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Field of Greens page 12
Farm Bureau, Ak-Sar-Ben Announce 2011 Pioneer Farm Family Awards
FB Leaders Lobby Free Trade Agreements in Washington, D.C.
Four Families To Be Honored as Ag Families of the Day at State Fair
Group Forms Unified Voice in Struggle with Animal Rights Activists
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The President’s Message
contents In Every Issue 3-4 County News 5 Member Benefits 6 What’s Cooking? 7 National News 9 State News 12 Cover Story 23 Want Ads & County Annual Meeting Notices
On the Cover Ryan Pekarek, Burt County Farm Bureau, checks on his field of broccoli. He grows 11 acres of vegetables to sell at local farmers markets. Photo by Tina Henderson
Diabetic Dinner Whip up this dinner that your diabetic family and friends can enjoy! The menu includes braised pork chops, zippy green beans, pineapple waldorf salad and chocolate mousse. page 6
Healthier Times The federal government released a new food icon, MyPlate, with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. page 14
By Keith Olsen, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®
ntibiotic resistance in humans is an increasing time” which is specific to each medicine and species. The public health concern. Because antibiotics are animals can’t enter the food chain if they test positive for resiused for food animal health care, some people dues above Food and Drug Administration standards. believe there’s a cause-and-effect relationship between Sometimes food animal producers also use antibioteating meat and antibiotics becoming less effective in ics in feed or water so the animals reach market weight treating human bacterial diseases. However, no scienmore quickly. Antibiotics used for this purpose tend to tific study has shown there’s a link between antibiotic be older medicines that are less often used nowadays use in food animals and human resistance. to treat human disease. Instead, research points to the improper use and overThey play a role in reducing incidence of disease and use of antibiotics in humans as the cause of growing reavoiding the need to use higher doses of antibiotics to sistance. A study in the Journal of the American Medical treat diseased animals. They may also reduce the likeliAssociation found that in a single year, hood of meat becoming contaminated 12 million prescriptions were written with bacteria during processing, befor antibiotics to treat for colds, broncause the animal is healthier overall. Research points chitis and other respiratory infections. DENMARK’S EXPERIENCE But more than 90 percent of these to the improper Human resistance to antibiotics isn’t infections were caused by viruses, which just a U.S. issue. After some antibiotics use and overuse of do not respond to antibiotics. antibiotics in humans were banned in food animal producIf antibiotics are taken for a viral infection in Denmark, more livestock and as the cause of tion, then bacterial resistance can occur. If poultry became sick. Treating disease growing resistance. a patient begins to feel better and doesn’t in these animals required greater use of finish all of the medicine – even though higher, therapeutic levels of antibiotics. the bacterial infection hasn’t gone away Although total antibiotic use decreased – then bacterial resistance is possible. If by half in Denmark, that country has someone takes a leftover antibiotic for an illness it wasn’t seen a 96-percent increase in the use of therapeutic prescribed for, then, again, bacterial resistance can occur. drugs for animals since 1996. And eliminating antibiotics In other words, we humans have done this to ourat the health maintenance level in food animals in Denselves, through overuse and misuse of antibiotics. mark hasn’t led to a substantial impact on the incidence FARMERS ARE CAREFUL of antibiotic-resistant food-borne illness in humans. The farmers and ranchers who grow food animals are Antibiotics are important to both human and animal careful about using antibiotics, because they’re aware of health. We need to keep them effective. Farmers and the human-resistance issue and they want to continue ranchers are doing their part – you and I need to do to have these medicines available for their animals. ours. Be sure you or your child have a bacterial infecAnd if they can avoid using medicines when they’re not tion and not something else before accepting a preneeded, it saves them money. scription, and finish the entire course of medicine when Animals get sick sometimes just like humans, and you do. And if you’ve got some leftover antibiotic from antibiotics are used to restore animals to health, so the some time ago, get rid of it! These steps, taken by all of meat you eat comes from a healthy animal. If there’s us, will help keep antibiotics effective. disease in a herd, all animals may receive antibiotics to ward if off. They may also be given antibiotics as a preventative measure if they’re at risk for a disease. Before they can be marketed, the antibiotics must have cleared their systems sufficiently – a period called “withdrawal
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COUNTY NEWS Wayne County Farm Bureau
Members Tour New Free-Stall Barn for Dairy Cattle Wayne County Farm Bureau held its annual picnic at Temme Dairy north of Wayne on June 27. The dairy is owned by Doug and Mary Temme, Wayne County Farm Bureau members. Their son Jon Temme is a partner in the operation, Temme Agribusiness Inc., and is a Wayne County Farm Bureau board member. More than 50 members attended and toured the 24-stall parlor and new 200- by 384-foot free-stall barn. The Temmes milk 600 head three times daily, netting approximately 6,000 gallons of milk a day. Willow Holoubek, organizational director for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), spoke about the Humane Society of the United States and the threat it poses to Nebraska agriculture. Roger Berry, Nebraska Farm Bureau vice president/member services, talked about the importance of membership and strength in numbers: “Ask your neighbor if they’re a Farm Bureau member!” he urged.
Morrill County Farm Bureau
Commissioners Pass Resolution Supporting Agriculture The Morrill County Commissioners passed a resolution on June 28 saying that they as a county support agriculture in Morrill County. Pictured from left are Steve Erdman, Morrill County Commissioners chairman and Morrill County Farm Bureau member; Jeff Metz, Morrill County Commissioner and Morrill County Farm Bureau member; and Gary Oltmann, Morrill County Commissioner. All three voted in favor of the resolution.
Johnson County Farm Bureau
Couple Honored for Dedicated Service to County Farm Bureau Johnson County Farm Bureau held its annual appreciation supper in Tecumseh June 26. Duane Sugden, Johnson County Farm Bureau president, introduced the main speaker, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen. Sen. Lavon Heidemann also spoke to the group. Other honored guests who spoke to the group were Darlene Tonack, Nebraska Farm Bureau District 1 Ag Promotion Committee member, and Nathan Bartels, Nebraska Farm Bureau District 1 state director. At the close of the evening, Sugden (left) awarded Howard (not pictured) and Helen (right) Wilkinsen the President’s Award for dedicated service to Farm Bureau. Howard has served as county president and Helen has served as Ag Promotion chairpe and both have been on the Johnson County board for many years, helping promote many of County Farm Bureau activities.
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COUNTY NEWS Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau
County Informs Public About HSUS Goals Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau sponsored a community meeting June 30 in Kimball to inform the public about the Humane Society of the United States and its goals for agriculture in Nebraska. Beverly Atkins, Kimball/ Banner County Farm Bureau member, explained the background and objectives of the well-funded Washington, D.C.-based animal rights organization.
Wayne County Farm Bureau
County Participates in Local Q-Centennial Parades Several towns in Northeast Nebraska are celebrating their 125 “Q-Centennials” this year. Wayne County Farm Bureau entered floats in the Randolph parade on July 2, the Carroll parade on July 3 and the Wayne parade on July 9. Pictured at the Randolph parade are Wayne County Farm Bureau members John Temme (front) and Dwaine Junck (back) walking alongside the float throwing candy to the kids. The candy was provided by Farm Bureau agent Lynette Krie.
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MEMBER BENEFITS Brochure Details Farm Bureau’s Accomplishments for Agriculture, Nebraska A new NEFB brochure for use at county fairs and in membership drives details Nebraska Farm Bureau accomplishments during the 2011 session of the Nebraska Legislature. The brochure is offered free to County Farm Bureaus for use at events and promotions. Farm Bureau insurance agents also can receive free copies to use when working with clients. “The brochure is contemporary and was developed with the farmer/rancher in mind,” Jay Rempe, Farm Bureau vice president/governmental relations, said July19. The brochure has testimonials from State Sen. Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek and from Young Farmers and
Ranchers Committee Member Tina Schwartzkopf of Ogallala. Heidemann explains that Nebraska Farm Bureau is one of the most respected organizations at the state capitol and is very effective in helping state senators understand how a piece of legislation affects farmers and ranchers. Schwartkopf tells how Nebraska Farm Bureau worked to get new federal Form1099 regulations repealed that would have had a major, negative impact on her family’s farm and trucking business. The brochure also highlights Farm Bureau’s state and national legislative accomplishments, including its work to achieve its four main priorities in the 2011 Nebraska Legislature: ensuring a viable roads infra-
structure for agriculture, provide continued property tax relief for farmers and ranchers, secure financial resources to help manage the state’s water resources, and develop new marketing opportunities for agriculture producers. On the national level, Farm Bureau worked for repeal of the new 1099 regulations, helped to pass legislation which reduced the impact of estate taxes on Nebraskans and extended reduced income and capital gains tax rates, and supported legislative efforts to prevent EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, among other accomplishments. The brochure is a joint effort of Farm Bureau’s Public Relations, Governmental Relations and Member Services departments.
Learn About Your Member Benefits in a New Brochure Another new Farm Bureau brochure details your member benefits. “This brochure is very straight-forward in helping people understand what Nebraska Farm Bureau is and what valuable benefits we offer to all members, both rural and urban,” Roger Berry, Farm Bureau vice president/member services, said July 19. The brochure will be available in midAugust for use by County Farm Bureaus at
their county fair exhibits and other events where they promote Farm Bureau membership. The brochure also is being offered to Farm Bureau agents to use when working with clients. The brochure answers some frequently asked questions you may have about Farm Bureau membership. The brochure theme is “Your Nebraska Farm Bureau Membership -- Living it…Breathing it… Using it…”
“The brochure is a reference card and it highlights the many benefits offered to Farm Bureau members, such as Farm Bureau Financial Services insurance products, Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance, discounts on hotels, automobile rentals, and the vision care packages, just to name a few,” Berry said. The brochure is a joint project of Farm Bureau’s Public Relations and Member Services departments.
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Diabetic Dinner Braised Pork Chops Ingredients 1 teaspoon rubbed sage 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 4 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each) 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 3/4 cup apple juice, divided 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley Directions 1. In a small dish, combine sage, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. 2. Have chops at room temperature. Rub each side with herb mixture. 3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter and oil. Brown chops on both sides. Remove from skillet and keep warm by covering with foil. 4. Drain oil from skillet. Add 1/2 cup apple juice to skillet and bring to a boil. Return chops to skillet. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally. 5. Remove chops to serving platter and cover to keep warm. 6. Add remaining juice to skillet. Bring to a boil, loosening any brown bits from pan. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Pour over pork chops. 7. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 4 servings Nutritional information for one serving: Calories: 232 Fat: 11 grams Sodium: 383 mg Carbohydrates: 1 gram Fiber: trace Protein: 24 grams Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat
Zippy Green Beans Ingredients 4 cups fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces 4 bacon strips, diced 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup apple juice 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons tarragon or cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon water Directions 1. Place beans in a saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Cook covered until crisptender, about 8-10 minutes. Beans could also be cooked in a steamer until tender. 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve 1 teaspoon bacon drippings. 3. In drippings, saute onions until tender. Add apple juice, sugar, vinegar and salt. 4. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for about 2 minutes, until the liquid is thickened. 5. Drain beans and add to the thickened sauce. Stir to coat. Add bacon. Toss to combine. 6. Transfer beans to a serving bowl. Yield: 6 servings Nutritional information for one ¾ cup serving: Calories: 98 Fat: 2 grams Sodium: 140 mg Carbohydrates: 16 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 2 grams Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat
Chocolate Mousse Pineapple Waldorf Salad Ingredients 1/2 can (20-ounce) unsweetened pineapple tidbits (approx. 1 cup) 3 cups chunked red apples (about 2 medium apples) 3/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup raisins 2 tablespoons dry-roasted sunflower kernels 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt 2 tablespoons sugar (artificial sweetener may be substituted) Directions 1. Drain pineapple. Measure half the tidbits. Reserve 1/4 cup of the juice. (Save remaining tidbits and juice for another salad.) 2. In a large bowl, combine fruits, celery and sunflower kernels. 3. In a smaller bowl, mix mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and pineapple juice until sugar is dissolved. 4. Pour dressing over fruit mixture. Toss to coat. Chill until serving. Note from contributor: I found that a dash of salt enhanced the flavors. Such an addition would affect the sodium content.
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Yield: 6-7 servings Nutritional information for one 3/4 cup serving: Calories: 131 Fat: 5 grams Sodium: 113 mg Carbohydrates: 24 gram Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 1 gram Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1 fat
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NATIONAL NEWS Congressional Happenings • Debt Limit Debate Includes Ag Programs Agricultural programs, including direct payments, have been targeted by both Congressional leaders and the White House as they attempt to raise the debt limit while at the same time finding a solution to our nation’s overall debt problem. Congress would likely need to find anywhere between $11 billion and $32 billion over 10 years in agricultural cuts. Direct payments, which constitute roughly $4 billion a year in ag spending, would likely be one of the main programs targeted by the final agreement. • Key Senators Reach Agreement on Future of Ethanol Program
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) recently worked out a series of ethanol policy reforms that will mean a major shift in U.S. ethanol policy. The ethanol agreement, which is supported by Farm Bureau, would repeal the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol tax incentive and the 54-cent-per-gallon import tariff on July 31. It would divert $1.33 billion of the remaining $2 billion of ethanol subsidies from this year toward the debt and the rest to renewable energy incentives including biofuel infrastructure. The agreement would set aside $308 million for a production tax credit for cellulosic biofuel produced from plants and plant material other than corn; $253 million
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STATE NEWS Farm Bureau, Ak-Sar-Ben Announce 2011 Nebraska Pioneer Award Winners The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben and the Nebraska Fair Managers Association and Nebraska Farm Bureau announced the 2011 Pioneer Farm Family Awards in June. This year, 164 honorees from 70 counties are being honored. To qualify for this distinction, members of the same family must have owned a parcel of land consecutively for at least 100 years. Since its inception 57 years ago, more than 8,000 families from across the region have been granted this award. Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone. The awards are presented during the annual county fair in which the land is located. The honored families are listed below by county: Adams: Ray & Sherri Bonifas, Roseland, NE; Kathryn Seeman, Blue Hill, NE Antelope: Kenny & Wendi Reinke, Neligh, NE Blaine: Winifred Ferguson, Mark Ferguson, Judy Eacker, Patricia Keeney, June Winberg, Milburn, NE Boone: M. Kay Koehler, Janis Hamman, Robert Kittelson, Claire Hamman,Newman Grove, NE; Josephine Voboril, Primros, NE; R.C. Henrichs Farm, Albion, NE Box Butte: Ellen Nielsen Estate, Alliance, NE Boyd: Gordeon Swanson, Bristow, NE Buffalo: Edward Rumbeck, Amherst, NE; Melvin & Sandra Solomon, Shelton, NE; John Farm Joint Venture, Janelle Grabowski, Linda Boucher, Connie Gregory, Ravenna; Dennis & Sandra Day, Gibbon, NE Burt: Mary Larsen, Decatur NE; Josephine Sklenar, Tekamah, NE; Doris Anderson, Oakland, NE Butler: Cory & Kay Kudlacek, Eureka, MO; Ralph & Margaret Papa, Bellwood, NE; Woodrow King, Kathryn King, Linwood, NE; Eugene Hromas, Ulysses, NE; Marion & Betty Lou Kobza, Andrew Kobza, Dwight, NE; Joseph & Phyllis Nicolas, Columbus, NE Cass: A & D Farm Inc, Milford, NE; Josephine Yearsley, William Johnson, Julia Shelby, Betty Ann Fisser, Murray, NE; Maurice & Jean Group, Louisville, NE; Jerald & Joyce Heim, Plattsmouth, NE Cedar: Tim Schroeder, Yankton, SD Chase: Luhrs & Rose FMS, Inc., Enders, NE
Cherry: Gudgel Land Corporation, Valentine, NE Clay: Dale Livgren Revocable Trust, Ruth Livgren Revocable Trust, Clay Center, NE; Mary Alice Storie Foster, Stillwater, OK; Edward Pavelka, Diane Pavelka, Glenvil, NE; JoAnn Meyer, Grand Island, NE; Anita & Mike Harmon, Trumball, NE Colfax: Arnold Stuthman, Platte Center, NE; Brian & Karleen Wisnieski, Dodge, NE; Lerch Family LLC, Clarkson, NE; Seth Mares, Gale Mares, Schuyler, NE Cuming: Kenneth Uhing, Elaine Luebbert, Gerald & Janet Reiman, West Point, NE; LaMae Johnson, Oakland, NE Custer: Wesley Anderson, Gothenburg, NE Dakota: Kathleen Polodna, Mary Dorcey, Omaha, NE Dawes: Alvin & Geraldine Barta, Rich Barta, Cathy Jacobs, Darlene Smith, Hemingford, NE; Paul Hamaker, Crawford, NE Dawson: Phillip & Bernice Pebley, Cozad, NE; Cedric Bryant, Donald & Mike Soller, Fred Moore, Jr., Gothenburg, NE Deuel: Bob & Norma Wright, Chappell, NE Dixon: Wilma Jean Kavanaugh, Dixon, NE; Randall & Lesa Jensen, Emerson, NE Dodge: John Soukup, Gertrude Lechtenberger, Fremont, NE; Loell & Shirley Strand, Hooper, NE; Diana Wisnieski, Dodge, NE Douglas: Robert & Amy Carlson, Dennis Carlson, Valley, NE Dundy: Carl & Jean Lutz, Parks, NE Fillmore: Lloyd & Ione Schelbitzki, Jason & Michelle Tatro, Geneva, NE; Barbara Stephenson Leefers, Jean Lovegrove, Lowell Stephenson, James Stephenson, Fairmont, NE; Robert Hendrickson, Shickley, NE; Norman Landgren, Lincoln, NE Franklin: Jerry & Esther Marcum, Franklin, NE; Merrill Gramke, Upland, NE Frontier: Larry & Marcia Owens, Curtis, NE; Flying E Farms, Inc, Rex & Dona Ealy, Moorefield, NE Furnas: Verlyn Marble, Vivian Schluntz, Rick Schluntz, Oxford, NE Gage: Don & Joan Linsenmeyer, Blue Springs, NE; Lorna Adam Trust, Odell, NE; Raymond Scheiding, Beatrice, NE Garden: PGR Limited Partnership, Don Powles Family, Bingham, NE; Janice Burke
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USDA Reminds Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers of Discrimination Settlement Claims Process Lincoln â€” As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, outreach meetings are being held throughout the country to talk about the settlement claims process available to women and Hispanic farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. â€œThe Obama Administration is committed to resolving all claims of past discrimination at USDA, so we can close this sad chapter in the departmentâ€™s history,â€? Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Fred Pfaeffle said July 11. â€œWe want to make sure that any Hispanic or woman farmer or rancher who alleges discrimination is aware of this option to come forward, to have his or her claims heard, and to participate in a process to receive compensation.â€? â€˜NEW CIVIL RIGHTS ERAâ€™ Maxine Moul, state director for Nebras-
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AUGUST 1, 2011
Farm Bureau, State Fair To Honor ‘Ag Families of the Day’ at 2011 State Fair Four Nebraska farm and ranch families will be honored as the 2011 State Fair “Ag Family of the Day” in the fifth year of a partnership between Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska State Fair. “’Ag Family of the Day’ is a way to both recognize an individual family for its contributions and to show the strength and diversity of Nebraska agriculture,” Cheryl Stubbendieck, NERB vice president/public relations said July 23. The recipients were chosen for their contributions to agriculture, their community and the state. Farm Bureau membership is not a criterion for selection. “Our honored families have many different types of farming and ranching operations, but they share a commitment to making Nebraska better through their work in agriculture and service to their communities and the state,” Stubbendieck said. Honored families were selected by a committee of representatives of Farm Bureau, the State Fair Board, State Fair staff
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Field of Greens: The Growth in Farmers Markets By Tina Henderson own business. He started with a quarter-acre It’s Wednesday and the town square in and grew to the 11 acres he has now, growing Seward is buzzing with farmers setting up everything from tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflowstands to sell their er, potatoes, peas, fresh produce, eggs, green beans, eggplant, honey, jellies, jams sweet peppers, sweet and homemade salcorn, squash, and wasa. This is the time termelon and the list of year when veggoes on! etables take center “We are a young stage and for Ryan family farm, which is Pekarek, a vegetable increasingly hard to grower and memcome by in Nebraska. ber of Butler County I’m trying to make as Farm Bureau, it is his much of my income busiest time of year. from the farm as “Consumers want possible. When I first quality, freshness and graduated college to know that the and then grad school, produce they buy I never thought I comes from a local would grow to be farm. In the last few this big,” he said. years, something MARKETING fundamentally has PRODUCE changed about how Pekarek sells his Nebraskans see their Ryan Pekarek farms between David City produce at the Linfood-buying expeHaymarket and Seward in eastern Butler County. A coln rience. They want Farmers Market and greenhouse on his 11 acres grows tomaaccess to fresh, highOmaha’s year-round toes, green peppers and sweet peppers. quality food and to indoor Farmer’s Marmake a connection ket, Tomato Tomato. with the farmer who grows that produce,” In the fall he delivers to UNL to participate in Pekarek said July 20. He is also the president the Good Fresh Local program, which incorof the Nebraska Fruit and Vegetable Grow- porates Nebraska-grown produce into meal ers Association. programs at the Cather-Pound-Neihardt and INCREASING IN East Campus dormiPOPULARITY tories. He also does Farmers markets some minor wholehave taken root saling to some local in Nebraska from grocery store chains. Scottsbluff to Omaha, “Farmers markets Norfolk to Nebraska are growing mostly City. Nationwide, due to consumer interthere were 6,132 est in obtaining fresh farmers markets opproducts directly from erating by summer the farm. These experi2010. The Midwest ences allow consumers has seen the largest to have access to logrowth as the nacally grown, farm-fresh tional total increased produce, enables farm16 percent from ers the opportunity 2009. More than 70 to develop a personal farmers markets now relationship with their dot Nebraska’s landcustomers, and it cultiscape. (See box listvate consumer loyalty ing Farmers Markets with the farmers who in Nebraska.) grows the produce,” Pekarek has 11 Pekarek said. acres of vegetables in Ryan Pekarek takes great pride in the “Developing an southeastern Butler produce he grows. Cauliflower can be honest, trusting relaCounty between Da- difficult to grow in Nebraska and Pekarek tionship with consumvid City and Seward. has provided a high-quality consistent ers is the key to getting He started work- product for his customers. repeat business. As ing for a farmer near long as I continue to Davey during college at the University of Ne- give consumers a consistent supply of goods, I braska-Lincoln and decided in 2004 to start his expect them to come back for more,” he said.
Ryan Pekarek helps a customer select produce. Pekarek’s Produce is one of the more popular stands at the Farmers Market in the town square in Seward.
Farmers Markets in Nebraska The information below is a list of Farmers Markets in Nebraska, based on data from the USDA National Farmers Market Directory. This information is collected on a voluntary basis.
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Nebraska Farm Bureau News
AUGUST 1, 2011
Nebraska Farm Bureau Lobbies FTAs in Washington Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders – including young farmers and ranchers – visited Washington, D.C., July 11-13, to urge passage of the pending Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. “Congress needs to get its act together and get them adopted. It’s time to stop playing political games,” Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen said July 15. “It’s not just about the trade benefits for the U.S. – although they’re considerable. It’s about the markets we’re losing because of the delay. The U.S. has lost 50 percent of the corn market in Colombia in only a couple of years because we can’t get the trade agreement passed,” he said. The farm leaders met with all five members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation . “They want to move the Free Trade Agreements quickly, and there’s a sense of frustration that the FTAs have been held up so long – they want to see them passed as much as farmers do,” Olsen said. FTAS ECLIPSED BY FEDERAL DEBT The Free Trade Agreements would have been “the issue of the summer” if not for the federal debt limit discussion, members of the Nebraska Congressional delegation said. “It’s taking up every working hour in Washington, and delaying negotiations to move the Free Trade Agreements forward,” Olsen said. The issue of extending Trade Adjustment Assistance is holding up the FTAs. The program provided benefits to workers who lost their jobs because of overseas competition. Senate Democrats want to attach it to the South Korea FTA while House Republicans
want to adopt it as a stand-alone measure. At the same time, and in the context of the debt limit, Senate Republicans are concerned about the measure’s price tag, $900 million over three years. IF THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO Farm Bureau has questioned the need for trade adjustment assistance. “But if that’s all that’s holding up $2.3 billion per year from the trade agreements, if that’s what it takes to move forward – then that’s what we need to do,” Olsen said. The size of the federal debt was much on the minds of the younger Farm Bureau members who visited Washington, all age 35 or younger, Olsen said. “This is not just a current issue. Young farmers, especially, see it weighing heavily on the choices they’ll be able to make as they seek to build their farming or ranching operation, raise their families, and, they hope, pass the farm on to their children.” Olsen said the resounding feeling of Nebraska’s delegation was that “for far too long, Congress has simply kicked the proverbial can down the road when it comes to the country’s ever-increasing debt and deficit problem.” The young farmers also emphasized how expanding federal regulations threaten their livelihoods. They were especially concerned about EPA’s attempts to expand its authority by interpreting the Clean Water Act very broadly, such as by requiring permits for common agricultural practices. CDLS FOR ALL TRACTOR DRIVERS? They also cited concern about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
John Blanchfield (left), American Bankers Association senior vice-president and director of the ABA Center for Agricultural & Rural Banking, met with Nebraska Farm Bureau members to talk about agriculture lending and the ag economy. Also pictured is Keith Olsen, NEFB president.
Several members of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee headed to Washington, D.C., July 11-13 and met with Nebraska’s U.S. representatives. Here Rep. Lee Terry (right) has stepped out of a committee hearing to listen to the group discuss their concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s burdensome overregulation.
Members of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee visited Washington, D.C., July 11-13, on a lobbying visit. Pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol are (from left) NEFB board member Sherry Vinton; YF&R committee members Matt and Tina Schwartkopf, Tim and Stephanie Hruby, and Greg and Malinda Villwok and YF&R chairs Shelly and Thorpe Thompson; and NEFB board members John C. Martin and Kevin Peterson (in back). plan to require anyone who operates a tractor on a public road to have a commercial driver’s license. Tina Swartzkopf of Ogallala said young farmers typically don’t have the capital to hire an employee to assist with farming operations so they rely on several family members to get them through harvest. The cost of getting them all licensed as CDL operators would be prohibitive and would be one more barrier to young people being successful in farming, she said. In addition to visits to Capitol Hill, the Farm Bureau leaders met with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the American Bankers Association
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Stephanie and Tim Hruby (left) of Dawes County listens as the Farm Bureau group talks with Rep. Adrian Smith about the importance of Free Trade Agreements. Also pictured are Matt and Tina Schwartkopf of Keith County.
U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson visits with a group of Nebraska Farm Bureau Board members and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee members about transportation regulation issues and their impact on farmers’ bottom lines. Pictured from left are Nelson; Keith Olsen, NEFB president; and Shelly and Thorpe Thompson, members of Dawes County farm Bureau.
AUGUST 1, 2011
Nebraska Farm Bureau News
HEALTHIER TIMES MyPlate Icon Reminds Consumers To Make Healthier Food Choices Washington, D.C. — The federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, was unveiled June 2 to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new-generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. “With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. THINK ABOUT FOOD CHOICES “MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information, it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.” MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.
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tion, and other user-friendly nutrition information. Later this year, USDA will unveil an online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical activity choices. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, launched in January of this year, form the basis of the federal government’s nutrition education programs, federal nutrition assistance programs and dietary advice provided by health and nutrition professionals. The guidelines messages include: Balance Calories • Enjoy your food, but eat less. • Avoid oversized portions. Foods To Increase • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. • Make at least half your grains whole grains. Foods To Reduce • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers. • Drink water instead of sugary drinks. For more information, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. Additional resources include: www.DietaryGuidelines.gov and www.Lets Move.gov.
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AUGUST 1, 2011
Nebraska Agriculture Has a Collective, Unified Voice In Struggle with Animal Rights Activists Nebraska agriculture groups have been watching intently as animal rights activists spread their messages around the country in opposition to modern farm animal care practices. In states such as Florida, Arizona, California, Oregon, Colorado, Maine, Arkansas, Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio and Michigan, laws were adopted or changed to place greater restrictions on how farmers and ranchers raise their livestock. â€œThe message is clear. These groups want to impose their vision and values on farmers, ranchers and consumers when it comes to food production and food choice,â€? Jay Rempe, Farm Bureau vice president/governmental relations, said July 20. â€˜WE SUPPORT AGRICULTUREâ€™ Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Poultry Industries and the Nebraska State Dairy Association have
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formed a coalition to â€œbe preparedâ€? for such animal rights activism in Nebraska. The coalition is called â€œWe Support Agricultureâ€? (WSA). â€œWSA will seek out groups and individuals in support of agriculture, spread the word on how Nebraska farmers and ranchers take seriously their responsibility to care for their animals, share the facts about Nebraska agri-
culture and its importance to our economy, and the true nature of those groups attacking Nebraskaâ€™s agriculture,â€? Rempe said. WSA will build on the messages of Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, the legislatureâ€™s agricul-
ture committee chair. Both have taken strong stances against animal rights activists and continue to defend the backbone of Nebraskaâ€™s strong agricultural culture and economy. FARMERS, RANCHERS CARE â€œOur main objective continues to be to reinforce the message that Nebraska farmers and ranchers already care for their animals and make sure they are protected and cared for. And they can do it without interference from out-of-state animal activists,â€? Rempe said. To learn more about the efforts of â€œWe Support Agriculture,â€? look for a WSA website in the near future. For more information now, contact Jay Rempe at 402/421-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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