Posts Tagged With: updates

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 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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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 to update club from Department of Agriculture

ne_dept_of_agricultureJoin us for the upcoming Lunch & Learn Meeting of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club on March 4th, 2013 at the Northern Lights HyVee, 84th & Holdrege Street in Lincoln. Map It location here.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be giving an update.  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).

Please RSVP 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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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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Annual Banquet Entertainment

We are happy to announce that the Jim Williamson Trio will be the evening entertainment for the 46th Annual Awards Banquet.

Banquet details:

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Reception | 5:30 pm
Dinner | 6:30 pm
Hillcrest Country Club | 9401 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520 | Map It

Public Service to Agriculture Award Honorees:
Lisa Lunz – Wakefield, Nebraska
Alan Tiemann – Seward, Nebraska

New Horizon Award Honoree:
Dawn Caldwell – Edgar, Nebraska

Reserve your seat by October 22 for only $25! (Tickets purchased after October 22 are $30)

Please fill out the form below (checks payable to the Nebraska Agribusiness Club):

2012 Nebraska Agribusiness Club Banquet Reservation Form

Please mail to:
Nebraska Agribusiness Club
PO Box 94891
Lincoln, NE 68509

Or email to:

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Videos from Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems

Missed the October 1st Nebraska Agribusiness Club meeting? You can catch all of the content from Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems’ great presentation on these two videos (they are split into PART 1 and PART 2).

If you’d rather just read about her discussion points, click here.


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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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