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Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

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The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) is a non-profit organization supported by Nebraska Beef Council, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Poultry Industries, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska Soybean Board and Midwest Dairy Association.

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Nebraska farmers and ranchers combine a passion for their work with a compassion for their animals. Rarely taking a day off, they make countless sacrifices to put food on the table for their families — and families around the world. See and hear how these hardworking farmers and ranchers are making a difference for Nebraska.

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Kristen Hassebrook Hired as Executive Director

Kristen Hassebrook Hired as Executive Director

January 9 - The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) and We Support Ag (WSA) are excited to announce the hiring of Kristen Hassebrook as Executive Director. Hassebrook, has been selected to lead the combined coalition of AFAN and WSA, beginning February 1.

As AFAN and WSA look to restructure and collaborate more deeply, Hassebrook will be a great addition to provide strategic vision, administrative insight and development as we look to continue to grow livestock in Nebraska. “We look forward to working with Hassebrook on the development and growth of these organizations,” Lori Luebbe, AFAN President stated, “Her background and experience lends itself well towards our mission and the livestock industry.”

The announcement of Hassebrook as Executive Director also coincides with a focus on greater collaboration between AFAN and WSA to benefit livestock growth in which her talents and experiences in the policy and political arenas will help to shape a pro-agriculture and pro-livestock growth agenda.  Pete McClymont, President of WSA said “We’re thrilled to have Kristen share her leadership and expertise with AFAN and WSA. Kristen has wide spread respect from those that have worked with her throughout her professional career.”

Hassebrook comes to this position from the University of Nebraska Foundation, where she was the Director of Development for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resource.  Prior to that she served as Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen.  Hassebrook is a native Nebraskan and grew up on a diversified farm and feedlot. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska College of Law.

As Willow Holoubek finishes her final days as the AFAN executive director, she conveys confidence in the decision of hiring Hassebrook. “I am so excited about Hassebrook joining the AFAN team and what it means for the future of this organization,” said Holoubek. “With her background in law and her passion for agriculture, I believe that she will be an excellent fit to grow WSA and AFAN.”

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Free Breakfasts and Beautiful Autumn Weather Draw a Big Crowd to a Consumer Appreciation Tailgate Party at Russ’s Market

Free Breakfasts and Beautiful Autumn Weather Draw a Big Crowd to a Consumer Appreciation Tailgate Party at Russ’s Market

November 2, 2016 - Sponsored by Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers

The combination of spectacular autumn weather and a free breakfast drew over 500 people to a consumer appreciation tailgate party at the Russ’s Market parking lot at 66th & ‘O’ Saturday morning, October 29.

The event, called the “Official Game Day-Approved Tailgate with Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers,” was sponsored by Nebraska’s agriculture organizations to show their appreciation to the consumers who enjoy the food that they grow.

(Photo:  Tailgater Dave Arp (left) won the drawing for the grand prize, a gift basket containing a $50 gift card to Russ's Market, a $25 American Ethanol card, two cookbooks, and a variety of other items from the agricultural groups.)

“Our farmers and ranchers were looking for a way to show their appreciation to the folks who consume the food that they grow,” said Emily Thornburg, director of communications for the Nebraska Corn Board. “The Tailgate Party proved to be a wonderful way to bring Nebraska’s food producers and food consumers together for an enjoyable breakfast and great conversation.  Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who tailgated with us for making this a great event.”

In addition to the breakfast and conversation, tailgaters enjoyed games provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Prizes and other giveaways were provided by the state’s commodity groups. Prairieland Dairy, of Firth, Nebraska, brought along a calf for children of all ages to enjoy.

Tailgate party goers found the event as informative as it was fun.  “We had a good time at the Nebraska Farmer's and Rancher's tailgate,” said Diane Krajicek, a happy tailgater. “The food was delicious and the weather was perfect. We visited with some great folks about agriculture in Nebraska and picked up some great recipes. We liked seeing fun, ag-related things for kids to do."

Sponsors agreed the event was successful in bringing producers and consumers together for a useful exchange of viewpoints.

“Nebraskans love tailgating during football season, and they love good food,” said Marty Jarvis, marketing director for B&R Stores. “Our Nebraska-based company works hard to connect our customers with local food producers, so this party was a great way for them to have a conversation about where their food comes from.”

Tailgate Party sponsors included: AFAN; CommonGround Nebraska; Midwest Dairy Association; Nebraska Beef Council; Nebraska Corn Board; Nebraska Cattlewomen Association; Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Nebraska Farm Bureau; Nebraska Pork Producers Association; Nebraska Poultry Industries; Nebraska Soybean Board; Nebraska Wheat Board; Prairieland Dairy; and Russ’s Market.

About The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska: AFAN is a non-profit organization formed by leading agricultural membership groups with the support of other membership groups, commodity organizations, and private business. AFAN works with individual producers and communities across Nebraska to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state.

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mission & purpose

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) is a non-profit organization supported by Nebraska Beef Council, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Poultry Industries, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska Soybean Board and Midwest Dairy Association. Together, we work to support and facilitate growth of Nebraska Livestock, empowering communities by sharing agricultural knowledge to help them make informed decisions, and to connect opportunities throughout the entire food chain to sustain a thriving Nebraska agricultural sector for the future.

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Pork
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Pork producers are committed to providing proper care, handling and transportation for their pigs.

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Poultry farmers are committed to caring for their animals, which entails making sure their poultry live in a safe, humane and comfortable environment.

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