953 and how it looks a little different today in 2013 as an Extension Educator. The tools of the trade have changed for these educators as well.IMG_1018

He noted six areas that the Extension program are trying to focus on: Beef; Child and Youth; Crops for the Future; Entrepreneurship; Food, Nutrition and Health; and Water and the Environment.


Lastly, Dr. Hibberd shared some great web resources that are available from Extension:

Enjoy the video of Dr. Chuck Hibberd:

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New officers for a new year

Nappy New Year! We’d like to introduce you to the 2013 Nebraska Agribusiness Club officer team.

Mat HabrockStepping into the President role from President-Elect is Mat Habrock. Mat works as the Field Services Director for the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA).  NeCGA is a membership-based organization striving to improve Nebraska’s corn industry through leadership development, advocacy and education.  Mat received a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness with an emphasis in Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Jeff Monhollon2Going from Vice President to President-Elect is Jeff Monhollon. Jeff is a Farm Manager with Farmers National Company.  Farmers National Company provides various Real Estate Services to absentee landowners. Jeff has been very active in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).  He has served as Nebraska State Chapter President, served on several committees and is currently serving on a National Committee.  Jeff is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Science.  He also has graduated from the Nebraska LEAD Program.

kimclark_2011New to the officer team is Kim Clark in the Vice President position. Kim is the Director of Biofuels Development for the Nebraska Corn Board where her primary responsibilities include programming, promotion and education of biofuels, specifically ethanol, to school children, consumers and retailers. She earned her bachelor of science degree in Animal Science and a master’s of agriculture with a minor in Agriculture Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She plays an active role in her local church serving on several committees and volunteers as a religious education teacher.

Dayle WilliamsonStaying in the same role as Secretary is Dayle Williamson. Dayle retired as  United States Senator Ben Nelson’s Greater Nebraska District Manager at the end of Senator Nelson’s term on January 2, 2013. He joined Senator Nelson’s staff in 2001. Prior to that time he was appointed by a several Nebraska Governors to serve as the Director of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. He served as an agency director for 30 years. Dayle began his agricultural career with the University of Nebraska Agricultural Extension Service serving as a county agent. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Williamson spent two years in the United States Army, and spent the next 30 years in his military career as a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring. Dayle has been a member of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club from the early days of the organization.

Gerri MonhollonAlso staying in the same officer position of Treasurer is Gerri Monahan. Gerri is the Business Manager for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Originally from Hyannis, Nebraska, Gerri received her degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Emphasis Advertising and General Agriculture Certificate. She is a Nebraska LEAD 31 fellow, involved with the Lancaster Election Board, Christ United Methodist Church, Fairacres Homeowners Association, an auxiliary member of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and SHARE – a volunteer-run community-based nutrition distribution program.

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RSVP for January 7th meeting

dist38_05The January 7th ‘Lunch-n-Learn’ meeting for the Nebraska Agribusiness club will feature Senator Tom Carlson.

Senator Carlson will speaking about upcoming State Legislation that could affect agriculture. Carlson currently serves as chair of the state Agriculture committee, as well as serving on the Business and Labor and Natural Resources committees.

Be sure to RSVP to the meeting below or by clicking hereThe meeting will be held at the Lancaster Extension Education Center located at 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln, NE (directions here). 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 paid for the Inclusive membership).

Haven’t renewed your membership?! Here is the form – print it out and bring it with you to the  meeting, or mail with payment to:
Nebraska Agribusiness Club
PO Box 94891
Lincoln, NE  68509

Please be sure to select Submit when registering for the meeting. 

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