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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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May 6th Lunch-n-Learn meeting featuring Dan Rice from PrairieLand Dairy

DanRiceJoin us for the upcoming Lunch-n-Learn Meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road in Lincoln. Directions here.

The May meeting will feature Dan Rice from PrairieLand Dairy. Dan will be talking about his role at the dairy, the future direction and plans for the business, and briefly talking about A2 milk casing. 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).

Click here to RSVP or go to the RSVP tab above: https://nebraskaagribusinessclub.wordpress.com/rsvp/ by Thursday, May 2nd at 5:00 pm.

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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 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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February meeting to feature Extension’s new Dean

hibberdJoin us for the upcoming Lunch & Learn Meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on February 4th, 2013 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road in Lincoln.

The new Dean of Extension from UNL, Chuck Hibberd, will be speaking. 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).

Hibberd is a Lexington, Neb. native and UNL graduate. He was named Dean of Extension after being director of Extension and associate dean of agriculture at Purdue University since 2007. Previously, he was director of the Panhandle center at Scottsbluff for 13 years.

Hibberd received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, with an animal science major and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University in animal science and animal nutrition, respectively. He was a faculty member at OSU from 1982-94.

Please RSVP for this great meeting speaker today!

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Dean Edson, NARD update at December meeting

Dean Edson, Executive Director of Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), was the guest speaker for the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s December meeting on Monday, December 3rd in Lincoln.

Dean spoke on the recent agreements of four NRD’s in Central Nebraska, Platte River issues, Republican River Issues, Drought, and the N-CORPE Project. You can catch his update with these three videos:

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December meeting to host Executive Director of NARD

Dean Edson, Executive Director of Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), will be the guest speaker for the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s December meeting on Monday, December 3rd in Lincoln.

Dean will be speaking on the recent agreements of 4 NRD’s in Central Nebraska.  Please read more here:
News Release- NRD Historic Water Project

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.

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Mycotoxins and corn quality topic of October meeting

Mycotoxin, aflatoxin, ear & stalk rots, Goss’s Wilt and drought were the main discussion points given by Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems at the October Nebraska Agribusiness Club meeting on Monday.

This discussion was especially timely as the heat and drought of the growing season this year, that spured the growth of many mycotoxins which affect corn in Nebraska. However, Dr. Jackson-Ziems assured the club that we have mycotoxins every year, but the talk of aflatoxin has gotten many people worried.

The concentration of mycotoxin in grain is influenced by fungal infection, growing conditions and plant stress. Mycotoxins can still survive in distillers grains after corn has gone through the distillation process as they are heat stable – however their concentration increases 3 times by volume in the distillers grains.

One major point to remember when talking about aflatoxin and that is the FDA Action Levels for corn intended for livestock or human use. The following picture shows the parts per billion (ppb).

Dr. Jackson-Ziems worked with a colleague who collected samples of corn in a 100 mile radius of Lincoln and found that 42% of those samples had no detectable aflatoxin at all. In 80% of the samples, the corn showed less than 20 ppb of aflatoxin – which according to the chart above, is completely safe levels.  In 99% of the samples, aflatoxin was less than 100 ppb which is perfectly safe for livestock feeding. So even though there are rumors and concerns about aflatoxin in this drought year, this study has confirmed the safety of the Nebraska corn crop.

To watch Dr. Jackson-Ziems’s presentation, check out our YouTube channel.

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Dr. Tamra Jackson to speak at October 1st meeting

Dr. Tamra Jackson will be the guest speaker for the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s October meeting on Monday, October 1st.

Dr. Jackson is the corn and sorghum specialist with the Extension Plant Pathology Team and the Department of Plant Pathology.  Her professional responsibilities and activities include:  statewide educational programs and resources on diseases of corn and sorghum; Crop Protection Clinics; Crop Management and Diagnostic Clinics; Field Plant Pathology Tour (AGRO896); Field Scout Training; Corn Nematode Training; NCIA and NDA Phytosanitarty Training. Her research portfolio includes: biology and management of diseases of corn and sorghum; corn nematode survey and management; management of foliar diseases of corn with fungicides; investigation into the reemergence of Goss’s wilt and leaf blight of corn; and survey of mycotoxins in ethanol distillers grains.

Dr. Jackson’s meeting topic and discussion will be related to Aflatoxin and other drought related quality issues this harvest has experienced.

Be sure to RSVP to the meeting below or by clicking here. The 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.

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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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