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AFAN Celebrates Nebraska Communities

AFAN Celebrates Nebraska Communities

October 20 -
Livestock farmers and ranchers bring more to the table than what's on your plate. They are investing in our state. That's why we have deemed October as Community Development month in Nebraska. We've been on the road to Sioux City, Columbus, York, Kearney and Grand Island to work with local economic development boards to explore their needs and brainstorm ways to expand animal agriculture in our state. 
 

Our research tells the story that many already know - investing in animal agriculture is an investment in community vitality. The animal agriculture industry is an invested business in each community and is a profitable and viable economic contributor.

As an economic contributor and foundational community member, animal agriculture should be considered a viable and attractive option as zoning and planning continues in Nebraska counties.

As one of the top livestock producing states, Nebraska's farmers and ranchers provide measurable contributions to our communities. There's value in every new chicken (and pig and cow and egg, too) - both in the barn and in the community.
 
Annually, Nebraska's animal agriculture industry contributes:
  • $18.5 billion in economic output
  • $1.3 billion in tax receipts
  • $3 billion in household income
  • 77,329 jobs
Livestock expansion = growing communities
Nebraska is also a top producer of corn and soybeans, two essentials of livestock feed. So it makes sense that farmers and ranchers would start or expand livestock operations close to these valuable inputs. Learn more here. And read the 2010 Economic Impact of the Nebraska Agricultural Production Complex study here.
 
Animal agriculture is more than juicy bacon-topped cheeseburgers. It's an investment in community vitality! Contact AFAN today to discuss how to further livestock expansion in your county.

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Free breakfast Draws a Big Crowd to Tailgate Party

Free breakfast Draws a Big Crowd to Tailgate Party

October 17 - More than 400 people enjoyed a free breakfast and great conversation Saturday, October 14th at a Consumer Appreciation Tailgate Party in Lincoln.

The event, called the “Game Zone Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers Tailgate Party”, took place at the Super Saver on 27th and Pine Lake in Lincoln. It was sponsored by Nebraska’s agriculture organizations to show their appreciation to the consumers who enjoy the food that they grow.  Consumers were able to visit with farmers and ranchers from all across the state, including producers of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, corn, soy, wheat, sorghum, grapes and hops.

(Photo at right:  Governor Pete Ricketts, America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM Leslie McCuiston and Terry O’Neel, President of the National Pork Producers Board, hold the Proclamation to name October in Nebraska Pork Month.)

Governor Pete Ricketts stopped by the event to proclaim October as Pork Month in Nebraska.  He was joined by Nebraska pig farmers, Terry O’Neel, President of the National Pork Board, and Leslie McCuiston, who has recently been named America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM.

“The tailgate party was a great 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.” said Kristen Hassebrook, executive director of the (AFAN) Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska.

Tailgate party goers found the event tasty and informative.  “I had a good time at the Nebraska Farmer's and Rancher's tailgate,” said Kay Wunderlich, a happy tailgater. “The food was delicious and I enjoyed visiting with the farmers about their operations.  There is always something to learn.  It was informative and it is always fun to the see the Governor.”

(Tailgater Wendy Sanchez won the drawing for the grand prize, a gift basket containing a $50 gift card Super Saver, several cook books, cooler bag, wine glasses and many other items from the sponsors.)

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 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; Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Hop Growers Association; and Super Saver.

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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Free Breakfast and Tailgate Party at Super Saver at Pine Lake

Free Breakfast and Tailgate Party at Super Saver at Pine Lake

October 3 - Sponsored by Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers

Attention, Husker fans. Be sure to stop by Super Saver at 27th & Pine Lake on Saturday, October 14 from 9am to 11am to enjoy a free tailgate party prior to the game against Ohio State. The party--featuring free breakfast and conversations with Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers-- will be set up at the south end of the Super Saver parking lot.

The official “Game Zone Tailgate with Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers” is presented by Nebraska’s agricultural organizations to show their appreciation to the consumers who enjoy the food that they grow.

In addition to getting a free breakfast, tailgaters will be able to ask farmers and ranchers how our food is produced, how they care for the land and their animals, and any other questions they may have about the food production system. The focus will be on providing consumers the information they need to make informed food choices for their families.

“Nebraska Pork Producers along with the rest of the farmers and ranchers provide a wide range of safe and sustainable food.  This tailgate is a great way to learn about your food from the farmers and ranchers who produce it,” says Al Juhnke, Executive Director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. “We encourage everyone to stop by and enjoy a delicious Nebraska-grown breakfast and visit directly with our farmers and ranchers who represent a wide range of products from pork to wine.”

Tailgate Party sponsors include the Nebraska Pork Producers Association; Nebraska Poultry Industries; AFAN; Nebraska Corn Board; Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board; Nebraska Soybean Board; Nebraska Farm Bureau; Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Nebraska Wheat Growers Association; Super Saver; CommonGround Nebraska; Nebraska Cattlewomen; Nebraska Beef Council; Midwest Dairy Association; Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Hop Growers Association; and the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association.

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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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