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On the Cover The Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program is trying to break through the traditional classroom walls by using Skype, Facebook and Twitter to reach teachers and their students. Photo Illustration by Tara Grell
Recipes See what delicious breakfast items you can cook for you and your family this month! page 8
Thank You Find out what County Farm Bureaus and businesses participated in the 2011 Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness Golf Classic to help support the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program.
By Keith Olsen, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®
aking action on issues is the primary way Farm Bureau serves its members. Issues are, essentially, questions of public concern that haven’t been answered yet: How do we reduce the federal deficit? How should Nebraska’s agricultural land be valued for tax purposes? Should Candidate A or Candidate B be elected? Farm Bureau develops its positions on issues through our intensive and extensive grassroots policy development process. Members who take the time to get involved decide what our response to public policy questions will be. The next step is to work to have our answers prevail as these open questions are resolved. I’ve recently seen two examples of Farm Bureau in action that made me proud. First, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sought comments this summer on whether farm equipment should be considered commercial motor vehicles, with drivers then required to have Commercial Drivers Licenses and meet additional requirements. FB: CDLS NOT NEEDED Farm Bureau opposes expanding requirements for farmers to have CDLS to transport farm commodities, including livestock, believing that current regulations are adequate. Farm Bureau members across the country responded with a resounding “no” on the CDL question, through letters, comments and personal contacts with federal and Congressional offices. A family member who only drives a grain truck to the elevator during harvest shouldn’t need a CDL, they said. Young farmers said that requiring a CDL to haul grain within the state would be one more challenge to getting started in farming. On Aug. 10, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said FMCSA had no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products, and that the agency has released guidance to the states so they clearly understand common-sense exemptions “to allow farmers, their employees, and their families to accomplish their day-to-day work and transport their products to market.” Case closed, question closed, with Farm Bureau’s policy implemented by members. The next example also concerns a federal agency, but has a Nebraska-specific impact. In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to expand the Rainwater Basin Management District, which covers parts of 13 Nebraska counties, by an additional 14,000 acres, to provide more habitat and food for migratory birds. The plan calls for acquiring title to about 9,000 acres and obtaining conservation easements on the rest. Clay County is in the district and Clay County Farm Bureau members were concerned that the expansion would harm the local economy by removing land from the county’s tax rolls and put them in competition for farmland with the federal government and nonprofit conservation organizations it would partner with. VOLUME 29 ISSUE 8 September 21, 2011 USPS 375-780 ISSN 0745-6522
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Early, Respectful Actions Bring Results TWO WEEKS NOT ENOUGH FWS ignored local concerns and the plan seemed to be on a fast track. Clay County Farm Bureau asked Nebraska Farm Bureau for help in getting the two-week public comment period extended so people who would be affected by the expansion had time to analyze the 70-page plan. Nebraska Farm Bureau worked with our congressional delegation to get the comment period extended another two weeks. That gave the Clay County Board of Supervisors time to send a strongly worded letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service which cited an executive order from President Obama that requires federal agencies to coordinate efforts with local governments on “federal plan/policy development.” As result, the new district manager for the project met with the Clay County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan, on his second day on the job. He told the supervisors that he did not consider the study FWS used as the basis for its “need” to acquire the additional acres to be credible and was disregarding it. The meeting also identified that FWS had not researched how its proposal could impact the economy of the area. The new manager has not forwarded the proposal for approval because it will take more time for satisfactory coordination with the board of supervisors. Questions and answers at that first coordination meeting produced other important information: the federal government plans to work with and through conservation groups to acquire land for the planned expansion and has let such groups know what ground it is targeting. The public does not have that information, so conceivably, a property owner could sign an easement or sell the land itself to a conservation group, only to find that the government ultimately holds the land. It’s clear that if Clay County Farm Bureau hadn’t acted to get the public comment period extended, the expansion of the Rainwater Basin Management District as originally proposed would be a done deal. The expansion may still occur at some level, but the public will have more information and local landowners will ask more questions before selling their land or an easement. And, the right of Clay County’s local government to be consulted on such a far-reaching issue has been honored. In both of these instances, Farm Bureau members acted early in the life cycle of their issue when it is often easier to reach respectful solutions. They raised their concerns in a professional, civil manner that made a good resolution possible. It’s effective, and it’s the Farm Bureau way.
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COUNTY NEWS Cuming County Farm Bureau
County Sponsors YF&R Tour and Supper Cuming County Farm Bureau sponsored a Young Farmers and Ranchers tour and supper July 27. Several young farmers and ranchers attended the annual event, which included a tour of the Valmont Galvanizing plant near West Point and a meal at The Pizza Ranch. Featured speakers for the evening were Ryan and Beth Sondrup (fourth and fifth from left), District 2 representatives on Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Also pictured are Cuming County Farm Bureau President Dennis Schultz and his wife, Margaret (far right).
Burt County Farm Bureau
Kiddie Tractor Pull Celebrates 15 Years at County Fair Burt County Farm Bureau has organized the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at the Burt County Fair in Oakland for 15 years. On Aug. 8, 55 boys and girls ages 4-9 participated. Ribbons were given to each competitor and the top two in each of the three age groups were given trophies. The tractors and equipment belong to Dennis Stuchlik of Wahoo. Pictured are board members Ray Petersen, Gene Hansen, (behind) Bill Method, Jim Rieken, Dennis and Judy Fleischman, Phyllis Rieken, Larry and Kathy Mussack, Laurel Method and Leslie Petersen. Not pictured, but helping with the event, were Prudie Skinner, Elden Wesely and Linda Hansen.
Buffalo County Farm Bureau
Buffalo County Sponsors Barbecue Meal at Fair Buffalo County Farm Bureau sponsored its annual free barbecue meal at the Buffalo County Fair Aug. 4. The Buffalo County members typically serve more than 1,000 people. Pictured serving meals are Nebraska Farm Bureau Board Member John C. Martin and his wife, Leslie, members of Buffalo County Farm Bureau.
Memory Book for NEFB President Keith Olsen Nebraska Farm Bureau needs your help! We’re compiling a memory book for retiring President Keith Olsen to be presented this December, Rob Robertson, NEFB chief administrator, said Keith Sept. 9. “We would like to reBook Memory ceive notes or letters from Nebraska Farm Bureau members and others to be included in the memory book. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Mr. Olsen’s service to agriculture and Nebraska Farm Bureau,” Robertson said. Please mail your notes and letters by Nov. 1 to Nebraska Farm Bureau, Attn: Denise Hockamier, P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501. If possible, items should be sent unfolded in a large envelope.
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COUNTY NEWS Antelope County Farm Bureau
Zuhlke Holds Open House On New Hog Unit Antelope County Farm Bureau member Darin Zuhlke hosted a public open house Aug. 9 at his recently completed hog finishing facility near Foster. Free barbecued pork loin and pulled pork sandwiches were served to guests. The new facility has a 2,000-head capacity and features the latest in hog production technology.
Douglas County Farm Bureau
County Sponsors Pedal Pull at Bennington Daze Douglas County Farm Bureau sponsored a pedal pull during Bennington Daze June 18 in Bennington. Approximately 100 people ranging from the age of 4 to adults participated in the tractor pull. Every driver received a ribbon. The pedal pull was sanctioned by the state and winners could go to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. The annual celebration of the City of Bennington is held every year in June. Events include sports tournaments, street dances, a movie-in-the-park, a parade, games and more.
Lancaster County Farm Bureau
County Recognizes AITC Ag Pen Pal Participants Lancaster County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Aug. 25 in Lincoln. Each year the county FB board likes to recognize people who participated in the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Pen Pal program the previous school year. This year they featured Erica Peterson, a senior at Waverly High School who holds the position of reporter in the Waverly FFA Chapter, and her Ag Pen Pal teacher Kristina Schoenberner, a first grade teacher at Ceresco Elementary School. Peterson has participated in the Ag Pen Pal program for five years and is participating again in school year 2011-12. Pictured from left are Deanna Karmazin, AITC state coordinator; Todd Reed, Lancaster County Farm Bureau ag promotion chair; Peterson; and Schoenberner.
Gage County Farm Bureau
Gage County Members Discuss Possible Resolutions Gage County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Aug. 30 in Beatrice. The meeting included discussion on policy issues. Pictured from left are Anthony Schnuelle, Farm Bureau agent; Sen. George Wallman; Steve Spilker, Farm Bureau agent; Nathan Bartels, Nebraska Farm Bureau board member for District 1; and Mark McHargue, Nebraska Farm Bureau board member for District 2.
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COUNTY NEWS Burt County Farm Bureau
NEFB President Addresses Effectiveness of Farm Bureau Burt County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting in Decatur Aug. 29. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen spoke on the effectiveness of Farm Bureau and the excitement of the young farmers and ranchers who are getting involved. Others who spoke at the meeting included State Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft; Mark McHargue, Nebraska Farm Bureau board member for District 2; and Clark Kinnison, Nebraska Farm Bureau district director of member services for the northeast.
Thayer County Farm Bureau
Thayer County Members Discuss Policy Issues Thayer County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Aug. 29 in Hebron. Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau first vice president, was the featured speaker. Members also discussed policy resolutions. Pictured are Nelson, right; with Duane Miller, Thayer County Farm Bureau president, and his wife, Deb, sharing a humorous moment.
York County Farm Bureau
Special Guests Attend York County Annual Meeting York County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Aug. 30 in York. The meeting was well-attended and special guests included former Nebraska Farm Bureau Board Members Stan Boehr and Nancy Eberle, and current Nebraska Farm Bureau Board Members Kevin Peterson, Mark McHarge and President Keith Olsen and his wife, Doris. Pictured are McHargue (left), visiting with Jason and Karah Perdue about the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program.
Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau
County Sponsors ‘Church at the Fair’ More than 45 people gathered Aug. 14 at the Kimball/Banner County Fair to attend the first “Church at the Fair” event sponsored by Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau. County Farm Bureau Board members involved in the event were Jim Johnson, Linda Halstead and Kendall Atkins. Dr. Alan Foutz, former Colorado Farm Bureau president and present pastor of Kimball Presbyterian Church, delivered the message, “God’s Creation?” Foutz, third from right, is pictured greeting some of those who attended. Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau also sponsored a booth at the county fair.
Cedar County Farm Bureau
Cedar County Members Learn More about A-FAN and HSUS Willow Holoubek (pictured far left), organizational director of Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), was the guest speaker at the Cedar County Farm Bureau annual meeting Sept. 8 in Hartington. She gave a slide show presentation about A-FAN and what it does. She also discussed the Humane Society of the United States and its vegan agenda. Pictured at right are Richard Lentz and Cedar County Farm Bureau President Brian Gould. Gould presented Lentz with a service appreciation award. Lentz, who farms near Coleridge, became a Farm Bureau member in 1968 when he was approached by a couple of neighbors on a membership drive. He has devoted more than 40 years to Cedar County Farm Bureau.
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COUNTY NEWS Seward County Farm Bureau
Members Learn About Getting Involved in Farm Bureau Seward County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Sept. 7 in Seward. Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau first vice president, spoke about Farm Bureau and how important it is to get involved. Pictured from left are Nelson; Ryan Krenk, Seward County Farm Bureau president; and his wife, Jamie.
Pierce County Farm Bureau
LEAD Graduate Shows Photos from International Trip Pierce County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting September 11 in Pierce.. Ron Stech, a farmer from Osmond and graduate of LEAD 29, presented slides from his international LEAD trip to the Central American countries of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Also speaking at the meeting was District 3 Ag Promotion Committee Committee Representative Rebecca Graham. She discussed the committee’s many project and solicited participants for the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Pen Pal program, a program that links a farm/ranch family with a classroom to educate children about farming and ranching.
Dodge County Farm Bureau
Members Discuss Leadership Academy at County Annual Meeting Dodge County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Sept. 8 in Hooper. Pictured from left are Andy Langemeier, Nebraska Farm Bureau leadership academy member; Roger Berry, Nebraska Farm Bureau vice president of member services; Scott Wagner, Dodge County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers chair; Scott Eveland, Dodge County Farm Bureau vice president; Mark Langemeier and his wife, Betsy, Dodge County Farm Bureau members and parents of Andy. They were discussing Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Leadership Academy, a program Berry coordinates.
Merrick County Farm Bureau
Evers Family Receives Grassroots Award at Annual Meeting The late August (Augie) and Evelyn Evers received the Merrick County Farm Bureau Grassroots Award at the Merrick County Farm Bureau annual meeting in Central City on Sept. 12. The annual award is given to a Merrick County Farm Bureau member for dedication and service to agriculture in Merrick County. The Evers farm near Clarks and have been members of Farm Bureau for more than 45 years. Pictured from left are Shannon Hannappel, Merrick County Farm Bureau president; Glenda and Dick Evers, daughter-in-law and son; Evelyn Evers; Jan and Roger Hellbusch, daughter and son-inlaw; and Kate and Jim Evers, daughter-in-law and son.
Clay County Farm Bureau Helps Slow Government Acquisition of Farmland Farm Bureau members had been raising questions and concerns since February about a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposal to expand the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District’s acquisition authority in Nebraska. Working with the Clay County Board of Supervisors, Nebraska Farm Bureau and members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation, those farmers now have a second chance at influencing the FWS plan to expand the management district. “We have raised concerns about the FWS proposal from day one. We support conservation, but it should be done in a manner which considers the needs of both local communities and wildlife,” Josh Andersen, Clay County Farm Bureau member and advisor to the Clay County Board of Supervisors, said Sept. 12. LOCAL TAX BASE ERODED “First, if the federal government acquires this land, it would permanently erode the local tax base by removing land from the county’s tax rolls or by severely devaluing the land
through the use of perpetual conservation easements. This directly affects the public by shifting the tax burden to the remaining taxpayers and threatens to permanently hamper funding for roads, public schools and other basic county services,” he said. These types of acquisitions also threaten the local economy and the cohesiveness of communities by nearly eliminating any potential for generating revenue from these lands. This effect reaches far beyond agriculture, affecting local banks, grocery stores, gas stations and shop owners, Anderson said. Many local farmers, including beginning farmers, are increasingly concerned that they are competing against pre-arranged acquisitions between the federal government and partnering non-profit conservation groups for productive farmland. This is the increasing model for conservation that the federal government is pursuing across the nation. It should be a concern for all of Nebraska, Anderson said. HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS According to FWS, the proposed expansion was needed to provide additional habitat
and access to food for migratory birds. The FWS proposal sought to expand the Rainwater Basin Management District’s acquisition authority; the district covers parts of 13 counties, including Clay County. The FWS plan called for a 14,000-acre expansion: adding 9,000 acres through fee-title acquisition and 5,000 acres through use of perpetual conservation easements. FWS currently owns 22,023 acres in the district, of the 24,000 acres previously approved for acquisition. Nebraska Farm Bureau and members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation worked hard to extend the public comment period. At the same time, members of the Clay County Farm Bureau worked with the Clay County Board of Supervisors, which sent a letter to FWS citing an executive order from President Obama that requires federal agencies to coordinate efforts with local governments on “federal plan/ policy development.” As a result, the district manager of the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District met with members of the Clay
County Board of Supervisors. FWS will now re-evaluate the proposed expansion and coordinate with the Clay County Board of Supervisors on any proposed expansion, Craig Head, state director of governmental relations and regulatory affairs for Nebraska Farm Bureau, said. “Federally controlled rural acres in the rainwater basin have been an issue in Clay County for the last several years. The work of the Clay County Farm Bureau and Clay County Board of Supervisors will help ensure future actions in the Rainwater Basin Management District will continue to include the voice of local residents,” Head said. “Farm Bureau helped us tremendously in this effort by keeping us doing what we do best and that is continuing to farm and produce high-quality food. We made every effort to communicate our concerns to the FWS, but we were not able to get their attention by ourselves. It shows the value of belonging to an organization that looks out for its members as well as Nebraska agriculture,” Andersen said.
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GM Private Offer Benefits Farm Bureau Members Eligible Farm Bureau members in Ne- overs also are included in the program. braska can now receive a $500 discount “We are pleased to announce the rollon each qualifying 2011 or 2012 model out of the Farm Bureau - General Motors year Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they Private Offer,” said Keith Olsen, president of purchase or lease. This Nebraska Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau member “This program is a strong exclusive is offered for addition to the portfolio vehicles purchased or of benefits we offer to leased at participating save members money dealerships through Farm as they and their families Bureau’s GM Private Ofwork hard to provide Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD fer at a participating GM food, fiber and renewdealership. able fuels for our nation.” Twenty-six GM models To qualify for the ofare part of the program, including the Chevro- fer, individuals must have been a Farm Bulet Silverado HD, honored as the 2011 Motor reau member for at least 60 days prior to Trend Truck of the Year. A broad range of the date of delivery of the vehicle selected. other pick-up trucks, SUVs, sedans and cross- Members may receive the incentive for
the purchase or lease of multiple vehicles, including fleet vehicles purchased through GM’s National Fleet Purchase Program.Full details and program eligibility guidelines are available by contacting Shelley Kurtzer, associate director of member services, or by visiting www.nefb.org. The Farm Bureau - GM Private Offer is the latest national member benefit offered by American Farm Bureau, Inc. AFBI was founded nearly three decades ago by the American Farm Bureau Federation to increase the economic value of membership in Farm Bureau. AFBI and GM will promote the FB Private Offer through publications, state events including the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, and AFBF’s Annual Meeting.
Anderson Ford Auto Group No Longer a Member Benefit Nebraska Farm Bureau will no longer have a vehicle program with Anderson Auto Group as a member benefit. Anderson has started a new “one price” marketing strategy that in most cases will be less than the discount offered to Nebraska Farm Bureau members. Because of this business change by Anderson, the company and Farm Bureau came to a mutual agreement to terminate the program.
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National Breakfast Month Crustless Quiche
Ingredients 4 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup baking mix (such as Bisquick) 4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese (other cheeses could be substituted) 6 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled) or 6 tablespoons real bacon bits 1/4 cup onion (chopped) 1/2 green pepper (chopped) Dash of nutmeg (optional)
English Muffin French Toast Ingredients 4 large eggs 1 cup nonfat buttermilk 2 teaspoons orange zest ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 6 English muffins, split maple syrup Toppings: chopped fresh strawberries, peaches, or nectarines
3. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate.
Directions 1. Whisk together first five ingredients in a bowl. Place English muffins in a 9”x13” baking dish or equivalent plastic storage container. Pour egg mixture over muffins. Make sure liquid covers all surfaces. Cover and chill 8 to 12 hours. 2. Remove muffins from liquid; discard excess liquid. 3. Cook muffins in a large skillet or on a griddle coated with cooking spray. Cook over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until muffins are golden. 4. Serve with fruit and syrup.
4. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Yield: 6 servings
Directions 1. Beat eggs and milk with a wire wisk. Add salt and baking mix. 2. Blend in remaining ingredients.
5. Bake at 325º for 40 minutes.
Easy Cheesy Frittata Ingredients 4 whole eggs 4 egg whites 2 Tbsp. water 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided 1/2 cup chopped, seeded tomatoes 2 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon or OSCAR MAYER Turkey Bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil Directions 1. Heat oven to 350°F. 2. Beat whole eggs, egg whites and water with whisk in medium bowl until blended. 3. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, tomatoes, bacon and basil. Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate. 4. Bake 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes or until melted. Yield: 6 servings Tips How to Make Mini-Frittatas Prepare egg mixture as directed; pour into 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until melted. Makes 6 servings, 2 frittatas each. How to Seed Tomatoes To seed a tomato, cut tomato crosswise in half. Then gently squeeze each half to remove the seeds and juice.
Ingredients 4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup flaked coconut 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 3/4 cup orange marmalade (I have also used peach and apricot jam with great results) Directions 1. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and salt. 2. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. 3. Press into a greased 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan. Line the pan with foil or parchment paper to ease removal for cutting. 4. Bake at 425º for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. 5. Cool on a wire rack. Remove bar “slab” with parchment from pan; cut into bars before completely cool. Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen bars
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Crustless Quiche recipe from Vermeer Collection of Recipes Cookbook. English Muffin French Toast recipe adapted from recipe in Southern Living Magazine. Breakfast-on-the-Go Bars recipe from Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking. Photos from Lois Linke, wife of Karl Linke, Nebraska Farm Bureau district director of member services for the southeast. Easy Cheesy Frittata recipe and photo from www.kraftrecipes.com.
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NATIONAL NEWS Congressional Happenings • FTAs Continue To Build Momentum Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said recently the Senate will soon begin debate on a bill designed to help retrain workers who lose jobs because of foreign competition, which sets the stage for President Barack Obama to submit to Congress pending trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. Reid plans to bring a bill to renew the 50-year-old Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which Obama is insisting that Congress pass, along with the three trade pacts. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said he believes a compromise has been reached between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate leaders to move both the trade agreements and the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. “I’m optimistic that we can get this done and get this done very soon,” Brady said in remarks to the anti-unilateral sanctions business group, USA Engage.
• New Legislation Aims To Prevent EPA Regs on Farm Dust New legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating naturally occurring farm dust is welcome news for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Regulation of farm dust by EPA could severely hamper the ability of farmers and ranchers to meet the world’s food needs,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. EPA is reviewing existing regulations for particulate matter, which includes soot
and dust. Soot is generated by car emissions and factories; dust occurs naturally. According to Stallman, planting and harvesting crops, livestock moving from place to place, and people driving down dirt roads are just a few of the ways dust occurs naturally on farms and in rural areas. “The current rules pertaining to dust are adequate,” he said. “Increased regulation of farm dust could result in decreased productivity and higher food prices, coupled with lost jobs in the rural economy. Moreover, the scientific basis for establishing such regulation has been called into question and it has not been demonstrated that the benefits of EPA regulation would outweigh the costs.”
• GAO Report Finds More Info Needed on Livestock Antibiotics Data gathered by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration on antibiotic use in food animals aren’t comprehensive enough to assess the impact on humans, according to a report released Sept. 14 by the Government Accountability Office. “HHS and USDA have collected some data on antibiotic use in food animals and on resistant bacteria in animals and retail meat. However, these data lack crucial details necessary to examine trends and understand the relationship between use and resistance,” according to the report. “For example, since GAO’s 2004 report, FDA began collecting data from drug companies on antibiotics sold for use in food animals, but the data do not show what species antibiotics are used in or the purpose of their use, such as for treating disease or improving animals’ growth rates.” To date, no scientific study has shown a link between antibiotic use in food animals and human resistance.
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Farm Bureau Members @ Work Photos by NEFB Staff: Jordan Dux, Jay Ferris, Tim Horn, Clark Kinnison, Karl Linke, Dick Neel and Adam Peterson AUGUST 2
AUGUST 24 At the Regional Policy Development Meeting in Bridgeport, Farm Bureau members attended a dinner. Members represented Keith, Garden, Deuel, Morrill, Cheyenne, Scotts Bluff, Sioux, Dawes, Sheridan, Kimball/Banner and Box Butte County Bureaus.
Nebraska Farm Bureau held five Regional Policy Development Meetings across the state in Norfolk, Grand Island, North Platte, Bridgeport and Lincoln. Farm Bureau governmental relations staff members shared the latest information on issues such as the 2012 Farm Bill, federal tax reform and agricultural land values. They also answered questions from the group. The meeting at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, helped County Farm Bureaus to develop policy resolutions for their members to consider.
Nebraska Farm Bureau State Legislative Policy Development (SLPC) members discuss national issues with Jordan Dux (right), Nebraska Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator. Pictured from left are Howard Daharsh, Morrill County; Shannon Hannappel, Merrick County; Darren Nelson, Platte County; Doug Saathoff, Adams County. Farm Bureau members from Lancaster and Seward County Farm Bureaus met with Nebraska U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns in Lincoln to talk about the next farm bill, how agriculture will be affected by federal budget cuts and EPAâ€™s overregulation of agriculture. Pictured from left are Del Ficke, Seward County; Dave Nielsen, Lancaster County; Lisa Egglering, Seward County; Keith Olsen, NEFB president; Johanns; Dennis Fujan, Saunders County; and Gary Hellerich, Lancaster County.
AUGUST 22 Members discussed issues with U.S. Rep. Lee Terry in Omaha during the Congressional recess. Pictured from left are Dwight Trumbull, Sarpy County; Del Ficke, Seward County; Terry; Charles Fricke, Sarpy County; Nathan Bartels, Johnson County; Scott Wagner, Dodge County; and John Knapp, Sarpy County.
SEPTEMBER 2 Congressman Adrian Smith visited with Farm Bureau members in Broken Bow to talk about agricultural issues.
SEPTEMBER 1 More than 50 people met at the Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center to talk about a systems approach to raising corn. Jake Linneman, left, explained to the group about raising corn in Nebraska.
Farm Bureau members from Adams, Dawson, Hall, Howard, Merrick and Polk Counties and NEFB met with officials of the Central Platte NRD to talk water issues. Discussion included integrated management plans and Centralâ€™s projects related to water. In the photo from right are Ron Bishop, Central Platte NRD manager; Keith Olsen NEFB president; Greg Senkbile, Merrick County member; Myles Ramsey, Adams County member; and Mark McHargue, NEFB second vice president.
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1902 W. 2nd Street, Hastings Rodney Hunt, LUTCF, ChFC, AEP
212 10th St., Wakefield Stan McAfee, LUTCF
813 W. 2nd, Hastings Marty Demuth
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104 W. 11th, Neligh Al Stelling, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF Keith Zuhlke, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
124 N. 4th, Albion Ron Erickson, LUTCF
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407 E 3rd, Alliance Rhonda Baseggio
312 N. Main St., Ainsworth Angie Davis
3915 Ave. N, Ste. A, Kearney Don Snyder, LUTCF Rick Smith, LUTCF
5810 2nd Ave., Kearney Matt Myers Rich Peters
12 East Railroad Street, Kearney John Roschewski
1316 L. St., Tekamah Troy Perchal
319 “E” St., David City Ralph Carleo, LUTCF
2302 W. 8th #1, Plattsmouth Lon Widler Lori Baker
109 N. Broadway, Hartington Allen Walton
512 Broadway, Imperial Dustin Weiss
264 N. Main, Valentine Jay Hollenbeck
940 9th Ave., Sidney Brett Kratzer Rachael Motzkus
209 N. Saunders, Sutton Loren Huber, LUTCF
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305 Main St., Bancroft Stan McAfee, LUTCF
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901 W. 21st, Ste. 2, So. Sioux City Colin Ross Chris Buchholz
315 Main St., Chadron Amy Halverson
411 East Pacific, Lexington Chase Wolf 324-4000 Rick Trampe 324-6355
5726 S. 144th St., Omaha Ron Randall, LUTCF
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Douglas/Omaha 896-1908 17670 Welch Plaza, Ste. 103, Omaha Mark Olsen Phil Guenette
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15728 West Center Rd., Omaha Jason Smith
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960 S. 13th, Geneva Steve Schiermeyer
111 N. 181st, Ste. 203, Omaha Mike Pfeifer
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146 East St. Joseph Street, Spalding Gary Hartley
2118 Kent Ave., Grand Island Kyle Sawyers, LUTCF Edmund “Rocky” Kershaw, LUTCF
3341 State St., Ste. C, Grand Island Lee Mohr 382-5093 Stacey Rust 382-5093 Steve Allen 398-0134
211 16th, Aurora J.J. Rother
604 West Main, Alma Ray Bunnell
604 Hwy. 25, Hayes Center Dustin Weiss
312 Main Street, Trenton Jim Gleason
Holt-Boyd-Rock 336-3635 504 W. Douglas, O’Neill Gene Kelly, LUTCF
Holt-Boyd-Rock 336-1332 130 S. 4th St., O’Neill Barbara Hesse
503 N. Hill Street, Atkinson Justin Estill
904 2nd St., St. Paul Tom Mortimer, LUTCF
505 7th St., Fairbury Kendall Schlake, LUTCF
185 S. 3rd St., Tecumseh Linda Hinrichsen
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213 S. Chestnut, Kimball Tonya DeMarco
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120 N. Broadway, Bloomfield Allen Walton
301 S. Main, Humphrey Carol Wemhoff
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5550 S. 59th St., Ste. 24, Lincoln Jack Russell Mike Jurado Sonny Lane
5445 Red Rock Lane, Ste. 200, Lincoln Chuck Severin
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Sarpy 829-5422 8410 S. 73rd Pz #108, Papillion Brandon Kounovsky Nicole Carter Akil Davis Joe Rickley
108 East 19th, Scottsbluff Richard Bretthauer
Scottsbluff-Sioux 635-0900 101 E. 22nd, Scottsbluff Tim Jordening, LUTCF
222 W 27th St., Ste 200, Scottsblurr Mark Boles
109 N. Main, Hay Springs Rhonda Baseggio
113 N. Main, Gordon Rhonda Baseggio
440 Lincoln Ave., Hebron Nate Casey, LUTCF
306 Main, Pender Matt Buchholz
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449 N. Central Ave., Superior Nate Casey
318 Main St., Wayne Lynette Krie, LUTCF
429 5th St., Syracuse Ryan Rohl
828 Lincoln Ave., York Bradley Stelling, LUTCF
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228 Central Avenue, Grant Dustin Weiss
18111 Q St., Ste 107, Omaha Paul Jensen, CLU, ChFC
411 Grant, Holdrege Phil Hinrichs
3216 N. 6th., Beatrice Karen Denton
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410 E. Francis, Ste. 3, North Platte Jay Engel
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252 Vincent Ave., Chappell Steve Fischer
116 W. 6th St., Ogallala Dustin Weiss
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Nebraska Farm Bureau News
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Nebraska Farm BureauÂŽ Leadership Academy Aug. 19-20, 2011 â€˘ Omaha, NE â€˘ Photos by Roger Berry & Cheryl Stubbendieck
Connie Reimers-Hild (center) watches as Dave Merman (right) of Adams County Farm Bureau works with Andy Langemeier of Dodge County, Brian Carpenter of Antelope County and Tim Gillett of Sioux County to develop a personal and business mission and vision statement during the NEFB Leadership Academyâ€™s August meeting.
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The members of Nebraska Farm Bureauâ€™s 2011 Leadership Academy spent Aug. 19 and 20 learning about issues and how to be effective advocates for agriculture when meeting with elected officials. Their class art piece also was unveiled at the meeting. Pictured from left are Shane Greckel, Knox County; Tim Krause, Custer County; Dave Murman, Adams County; Brian Bresnahan, Polk County; Andy Langemeirer, Dodge County; Karen Harford, Dundy County; Tessa Hangs, Hitchcock County; Karl Linke, Southeast District Director of Member Services; Dustin Fairley, Jefferson County; Mallory Becker, Sherman/Valley County; Lisa Eggerling, Seward County; Tracy Neidig, Madison County; Brian Carpenter, Antelope County; Tim Gillett, Sioux County and Roger Berry, NEFB vice president of member services and academy coordinator.