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Farm Bureau News

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Dedication to the Field page A8

Nebraska Farm Bureau Endorses Gov. Heineman for Re-Election

Program Matches Hunters with Landowners To Control Deer Numbers

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Middle Income Nebraska Families Could Face Tax Increases in 2011

Members At Work for Nebraska Farm Bureau

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The President’s Message

contents In Every Issue A3 County News A4 Member Benefits A6 What’s Cooking? A8 Cover Story A9 National News A13-15 State News B8 Healthier Times B11 Want Ads

On the Cover Kurt Mann (left) and Brian Shaw are former Husker football players who grew up on a farm and are now back working on a farm. Football player photos courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thank You! NFAA and AITC thank the businesses, individuals and County Farm Bureaus who donated to the 12th Annual Golf Classic. page A5

MYTHBUSTERS Find out how safe eggs really are, how salmonella infects eggs and much more! pages A10

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

By Keith Olsen, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®


t’s been said to the point of being trite that the 2012 recognize that initiatives that benefit ALL farmers and ranchfarm bill “won’t be your father’s farm bill.” Many more ers are also extremely important to the financial success of organizations than in the past are giving their input to the the young. farm bill process and describing their competing visions for ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW the future of agriculture programs and for the social service  Free Trade Agreements. The U.S. has pending FTAs programs the farm bill also contains. with Colombia, Panama and South Korea and the opAt the same time, the federal budget deficit means there portunity to increase trade with Cuba. Adoption of these is less money to fund farm programs than in the past. trade agreements will create huge new markets for agriThere is a growing consensus that the farm bill’s chief role cultural products while also helping us retain our current is to provide a safety net for agriculture, and how best to market share. A few years ago, the U.S. had 90 percent do that is the key question. Our Farm Bureau delegates of the market for corn in Colombia. Now it’s down to will weigh in on that tough issue through our policy devel- just over 30 percent, because of the lack of a free trade opment process, which is already underway in a number agreement. Foreign nations want our products. America’s of our Nebraska County Farm farmers and ranchers want to Bureaus. sell to them. What is the U.S. Many government officials waiting for? have highlighted the need for  Nebraska U.S. Rep. Adrian the new farm bill to assist young Smith is sponsoring the “Vetand beginning farmers. This erinarian Services Investment need is crucial: far more farmAct” which would help aders are at or past typical retiredress the critical shortage of ment age than are entering the food animal veterinarians in profession. My colleague Craig rural America. Congress should Lang, president of the Iowa adopt it without delay. LiveFarm Bureau, noted recently stock farmers, old and young, that the age of farmers is reneed large animal vets to help flected in the shift away from Zach and Anna Hunnicutt farm in Hamilton County and serve them guard the health of their livestock and into crop produc- on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers animals and be successful proCommittee. tion in his state. “To have liveducers. stock, you have to have young  The federal estate tax. bodies, people who are willing to work hard,” he said. I have Congress needs to act before the end of 2010 to prevent to admit it has been some years since we’ve had livestock at the automatic implementation of a federal estate tax rate of the Olsen farm. 55 percent with only a $1 million exemption. Many younger GIVE YOUNG FARMERS THE HELP THEY NEED farmers and ranchers who inherit farm property after their Here’s one thing the farm bill can do to help: Current farm parents die have had to sell land or other assets to pay the bill programs directed to young farmers focus too much high estate taxes. This will happen again if Congress doesn’t on helping them buy land or other assets – but our young act. farmers are renting land rather than trying to buy it as their Certainly the 2012 farm bill should have a focus on helpway to enter the very capital-intensive business of farming. ing young farmers. But we shouldn’t wait to help them when The young need programs that will help them increase their we have “shovel-ready” legislation pending that can help assets, rather than make big purchases and take on debt them right now. they’re not ready for. Creating opportunities for young people to be successful in agriculture has been my personal focus during my years as Nebraska Farm Bureau president. I will be happy for programs in the farm bill that will help the next generation of farmers and ranchers. But our elected leaders need to VOLUME 28 ISSUE 8 September 15, 2010 USPS 375-780 ISSN 0745-6522

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COUNTY NEWS Cuming County Farm Bureau

Young Farmers Attend Annual Ag Tour Cuming County Farm Bureau invited its “Investment in the Future” young farmers to attend its annual ag tour and supper July 27. The group toured Seed Enterprises, located just east of West Point. Company President and Owner Conrad Reeson (standing to the right, in tan shirt and khaki pants) said Seed Enterprises has been in operation since 1992 and has its own private label; it also contracts with major seed companies to grow, treat, bag and distribute seed, mostly soybeans. Cuming County Farm Bureau Board Member Mark Wooldrik also spoke to the group, about the importance of getting involved in their County Farm Bureau. County Farm Bureau President Dennis Schultz said the county has had good results in getting some of the young producers who attend the annual event to serve on the board of directors. In the “Investment in the Future” program, the County Farm Bureaus provide a complimentary one-year membership primarily to young, non-member, ag producers to help them understand what Farm Bureau is about and the importance of their involvement.

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Scholarships Awarded to 2 Area Students to Attend Range Camp Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau awarded Tevyn Baldwin (left) and Jessica Wolf $275 full tuition sponsorships to attend the 2010 Nebraska Range Youth Camp in Halsey June, 7-11. They were among more than 30 students from across the state who participated in the camp. Baldwin is a 4-H and FFA member who participated in the district and state range judging contest as a member of the Scottsbluff FFA team. She is the daughter of Bill and Queeda Baldwin of Mitchell and is a junior at Scottsbluff High School; she also helps on the family ranch. Wolf participates in 4-H and FFA and was a member of this year’s new Gering High School Envirothon team. She is the daughter of Tim and Valarie Wolf and is a senior in high school. The Nebraska Range Youth Camp provides educational opportunities to students who are interested in rangelands and practical range management. The camp’s focus is on plant-soil-animal relationships, range livestock management, ranching, economics and wildlife habitat management.

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$500 College Scholarships Presented to 3 Students Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau awarded $500 scholarships to Sara Aschenbrenner (upper left), Kathleen Nichols (upper right), and Jeremy Powell (bottom) to be used at the colleges of their choice. All winners are children or grandchildren of Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau members. Aschenbrenner is the daughter of Duane and Julie Aschenbrenner of Minatare. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School and will attend Eastern Wyoming College. Nichols is the daughter of Jeffrey Nichols of Minatare. She graduated from Bayard High School and will attend Western Nebraska Community College. Powell is the son of John and Michell Powell of Scottsbluff. He graduated from Scottsbluff High School and will be attending UNL or UNK.

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Benefits For YOU!

Shelby Cloke performs a cardiac screening during a recent Stroke Detection Clinic.

This feature highlights Nebraska Farm Bureau member benefits. To see all of your member benefits, log on to

Stroke Detection Plus Offers Health Screenings at a Discount to Farm Bureau Members It was an ordinary day when Farm Bureau member Jerry Kallhoff of Madison County decided to participate in a Farm Bureau member benefit that he says saved his life. “I thank God for the day I came into Stroke Detection Plus, as it was the luckiest day of my life,” Kallhoff said Aug. 27. The Stroke Detection screening detected a large aortic aneurysm. “Your service meant a lot to me,” Kallhoff said. “You did a fantastic job of finding the aneurysm and referring me to my doctor. My surgery went well and I am feeling better every day. I hope people will see this and heed the warning.” Stoke Detection Plus is a stroke and vascular screening company. It uses ultrasound technology to find plaque and blockage build-up in the arteries and vessels of the body that could lead to stroke or vascular disease. Stroke Detection Plus offers these non-invasive screenings in a comfortable setting at an inexpensive price. Typically, insurance companies will not cover the costs of the screening unless the patient exhibits a sign or symptom.

Unfortunately, most people do not notice a sign or symptom until after a stroke occurs. That’s why stroke is commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” ranking as the third leading cause of death in the United States. During a Stroke Detection Plus screening, a certified ultrasound technician performs four preventative tests: Stroke: Ultrasound technology is used to visualize the buildup of plaque in the carotid arteries that can lead to stroke; 75 to 85 percent of strokes could be prevented with a screening. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Ultrasound technology is used to show if there is an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta which is the largest blood vessel in the body. If an aneurysm should rupture, this could be fatal because it carries blood from the heart through the body. This condition is highly hereditary. Peripheral Artery Disease: Blood pressure cuffs and doppler ultrasound are used to check for blockage in the vessels of the legs. Abnormal results indicate a high risk of coronary artery disease. Two million Ameri-

cans are diagnosed with PAD each year; it is the leading cause of amputations. Osteoporosis: Ultrasound technology is used to scan the heel bone (a major weightbearing bone) for abnormal bone mass density. Osteoporosis is silent and painless until a bone fracture occurs. Early treatment is painless and effective. If the ultrasound test discovers a potential health problem, an on-staff Registered Nurse for Stroke Detection Plus will follow up with a phone consultation to encourage patients to visit their doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Farm Bureau members receive a $35 discount on the four screenings that help identify those at high risk for stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis. Farm Bureau offices across the state will be hosting Stroke Detection Plus clinics this fall. See the Stroke Detection Plus advertisement on page A7 to see when a clinic will be offered in your area. The cost for the four Stroke Detection Plus screenings is $90 for Farm Bureau members. The screening cost can be applied towards health spending account reimbursements. To set up an appointment, call 877/7328258 toll-free. Show your Farm Bureau

membership card to receive the exclusive price. For more information, visit www. Interesting Statistics:  Nationally, each year there are approximately 780,000 stroke victims.  75-85 percent of these strokes could have been avoided.  The majority of these victims had no prior warning.  97 percent of the adult population could not name a warning sign of stroke  Stroke is the leading cause of disability and nursing home admissions.  Each year nearly twice as many women die from a stroke than breast cancer Are You At Risk?  Over the age of 40 (turning 55 doubles your risk)  Family history of strokes  Family history of heart disease  More than 20 pounds overweight  High cholesterol  Diabetes  Smoking  High blood pressure  Inactive life-style

YOUR GUIDE TO SAVINGS These discounts and services add value to your membership. Farm Bureau Financial Services – Call your local Farm Bureau agent for more information. Blue Cross/Blue Shield – Health care insurance is offered by your Farm Bureau Financial Services representative. LifeLock – To lock in your lifetime discount on ID theft protection, use the code NEFB. VPI Pet Insurance – A VPI Pet Insurance policy helps pay for your pet’s treatments, surgeries, lab fees, X-rays and much more. You are free to use your choice of licensed veterinarian. Visit to get your free quote. Choice Hotels – Save up to 20% on business and vacation travel. Call 800-258-2847 or visit and use code #00800536. Wyndham Hotel Group – Receive an additional 20% off the “Best Available Rate” at participating locations. To make reservations, call 877-670-7088 for any Wyndham hotel or call 800-889-9706 for Super 8. Use code 63324 for all hotels. Nebraska Farm Bureau Wireless Center – Compare and purchase plans and phones from all major carriers and brands. Visit for more information. DISH Network – Receive a $25 Visa gift card after signing up for satellite TV service. Budget Truck Rental – Farm Bureau members receive a 15% discount. AFB, Inc. Prescription drug discount card – Receive an average savings of 30% on prescription drugs. Lands’ End – Lands’ End offers its Business Outfitters line to Farm Bureau members at a discounted rate! For more information, call 800-916-2255. Chief Grain Bins – Chief will provide factory-direct rebate checks to any member purchasing a farm grain bin or an estate building. Call 800-359-7600 ext. 2717. 105 Concepts – See if you qualify to deduct the premium for health insurance from your income taxes. Subscription required. Call 866-752-6105.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! The Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who made our 12th annual NFAA Golf Classic such a success. Your support is greatly appreciated. All money raised will go to support the Agriculture in the Classroom Program.

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Twelve-yearold Brett Dieken of Adams Central School District attended the Nebraska’s Largest Classroom Day at the Nebraska State Fair Sept. 2. Ellen Hellerich, Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) coordinator, demonstrated how tall Nebraska corn is right now by placing the 5’4” tall Dieken next to the corn stalk. Funds raised at the NFAA Golf Classic and donations throughout the year help AITC to attend events such as the Nebraska State Fair’s Largest Classroom Day.


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

Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day Adults and children need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best. If you and your children regularly skip breakfast in the interest of saving time or getting a few more minutes of sleep, remember that eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time and help you lose or maintain weight in the long run. These are some of the ways regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help.  Eating breakfast reduces your hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix, such as candy from the vending machine. In addition, prolonged fasting – which occurs when you skip breakfast – can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.

 Eating breakfast gets you on track to make healthy choices all day. People who eat breakfast regularly tend to eat a healthier diet – one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day too.  Eating breakfast gives you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply blood sugar (glucose). Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity. Unfortunately, more Americans are skipping breakfast. If you’re one of them – whether you’re trying to save time or cut calories – you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re trying to control your weight. This story contains excerpts from webmd. com and

Breakfast Pizza Notes: Like any homemade pizza, ingredients and their amounts may be adjusted to please individual tastes. For pizza dough, I like to make the dough in the bread machine the night before. Remove it from the machine and store it in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature in the morning before placing it in the pizza pan. Allow an hour for this. You basically gain 30 minutes in prep time in the morning. Other options are to use frozen bread dough (thawed, of course), a ready-made crust, or pizza dough in a tube. Ingredients 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt Pizza dough for one 12-inch pizza 4 eggs, scrambled with 2 tablespoons water and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper 1 lb. seasoned bulk breakfast sausage 2 cups cheddar cheese or cheese blend, shredded Directions 1. Preheat oven to 425°. 2. Prepare a white sauce as follows: In the microwave, melt butter in a 2-cup measuring cup. Add flour and salt; mix to form a roux. Add milk and microwave until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, stirring with a whisk every 30 seconds to avoid lumps. Set aside. 3. Scramble eggs and set aside. 4. Brown the sausage and set aside. 5. Prepare a pizza pan or pizza stone. Cornmeal may be sprinkled on the pan/stone as well. 6. Roll pizza dough to fit the pan or stone (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Let it rest for 10 minutes. 7. Spread the white sauce over the dough. Scatter sausage evenly over the white sauce. 8. Do the same with the scrambled eggs. 9. Scatter the cheese over the top. 10. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Yield: 8 servings

Peach Muffins Ingredients 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen peaches (fresh preferred) 1 cup chopped pecans Directions 1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla; mix well. 2. Combine flour and baking powder; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. 3. Fold in peaches and pecans. 4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. 5. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done. 6. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 12 muffins

Stuffed French Toast Ingredients For each serving, allow: 2 slices of a hearty bread 1 oz cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon fruit jam 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon sugar Dash of salt Syrup or powdered sugar Directions 1. Spread softened cream cheese on one slice of bread, and spread jam on the other slice. Place the slices together to form a “sandwich.” 2. Beat the egg in a shallow pan (to be used for dipping sandwich). Add milk and seasonings. Combine thoroughly. 3. Preheat George Foreman Grill. 4. Dip “sandwich” in the egg mixture. Coat both sides. Transfer to grill and close the lid. 5. Grill the french toast approximately 2-3 minutes. 6. Serve with syrup or dust with powdered sugar. Note: All ingredients can be modified according to personal taste. It’s the technique that is spotlighted. Yield: 1 serving

UPCOMING MONTHS Below are themes for the coming months! Submit your recipe to: October – popcorn, pumpkins and apples November – holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres December – soups and breads

Peach muffins recipe from Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking. Peach muffins photo, stuffed french toast recipe and photo, breakfast pizza recipe and photo from Lois Linke, wife of Karl Linke, Nebraska Farm Bureau district director of member services for the southeast.

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2010 Husker Harvest Days

Grand Island, NE • Sept. 14-16 • Photos by Jay Ferris and Tina Henderson

Nebraska Farm Bureau Endorses Gov. Heineman for Re-Election Nebraska Farm Bureau announced Sept. 15 it has again named Gov. Dave Heineman a Friend of Agriculture and is endorsing him for re-election in November. “Gov. Heineman fully understands the importance of agriculture to Nebraska, and Farm Bureau appreciates everything he has done to create trade opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the state,” Steve Nelson, chair of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee, said at a news conference at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. Nelson is also first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau. Nelson cited Heineman’s leadership in opening trade with Cuba and expanding trade with China, Taiwan and Japan, which have directly benefited the economy of the state. Heineman has led Nebraska effectively dur-

ing difficult economic times, Nelson said, and he continues to advocate for lower taxes, less government regulation and fiscal responsibility. The property tax credit program Heineman championed has benefited Nebraska farmers and ranchers and other property owners and has eased their property tax burden, he said. Nelson also praised Heineman for being an advocate for Nebraska’s livestock industry and renewable energy, including ethanol, wind, and biofuels. County Farm Bureaus participated in the decision to endorse Heineman, Nelson said. NFBF-PAC surveyed County Farm Bureaus for their input and affirmed with them the board of directors’ decision to make the endorsement. “This process gar ners statewide input at the local level and we feel brings a stronger sense of involvement by our membership,” Nelson said.

Warren Snodgrass of Antelope County Farm Bureau and Ty Hahlbeck (right), son of Doug and Carol Hahlbeck of Holt County Farm Bureau, stopped by the Young Farmer and Rancher booth at the Nebraska Farm Bureau building at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 14 to spin the Wheel of Fortune to test their knowledge about Nebraska agriculture with Kristi Weeks and her threeyear-old daughter Brynn of Adams County Farm Bureau.

Nebraska Farm Bureau Governor Dave Heineman thanks Nebraska Farm Bureau for selecting him as a Friend of Agriculture and endorsing him for re-election in November. The announcement was made at a news conference at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 15 in Grand Island. Pictured behind Gov. Heineman are Steve Nelson, chairman of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee and first vice president of Farm Bureau, and Keith Olsen, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.

Crystal Stara of Butler County Farm Bureau fills out a postcard encouraging Congress to put the “Death Tax to Rest.” The campaign was part of the activities in the Nebraska Farm Bureau building at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 14.

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Tailgates, Football and Agriculture: A Fixture of Fall By Tina Henderson Husker fans from across the state head to Lincoln each Saturday and can’t wait for the sizzle of hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob, all grilled to perfection under a cool midday sky outside of Memorial Stadium. These are the ingredients for a tasty tailgate party celebrating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 2010 football season. But most of us forget that Nebraska farms and ranches develop individuals with a dedicated work ethic that shows up on the farm, ranch and playing field. “I loved my days as a Cornhusker, but

Kurt and Lindsey Mann and their 18-month-old daughter Delaney live on their farm near Imperial. The Manns are Chase County Farm Bureau members.

as a child I always wanted to be a farmer ams County Farm Bureau and he and his and even though I lived in the city of Grand father Steve have a diversified farm raising Island, I would want to go to my grandpar- corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle near Fairents’ houses on their farms,” Kurt Mann said field. Aug. 27. Mann played center for Nebraska GOOD WORK ETHIC from 2002 through 2006 and is a mem“The biggest thing I learned was how ber of the Chase County Farm Bureau. He to work long hours and develop a good raises 2,000 acres of work ethic. Some of wheat and irrigated those skills like time and dryland corn management and near Imperial. the ability to multi On the farm, not paying DETAILS attention to any number of task are important MATTER details will end up costing skills that I used on When you are you bushels during harvest. The the football field,” farming a field, deShaw said. same goes on the playing field, tails matter and it Both Mann and if you slack off in practice, in the Shaw enjoyed their is the same on the weight room or in your classes, lives growing up in playing field, he said. you could jeopardize your spot in rural Nebraska and “On the farm, not paying attention want their children to the line-up. to any number of grow up in that same details will end up — KURT MANN, Chase County environment. After costing you bushels Farm Bureau member and former receiving his B.A. in during harvest. The University of Nebraska football player Mechanized Systems same goes on the Management, Mann playing field, if you married his wife, slack off in practice, in the weight room or Lindsey, and they now have an 18-month-old in your classes, you could jeopardize your daughter and are expecting their second child. spot in the line-up. Helping out on the farm Shaw and his wife, Julie, have three boys ranghelped me pay attention to the details and ing in age from 2 to 7 years. made me a better player mentally and phys“There are so many good values you learn ically,” Mann said. on the farm, being independent, and you Brian Shaw, who played strong side line- are taught responsibility and accountability backer on the National Championship team at a very young age. It served me well and for the Huskers in the fall of 1995 through Lindsey and I want that for our children,” 1999, agrees. Shaw is a member of the Ad- Mann said. TRADITIONAL VALUES After Shaw graduated, he worked for Lehman Brothers in New York and lived

The Brian Shaw family. From back left are Brian, son Christian and wife Julie. At front left are sons Josh and Ethan. in Chicago. He was a sales associate selling mortgage bonds and asset-backed bonds to banks and insurance companies. “On the East Coast and in some bigger cities, it’s all about making money. One day my roommate in Chicago asked me ‘How are we making the world better?’ It made me think. That is when I came back to the farm. When you see calves being born and crops planted and harvested, it is rewarding knowing that you are making a difference producing food for the world. I want my kids to have that same experience,” Shaw said. Nebraska farms, ranches and the playing field are a dedication to hard work, family values and tradition.

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Kurt Mann works on his tractor as he gets ready for harvest. Being prepared in agriculture taught him great lessons he brought to the football field when he played center for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Brian and Julie Shaw of Adams County Farm Bureau are happy to have their sons Ethan (left), Christian and Josh grow up on a farm. Here they check out a baby calf on their Mom’s and Dad’s farm near Fairfield.

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NATIONAL NEWS Congressional Question of the Month

Are Nebraska families facing a major tax increase next year when various tax cuts are set to expire Dec. 31? The tax cuts enacted in the Bush Administration era are set to expire at the end of this year, which includes the cuts to the estate tax. I believe raising taxes could hurt U.S. Sen. the shaky economic reBen Nelson covery we’re in and that the Bush-era tax cuts should continue at least until the economy is clearly recovering. Legislative efforts are expected this fall to address the expiring tax cuts and my hope is that there isn’t an attempt to obstruct such an effort. Nebraska’s families and businesses are working hard to emerge from a recession, and allowing these tax increases to occur would only exacerbate the U.S. Sen. economic downturn. Mike Johanns Not only would your individual tax rates increase, but the marriage tax penalty would re-appear and child tax credit would be cut in half. These would all have a big impact on Nebraska families who cannot afford more tax hikes. Without an extension of the rate reductions enacted in 2001 and 2003, taxes will increase beginning next year. The average Nebraska family saved an estimated U.S. Rep. Jeff $1,600 as a result of the Fortenberry tax cuts. Tax increases in District 1 a time of economic instability can add to uncertainty, which affects business decisions on whether to invest and create new employment opportunities or not. Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem as much as it has a spending problem. Several tax provisions are set to expire at the end of 2010. I strongly support making all of the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003 permanent and I am committed to preventing what U.S. Rep. would effectively be one Lee Terry of the largest tax increases District 2 in American history. Unless Congress acts to extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax changes, families and small businesses will see significant tax increases next year. Definitely. Unless Congress acts, the average Nebraska family will see their federal income taxes rise from $3,461 to $5,090, so the cost of inaction is $1,600. I U.S. Rep. am especially concerned Adrian Smith with the fact the Death District 3 Tax will re-emerge at a punishing 55 percent – hitting our family farms and ranches. We won’t solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending and have real economic growth – which can’t happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches and small businesses.

Expiring Bush Tax Cuts To Impact Average Nebraska Families in 2011 Middle income Nebraska families will be faced with thousands of dollars in federal tax increases if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of the year, John Cederberg, a Lincoln CPA and tax consultant, said Sept 2. “Unless there is legislation, average Nebraska families will experience a substantial tax increase,” Cederberg said. “There are three specific tax provisions that will impact middle income families: increases in personal income tax rates; the return of the ‘marriage penalty’; and cutting the child tax credit in half, from $1,000 to $500 per child.” (See box for a list of tax cuts that will expire.) The Tax Foundation, a well-regarded, non-partisan tax research organization, projected the average effect on middle income families in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These are the families in the middle 20 percent of incomes in each state, Cederberg said. Forty percent of families have higher incomes and 40 percent have lower incomes. “The federal tax bill of the average Nebraska family is projected to increase by about 47 percent from this year to next year, an increase of about $1,630 per family,” he said. The Tax Foundation also studied the effect by Congressional District. The dollar increase for Nebraska’s First Congressional District, which includes Lincoln, is projected to be $50 more than the statewide average. TAXPAYERS TAKING NOTICE The Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 were all “temporary” at the time they were enacted. Congress routinely uses this technique to “balance” the revenue effect of tax cuts and tax increases. Because the fiscal

impact on federal revenue is projected for 10 years, all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts were scheduled to expire in 2010. “Now with the political focus on the federal deficit, and the very hostile partisanship in Washington, regular taxpayers are taking notice because there is a strong possibility that the cuts could actually be allowed to expire this year,” Cederberg said. Statistically, about half of all households do not pay any federal income tax, but even that group may be affected by some of the expiring provisions. CHILD CREDIT According to Cederberg, the most common effect will be on those who have dependent children under age 17. For several years, there has been a “child credit” in addition to both the “child care credit” and the personal exemption for children. The child credit is unique, because if it exceeds the tax bill, it is usually refundable. “The credit this year is $1,000 per child. A middle income household with two children and no tax liability will receive a check for $2,000. Next year the credit will be only $500 per child, so their check for 2011 would be $1,000. That $1,000 difference is important to average-income families,” Cederberg said. AGRICULTURE IMPACT While there aren’t any expiring provisions that affect only farmers and ranchers, all of the expiring business provisions affect them because their operations are businesses, Cederberg said. “Perhaps the most immediate impact will be the end of the $250,000 first-year deduction for the purchase of equipment. For the past three years, small businesses – including

farmers and ranchers – could deduct up to $250,000 in machinery purchases, limited to their farm or ranch taxable net income,” he said. $250,000 may sound like a lot of money, but in modern agriculture, that is one combine. In 2011, the year-of-purchase deduction decreases from $250,000 to $25,000 and the phase-out of the year-of-purchase deduction begins at $200,000 – compared to $800,000 this year. “That means that a farmer with at least $250,000 in net income from farming could deduct the whole combine this year, but next year the year-of-purchase deduction for a $250,000 combine would be zero. Even the $25,000 deduction would be eliminated by the total purchase of over $225,000,” Cederberg said. The 50-percent first year depreciation for purchases not eligible for the year-of-purchase deduction also ends this year. “It looks like farm income might be pretty good this year. Any farmer or rancher who is expecting a reasonable level of income should be discussing his machinery purchases with his tax adviser. There may be a substantial tax difference between purchasing machinery yet this year and waiting until next year,” Cederberg said. Cederberg recommends that Nebraskans who have their tax return professionally prepared consult with their tax adviser before the end of the year. Also, the Tax Foundation has posted a tax calculator at which individuals can use to estimate the effect of the expiring federal provisions on their 2011 federal tax liability.

Tax Cuts That Will Expire Dec. 31 In less than four months, the largest tax hikes in the history of American will take effect. Critics say the wealthy will be the most affected. However, when these tax breaks expire Dec. 31, they will have a tremendous impact on average Nebraska families and small businesses. Higher taxes on marriage and family.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1,000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.  The dependent care tax credit will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax.  This year there is no federal estate tax. For those dying on or after Jan. 1, 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates valued at more than $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax to their loved ones. Higher Tax Rates on Savers and Investors.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011. The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011. These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

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Farm Bureau Disappointed In Senate Failure to Repeal 1099 Requirement Lancaster County farmer David Grimes is gearing up for harvest but one thing will be weighing heavy on his mind this season as he rides in his combine: the new Form 1099 requirements. “Under the new law, I’ll need to issue a 1099 to every vendor I spend more than $600 with during a calendar year. I currently file six to eight 1099 forms, but under this new requirement it will be 50 to 60 forms. My accountant charges me for each 1099 form. If I include my time of converting records, changing my record keeping and collecting tax identification numbers, I figure it will cost me anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 additional each year,” Grimes said Sept. 14. He is a member of Lancaster County Farm Bureau. The new Form 1099 requirements are in the 1,990-page health care bill passed by Congress to help the federal government raise an additional $17 billion over 10 years

to pay for the costs of the health care bill. GOODS AND SERVICES The provision is effective in 2012. It will require businesses to report all payments that total more than $600 during the year for services or merchandise to the IRS on a 1099. It will drastically increase the number of 1099 forms issued every year by farmers, ranchers and all other small business owners. An estimated 26 million businesses will be subject to the requirement. Nebraska Farm Bureau supported amendments in Congress which would remove the requirement from the law: H.R. 5141 and S. 3578, “The Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act,” introduced by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE). “We urged support of an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 sponsored by Sen. Mike Johanns

which would have removed the provision altogether. However the amendment failed to pass the Senate and now Form 1099 requirements will be expanded to include incorporated vendors and payments made for goods as well as services,” Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator Jordan Dux said Sept. 14. “Virtually all business-to-business transactions will be covered, creating a new major paperwork burden for farms, ranches and other businesses.” ACCOUNTING NIGHTMARE There are other concerns about this new regulation. For David Grimes, it’s an accounting nightmare. Grimes will need to adjust his bookkeeping practices to respond to the new law. Instead of simply logging equipment repairs, for example, he’ll have to keep track of parts purchases from each source and check whether they exceed $600 for the year.


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HOW SAFE ARE EGGS? The risk of getting a foodborne illness from eggs is very low. However, the nutrients that make eggs a high-quality food for humans are also a good growth medium for bacteria. In addition to food, bacteria also need moisture, a favorable temperature, and time in order to multiply and increase the risk of illness. In the rare event that an egg contains bacteria, you can reduce the risk by proper chilling and eliminate it by proper cooking. When you handle eggs with care, they pose no greater food-safety risk than any other perishable food. The inside of an egg was once considered almost sterile. But, over recent years, the bacterium Salmonella enteritidis (Se) has been found inside a small number of eggs. Scientists estimate that, on average across the U.S., only one of every 20,000 eggs might contain the bacteria. So, the likelihood that an egg might contain Se is extremely small – 0.005 percent (five onethousandths of 1 percent). At this rate, if you’re an average consumer, you might encounter a contaminated egg once every 84 years. Other types of microorganisms could be deposited along with dirt on the outside of an egg. In the U.S., eggshells are washed and sanitized to remove possible hazards. You

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STATE NEWS Respectful Hunters Offer Landowners Opportunity To Control Deer Population By Tina Henderson It’s hard to believe that at the turn of the 20th century, there were only about 50 deer in the entire state of Nebraska. Today, Nebraska Game and Parks officials estimate deer numbers in Nebraska at 300,000 to 350,000. “Two to three deer will ruin an acre of corn or beans a year. If we as hunters work with landowners and follow the rules they put down, we can work together to better control the deer population in Nebraska,� Terry O’Banion, a hunter from Battle Creek, said Aug, 31. O’Banion heads a new grassroots organization called the Nebraska Landowner Hunter Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to match safe, ethical hunters with private landowners who want to control deer numbers. As an experienced hunter, O’Banion knows the thrill of the hunt, but he has also helped manage his father-in-law’s property in northeast Nebraska, so he understands the perspectives of landowners. GET LANDOWNER PERMISSION “I know how important it is to knock on doors and get permission to hunt. I have been rejected, and that’s okay. But I have also been angered when I’ve seen road hunters and trespassers. Just because you live in this state doesn’t give you

permission to shoot deer anywhere,� he said. If a landowner is interested in the program, O’Banion will meet with that person to devise a hunt plan. Then he will assign a team of hunters to the property. The hunters will follow whatever restrictions the landowner requires. The coalition requires hunters to get a handgun purchase permit from a police or sheriff’s department as a means to obtain a background check. Coalition permits are issued after authorities conduct criminal background checks. Hunters pay $30 a year to be a member of the coalition. The organization’s four founding members also screen applicants using other standards. They want only hunters who are safe, law-abiding and highly respectful of both landowners and wildlife. “That means we are very strict in our enforcement. No game-law violators would be accepted. And we enforce a zero-tolerance policy – break one rule or get one ticket and you’re out,� he said. The coalition has admitted about 105 hunters and four committed landowners and has another eight landowners who’ve expressed interest. O’Banion hopes landowners don’t expect deer eradication. The coalition will work with landowners and wildlife biologists to


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If the hunter cannot use the deer meat, it will be donated to a program called “Feed America� operated by Food for the Heartland in Omaha. “The deer meat will be ground into hamburger and given to those in need, “ he said. To find out more information about the coalition, contact Terry O’Banion at or visit the coalition’s website at

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STATE NEWS Nebraska Trade Delegation Signs Agreement with Taiwan for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat Gov. Dave Heineman and Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced Aug. 10 that an agreement has been reached with Taiwanese representatives for an estimated $436 to $516 million in future sales of Nebraska crops to Taiwan. A Nebraska trade delegation led by Ibach explored opportunities for agricultural exports during a trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong, in which Nebraska Farm Bureau First Vice President Steve Nelson participated. Trade mission participants representing Nebraska corn, soybean and wheat farmers signed a letter of intent with representatives of the Taiwan Feed Industry Association, Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers’ Association and Taiwan Flour Mills Association. The agreement pledges to purchase crops through negotiations between importers and private suppliers over the next two years. COMMITTED TO NEBRASKA “This agreement represents a significant commitment by the Taiwanese,

who are significant trading partners for our state,” Heineman said. “This commitment is good news for farmers and our state economy. I appreciate the commitment Taiwan has made to do business with Nebraska.” The agreement pledges the future purchase of 800,000 to 1 million metric tons of corn, valued at $176 to $220 million; 300,000 to 320,000 metric tons of soybeans, valued at $120 to $128 million; and 500,000 to 600,000 metric tons of wheat, valued at $140 to $168 million. The agreement was signed by Alan Tiemann, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board; Dennis Fujan, vice-chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board; and Dan Hughes, past chairman of the Nebraska Wheat Board; and was witnessed by Ibach. PRODUCING FOR THE WORLD Ibach said, “We are pleased with the commitment the Taiwanese are making with this purchase. This agreement recognizes that Nebraska farmers are expe-

rienced in producing for a global market. We’ve had a positive experience identifying ways to strengthen our position within the market.” Hughes said, “The delegation has been well-received here in Taiwan. Importers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to meet

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010


STATE NEWS Farmers Need To Be Aware of Deadline; Act on EPA Oil Spill Regulations Farm Bureau is encouraging members to familiarize themselves with their potential obligations under the federal Spill, Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule, Craig Head, state director of governmental relations, said Sept. 9. SPCC rules were created in the early 1970s as a way to address oil spill prevention provisions of the Clean Water Act. However, EPA did little to reach out to the farm community to explain its obligations. EPA’s focus on agriculture has increased as revised SPCC regulations in recent years have sought to further clarify agriculture’s inclusion under the rules. “EPA’s position is that farmers have always been subject to the rule and farms that were in existence prior to Aug. 16, 2002 should have already had oil spill prevention plans in place based on previous versions of the SPCC rule. We know these requirements will come as a surprise to some in the farm community,” Head said. TIME TO ACT Since 2002, EPA has been amending and redefining provisions of SPCC requirements, including compliance deadlines, which have contributed to some of the confusion about agriculture’s responsibilities. In 2009, EPA set a Nov. 10, 2010 deadline for on-farm SPCC compliance. Since that announcement, there has been speculation that a further extension could occur to help with education in the farming community. This August, EPA put out a proposal to give a one-year extension to the compliance deadline. However, the extension was limited to farms that came into operation since August 2002. EPA has not provided an official statement on whether the extension for these farms will be granted, Head said. “The vast majority of farms that may have compliance exposure are going to be dealing

Oil Spill Prevention regulations that initially covered large industrial facilities have been expanded in recent years and will cover many agricultural operations starting in November. with the Nov. 10, 2010 deadline,” he said. Head also noted that dairy operations still await a decision from EPA on whether SPCC provisions will be applicable to milk storage. A ruling and potential deadline for SPCC on those operations will be forthcoming. REGULATED FARMS The foundation of compliance with SPCC rules lies in how EPA defines farms and the oil storage thresholds that would put a farm under SPCC requirements. Under the rule, a farm is defined as a “facility on a tract of land devoted to the production of crops or raising of animals, which produced and sold, or normally would have produced and sold, $1,000 or more of agriculture products during the year.” According to EPA, SPCC rules apply to farms that:  store, transfer, use or consume oil or oil products, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil or animal fat;

 store more than 1,320 U.S. gallons in above-ground containers or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in completely buried containers; and  could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams. “If you meet these criteria, then it becomes a question of what type of oil spill mitigation plan is required. Professional engineer-certified plans may be required for farms that are covered by SPCC and store more than 10,000 gallons or have had reportable spills. Operations with smaller capacities and no spill history have other options for self-certifying their spill control plan using an EPA self-certification process and template,” Head said. Head also stressed that farmers who are struggling to determine applicability of the rule to their farm will deal directly with EPA

Region 7 officials in Kansas City because the state of Nebraska does not administer the SPCC program. “There will be some case-by-case judgment calls to be made in determining compliance with the rule, particularly because the rule allows some flexibility to farmers in identifying separate farms as individual facilities and how aggregate storage capacities at different sites are counted for determining applicability of the rule,” he said. Self-certification for compliance may sound attractive to farmers who qualify for that option, but using that approach brings less flexibility and some liability in terms of farmers assuring they are familiar with other provisions of the Clean Water Act, Head said. “If you have the option of self-certifying, you still may benefit considerably in the long run from working with a professional engineer on compliance. A professional engineer will have greater latitude in evaluating the ‘judgment calls’ of the rule that may save money and headaches in the long run.” PROTECTING THE FARM Head acknowledged that fuel spills from farms are a rare occurrence, noting the Nebraska Farm Bureau pushed for exemptions for agriculture throughout the multiple comment periods on SPCC revisions over the years for that reason. But he also said farmers should evaluate the rule closely to make sure they are comfortable with their status of compliance with the regulations. “It’s important our members do their due diligence in determining compliance for their farm. The reality is that EPA has the authority to levy significant fines for failure to comply,” Head said. For more on EPA’s SPCC plans, visit spccfarms.pdf.

NBC to Hold Board of Director Elections The Nebraska Beef Council will be holding Board of Director Elections in Districts 2,4,6,8 in 2010. Ballots will be mailed November 1, 2010. The producers who are elected to the Nebraska Beef Council Board will volunteer their time to represent beef producers’ checkoff investments on the state, national, and international level. The Board’s major responsibility is to oversee checkoff expenditures by determining promotion, research and education programs for checkoff investments. The elected term on the board is four years. To be a qualified voter the following criteria must be met: •A producer, who is at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a registered voter •A resident of the District where the election is held •A producer that has sold cattle during the year, or in the immediate preceding year, in which the election in the District is held. A producer, as defined in the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order, means any person who owns or acquires ownership of cattle; provided, however, that a person shall not be considered a producer if (a) the person’s only share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef is a sales commission, handling fee or other service fee; or (b) the person (1) acquired ownership of cattle to facilitate the transfer of ownership of such cattle from the seller to a third party and (2) resold such cattle no later than ten days from the date on which the person acquired ownership. Ballots will be mailed to beef producers in the districts on November 1st, 2010 and must be postmarked by November 15th to be eligible. For additional information or if you are a qualified beef producer and have not received a ballot by November 5th, contact the Nebraska Beef Council office at 1-800421-5326. Look for a sample ballot in the next issue or log on to for more information.

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2010 Nebraska State Fair Activities Grand Island, NE • Aug. 27 - Sept. 6 • Photos by NFBF Staff

Thank You! The list below recognizes County Farm Bureaus and individuals who donated money to the 1868 Society, purchased benches or pavers. Also, a big thank you to those County Farm Bureau members who volunteered their time in the Nebraska Farm Bureau exhibit at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair. 1868 Society Lancaster County Farm Bureau® Nebraska Farm Bureau® Keith and Doris Olsen – Perkins County Farm Bureau®

Nebraska Farm Bureau was honored with a paver at the State Fair in recognition of its membership in the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation’s 1868 Society. Ken Rahjes (left) of KRVN interviews Farm Bureau’s Dustin Ladenbuger during a KRVN live broadcast Sept. 3 at the State Fair. Ladenburger discussed the leadership opportunities available through Nebraska Farm Bureau’s YF&R program.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau helped to sponsor the Elite Showmanship Competition at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair. The competition was conducted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and KRVN. NEFB Board Member Hilary Maricle (left) helped present the honors to the winners on Sept. 4. Overall winners (from left) were Sydney Gehl, representing Wheeler County, who won the first place prize, $2,000, and an embroidered ESC jacket; Emily Ibach, Buffalo County, who won the second place prize, $1,000, and an ESC-embroidered pair of tear-away pants; and Jordan Swan, York County, who won the third place prize, $500, and an embroidered ESC bag. Aug. 31 was Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Day at The Beef Pit, the Nebraska Cattlemen’s restaurant at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. NEFB recruited members to dish up and serve beef meals at the restaurant. Here Del Ficke of Seward County Farm Bureau speeds a plate on its way to a fair-goer.

Farm Bureau banners were displayed on the “people movers” that transported fair goers from State Fair parking lots to the entry gates.

Farm Bureau Second Vice President Mark McHargue presented Farm Bureau’s views on the 2012 farm bill at a forum held Aug. 30 at the State Fair. The forum was sponsored by the Rural Radio Network. KRVN Farm Director Mike LePorte (left) served as moderator for the event.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

2010 Nebraska State Fair Activities Grand Island, NE • Aug. 27 - Sept. 6 • Photos by NFBF Staff

Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee members Anna and Zach Hunnicutt (in red shirts) visit with fair go-ers on Sept. 1 at the Farm Bureau display in the State Fair’s Exhibition Building. Farm Bureau volunteers from many areas of the state staffed the exhibit every day of the fair.

The State Fair’s giant Ag Arena can present four separate livestock competitions at the same time. All of the fair’s livestock facilities are state-of-the -art and are attracting interest from across the country. 4-H Foundation Board Member Bob Weber (rights), a Saline County Farm Bureau member, thanks Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen, at a foundation luncheon Sept. 5 at the State Fair. Farm Bureau sponsored the 4-H Foundation shirts given to companies and individuals who gave premium money to 4-H winners during the fair.

Nebraska Farm Bureau sponsored the Swine Arena and was a co-sponsor of the large Ag Arena. Farm Bureau’s name and logo appeared frequently on the Ag Arena’s huge video screen and on other video screens around the fairgrounds.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau News

SEPTEMBER 15, 2010


2010 Nebraska State Fair Ag Families of the Day Grand Island, NE • Aug. 27 - Sept. 6 • Photos by Cheryl Stubbendieck

Mark Spurgin of Paxton (right) and friend and employee Kyle Ramsdale prepare to ride the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the State Fair Celebration Parade. Spurgin and his daughter MaKenzi were honored as the Sept. 4 State Fair Ag Family of the Day for their dedication to quality beef and conservation and service to agriculture and their local community.

Tannie and Andy Daniels were the Aug. 28 Farm Bureau/State Fair Ag Family of the Day. They own Daniels Produce of Columbus, Nebraska’s largest fresh market sweet corn producer. They were honored for being innovative, serving their community, and promoting agriculture by opening their farm to visitors.

Members of the extended LeRoy Pieper Family ride in the State Fair Parade on Sept. 5, wearing t-shirts from the Aug. 7 celebration of the 100th anniversary of their family farm near Mitchell. LeRoy Pieper (left) was honored for his work on local and state water issues and service to agriculture and the community.

The Steve and Jeff Wallinger Families were honored on Aug. 29. The families farm and ranch near Stuart and have worked hard to create good jobs in agriculture in their local area to keep young people in the community. From left are Farm Bureau Board Member Larry Hudkins; Steve Wallinger and his wife Lorraine; Jeff Wallinger and his wife, Kim; and State Fair Board Member Joe Andrews.

The families of brothers Cliff and David Obbink of Firth were the Sept. 6 Ag Family of the Day. From left are State Fair Board Member Linda Lovgren, Vicki and Cliff Obbink, and Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen. The Obbink families are among the partners in Prairieland Dairy of Firth. They were cited for their service to the dairy industry, generosity to the community, and telling agriculture’s story through Prairieland Dairy Days.



SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

Your Backyard Our Love Affair with Mother Nature‌ By Andy Campbell I’m sure you’ve heard the old advice about how to start up a conversation in Nebraska. If you need a good discussion item you’re always safe to bring up either Husker football or the weather. Everyone has an opinion on both‌always. Take the weather, for example. People are constantly saying “it’s too hot, it’s too cold, we need rain, we need it to dry up.â€? But, while we may not like what she does all the time, many of us have a long-standing love affair with Mother Nature. To me, fall in Nebraska can be one of the best times in our relationship with Mother Nature. The moderation of Mother Nature’s extremes offers us a wonderful time to plant, harvest, maintain and encourage our landscapes to even better levels. Many think that the best time to plant in the landscape is the springtime. To me, though, I actually prefer to install new plants in my landscape in the late summer to early fall. Mother Nature seems to always offer a bit of rain, nice lingering warmth, and some amazing weather to give our newly installed plants a perfect chance to settle into place a bit before the bite of winter blows into town. I also know how busy my schedule gets each spring. As soon as Mother Nature decides to warm up a bit next spring, my fall-installed plants can “wake upâ€? and begin growing again before I will have time to think about planting. FALL PLANTING And when talking about fall planting, I always think we should mention a few plants that offer us some gorgeous fall color so our landscapes have interest all growing season long. For perennials, the Sedums, Hardy Hibiscus, Goldenrod, and ornamental grasses are wonderful choices. If you are looking for something more sizable, consider Burning Bush, Althea (Rose of Sharon), Ninebark, Sumac, & Viburnum. And when it comes to trees, I find the bright reds and oranges a wonderful choice versus the yellows of many native shade tree varieties, so consider many of the Maples and Oak varieties.

Fall is also a wonderful time to experience the beautiful colors of fall through the planting of fall-blooming Mums and Asters. From changing out your summer annual beds, to a few pots on the patio, to pockets of them mixed into your landscape beds, Mums and Asters are some of the most colorful plants we have in the landscape each fall. They will tolerate Mother Nature’s fickle fall temperatures better than your summer annuals while offering amazing interest and color. Remember that if you have Mums from previous years, they will not automatically grow into the rounded forms so typically seen where you buy plants. In future years make a note that you can achieve this with some “pinching� of your mums in June and July to shape them before letting them settle and set buds through August and early September. No discussion of fall planting would be complete without talking about the planting of spring-flowering bulbs this fall. Each year many of us know spring is almost here when we see the spring flowering bulbs poke their heads out of our beds to offer us gorgeous displays of bright color at the start of the spring season. But to enjoy your own display of spring-flowering bulbs, you will need to install them this fall. Try to mix your color and bulbs here and there through areas of your landscape that will receive southern or western sun for best results. When planting, you can either dig a large area out or dig individual holes for each bulb. For either method dig your hole, add a few inches of sand to encourage

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reau’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather in Atlanta Jan. 9-12 to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy-setting process that will guide the American Farm Bureau through 2011. A champion of farmers and ranchers and other hard-working Americans, Rowe has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 250 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. Rowe knows how to get his hands dirty and has worked in just about every industry, including many agriculture jobs. ROWE NOT AFRAID OF WORK “We are excited to have Mike Rowe as our keynote speaker,� AFBF President Bob Stallman said Aug. 23. “Like farmers and ranchers, he’s not afraid to roll up his shirt sleeves and get his hands dirty. Mike understands that most things that contribute to our standard of living – such as abundant food – are the result of someone else’s hard work, dedication and skill, not magic. I think Farm Bureau members will get a lot out of his message.�

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Nebraska Farm Bureau News

Farm Bureau Members @ Work Photos by NFBF Staff: Jordan Dux, Jay Ferris, Tim Horn, Clark Kinnison, Karl Linke, Dick Neel and Adam Peterson AUGUST 2

Grant County is the latest Livestock Friendly County in Nebraska as Gov. Dave Heineman made it official Aug. 2. Pictured from left are: Grant County Commissioner Brian Brennemann and his son Gary, Heineman and Grant County Commissioners Frances Davis and Dan Vinton.


State Sen. Greg Adams of York spoke to members of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Policy Committee concerning educational funding in Nebraska at the committee’s Aug. 4 meeting in Kearney.


During the August Congressional recess, Nebraska Farm Bureau held meetings with all five members of Nebraska’s delegation to discuss issues important to agriculture. Pictured from left at the Aug. 13 meeting in Omaha with Nebraska U.S. Rep Lee Terry are Charles Fricke, Sarpy County Farm Bureau; Melvin Valasek and Gerald Gottsch. both of Douglas County; Terry; NEFB Board Member Mark McHargue and his wife Judy of Merrick County; and Milton Fricke, Sarpy County.


NEFB Leadership Academy members Del Ficke (clockwise from left), Seward County Farm Bureau; Beth Sonderup, Nance County; Steve Kyes Merrick County; and Mark Staman, Dawes County; work on a leadership assignment Aug. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Omaha.


Sen. Mike Johanns spoke to a crowd of more than 30 Farm Bureau members in Wayne Aug. 17. The federal deficit and estate taxes were the main topics discussed.

Randy and BrenDee Reinke of Antelope County look over Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Policy Development Guides during a Regional Policy Development Meeting in Norfolk Aug. 18.

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Farm Bureau Members @ Work Photos by NFBF Staff: Jordan Dux, Jay Ferris, Tim Horn, Clark Kinnison, Karl Linke, Dick Neel and Adam Peterson AUGUST 20


The Nebraska Farm Bureau 2012 Farm Bill Advisory Committee met Aug. 20 in Kearney to discuss the many issues surrounding the next Farm Bill. Pictured from left are Stan Moore, Frontier County; Treg Fisher, Harlan County; Brad Lundeen, Kearney/Franklin County; and Brad Lubben, UNL public policy specialist.

AUGUST 25 Don Fagerstone (left), Hayes County, and Tom Schroder, Perkins County, attended the Regional Policy Development meeting in Gothenburg and also toured the Monsanto Research Facility on Aug. 24.


Nebraska Farm Bureau has been holding a series of Regional Policy Development meetings across the state. The Grand Island meeting (pictured) was held Aug. 25 to discuss state and federal policy issues. Pictured from left are Ken Byam of Custer County, Bev and Bob Kremer of Hamilton County and Bill Leuck of Valley County.

SEPTEMBER 8 Stephen Dux (right), Jefferson County Farm Bureau, and Keith Olsen, NEFB president, listen as Rep. Adrian Smith discusses the complexities of the new Health Care Reform law Sept. 1 in Fairbury.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Water Resources Committee met in Grand Island Sept. 8 and received updates on water issues and discussed possible solutions that might be developed through Farm Bureau’s policy process. Pictured from left are Don Batie, Dawson County Farm Bureau; Robert Ambrosek, Dundy County; Lumir Jedlicka, Colfax County; and Jim Schneider from Department of Natural Resources.


The story below shows how Nebraska farmers and ranchers care for the animals they raise. If you have an interesting story about good farm animal care, send us a photo and information so we can publish it. Matt and Tina Schwartzkopf of Keith County Farm Bureau were at the Keith County Fair on Aug. 13. While Tina was at the sheep show with their children, who were showing sheep, another 4-H’ers’s sheep collapsed and didn’t appear to be breathing. The 4-H’er and her parents thought there was nothing that could be done to save the sheep, but Tina had a different thought. She began to move its legs and eventually put her hand down the animal’s throat several times to dislodge whatever was blocking its airway. The sheep threw up some wood shavings and feed. It revived and the 4-H’er showed the animal. It ended up winning Grand Champion in Show!

Twelve-year-old Taylor Dack, daughter of Del and Geri Dack of Arthur County Farm Bureau, shows her sheep, Tank, that nearly died during the Keith County Fair on Aug. 12. Keith County Farm Bureau member Tina Schwartzkopf saved the animal when it was found unresponsive in the barn. Schwartzkopf farms with her husband, Matt.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

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Fighting Back Against Cancer September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Seven-year-old Caleb Gulizia is a second grade student at Reeder Elementary School in Omaha and so far in his young life he has experienced more than any child should. Caleb has Brain Stem Glioma, a rare type of brain cancer. Most children with this cancer die within 18 months of diagnosis. Only several hundred children nationwide have been diagnosed with the disease. “Caleb has endured countless surgeries, six weeks of daily radiation therapy and more than 18 months of chemotherapy,” Caleb’s aunt, Jamie Svatos, said Sept. 7. Svatos is a Douglas County Farm Bureau member. Because of the aggressive treatments used to save his life, Caleb started having strokes. To stop the strokes, he went through very complicated brain blood vessel bypass surgery in March at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. “Through it all he always has a smile on his face and is an inspiration to everyone he meets,” Svatos said. She has been so moved by Caleb and her family’s experience that she has became the Nebraska chapter director for The Cure Starts Now Foundation of Nebraska, an organization which fights for the cure for children with brain stem glioma. “In the four years since Caleb has been diagnosed, no new treatments have been approved by the FDA. A child diagnosed today will ultimately suffer the same fate as Caleb or worse. All of my crying and anger did not make a difference for Caleb; I pray that raising money for the Cure Starts Now Foundation will,” she said. While the surgery has stopped the strokes

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Seven-year-old Caleb Gulizia of Omaha was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma, a rare type of brain cancer. and has allowed Caleb a chance to regain some of his independence, doctors believe the strokes will come back and he will need similar surgery on the opposite side of his brain. “I have to do something to try to improve the outcome for these amazing kids. Because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, I am starting a fundraiser selling cookbooks,” Svatos said. The $20 cookbooks are a hardbound, three-ring binder of recipes from children all over the United States who are battling brain cancer. The cookbooks will sell at gift shops and craft shows and can be purchased at For more information about pediatric brain cancer and The Cure Starts Now Foundation of Nebraska, contact Jamie Svatos at 402/557-8371 or 402/250-6030 or email

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 Gliomas can occur anywhere in the central nervous system (CNS). The name given to a glioma is often based on its location. For example, a glioma found along the optic nerves is called an optic nerve glioma. A brain stem glioma is located in the lowest, stem-like portion of the brain.  Symptoms depend on the exact location of the tumor. For example, the cerebellum aids in coordinating voluntary movements and maintaining balance and muscular tone. These are the functions that would be affected by a tumor in that area. A glioma in the cerebrum is likely to cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness of arms or legs, visual disorders, seizures, or intellectual and behavioral problems.  Other symptoms of a glioma may include paralysis of a single part of the body or one side of the body, tremors, hormonal abnormalities or diabetes. The tumor may cause hydrocephalus or “water on the brain,” creating pressure that can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting or visual disturbances. In babies and very young children whose skull bones are not firmly set, hydrocephalus can actually cause the skull to increase in size.  If you have any questions about pediatric brain cancer, please go to

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U.S. Stands To Pick Up Wheat Exports Forfeited by Russia Washington, D.C. — The United States stands to gain a good share of the wheat export market that Russia is forfeiting because of the Russian government’s decision to halt grain exports until the end of the year, John Anderson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau, said Aug. 12. Anderson commented when USDA releasedits August World Agricultural Supply and Demand estimates or WASDE report. In the report, USDA projected a huge drop in Russian wheat exports for the 2010-2011 marketing year: 3 million metric tons, compared to 18.5 million metric tons, in the 2009-2010 marketing year. Russia decided to exit the grain export market this year be-

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cause of a serious drought that is reducing crop prospects. “This is a jaw-dropping reduction in exports for Russia,” Anderson said. “And because the United States is expecting a good wheat crop with good stock levels, our farmers stand to take up a big share of wheat exports that would have gone to Russia.” U.S. all-wheat production is estimated at 2.26 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the July forecast and up 2 percent from 2009, according to the latest report. USDA also is projecting the highest U.S. wheat yield ever at 46.9 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel per acre from July and up 2.5 bushels per acre from last year.

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The U.S. stands to pick up export business because of expectations for a good crop and large wheat stocks, at just under 1 billion bushels. “The United States should pick up almost half of the wheat exports that would have gone to Russia,” Anderson said. “We have wheat when the other major exporters don’t have as much wheat.” Anderson said it is important to note that global wheat stocks are still strong. “We don’t have to worry about a global shortage of wheat right now, despite the difficulties in the Russian wheat market,” he said. “Overall, global wheat stocks aren’t all that tight, and the winter wheat crops in Argentina and Australia, which are big producers and exporters in the Southern Hemisphere, are looking pretty good so far. Futures have already retreated quite a bit from the highs set on the day of the Russian export ban announcement. Markets will

The Russian government’s decision to halt grain exports until the end of the year means good news for U.S. wheat farmers. begin to calm down as everyone comes to terms with these adjustments.”

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

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How will Nebraska corn farmers meet growing demand for food, feed and fuel – while protecting our natural resources? The Corn Farmers Coalition says they’ll do it the way they always have: By sustaining innovation. Through responsible stewardship, new genetics and improved management practices, Nebraska corn farmers are growing more corn with less – less fertilizer, less chemicals, less water, less land and less of an impact on the environment. Sustaining innovation – an unwavering commitment to doing a better job in every row, on every acre, on every farm, every season. It’s how family corn farmers in Nebraska and the nation are ensuring the long-term viability of their industry and our natural resources. Nebraska’s corn farmers, and their fellow corn farmers across the U.S., continue to make significant advancements that have a direct impact on the sustainability of corn production and the natural, environmental and social systems that are connected to it. You might be surprised to learn that:  95 percent of all corn farms in America are family-owned. *  America’s corn farmers are by far the most productive in the world, growing 20 percent more corn per acre than any other

more with less – visit the website at www. or contact the Nebraska Corn Board. You can find this story and more on the Nebraska Corn Board website at * Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture nation.  Corn farmers cut erosion 44 percent in two decades thanks to new tillage methods. Thanks to innovative fertilization methods, today’s American corn farmers are producing 70 percent more corn per ounce of fertilizer.  The energy used to grow a bushel of corn has fallen 37 percent over the past 30 years.  Family farmers grow 90 percent of America’s corn crop.  Corn was a bright spot in America’s economy last year – the U.S. exported $9 billion worth of corn.  American farmers grow five times more corn than they did in the 1930s – on 20 percent less land.  Farmers are using GPS-based precision technology to reduce overlaps in the field and to precisely place fertilizer and pesticides exactly where they need to be – and in exactly the right amounts.

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Save thousands with the new NEFB Automotive Purchase Program. Nebraska Farm Bureau has a new Automotive Purchase Program which replaces the General Motors program from previous years. The new program includes more brands, greater discounts, additional benefits, and the option to buy new or used. NEFB members can choose a new Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, or Mazda at NEFB preferred prices which are thousands below MSRP. Under the new program members can now also purchase virtually any used vehicle make/ model with the added confidence of Motor Trend Certification. A NEFBA Member Hotline and Website have been established to make things easier and more convenient.

NEFB Member Hotline (877) 596-5641 Email:

The NEFB Automotive Purchase Program is administered by Anderson Auto Group through its Lincoln North location.

27th Make sure you identify yourself as a Farm Bureau Member when shopping in person. For additional convenience, members can also visit Anderson’s Grand Island location to view and/or take delivery of vehicles.

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NEFB Automotive Purchase Program NOTE: Only Nebraska Farm Bureau Members in good standing qualify for this benefit.

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