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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, 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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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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Lightning Talks Strike at Nebraska State Fair

Lightning Talks Strike at Nebraska State Fair

August 24
Come learn more about conservation in Nebraska agriculture  
 
More than 97 percent of land in Nebraska is privately owned, much of that in use for agriculture, putting Nebraska farmers and ranchers on the front lines when it comes to environmental stewardship. That's one of the reasons the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) encourages everyone to turn out for the inaugural "Conservation in Agriculture Day" offerings August 31st at the Nebraska State Fair.
 
 "Nebraska's is the only state fair presenting this kind of conservation program," said Kristen Hassebrook, executive director of AFAN. "Nebraska farmers and ranchers go to great lengths to protect the environment, while raising safe and nutritious food. We are excited that consumers will have an opportunity to engage on this topic at the state fair and speak one-on-one with conservation experts."
 
Sponsored by Sand County Foundation, which presents the annual Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award (NE LCA), the educational sessions comprise three rounds of "lightning talks." Leading voices in their fields will give five-minute presentations to provide fair goers the opportunity to hear about the importance that farmers and ranchers in Nebraska place on conservation.

"Over the past 11 years, we have been looking for a way to expand our education and outreach efforts," said Craig Utter, Nebraska coordinator for the Leopold Conservation Award for the Sand County Foundation. The Leopold Award, he said, "is more than an awards program. It's a platform from which to tell the great stories on conservation on private lands across Nebraska."

The lightning talks begin at 9 a.m., in the Raising Nebraska Building. The format will include three rounds of five speakers, each presenting about one of the five conservation topics - water, soil, wildlife, partnership and stewardship - as follows:
 
9:00 a.m.
1. WATER: Jacob Fritton, The Nature Conservancy
2. SOIL: Aaron Hird, Soil Health Specialist, NE Natural Resources Conservation Service
3. WILDLIFE: Laurel Badura, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
4. PARTNERSHIP: Andy Bishop, Rainwater Joint Venture
5. STEWARDSHIP: Homer Buell, rancher
 
9:30 a.m.
  • First five speakers available to discuss topics one-on-one in the Conversation Pit. 
10:00 a.m.
6. WATER: Katie Pekarek, University of Nebraska Extension
7. SOIL: Patrick Peterson, Plum Thicket Farms
8. WILDLIFE: Andy Houser, Pheasants Forever
9. PARTNERSHIP: David Sands, Nebraska Land TRust
10 STEWARDSHIP: Kalkowski family, ranchers
 
10:30 a.m.
  • Speakers 1-5 available to discuss topics one-on-one in Conversation Pit 
11:00 a.m.
  • Speakers 1-5 present again
  • Speakers 6-10 available in Conversation Pit area for one-on-one discussions.

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