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March 3rd Meeting RSVP: NEW LOCATION!

The Nebraska Agribusiness Club will be meeting on March 3rd for a Lunch-n-Learn meeting at a NEW LOCATION:

Lincoln Community Playhouse
2500 S 56th St, Lincoln, NE ‎
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bandr12:00-12:05 We will start with Introduction and club announcements
12:05-12:20 We will hear from Chris Linville on what we have planned for Ag Week and Ag Day.
12:20-12:50 Hear from Marty Jarvis on what Grocery Stores carry so many products today
12:50-12:55 Questions & Thank You
12:55-1:00 Drive from LCP to Russ’s Market on 70th & Van Dorn
1:00-1:30 PM Tour of Russ’s Market at 70th & Van Dorn

Please RSVP with the form below if you are planning to attend. If you CANNOT attend after you have RSVP’d, please email Even though we had great attendance last month, many people who had RSVP’d did not attend, which left us with a lot of food left over. Thanks!

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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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Having conversations with consumers

Spreading the message about the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) during the recent Commodity Classic was the task at hand for Lisa Lunz, a corn and soybean farmer from Wakefield, Nebraska. Lunz is on the Nebraska Soybean Board and a director on the USFRA.

Lunz tells Brownfield that because agriculture has not had a voice, many consumers are confused. Consumer education, having conversations with consumers and answering their questions is something every farmer can do.

podcastConversation with Lisa Lunz 02282013

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Ag Day Celebration!

Picture1The Nebraska Agribusiness Club celebrated Ag Day (March 19) with a fundraiser social at the Nebraska Club in Lincoln.  The event was generously hosted and sponsored by the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Besides the great food and drinks, the members celebrated agriculture by raising funds to provide a copy of First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby to every elementary school library in the Lincoln Public Schools system.  In total over $660 dollars were raised to purchase the books.

First Peas to the Table was recognized as the Agriculture in the Classroom’s book of year.  The book is described as “A fun work of fiction in which a girl competes in a classroom garden competition to see who can get the ‘first peas to the table.’ Based on the contest that Thomas Jefferson hosted held with his friends and neighbors every year, this book seamlessly integrate school gardens, history, botany, and seasonal weather themes into one fun-to-read book.”



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March meeting featured Nebraska Department of Agriculture Assistant Director

Bobbie Kriz-Wickam, assistant director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture spoke to the club at Monday’s meeting at the Northern Lights Hy-Vee in Lincoln.

Bobbie covered the structure of the department – At Work for You, At Work for Agriculture, At Work for Nebraska.  She also covered more specifically their work in ag promotion development which includes working with youth, livestock county friendly counties and the new consumer-focused publication that is scheduled to come out during National Ag Week.

You can watch Bobbie on YouTube, or click play below.

Don’t forget to RSVP for our National Ag Week social on March 19th at the Nebraska Club from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm!

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National Ag Week Social ~ March 19th

nufoundationWe are excited to be able to celebrate National Ag Week with a social and benefit!

You’re invited on March 19, 2013 for a social held at the Nebraska Club, located on the 20th floor of the U.S> Bank building in the heart of downtown Lincoln. Parking can be found in the meters or directly across the street in the Cornhusker Square Garage (entrance on L Street in between 12th & 13th streets).

This event is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Foundation (thanks to Ann Bruntz!) from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm.

FirstPeas_CvrSMThe $10 donation at the door which will be used to purchase the 2012 Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Children’s Agriculture Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby for LPS school libraries.

Please RSVP for this event by Friday, March 15 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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Governor’s Ag Conference set for Feb. 12-13 in Kearney

2013gov_agThe Nebraska Agribusiness Club is invited to attend the Governor’s Ag Conference is Feb. 12-13 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. will speak at the 25th Annual Governor’s Ag Conference, to be held Feb. 12-13 in Kearney. Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said today that Paulson, who now chairs The Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, will participate in a dialogue with Governor Dave Heineman about the future of U.S. economic competitiveness, the role of foreign investment in generating opportunities for Nebraska, and the prospects for enhanced trade and investment with China, in particular.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is still accepting registrations to the Conference, with early deadline set for Jan. 29. Those interested in attending can register by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550 or by going online at

For more information on the conference, click here

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Meeting highlights from Sen. Tom Carlson

Jan7 Sen Carlson (2)The Nebraska Agribusiness Club welcomed a large crowd of over 60 members and guests Monday, January 7th first “Lunch-n-Learn” meeting of the year.

Senator Tom Carlson gave a legislative update to the club about issues for the upcoming Legislature that include: a two-year budget, 1/4% sales tax for roads, state aid for schools, and water & ag issues. Specific bills that will be coming before the Ag Committee are:

  • Animal welfare
  • Corn checkoff structure
  • Brand laws
  • Water management and funding

You can watch the Senator’s talk on our YouTube channel, or by clicking play below.

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