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VOL. 29 ISSUE 10

Farm Bureau News

NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Counting Our Blessings This Holiday Season page 16

2011 Silver Eagle Award Winner Announced

FB Delegates Will Elect New President and Three Board Members

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Younes Conference Center New Location for Annual Meeting

Get Involved – Sign Up for YF&R and Legislative Conferences

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

In Every Issue 3 County News 5 Member Benefits 6 What’s Cooking? 10 State News 11 National News 16 Cover Story 27 Want Ads

October Errors: In the Legislative Happenings section of the October 19 edition of the Farm Bureau News there was an error in the Nebraska Brand Committee story. The committee recently voted to adopt a $10 per site visit surcharge for brand inspections, not a $10 per head surcharge as was reported. We are sorry for the error. In the What’s Cooking section of the October 19 edition of the Farm Bureau News there was an error in the Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe. It contained a Cream Cheese Frosting that was not meant to go with that recipe. We are sorry for the error.

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By Keith Olsen, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®


omething happened in June of 1967 that has had a lasting impact on my life. No, that’s not when Doris and I got married. We had just started to date and she had already informed me that she would not marry a farmer. We did get engaged in June of 1969. I remember the date. Who can forget getting engaged on Friday the 13th? I think there have been times that Doris wishes she could forget. In June 1967 I had just graduated from college and my Dad informed me that I could no longer have my car on his insurance policy. He said that the Farm Bureau agent would be coming by to get my car insured on my policy. So on a hot day in June of 1967, I became a Farm Bureau member, and my life has taken turns that I could never have dreamed about. I grew up in a Farm Bureau family. My Dad attended many state conventions as a county delegate. My Mother was involved in the county women’s committee. My uncle was a county board member, forever. Farm Bureau changed my life. As I look back at my 44 years as a Farm Bureau member, I have to ask myself: If my parents had not been Farm Bureau members would I be a Farm Bureau member today? Would I have spent the last nine years as president of Nebraska Farm Bureau?

REMEMBERING PEOPLE AND STORIES As I near the end of my service as president, I have been reminiscing about my years of involvement in Farm Bureau. I think of the places that I have traveled to, the hotels I have slept in, the convention centers where I attended too many meetings, the plane rides that I endured. Trade mission to Turkey Then I look at the mementos and pictures that I have in my office and at home. I remember the stories behind them. Behind each picture and meTrade mission to Southeast Asia VOLUME 29 ISSUE 10 November 16, 2011 USPS 375-780 ISSN 0745-6522

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Looking Back on 44 Years in Farm Bureau

The President’s Message


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mento, there is a person. Behind each memory there are people that are very special to me. I think of the Vietnamese farmer and his wife who were so proud of their three-acre orange grove, or the wheat farmer in Turkey. How proud they were to show off their farms to an American farmer. I look at the lariat basket and the picture of a combine cutting wheat in Nebraska that are in my office and I remember the members of our Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee who created those masterpieces. I think so often of the Farm Bureau members who stand up and speak for Farm Bureau and agriculture. Since I announced that I would not seek reelection, I have spent considerable time saying thank you to many special people I have had the pleasure to meet and work with during my time on the board of Nebraska Farm Bureau, and especially while I have had the pleasure to serve as your president. I will be forever grateful to you, members of Nebraska Farm Bureau; to the board members that I have served with; and to our great staff that I have had the pleasure of working with.

TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE I thank you for your dedication and commitment to Farm Bureau. Together we have made a difference, and we will continue to make a difference as we continue our service to Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is nothing without the involvement of the members. Doris and I look forward to seeing you in Kearney at our annual convention. We want to thank you for allowing me to serve as your president. We want to thank you for your support and the encouragement you have given us. Above all, we want to thank you for being Farm Bureau members.

EDITORIAL STAFF Editor/Advertising/Writer: Tina Henderson or ext. 4446 Writer: Cheryl Stubbendieck or ext. 4405 Graphic Designer/County News/ Month in Pictures: Tara Grell or ext. 4494 Want Ads and County Annual Meeting Notices: Natalie Friesen or ext. 4485

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION Keith Olsen, president (Grant) Steve Nelson, first vice president (Axtell) Rob Robertson, chief administrator/ secretary-treasurer (Lincoln)

Thank you and may God Bless you. Keith and Doris

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark McHargue, second vice president (Central City) Nathan Bartels (Elk Creek) Andy DeVries (Ogallala) Del Ficke (Pleasant Dale) Jason Kvols (Laurel) John C. Martin (Pleasanton) Scott Moore (Bartley) Kevin Peterson (Osceola) Tanya Storer (Whitman) Shelly Thompson (Whitney) Sherry Vinton (Whitman) NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU NEWS is published monthly, except July, by Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, 5225 South 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68512. Periodicals postage paid at Lincoln, NE and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Nebraska Farm Bureau News Attn: Tina Henderson P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011


COUNTY NEWS Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau

KNEB Station Manager Speaks at Annual Meeting The Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Oct. 13 in Kimball. Craig Larson, KNEB station manager in Scottsbluff, was the guest speaker. He spoke on the “Four Cornerstones” with a message to remember as we travel through life. Keith Olsen, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, gave an update on current happenings and challenges in agriculture. Olsen also told the group of his plans for retirement.

Dawes County Farm Bureau

Stewart Awarded $300 Scholarship from Dawes County Dawes County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Oct. 24 in Chadron. The speaker was Tina Henderson, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s director of communication services. She gave an update about the animal rights movement in Nebraska and how farmers and ranchers need to continue to tell their story. Pictured are Thorpe Thompson, Dawes County Farm Bureau president, and Katy Stewart, who was awarded the $300 Dawes County Farm Bureau scholarship. Stewart graduated from Crawford High School last year and is attending Chadron State College, majoring in animal science. Stewart’s parents are Barry and Laurie Stewart of Whitney, members of Dawes County Farm Bureau.

Eight livestock traceability meetings were held across the state, including this meeting in Deshler on Nov. 10. Nebraska Farm Bureau worked with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to schedule the meetings to explain USDA’s new Livestock Traceability Program.

County Farm Bureau members met to share insights on the policy resolutions they’ve submitted with the State Legislative Policy Committee as part of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process. Here Lincoln County Farm Bureau President Justin Roberts (left) and Lincoln County members Jan and Ernie Mehl examine some of the resolutions during Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Policy Forum Nov. 15 in Kearney.

The Staff at Nebraska Farm Bureau Wish You and Your Family a Happy Thanksgiving!


NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 2011 Annual Report By Rob J. Robertson Chief Administrator/ Secretary-Treasurer Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NEFB) has shined brightly in 2011 and a well-deserved “thank you” needs to be extended to each and every member in Farm Bureau for their willingness to invest in Farm Bureau to fight for and defend agriculture and Nebraska farm and ranch families. I honestly believe that Nebraska Farm Bureau is the “best of the best” in providing the trusted voice for Nebraska farm and ranch families – which is exactly what our vision is for NEFB. What sets us apart from many organizations is the strength of our grassroots system in developing and advocating policy. Going forward, the key will be how do we make the “best” better because the challenges facing agriculture seem to be growing substantially, while at the same time consumers are more and more misinformed about what’s involved in growing food and animals. Your organization has taken great strides this year to expand our public relations

and advocacy efforts to counter radical continue to face a litany of regulations animal and food activists and environmen- coming down from the federal governtal extremists who use sensationalism, ment in 2011. Your NEFB team was very half-truths and hype to confuse and scare effective and relentless throughout the consumers about food produced by mod- year fighting regulations that could hurt ern agriculture. Overall, we expanded our agriculture, such as EPA dust regulations, staff resources greenhouse gas in public relaregulations, farm tions, we were Nebraska Farm Bureau ® Vision ...... child labor reinstrumental in strictions, Clean “The Trusted Voice for Nebraska forming a new Water Act refarm and ranch families!” coalition of ag strictions on pesgroups to preticides and more. pare for a fight against HSUS, we increased These and many more proposed this past our social media engagement and advocacy year could have cost farm and ranch operwork, we invested heavily in A-FAN to de- ations dearly or even substantially changed velop an educational TV commercial about the way farms and ranches operate. farm animals, we continued our support for On the legislative front, NEFB was very inFFA and 4-H programs and we continue to strumental and played a huge role in passing put substantial financial resources into the bills that will fund water management proAg in the Classroom program. grams with general and environmental dolBut as if the floods, fragile economy, lars, authorize three Free Trade Agreements summer hailstorms, volatile commodities for more ag exports, repeal the Form 1099 markets and high energy prices of 2011 tax requirement and lessen the estate tax were not enough, farmers and ranchers burden. These and other legislative successes

would not have happened without the support we get from members in the trenches. Mark 2011 down as a great year for Nebraska Farm Bureau. We far exceeded our membership goals and we are well over 56,000 member families strong. NEFB is in a very solid financial position and we have done our part to hold the line on expenses. Our volunteer leaders – from County Farm Bureaus to the State Board and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee – continue to grow and develop into a leadership core for NEFB that is second to none. The work we have done has not only benefited farm and ranch families, it also benefited all of our members and Nebraskans in general because agriculture is a key driver of Nebraska’s economic engine. The headwinds will no doubt be strong at times for agriculture in the years ahead. As a member, you are part of a strong, grassroots organization and you should be proud of its success as it continues to carry out its vision “To Be the Trusted Voice for Nebraska Farm and Ranch Families.”

2011 Highlights within NEFB’s Strategic Plan Public and Policy Advocacy • Formed coalition and strategy to oppose Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and extreme animal rights groups • Fought back several onerous EPA regulations • Successfully passed Free Trade Agreements, which will increase ag exports • Passed water funding legislation to spread the costs • NEFB received the Dave Lane Award for Media Relations Excellence and for Best Media Relations Event from the American Farm Bureau Federation

Strengthen County Farm Bureaus • Provided educational materials to County Farm Bureaus to oppose animal rights efforts • Facilitated several County Farm Bureaus’ membership events • Held many Congressional office and senator visits • Held candidate forums

• Expanded public relations efforts to counter radical groups against modern agriculture

• Participated in the Nebraska Farm Bureau and KOLN/KGIN Can CareA-Van program

Leadership Development

Increase Financial Resources • Created the Ag Advocacy Fund • 244 members joined Farm Bureau Century Club • Launched expanded Century Club contribution format • Expanded educational efforts about NFBF-PAC • Provided financial support and staff support at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island • Promoted and sponsored the “Ag Family of the Day” program, numerous other events and promotional efforts and provided volunteer and staff support

• Graduated the fourth NEFB Leadership Academy

• Expanded our social media engagement with volunteer leaders

• Promoted the Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness as a means to “Tell our story in Agriculture”

• Increase Agriculture in the Classroom projects with more leaders • Supported Collegiate FB programs, FFA and 4-H

Increase Membership • Continued our vibrant Young Farmers and Ranchers program

• Developed GM and vision care member benefits

• Facilitated more creative membership events with County Farm Bureaus • Funded Investment for the Future memberships with County Farm Bureaus • Streamlined online membership application process • Implemented new member database system to enhance service and growth

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

NOVEMBER 16, 2011


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NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

WHAT’S COOKING? If you want to submit your own recipes, and photos if you have them, send them via email to

Holiday Snacks and Hors D’oeuvres Cheddar Pecan Wafers

Ingredients 1/2 pound butter, softened 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded (don’t use pre-shredded) 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Directions 1. Place all ingredients except the pecans in a food processor. Process until dough starts to form a ball. Dough will be stiff, much like shortbread. 2. Add pecans and pulse a few times to blend or work the pecans in by hand.

Enchilada Meatballs Ingredients 2 cups crumbled corn bread 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine the corn bread, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce and salt. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. 2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on a greased 15” x10” baking sheet. 3. Bake at 350º F for 18-22 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

3. Form the dough into logs about 1 inch in diameter and 10 inches long. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat tomato sauce and remaining enchilada sauce.

4. Preheat the oven to 350º F.

5. Drain meatballs; place in a serving dish. Top with sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

5. Unwrap the chilled logs of dough and slice into ¼-inch rounds using a sharp knife.

6. Serve with toothpicks.

6. Place slices about 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Yield: 3-4 dozen meatballs

7. Bake for exactly 12 minutes, until firm and slightly browned at the edges. 8. Allow wafers to cool for 1 minute before removing from the sheet. Note: The logs freeze well so you can bake up a fresh batch whenever you like. Yield: Approximately 4 1/2 dozen

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Pecan Cranberry Spread

Ingredients 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate Directions 1. In a medium bowl and using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until soft and fluffy. Add the orange juice concentrate; blend.

Ingredients Mini Twist Pretzels White Chocolate Almond Bark Red Sanding Sugar Mini Marshmallows

2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Directions 1. Melt the white chocolate almond bark according to the directions on the package.

Yield: 2 cups

3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 30 minutes. 4. Serve with crackers.

2. Dip each mini twist pretzel halfway into the melted white chocolate almond bark. 3. Dip each almond bark-covered pretzel into the red sanding sugar until only a small amount of the almond bark is showing. Place on waxed paper. 4. Cut the mini marshmallows in half. Use additional melted almond bark to adhere a mini marshmallow half onto the side of each pretzel. Allow time for the almond bark to set.

UPCOMING MONTHS Below are themes for the coming months! Submit your recipe to: December – National Soup and Wheat Bread Month January – Valentine’s Day and Great American Pies Month February – St. Patrick’s Day and National Peanut Month

Cheddar Pecan Wafers recipe from Enchilada Meatballs recipe from Taste of Home magazine. Pecan Cranberry Spread recipe from Town House cracker box. Photos from Lois Linke, wife of Karl Linke, Nebraska Farm Bureau district director of member services for the southeast. Santa Hat Pretzels recipe and photo from

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

NOVEMBER 16, 2011


Next Farm Bill: ‘Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before’ The writing of a farm bill is usually a months-long – even years-long – process. U.S. agriculture is extremely diverse and a program that provides a safety net for farmers who grow one kind of crop may be useless for farmers who grow something different. Back-and-forth negotiations between members of the U.S. House and Senate typically cover a period of months and hundreds of people are involved. In contrast, because of the need to cut the federal budget, the next farm bill is being written now in a period of weeks, first by four, and now by just two members of the legislative branch. “The writing of this farm bill is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” Jordan Dux, NEFB national affairs coordinator, said Nov. 15. The chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees decided to include the next farm bill in the bill that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction must present to Congress. The ag leaders missed the initial Nov. 1 deadline for forwarding their proposal to cut $23 billion from agriculture programs and were then expected to submit by Nov. 18. Congress will have an opportunity to vote on the program, but it will be a simple “up or down” vote with no opportunity for amendments. Most recently, only the two committee chairs have been meeting on the proposal. Some information about their plans has been leaked, Dux said, but shouldn’t be understood as a sure thing. Among what’s believed to be in the proposal: • Direct Payments, Average Crop Revenue and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments will be eliminated.

Marketing loans will be continued. “Farm Bureau is concerned that having three programs • Crop insurance is maintained at current levels and the would be extremely complicated and it would be very difprogram is changed only ficult to establish equity slightly. among the programs. If • The committee chairs one is better than another, seem intent on replacfarmers will make their deing Direct Payments with cisions about what to plant a Shallow Loss Revenue based on the government program. However, they’ve safety net program, rather recognized that the prothan the marketplace,” gram does not work well in Dux said. “It would also be the South where produca nightmare for county FSA ers do not buy crop insuroffices to administer three ance at as high a buy-up separate and distinct prolevel as in the Midwest. Begrams. cause of this, they are lookPerhaps more imporing at using three separate tantly, the STAX program programs in the commodcould violate World Trade ity title. Organization rules, he said, • A Stacked Income possibly exposing the U.S. Protection Plan (STAX) to international repercuswould be offered to cotsions. ton producers only, a shal“We need to remember low loss program would be that what we’re hearing — JORDAN DUX, Nebraska Farm Bureau may be different from what offered to corn, soybean National Affairs Coordinator is forwarded to the Joint and wheat producers, and significantly higher target Committee,” Dux emphaprices would likely be the producer’s choice for rice, pea- sized, “but the possibility exists that Farm Bureau won’t be nuts and sorghum. able to support what emerges.”

Farm Bureau is concerned that having three programs would be extremely complicated and it would be very difficult to establish equity among the programs. If one decision is better than another, farmers will make their decisions about what to plant based on the government safety net program, rather than the marketplace.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau News

Grandpa’s Tractor by Michael Garland and The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts were chosen as Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2011 Children’s Agriculture Books of the Year.

2011 Children’s Agriculture Books of the Year Selected Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Ag Promotion Committee has selected “Grandpa’s Tractor� and “The Beef Princess of Practical County� as the 2011 Children’s Agriculture Books of the Year. “Grandpa’s Tractor,� by Michael Garland, tells the story of the farmer’s old best friend, a red tractor. Grandpa Joe brings his grandson Timmy back to the site of the family farm to share with Timmy the shiny red tractor. Lyrical text and evocative artwork come together to create a heartfelt homage to a bygone era. “The Beef Princess of Practical County,� by Michelle Houts, is the story of Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby picks out calves to raise on her family’s cattle farm in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby names the calves and grows closer to her steers with each passing day. When reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder,

the chaos in Libby’s heart becomes too much to bear. Publishers across the nation submitted about 30 books for review. Selection committee members were Kathy Wilke, 2011 Nebraska Agriculture in the ClassroomTeacher of the Year; Ag Promotion Committee Chair Erma McGill; Ag Promotion Committee members Jean Thunker and Becky Graham; Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness Board of Directors member Nancy Eberle; and Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom State Coordinator Deanna Karmazin. Each voted for the books she thought deserved the honor. The Ag Promotion Committee will donate a copy of each book for County Farm Bureau Learning Barns. These books may be picked up at the Ag Promotion exhibit at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Kearney next month. A limited supply of the books will be available for purchase at the Ag Promotion exhibit. Cash or check will be accepted.

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen was named to the 2011 Ak-Sar-Ben Royal Court for his contributions to agriculture and Nebraska. The Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball was held Oct. 22 in Omaha.

The ABC’s of Campaigning Mark your calendars for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Campaign Management Training Seminar, Feb. 23 and 24 in Lincoln at the state office. This seminar is designed for: • Candidates for public office at any level • Family members of candidates for public office • Campaign managers or staff • Other individuals who may be interested in seeking elected public office or assisting in political campaigns. The seminar was developed by the

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011


2011 Silver Eagle Award Will Honor Eugene and Caroline Bargman Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Eugene Bargman of Beatrice and his late wife Caroline as the 2011 recipients of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Eugene Bargman on Dec. 6 at the 2011 Nebraska Farm Bureau Convention in Kearney. Eugene Bargman, 87, and Caroline, who died in a car accident in 2006, are widely respected for their commitment to God, Country, Community, Agriculture and Farm Bureau, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen said Nov. 9. “They were an effective team during their 60 years together and their commitment to their beliefs showed in their actions,” he said. “Until Caroline’s passing, you always saw them together, working to help agriculture, young people and their community.” The Bargmans were married in January 1946. Eugene completed his service in the Air Force later that year and taught “On the Farm” night classes in agriculture to military veterans. While he studied for his applied agriculture associates degree at the Univer-

sity of Nebraska, the Bargmans were the first house parents for the Lutheran Student House and were involved with campus ministry for more than 60 years. The Bargmans were early adopters of conservation technology on their diversified farm near Pickrell, where they raised their five children. They were co-operators for onfarm studies with state and federal agencies and both were leaders in Gage County Farm Bureau. Eugene and Caroline both testified numerous times before local governing boards and the Nebraska Legislature on agriculture issues, especially land use and conservation issues. Eugene has been a Farm Bureau member for 63 years. He has held many offices in Gage County Farm Bureau and continues to serve as its secretarytreasurer. He is known for his enthusiasm for Farm Bureau and his success in recruiting new Farm Bureau members. Both he and Caroline served on NEFB’s State Legislative Policy Committee and on other committees and task forces.

The winner of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2011 Silver Eagle Award are Eugene Bargman and his late wife Caroline, members of Gage County Farm Bureau. Eugene served as president of the county fair board and of the Federal Land Bank board of directors and was a member of agricultural advisory boards for Nebraska governors, U.S. Senators and Members of Congress. Caroline was a member of the Nebraska Soybean and Grain Sorghum boards and of the first U.S. Soybean Board. The Bargmans also devoted many hours to mentoring their teen-aged hired hands and 4-H and FFA members and were strong supporters of the Agriculture in the Classroom program.

They delighted in hosting tour groups and international visitors to their farm. Both were leaders in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beatrice and Eugene served on the executive committee of the central district of the American Lutheran Church and on the national church’s committee on rural ministry. Today Eugene lives in a Beatrice retirement community, where he enjoys educating his fellow residents about agriculture and serving as a leader for social and educational activities.

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STATE NEWS Legislative Happenings • Pipeline Compromise Reached as Senators Debate The Nebraska Legislature returned to Lincoln Nov. 1 to begin the special session called by Gov. Dave Heineman to address oil pipeline issues. Six bills were introduced, five pertaining to pipelines and one to appropriate funds for the special session.

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Keystone I pipeline under construction near Yankton, S.D. in July 2009. After many hours of hearings, one bill, LB 4, emerged from the Natural Resources Committee for the full legislature to consider. The bill was introduced by Sen. Chris Langemeier of Schuyler. It requires pipelines in Nebraska to apply to the Nebraska Department of En-

vironmental Quality for a route certificate. It requires the governor to appoint a panel to advise the governor regarding the issuance of a route certificate. It also obligates the panel to make a written recommendation to the governor within 60 days of DEQ receiving an application on whether to accept or deny a route certificate. Senators had begun debate on LB 4 when Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, speaker of the legislature, announced Nov. 14 that the state had reached an agreement with TransCanada, the developer of the contested oil pipeline, to move the route away from the Sandhills area. Under the agreement, the state will participate with the federal government in developing an environmental impact statement for a new route and assist the company in finding an acceptable route. The cost of the environmental impact statement will be borne by the state. The process is expected to take six to nine months. LB 4 would be amended to reflect the compromise reached. Also as part of the compromise, lawmakers will discuss passage of LB 1, introduced by Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton, to provide the state siting authority over future oil pipelines. LB 1 requires the Public Service Commission to develop an application and approval/denial process for the siting of

major oil pipelines in Nebraska. The bill advanced from General File to Select File during legislative debate Nov. 15. The compromise follows the federal government’s announcement in early November that it would delay a decision on a federal permit for the project until it studies new potential routes that avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska. The proposed pipeline would carry oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

of Nebraska Farm Bureau to the committee. Ficke’s testimony noted Farm Bureau favors a voluntary-based animal identification system designed to help manage livestock disease control and improve food safety, but acknowledged the USDA is moving forward with a program that requires mandatory identification of animals crossing state lines. Given the reality of the mandated system, the testimony outlined Farm Bureau preferences for a program: the state should be the entity responsible for running such a program; it should be limited only to breeding stock; it should allowing both traditional and new methods of animal id; and the federal government should provide the resources to the states for a traceability program.

• Livestock Traceability The legislature’s Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, held a hearing on Oct. 28 on interim study LR 278. The study is to examine the implications of the emerging livestock disease traceability framework governing movements of animals in interstate commerce to Nebraska. Del Ficke, a livestock producer and Nebraska Farm Bureau board member from Pleasant Dale, offered comments on behalf

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brecht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln food safety specialist. “Leaving food out all day is not a good idea,” Albrecht said. “It’s a way to invite food-borne illness to your guests.” Albrecht said food should not be left out for more than two hours at room temperature.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011


NATIONAL NEWS Congressional Happenings passed with an amendment introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) clarifying the definition of nuisance dust to underscore that the bill does not exempt particulate matter generated from combustion, such as from industrial facilities and power plants. While EPA announced that it is no longer looking to regulate farm dust, this legislation is needed because EPA will again look at the federal dust standard in 10 years. • House Committee Passes Farm Dust Bill The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power recently passed an amended version of H.R. 1633, the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act,” which is strongly backed by Farm Bureau. Nebraska U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE, Second District) sits on the subcommittee and voted in favor of the bill, which was introduced by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA). The bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. It addresses the threat of increased federal regulation of dust by preventing EPA from imposing more stringent federal dust standards. It also exempts nuisance dust from EPA regulation where dust is already regulated under state, tribal or local law. The bill

• Senate Passes Ag Spending Bill The Senate has passed the agriculture spending bill by a 69-30 vote. Nebraska Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns voted in favor of the measure. The bill provides an estimated $19.8 billion in fiscal year 2012 discretionary spending authority, a 0.7 percent cut from current spending. The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill is part of a “minibus” package with TransportationHousing and Urban Development and Commerce-Justice-Science. The House and Senate will conference to work out the differences between the two bills. The conference is expected to begin shortly, as Congress works to complete action on spending bills. Funding for the federal government is under a continuing resolution that expires Nov. 18. The bill provides funding for a wide array of federal agricultural

programs, mostly within USDA. These programs include agricultural research; education and extension activities; natural resources conservation programs; food safety, marketing and inspection activities; rural economic and community development activities; telecommunications and electrification assistance; and various export and international activities of USDA. • Still Time To Comment on Child Labor and Livestock Traceability Rules Farm Bureau members are encouraged to submit comments on two very important issues that will each have impacts on agriculture. A few months ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) introduced a rule which greatly reduces what children under the age of 16 can do on a farm or ranch. The rule would prevent those children from working with livestock, using power equipment, and climbing ladders over six feet tall, just to name a few provisions. While the

rule technically exempts children working on their parents’ farm or ranch, farms or ranches organized as a corporation would not be included in that exemption. The comment period for the rule continues through Dec. 1. Livestock producers also have a rule that is currently working its way through the federal rule-making process. In August, USDA announced the formation of a new livestock traceability program. This new program would be mandatory for all livestock that cross the borders of the state of Nebraska. The comment period for this rule will close on Dec. 9. Farm Bureau members who want to comment to either DOL or USDA are encouraged to visit and click on the “Action Alert” button on the left side of the screen.

USDA Submits Revised GIPSA Rule to Office of Management and Budget USDA has submitted modified sections of its proposed GIPSA rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Following OMB’s review, the modified sections will be published in the Federal Register and will be open for comment in the next few weeks, Jordan Dux, national affairs coordinator, said Nov. 7. GIPSA is the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration. Nebraska Farm Bureau submitted comments on the original rule in November 2010 and expressed concern about numerous sections of the proposed rule. There also were numerous sections that dealt

mostly with the poultry industry that Farm Bureau supported. When the House began debate on the FY 2012 Agricultural Appropriations bill, an amendment was introduced to pull all funding from the implementation of the proposed rule, Dux said. “While Farm Bureau opposed more of the rule than we supported, the decision was made by the American Farm Bureau to oppose the amendment so that USDA could continue with its economic and comment analysis on the proposal. The amendment did end up passing in the House but the language was not included in the Senate

version of the appropriations bill. It remains to be seen whether or not the amendment will be included following the House and Senate Conference Committee on the bill,” he said. The changes to the rule included both some positives and negatives. Decisions about what to include and how to modify the contents of the original rule were guided by comments received by USDA and an updated cost-benefit analysis, he said. The Final Rule contains provisions required by the 2008 Farm Bill (the sections related to suspension of delivery of birds, additional capital investment criteria, breach


of contract and arbitration) in addition to a section on swine and poultry sample contracts. The sections where Nebraska Farm Bureau expressed concerns – including the section on packer-to-packer sales, limitation on contract buyers and certain record retention requirements – were pulled from the rule. “While we were pleased to see these sections removed, there is still one section, dealing with ‘competitive injury,’ that status of which is still unknown. While it appears that it will not be included in the final rule, we remain concerned that the issue would be brought up in the future,” Dux said.


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NEW LOCATION: Younes Conference Center Kearney, NE 94th Annual Convention Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®

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Board Member Candidates Delegates Will Elect a New President And Three State Board Members Nebraska Farm Bureau’s House of Delegates will elect a new president and three others to the NEFB Board of Directors at the state convention in Kearney on Dec. 6. The decision by NEFB President Keith Olsen to retire in 2011 opens up the president’s seat for the first time since 2002, when then-President Bryce Neidig of Madison County stepped down and was replaced by Olsen. The NEFB Nominating Committee interviewed individuals nominated by County Farm Bureaus as candidates for president and the other director positions on Nov. 14-15, in conjunction with the Policy Forum meeting held in Kearney. A Candidates Forum for the three presi-

dential candidates will be held at the NEFB Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 at approximately 4 p.m. Candidates will also be introduced at the Awards and Recognition session that evening. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, members of the House of Delegates can nominate additional candidates prior to voting, which will be conducted after discussion of policy resolutions. Each candidate will give a 90-second speech before the vote takes place. The President, At-Large, District 3 and District 8 director positions are open for election. Terms are for three years. In the nomination materials, presidential candidates and board candidates were asked to respond to two questions below.

Questions for board candidates: In 100 words or less: What do you think Nebraska Farm Bureau should do to address the growing disconnect between consumers’ perceptions of how they think food is produced and the actual modern ag practices used today to produce food? In 50 words or less: What new strategies should Nebraska Farm Bureau develop to enhance the value of being a member? Questions for presidential candidates: In 100 words or less: In the next three years, what do you think is the most crucial organizational challenge facing Nebraska Farm Bureau, and how would you use your leadership position to address it? In 50 words or less: As you consider the many external issues facing members and agriculture, which one is the most crucial and what can Nebraska Farm Bureau do to affect the issue?

NFBF Strategic Plan – FY 2011 Vision

Nebraska Farm Bureau: The trusted voice for Nebraska farm and ranch families!


Strong Agriculture ...... Strong Nebraska


Sherry Vinton Arthur County Farm Bureau

Vinton has been a Farm Bureau member for 26 years. She and her husband Chris have three children. They have a cow/calf and pivot-irrigated forage operation on 27,000 acres near Whitman.

Dedication, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork & Organizational Discipline


Membership: Increase membership through recruitment activities, increasing retention rates, improving agent training efforts and promoting value of membership. Leadership Development: Develop more engaged leaders through recruitment activities, mentoring/training programs, matching skills with interest areas and enhancing young farmer and rancher involvement. County Farm Bureaus: Strengthen every County Farm Bureau through effective leadership and mentoring programs, involvement in local issues, and creating a presence with grassroots programs. Public and Policy Advocacy: Promote and grow Nebraska agriculture through policy development, policy implementation and public relations efforts to both members and Nebraska citizens. Financial Resources: Adequately fund and grow programs by increasing dues revenues, exploring new sources of revenue and pursuing innovative fundraising strategies.

Jason Kvols

Cedar County Farm Bureau Kvols has been a Farm Bureau member for 15 years. He and his wife Kathy have five children. They raise row crops on 700 acres near Laurel.


Continuing to educate consumers using a variety of media is essential, including traditional media as well as social and online media. Public relations can no longer be taken for granted. Farmers and ranchers have historically had positive public perception, but extremist groups are attacking modern production agriculture. In addition to getting our message out, we must integrate and defend our message legislatively and publicly as never before. We may need to study our structure and look for new ways to realign our organization. We may need to devote more resources to strategically integrate governmental and public relations. Farm Bureau members are diverse, but we all EAT. Any member benefit that enhances this experience promotes agriculture and benefits us all. From a new blog with farm and ranch member profiles highlighting the variety of production methods and bounty Nebraska provides including favorite producer recipes to perhaps Nebraska restaurant discounts and promotions.



Consumers are constantly being asked by activist groups to decide where their food is going to come from. As producers we need to continually communicate how we protect and preserve our food to provide a safe and abundant food supply. Farm Bureau can help communicate this message though advertising, promotion and education. More resources will need to be used in the future by Farm Bureau to do activities. The only way that this disconnect is going to be addressed is through education. The sharing of information from those who produce to those who consume that product is the key.


The value of a membership in Farm Bureau is more than just a list of benefits. It is the understanding that the unified voice of each member speaks volumes. Farm Bureau has strategically been the trusted voice of Nebraska farm and ranch families and will continue to do so. This is the greatest benefit.

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Board Member Candidates DISTRICT 8

Andy DeVries Keith County Farm Bureau

DeVries has been a Farm Bureau member for nine years. He and his wife Laura have four children. They grow irrigated corn and soybeans and dryland corn, soybeans and wheat on 600 acres near Ogallala.


Nebraska Farm Bureau should continue to support organizations such as A-FAN (the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture) and WSA (We Support Agriculture). Farm Bureau is a big part of these organizations that are successfully getting the story of agriculture out to the public. We also need to increase the availability of technology and information used by the public relations department to get Ag’s story out to the public. But probably the most important thing is for each of us to take part in telling our neighbors how their food is produced in a safe, efficient way by farmers and ranchers who love the land.


I find this a hard question because I feel the value of being a member is priceless. This organization is a larger body looking out for my best interests. Farm Bureau has successfully defeated several issues that have saved my farm far more money than the cost of my membership.


Steve Nelson

Kearney/Franklin County Farm Bureau Nelson has been a Farm Bureau member for 35 years. He and his wife Elma have two grown children. They raise corn, soybeans and seed corn on1,500 acres near Axtell.


One of the most crucial challenges facing Nebraska Farm Bureau in the future is that of having adequate resources to successfully protect and defend Nebraska farmers and ranchers. It has been my pleasure to travel the state attending many county annual meetings this fall. I have talked about the importance of continuing to grow our membership. This is the best way to increase our financial resources as well as building on our already strong grassroots base. The more members we have, the more people we have involved in grassroots policy development, the stronger we will be.


The calling to meet the unprecedented challenge to feed a growing world population while maintaining profitability on our farms and ranches will continue to be challenging. We must support young farmers and ranchers, develop and implement policy that allows today’s agriculture to produce, and continue to tell our story everywhere we can.

Mark McHargue Merrick County Farm Bureau

Hudkins has been a Farm Bureau member for 47 years. He and his wife, Carol have two children. They raise beef, corn, soybeans and hay on 2,200 acres near Malcolm.

McHargue has been a Farm Bureau member for 25 years. He and his wife Judi have four children. They raise hogs and row crops on 550 acres near Central City.


I would encourage seasoned Farm Bureau members to continue their leadership by bringing clarity and perspective to complicated issues. Upholding the values and policies that are the foundation of Farm Bureau is imperative. I would appeal to our newer generation of members who are well connected by social media and fast adopters of new technology, to use their skills to amplify our voice. My experience as a veteran leader, along with my close connection to the younger generation, positions me uniquely to lead Nebraska Farm Bureau through this challenge.


Larry Hudkins

Lancaster County Farm Bureau

Weakening trust of the American farmer! Burdensome regulations and excessive scrutiny of modern livestock agriculture is a sign the general public is losing trust in the farmers who raise their food. We care about our animals and land. Farm Bureau can help us unify our voices to tell our story.


With only 210,000 full-time farmers in the United States and with less than one quarter of one percent of the Federal budget dedicated to agriculture, our most crucial organizational challenge is to convey to policy makers and consumers how important agriculture is to the U.S. economy. Our farmers and ranchers are the best advocates for and the best equipped in carrying that message to the public. As President of Nebraska Farm Bureau, I would use my organizational experience and leadership to ensure that our members and staff have the training, education, visibility and resources to accomplish this task.


Excessive environmental regulation and rule interpretation is the most crucial impediment to a productive, vibrant agricultural economy. It’s imperative that NEFB be at the table when rules and regulations are formulated. We need to be armed with an expanded membership and grassroots policy on sound science and seasoned advice.

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Board Expectations, Requirements, Rewards The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors has approved some refinements in the nominating process to increase the pool of potential candidates for state board service. It also approved a series of expectations for persons serving on the state board as a way to let Farm Bureau members know about the time commitments and benefits of board service. Time: There are eight face-to-face board meetings per year (February, March, June, August, September, November and December – one before and one after the NEFB annual meeting). Most are two-day meetings. There are usually three or four conference call meetings. One is scheduled in January and the others are called on an as-needed basis. Directors are expected to participate in other meetings such as the State Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C. Governmental Relations Trip and/or AFBF National Leadership Conference. There are also times when directors serve as voting delegates to the AFBF annual meeting. There are other times, when requested by the president, that directors represent NEFB at meetings of other organizations or governmental entities. Periodically, there are NEFB task forces or committee meetings to chair or participate in. Geographic district directors have a requirement to visit each county within their district annually or at least once during their three-year term. Directors are expected to make telephone contacts to recruit volunteers to serve in various NEFB capacities. Directors are expected to promptly respond to action requests.

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understanding of the benefits/rewards which accrue to board service. Directors receive $150 per diem plus travel time ($7.25 per 50 miles traveled) and round trip mileage (at standard IRS rates) for authorized meetings and activities with certain exceptions. Directors are reimbursed for authorized expenses as specified in the financial policies and general expense guidelines for such things as lodging, meals and other related expenses. Non-financial benefits/rewards: Directors receive leadership and personal growth training annually. They also gain valuable leadership experience in the chairing of committees/task forces and in organizational representation. That enhances their understanding of the organization and its contributions to members and the ag industry. It also offers opportunities to improve public speaking and other interpersonal relationship skills. They have the opportunity to serve their fellow FB members and the ag industry through these board positions. Individual directors receive recognition from their peers as statewide leaders. There is also personal satisfaction gained through this service. But it’s not all glamour. There are routine business matters to address and fiduciary responsibilities to perform. However, there are also the more interesting policy issues and attractive public relations matters to help address. Board service also offers the prospect of helping shape the organization’s future in identifying member needs and developing the solutions to guide success.


NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

Count Our Blessings This Holiday Season By Tina Henderson and demanding a more protein-rich diet, is in the relatively short run, six-to-eight erage of only 16 cents out of every dolThe price of food is going up…that’s a such as meat protein and dairy products. month period, we’ll have an increase in lar spent on food at home and away from fact. Since March 2007, grocery costs in- They want to buy higher-quality food production that will be followed by a home, Anderson said. creased over 5 percent according to gov- items, which in turn is supporting grow- fairly sharp drop off. And that obviously “The rest goes for costs beyond the farm ernment figures – the worst grocery infla- ing demand for meat imports as well as has implications for prices,” Anderson gate: wages and materials for production, tion since the early 1990s. grain imports to feed a growing domestic said. processing, marketing, transportation and According to USDA’s Economic Research herd,” he said. What consumers need to keep in mind distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers Service, U.S. consumers spend 10 percent Rising energy prices, including the price is that farmers and ranchers receive an av- received 31 cents,” he said. of their disposable income on food each of fuel, is another contributor. This inyear, while those in other countries spend creases the cost of production, transmuch more. portation, wages and packaging of food, Where Does Your Food Dollar Go? “We need to be thankful we live in the which ultimately influences how much United States,” Uniconsumers pay at versity of Nebraskathe grocery store, Lincoln ag econoLubben said. mist Brad Lubben “As costs of said Nov. 10. Acproduction go up, cording to USDAprices have to go ERS, while Ameriup to cover those cans spend 11.4 costs. And that’s percent of their true whether we’re disposable income talking about farmon food, people in level costs or costs China spend 22.3 at the processing percent and in Pakiplant or through Of the 10 percent of disposable income Farm Value 16¢ Marketing Bill 84¢ stan they spend 41.9 the transportation Americans spend on food, 44 percent is Sources: ERS (Food Dollar Series); AFBF percent. sector or in packfor food eaten at restaurants. And an interestaging food or anying trend attached thing else. Those to American eating habits is that they enjoy costs have to be covered at some point. Americans Pay the Least for Food a night out to eat. And this process of prices going up to “Of the 10 percent of disposable income cover those costs has been ongoing for U.S. consumers spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each Americans spend on food each year, 56 some time,” he said. year, while those in other countries spend much more. (5-year average 2005-2009) percent is for food eaten at home and 44 WEAK DOLLAR percent is for food eaten away from home, Then there is a weak U.S. dollar, which Of the 10 percent of disposable income Americans spend on food each year, 51 like at restaurants or cafes. But no matter is encouraging exports of American crops percent is for food eaten at home and 49 percent is for food eaten away from home. where we eat at home or away, we are still and food products. Trade imbalances getting a bargain for the wholesome food among nations also affects food prices, Figures for all other counties are for food consumed at home. As food consumed produced by America’s farmers and ranch- Lubben said. at home is less expensive, the gap between these countries and the U.S. would be ers,” he said. Weather has played a prime role in the even greater if food consumed away from home was not added. So what is contributing to higher food rising cost of food, according John Andercosts? It really is a mix of factors, Lubben son, an ag economist for the American said. Farm Bureau. The drought in Oklahoma and Philippines 37% U.S. 10% STRONG GLOBAL DEMAND Texas, for example, will affect the cost of “We’ve had really strong global de- meat products. mand for ag products particularly if you “Because of the drought and because look at the more rapidly developing of a lack of availability of feed, farmers parts of the globe. If you look at coun- and ranchers have had to move their catIndonesia 43% Italy 14% tries like China and India, you will see tle into feedlots early. Younger animals their consumers rising out of poverty that would have been put on grass for another six months are now in a feedlot. And six months from now they’ll be in the meat case already, so in the shortrun we’ll increase production because Pakistan 41.9% China 22.3% more animals are being put into the process earlier. “Once those animals are gone, though, Source: USDA_ERS Consider these tips to stretch they’re gone, and so what we will see your grocery dollars: • Know your food budget and shop with a list. • Plan nutritious meals and snacks to prepare at home. (if corn is priced at $6.00 per bushel, about 10.7 cents per pound) • Use Nutrition Facts labels to make informed food choices. A 12 oz box of corn flakes It takes only 27.8 cents of corn to pro• Reduce impulse purchases by not contains only 8.6 cents worth duce a pound of ground beef and 38.5 shopping when hungry. of corn. At $4 a box in the cents of corn per pound of pork. The • Serve recommended portion sizes grocery store, you can clearly livestock producers’ share of the grocery to save calories and money. see how much of the price store price is 81 cents for the ground goes towards labor, marketing beef and 44 cents for the pork; while Updated Dietary Guidelines and transportation. you pay $3 a pound for ground beef and In 2010, the Agriculture Department $5.99 for a ham at the store. and Health and Human Services Department released updated dietary guidelines for Americans. The detailed guidelines include these recommenThere is only 19.3 cents of dations: corn in a gallon of milk. Dairy • Maintain calorie balance over time farmers receive 91 cents for to achieve and sustain a healthy the gallon of milk that is sold in A 2-liter bottle of soda contains about weight. the store for $2.99. 10 cents worth of corn. Corn is found in • Strive to include nutrient-dense soda as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). foods and beverages in your diet Less than 5 percent of the crop is used – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, to make HFCS, which is found in small fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy It takes only 42.8 cents of corn amounts in a variety of products. products, seafood, lean meats and to produce a dozen eggs. Eggs poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and bought at a store are $2.39 – nuts and seeds. but the poultry farmer receives Sources: AFBF; Dietary Guidelines only about 60 cents. Source: Nebraska Corn Board

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Your Backyard Fall Planting and Holiday Planning There is still time to get new plant material installed, especially if it’s new trees or shrubs. Whether shade or flowering, we can plant trees up until the ground freezes solid. It may not be as nice for us weather-wise to be planting, but it’s fine for the plants. And most shrubs can be planted through November just check with your nursery professional. When planting in the late fall, make sure to properly backfill newly planted trees and shrubs and keep them well watered as long as possible before winter settles them to sleep. You may also be able to plant evergreen trees or shrubs depending on the weather. Evergreens versus deciduous plants can have issues if they are moved around in too cold of weather. So check with your local nursery professional on whether you can continue planting evergreen trees and shrubs in your area depending on the weather. MOISTURE IS NEEDED Now, while many will not complain over the warmer

days we’ve received the last month or so, many of us are concerned with the lack of moisture. Lincoln for example was below normal precipitation for October before early rains in November and while we’re above normal for yearly precipitation, it certainly has not been from the last month, so consider watering your plants before winter arrives for good. As you water, remember to detach your hoses and drain your sprinkler system to avoid frozen pipe, but please don’t put your hoses away yet. With as dry as we have been, many plants, trees and lawns will be thirsty for moisture as they go to sleep for winter. It is highly recommended that all plants (trees, shrubs, perennials and turf) go into winter as hydrated as possible. Unless we give our plants the moisture they need, it’s likely they will go into dormancy dry and weak. The better we replace the missed moisture in our plants before they go to sleep, the better they’ll handle the winter, and the better they’ll awaken next spring ready to grow. HOLIDAY DECORATING If you are like us, you are hard at work decorating your home for the holidays soon to come. If there is one saving grace to the year passing so quickly, it is the enjoyment we will soon get from time celebrating with our friends and families. For some new ideas in your holiday decorating, consider adding colorful branches, colored outdoor ornaments and some lights to your outdoor pots. Or maybe a new wreath decorated to be beautiful in both day

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Thanksgiving Dinner Is Cheaper in Nebraska But Costs Nearly $10 More Than Last Year Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 this year will cost Nebraskans $1.23 less than the national average of $49.20. But the Nebraska cost of $47.97 is $9.83 higher than in 2010, Nebraska Farm Bureau said Nov. 14. The American Farm Bureau has tracked the cost of food items needed to make a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 since 1986. Farm Bureau members across the country price the cost of the items at local groceries and report their information to the national organization. The shopping list has remained the same since 1986 to enable year-to-year comparisons. A total of 141 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, including 11 from Nebraska*, participated in the 2011 survey and surveyed prices between Oct. 23 and Nov. 7. TURKEY MORE EXPENSIVE The big-ticket item in the meal is the 16-pound turkey, which averaged $1.35 a pound in the national survey ($21.57) and $1.20 a pound in Nebraska ($19.29). Last year, the Nebraska average price was 91 cents a pound ($17.29). “Our volunteers are asked to price food items without taking advantage of coupons or special promotions. As Thanksgiving gets nearer, shoppers should be able to find turkey at lower prices and may be able to take advantage of special offers,� said Cheryl Stubbendieck, Nebraska Farm Bureau vice president/public relations. According to American Farm Bureau Senior Economist John Anderson, turkey prices are higher this year primarily because of strong consumer demand both in the U.S. and globally. Demand for U.S. dairy products also has been strong throughout 2011 and continues to influence retail prices, he said. In addition, Anderson noted, “The era of grocers holding the line on retail food cost increases is basically over. Retailers are being more aggres102710p16775as

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In addition to the turkey, other items showing large price increases in Nebraska compared with 2010 were a gallon of whole milk, $3.86, up .74 cents; half-pint whipping cream, $2.59, up .85 cents; 30-ounce pumpkin pie mix, $3.26, up .75 cents; and three

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Recently, the role of meat and other animal products in the diet has come under fire, with activist organizations pushing for the introduction of meatless meals at home, in the workplace and in school cafeterias. “Meatless Monday” seeks to eliminate consumer choice – the ability we each have to determine the right food choices for ourselves and our families. But going meatless isn’t a shortcut to saving the planet or eating healthy and may actually do more harm than good. WHAT IS MEATLESS MONDAY? Today’s Meatless Monday campaign isn’t what it seems. It’s not a grassroots effort to celebrate healthy eating. This well-funded, radical campaign pushes an extreme animal rights and environmental agenda by promoting false claims about animal agriculture. IS THERE ANY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT GIVES CHILDREN/CONSUMERS A REASON TO STOP EATING MEAT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK? There is no scientifically valid reason to eliminate meat from the diet. Experts agree that the healthiest diets consist of a balance of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and moderate portions of nu-

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only chance to obtain a hearty, nutritionally balanced meal. Encouraging school districts to go completely meatless – even for just one day a week – is not responsible. WHAT MAKES A HEALTHY DIET? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we choose a variety of protein foods, which include seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. It also suggests that we increase our intake of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as milk, yogurt or cheese. Experts in these popular publications agree on the health benefits of meat, milk and eggs. “A healthy diet includes a variety of meat and vegetables in addition to other foods. Meat and vegetables both provide essential nutrients to support health and prevent illness and diseases.” -, March 2011 “New research show you’ll feel full longer and may get less hungry throughout the day if your first meal has protein rich foods such as eggs, Greek yogurt, low-fat dairy products or lean meat.” - USA Today Your Life, August 10, 2011 “The public deserves to know the truth... Cow’s milk is still the expert favorite. It’s the quickest, easiest way to get calcium, Vitamin D and protein. - Glamour Magazine, May 2011 “Beef…It’s the perfect muscle food because it’s packed with protein and creatine – both build muscle, which basically acts like bubble wrap around tendons and joints.” - Women’s Health Magazine, September 2008 Excerpts from Animal Agriculture Alliance

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Learn More About Obesity in Children As many as one of every five children in the U. S. is overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to grow. Children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults. But overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness and low self-esteem. What Causes Obesity in Children? Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. A physical exam and some blood tests can rule out the possibility of a medical condition as the cause for obesity. Although weight problems run in families, not all children with a family history of obesity will be overweight. Children whose parents or brothers or sisters are overweight may be at an increased risk of be-

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Free Want Ads for Farm Bureau Members Farm Bureau members may submit one free Want Ad per month. If there is more than one category mentioned with the Want Ad we will split it into multiple categories, but it must be a combined total of 30 words or less. Ads are used on a space-available basis, subject to approval. Ads exclude real property (permanent structures) such as homes, farms, ranches and businesses. Selling crops or herds of livestock also is excluded. Send typed or printed ads to Want Ads c/o Natalie Friesen, Nebraska Farm Bureau News, P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501 or email If you would like to rerun your ad you must resubmit the typed or printed ad. Previously submitted ads will not be kept on file. Deadline is the 1st of each month. (No issue in July.)

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cellent condition, garaged, asking $7,000, photos on request. Call Kearney, 308/627-8531 or email: FOR SALE: 1972 true Mach1, blue/blue, rebuilt, 351c engine, rebuilt auto trans, new front end, power steering, disc brakes, factory radio and a/c, very nice car, $18,500 OBO. Call Murray, 402/235-3332. FOR SALE: 1987 LTD Ford Crown Victoria LX, low miles, excellent condition, $2,500 OBO. Call Bloomfield, 402/373-4742. FOR SALE: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, tan with white top, excellent condition, 4wd, automatic, front black grille guard, black running boards, black interior, priced below book, 44k, $24,500. Call Johnson Lake, 308/870-0020. FOR SALE: 1989 F350 ton Ford pickup, 4x4, new clutch, 4wd, works good. Call Rockville, 308/372-3203 and ask for Wendell. FOR SALE: 1994 Suzuki LT F250 quad runner, with 48” cycle county snow blade, new tires, runs great, looks good, 2002 Dodge Ram Sport, 2wd,

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through 2006 Chev ½ ton long box pickup. Call North Platte, 308/289-9703. FOR SALE: Reese removable 5th wheel hitch, 14,000 lbs, complete with truck bed rails, $285. Call Grand Island, 308/382-1426 or 308/391-1496. WANTED: Tonka toy trucks, farm trucks, tow trucks, semis, fire trucks from the 1950s and 1960s. Call Papillion, 402/5029622 or email FOR SALE: beautiful 7-piece oak dining room set, includes six chairs, two with arms, and table with two leaves, very nice and gently used, call for details. Call St. Paul, 308/246-5311 or email FOR SALE: 18.5’ pleasure boat, seats 9 comfortably, powered by 170 hp engine, includes all skies, ropes, life jackets and heavy-duty, easy-roll trailer and spare tire, excellent condition, $5,000. Call St. Helena, 402/6677221. FOR SALE: old new 2000 Farmall 560 pedal tractor by Scale, model #450, matching red trailer, $50. Call Minden, IA, 712/485-2440.

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