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Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Who we are

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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Meet Our Farmers

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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Become A Partner

We need your help in ensuring that all Nebraskans know the truth about high-quality, humane farming practices in our state.

By becoming a fan of animal agriculture in Nebraska, you can help keep our state economy strong while helping other Nebraskans have a better understanding of where their food comes from.

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Putting Farm Safety Into Practice

Putting Farm Safety Into Practice

September 18 - AFAN joins education effort for National Farm Safety and Health Week
 
About 23 out of every 100,000 farmers die of workplace injuries in a year, and new Department of Labor data lists the agricultural sector as the most dangerous in America, costing about 570 lives a year. To top it off, harvest season in the Corn Belt is the peak time for accidents involving farm children.
 
Those are a couple of the reasons that the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) is assisting with safety education as part of National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 17-23.
 
"Farming and ranching is one of the most dangerous professions out there, and I would venture to say that everyone in agriculture has experienced or witnessed the devastation that farm accidents can bring to families and communities," said AFAN Executive Director Kristen Hassebrook. "This is the 73rd year that National Farm Safety and Health Week has been designated to the third week of September, as farmers enter the harvest season."
 
The theme for the 2017 Farm Safety & Health week is "Putting Farm Safety into Practice."
 
"This is a great reminder that we must follow all best practices to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe," Hassebrook said. "The National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS) offers safety information on topics including tractor safety; farmer health; child/youth health & safety; confined spaces in agriculture; and rural roadway safety."
 
Watch for AFAN to focus one day on each of these five categories on its social-media platforms this week. Get more in-depth information from NECAS at http://www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek/.

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Join the Conversation about GMOs in food

Join the Conversation about GMOs in food

August 28

"Pivoting the GMO Conversation" Food Dialogues Hosted by
Nebraska Soybean Board and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Food influencers, filmmakers and farmers convene Sept. 6 at University of Nebraska
at Lincoln to discuss the controversy surrounding GMOs' impact on today's food.
 
WHAT:  American shoppers have access to more information than ever before. As a result, they have more opportunities to share their opinions about how food is grown and raised. In many instances, these concerns have resulted in a response b  y major food companies to market food under myriad labels -- from "sustainable" and "natural" to "GMO-free" and "locally-grown." But what do these terms really mean, and what impact do they have on farm production practices? For farmers who have been focused on farming sustainably for generations,  the marketing-speak can result in changes on the farm that may have negative environmental impacts. For consumers, these phrases cause confusion and concern as food companies may unknowingly be contradicting the actual practices that make farming sustainable.
 
Join Nebraska Soybean Board and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance for an engaging panel discussion about "Pivoting the GMO Conversation," which will include diverse viewpoints from thoughtful speakers.
 
This panel will aim to clarify modern farming practices, and how different farming methods strive to achieve a similar goal. Click here to learn more and register. The discussion also will be livestreamed on FoodDialogues.com.
 
WHO: Moderated by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, a film writer, director, producer & editor, with panelists including the co-founder of FoodTank; president of the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics; a Nebraska cattle, corn, pig and soybean farmer; a Texas organic cotton farmer; and executive director of the Office for Sustainability.

WHERE: University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Nebraska Innovation Campus) |2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 6

                 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Registration

                 1:00 p.m. "Pivoting the GMO Conversation" Panel Discussion with Q&A Session

                 2:45 p.m. Tour of University of Nebraska Food Processing Center (Optional)

About The Food Dialogues
 

The Food Dialogues® signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, scientists, media, and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today's most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted more than 30 panels across the country.
 
About the Nebraska Soybean Board
The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

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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.

Meet Farm Families

Beef
Ranchers & Feeders

Nebraska is known as the Beef State because of its major role in producing beef to feed the world.

Dairy
Farmers

Nebraska dairy farmers are passionate about providing comfortable, clean, safe facilities for their cows.

Pork
Farmers

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

Poultry
Farmers

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

Nebraska
Veterinarians

Advancements in technology and medicine are resulting in a higher level of animal care. As a result, the food we feed our families is safer and healthier than ever before.