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Club Tour Agenda and RSVP

733785_10151529601379898_454621143_nThe Nebraska Agribusiness Club Tour will be June 3, 2013 to Nebraska City. The schedule for the day is as follows:


8:30 am: Depart from Walmart parking lot-8700 Andermatt Drive (84th and Hwy 2) Map

9:30: Arrive at Kregel Windmill Factory Museum

11:00: Arrive at Arbor Tree Farm

Renewable Fuels Tour & Awesome Adventure

2.KO_Building_4851:00: Lunch at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard

1:30: Hayrack ride and wine tasting/Apple barn tour

**Wine tasting is $5 for 4 tastes and you keep the glass.  This cost is not included in the $20 tour cost

3:00: Load bus to return to Lincoln

4:00: Back in Lincoln and unload at Walmart on 84th and Hwy 2

Additional notes:

1)      Tour Cost: $20/person which includes transportation, pulled pork lunch with fresh baked pie, admissions, and tour fees

2)      Spouses and guests are invited

3)      Snacks and bottled water will be provided on the bus as lunch won’t be served until 1:00 pm, but feel free to bring your own snacks/beverages on the bus. 

RSVP here by Friday, May 24.  Seating on the bus is limited to the first 50. We know some will be driving separately, so on the RSVP form, please note if you’ll be riding the bus or driving separately.

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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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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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After Hours social & benefit


The first Nebraska Agribusiness Club After Hours event, held at the Misty’s on 40th & Old Cheney in Lincoln on Thursday, was a success! Especially as we raised over $575 for the club’s CEDARS Adopt-a-Family.

This was the club’s second year to participate in the CEDARS Adopt-a-Family program. Last year, the club collected $360 and over 50 pounds of food to donate to people in the community, during the monthly meeting. For the CEDARS family last year, we purchased toys, clothes, diapers and kitchen items with the money donation.

This year’s family has two adopted boys and we were grateful to hear about their family from President-Elect, Mat Habrock.


Thank you to all who came and look forward to our next After Hours social event in the upcoming year.


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Upcoming NABC After Hours Event!

The Nebraska Agribusiness Club is excited to host our first After Hours social event. $10 admission will be collected, and all proceeds will benefit CEDARS Adopt a Family program (read about what we did last year here). For the second year in a row the Nebraska Agribusiness Club has adopted a deserving family and will be providing them with gifts and items needed to help them have a happy holiday season.


Invite your coworkers, friends and family to join us for great socializing and to help support a great cause. If you are unable to attend please consider making a donation. Donations can be sent to the Nebraska Agribusiness Club and will be included with the proceeds for the evening.

Nebraska Agribusiness Club After Hours
November 29th
4:30-6:30 at Misty’s South
3930 Village Drive (40th and Old Cheney)
Light appetizers and cash bar provided

Please RSVP with the form below or email 

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Stalk Up the Blood Supply and Pig Out

Nebraska corn and pig farmers encourage you to Stalk Up the Blood Supply and Pig Out!

Agriculture is the lifeblood of Nebraska, and Nebraska farmers know how important it is to give back, but need your help to stalk up the blood supply.

The Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the American Red Cross are partnering on 8 unique blood drives:

“Stalk Up the Blood Supply and Pig Out”

  • July 30th – Lincoln — every presenting donor will receive a tasty BBQ pork meal catered by Skeeter Barnes and an admission ticket to Ribfest provided by SMG
  • August 14th – Norfolk — every presenting donor will receive a tasty BBQ pork meal catered by Skeeter Barnes and will be entered into a drawings to win prizes provided by corn and pig farmers
  • August 15th – Columbus — every presenting donor will receive a tasty BBQ pork meal catered by Skeeter Barnes and will be entered into a drawings to win prizes provided by corn and pig farmers
  • August 31st – Grand Island — every presenting donor will receive a tasty BBQ pork meal catered by Skeeter Barnes and will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of concert tickets to see Billy Currington

“Rock and Roll up your Sleeve”

  • August 8th – Kearney/GI/Hastings/Holdrege — every presenting donor will receive a tasty BBQ pork meal catered by Skeeter Barnes and will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of concert tickets to the Steve Miller Band

We’d appreciate your help by attending one of the event to donate blood. To make your appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

In addition to making your appointment to donate blood, please consider sharing your story! When a donor or blood recipient shares a story it serves as an inspiration and provides hope for others. Thank you for sharing your story!

Please copy and paste the following into an email and send to Kyla Wize ( or Mat Habrock (

Blood Donor (check one): My story  Blood Recipient Platelet Donor 
My story:
Phone number:
Email address:
City, State:

From time to time, media are interested in donor or recipient stories. Would you be willing to be interviewed about your story? Yes  No

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USDA celebrates 150 years on May 15 and throughout 2012

In 2012, USDA will commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA Factoids:

  • Since 1944, USDA has built thousands of small dams on upstream watersheds to control floods and supply water in rural areas across the country. 
  • In 1900, the average size farm was 146 acres, three times smaller than the average of 487 acres in 1997.
  • The USDA Bureau of Biological Survey, established in 1905, was one of the first federal agencies committed to wildlife conservation.
  • In 1900, 39.2 percent of the US population lived on farms, compared to 1.8 percent in 1990.
  • The Hatch Act of 1887 established experiment stations in each Of the states, laying the foundation for dramatic advances in all agricultural science over the subsequent decades
  • Through the 19th century, seed distribution was the USDA’s single largest activity. By 1897, the Department had distributed 1.1 billion packets of seed. 
  • During the 1930s, the USDA directed the work of tens of thousands of young men enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Did you know in 2007, eighty-eight percent of farms are small, and these farms account for 64 percent of farm assets, including 63 percent of the land owned by farms?
  • One of the most significant changes in the 2007 Census of Agriculture is the increase in female farm operators, both in terms of the absolute number and the percentage of all principle operators.  There were 306,209 female principle operators counted in 2007, up from 237,819 in 2002 an increase of almost 30 percent.
  • During the 19th and early 20th centuries, USDA scientists explored foreign countries for plant species with potential  beneficial uses for American agriculturalists.
  • In 1980, more than 69 million eggs were produced compared to more than 90 million eggs produced in 2010.
  • Between 1985 and 2002, APHIS intercepted more than 7,000 different species  of plant pests at U.S. ports of entry.  Many of these pests could have severely  harmed our agriculture and environment if they had become established in our country.
  • Peanuts are a great snack anytime, especially at the ballpark.  Did you know that the smallest yield was 623 pounds per acre in 1943 and the largest yield, was 3,426 pounds per acre in 2008?
  • 1900-1910 George Washington Carver, director of agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute, and soybeans, thus helping to diversify southern agriculture, pioneered in finding new uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes.
  • In 1986, APHIS licensed the world’s first vaccine derived from recombinant DNA

The first shipment of Japanese cherry trees sent for planting in Washington DC arrived in 1910, heavily infested with plant pests, and had to be burned.  Japanese scientists worked with USDA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (a predecessor group) to ensure the second shipment would be safe to plant.  The second shipment of trees arrived and was planted in 1912.
(Note:  Japanese Cherry Trees will be planted in Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, on April 27, 2012)  – see legislative resolution below
LR609 Recognize the 2012 Gift of Trees Centennial and the friendship between Japan and the United States

WHEREAS, 2012 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the gift of three thousand cherry blossom trees from Tokyo, Japan, to Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital; and

WHEREAS, the gifted trees were planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a two-week celebration recognizing the international friendship between the United States and Japan and the arrival of spring; and

WHEREAS, as part of the one hundredth anniversary, the government of Japan will be gifting cherry blossom trees to cities across the country; and

WHEREAS, Omaha, sister city to Shizuoka, Japan, has been designated as a recipient of the gift of trees; and

WHEREAS, the trees will be planted in Lauritzen Gardens and will be presented in a ceremony on April 27, 2012, Arbor Day.



1. That the Legislature recognizes the 2012 Gift of Trees Centennial and the enduring friendship between Japan and the United States of America.

2. That a copy of this resolution be presented to the Consul General of Japan at Chicago, OKAMURA Yoshifumi.


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Rural Futures Conference, “Connecting Innovation”

Globalization and other factors are rapidly changing the world. To create a successful future, people in rural America must anticipate and manage this ever-changing environment.

With that in mind, the University of Nebraska will host the inaugural Rural Futures Conference May 8-10 at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The theme of the conference is “Connecting Innovation” — a challenge to participants to interact and think boldly about the future of rural Nebraska and the Great Plains.

The conference is open to anyone, especially those interested in ensuring a strong future for rural areas for the benefit of all of Nebraska and the region. Registration for the conference is open until April 30. Cost is $120, which includes all conference events, materials and meals.

“The conference is designed to implant the seeds for a new culture of innovation around the role of higher education in supporting positive rural futures,” said Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Nebraska and Harlan vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Frans Johansson, a New York entrepreneur and author of “The Medici Effect,” will deliver the keynote address, titled “Creating Breakthrough Innovations.” Encouraging conference participants to live and work at “the Intersection,” where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide, Johansson’s talk will emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in ensuring success in rural areas. Johansson has spoken to audiences around the world and his book is an international best seller.

Other speakers and panelists include: Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer; Nebraska native Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California at Berkeley; and Jim Cavaye, associate professor of rural development at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Green and Gov. Dave Heineman will make welcoming remarks for the conference, and NU President James B. Milliken, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen are among the other university leaders who will make remarks.

The third day of the conference, May 10, will be a working session that allows participants to interact and discuss topics related to the future of rural Nebraska, the Great Plains and the world. The day will include a moderated “open space session” so participants can learn from their peers and tackle questions related to the formation of a University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute.

“This conference is truly designed to excite faculty, staff, students, partners and stakeholders to provide feedback and a setting to build robust partnerships to address potential objectives of an institute focused on positive rural futures,” Green said.

More information is at Follow the Rural Futures Conference on Twitter, @rural_futures, (hashtag #RFC2012) and Facebook for the most up-to-date conference details.

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Nebraska Agribusiness Club Celebrates National Agriculture Week

National Agriculture Week is quickly approaching and we are in the final planning stages for our club’s activities!

To kick off the week on Monday, March 5th, a club officer will do a live interview on 96KX, 1240KFOR and 92.9 The Eagle in the 8 am hour. The officer will share some important information about Nebraska agriculture and the club, plus will be giving away prize packages for callers to call in and win!

National Agriculture Day is Thursday, March 8th and we’re celebrating in a BIG way — with a LIVE radio remote at Super Saver on 48th and O St, from 4pm to 6pm. As a member, this is an opportunity for you and your organization to promote, promote, promote! Bring in koozies, recipe cards, pens, educational information, coupons or ANYTHING that you would like to share with Lincoln consumers. ALMOST ANYTHING GOES! For example, the Department of Agriculture is participating at this event by bringing staff members, as well as members of the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council to distribute information and answer questions in the store. The folks at Prairieland Dairy are also coming with a dairy calf (in the parking lot) — HOW EXCITING IS THAT! This live remote can be bigger and better with more of our club members being involved!

If you and your business or organization plan on participating in the live remote in some way, or have additional questions, please talk with Kyla — or 308-529-2880 (cell).

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Upcoming Events

There were a couple of announcements at the January 9th meeting we wanted to be sure were on your calendar.

February 15th and 16th
Governors Ag Conference
Kearney, NE
Click here for more.
Registration is available online at, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.

March 19th
Omaha Agribusiness Club Banquet
CLAAS’ North American Headquarters
8401 South 132nd Street, Omaha, NE

  • 4:30 p.m. Tours of the Building and Plant (Optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. Social and Bid on Silent Auction Items (Opportunity to look at the Equipment up close)
  • 6:30 p.m. Live Auction
  • 6:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Program and Speaker

Cost is $25 per person. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Julie Menghini at

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