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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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August meeting update from the Food Bank of Lincoln

Scott Young and Alynn Sampson of the Food Bank of Lincoln spoke to the Nebraska Agribusiness Club during the August 20th meeting in Lincoln.

A 30-year-old non-profit organization that works to distribute food to 16 counties in Southeast Nebraska, is only the beginning of a description for the Food Bank of Lincoln.

According to Executive Director, Scott Young, the Food Bank helps to extend income, and help families move forward, out of poverty. In 2011, the group distributed over 8.2 million pounds of food – of which 6.8 million pounds was distributed in Lancaster County. The programs they discussed focused on childhood hunger programs – mobile/emergency pantries and the back pack program.

Below are a few surprising facts Scott and Alynn shared with club members:

  • Lincoln High and North Star High Schools in Lincoln has approximately 60% of the students receiving free and reduced lunches
  • Within the next five years, 50% of all students in Lincoln Public Schools will receive free and reduced lunches

Volunteers are always needed to help man the emergency and mobile pantries. Those interested in volunteering are expected to cover one, two hour drive a month.

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Food Bank of Lincoln director to speak at next meeting

Scott Young, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Lincoln is scheduled to speak at the upcoming August 20th Nebraska Agribusiness Club meeting in Lincoln.

Scott began that job on September 10th 2001 after a 28 year broadcasting career.  He is a 2001 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Communication.  In the spring of 2011 he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from NWU.

Scott recently served as Vice-Chair of the National Affiliate Council for Feeding America, a group which is elected to serve as a voice for the members of that organization which is the national network of Food Banks.

Assisting Scott with the presentation will the Alynn Sampson, Director of Childhood Hunger Programs, to give an overview of the BackPack Program.

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.

Please RSVP below, or by clicking here. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Distillers Grains Cookies

On the Nebraska Agribusiness Club Tour, club treasurer, Gerri Monahan shared sample of cookies made from distillers grains. This was very fitting as we had just toured the ethanol plant where distillers grains are produced.

However, the distillers grains that Gerri used in the cookies were actually made from wheat distillers that are a food grade quality.

Distillers grains are often utilized as a high protein supplement in livestock feed. However, distillers grains are suitable for human consumption if you begin the process with human grade grain, and observe food quality standards throughout the process.

If you can obtain any of these, here is the cookie recipe from Gerri:


1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup DDG
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 package chocolate chips
1 cup nuts

Heat oven to 375. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to cooling rack.

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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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Ag is Sexy and You Know It!

Ag is Sexy and You Know It! What a way to start a meeting! But Dr. Ronnie Green is sincere when he started his presentation about the future of agriculture with this phrase because the future of agriculture is looking so good.

Yet, he did talk about the challenges we have, like the expected growth of world population and producing enough food, staying on the cutting edge of technology, and focusing on food, fuel and water.

Watch these video series (four parts) of Dr. Green’s presentation:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Also, check out Dr. Green’s blog, Innovating Agriculture and Natural Resources to 2025:

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