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Club hears from Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District

IMAG0936The Nebraska Agribusiness Club met for the October meeting yesterday to hear from Jeff Buettner, Public Relations Coordinator from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID). Jeff shared about the integrated water management approach they take to the water projects they manage.

He didn’t have time to share a video with the club, so we wanted to share it with you on our website. Enjoy!

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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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Omaha Storm Chasers – Ag Night

Take me out to the ballgame for the Omaha Storm Chasers Ag Night!

Members of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club are invited to attend the Omaha Storm Chasers Ag Night. This fun filled night of baseball is being planned to provide fans with an appreciation for the importance of agriculture. Several agriculture businesses and organizations will be on site with promotional and educational displays.

This year’s game is the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd with first pitch at 7:05 pm.

Nebraska Agribusiness Club has access to group seats. Tickets are available for $9.00 each (ticket prices will be reduced to $7.00 if 20 or more tickets are reserved). To reserve tickets complete the form below or CLICK HERE by July 7th. After July 7th, those who have reserved tickets will be notified of the final cost of the tickets, and provided details on payment.

Tickets are not limited to members. Invite your family, friends and co-workers for a great evening of baseball fun!

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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 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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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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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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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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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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