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OCTOBER 17, 2012

Voice Your Choice
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Record Number of Members Join NEFB Century Club
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Join Us in Kearney for NEFB’s 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 2-4
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Calling All Farm Bureau Members: Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations
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School Lunch Changes Cause Indigestion
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OCTOBER 17, 2012

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

In Every Issue 3 County News 4-5 Member Benefits 6 What’s Cooking? 13-16 Cover Story 27 Want Ads

The President’s Message
By Steve Nelson, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation®

Food Challenges for American Consumers
death. In this case, HSUS is the slow cooker and farmers, food companies and consumers are the frog slowly having the heat applied because the negative impacts of these decisions are to come later. Unfortunately, recent history tells us the impact of decisions kicked down the road do eventually come home to roost. Just ask the Europeans who earlier this year faced the pinch of an egg shortage and price surge resulting from animal welfare regulations put in place back in 1999 at the urging of animal rights activists. The rules required enhanced cages for hens in egg production and phased out individual housing for sows. The rules went into effect this past January. An article in the Wall Street Journal in April documented many of the problems that occurred, including people in Central and Eastern Europe traveling to neighboring countries in search of affordable eggs. It also noted the average consumer in the European Union paid 76 percent more for eggs at the end of March 2012 than at the end of March 2011. National Public Radio even documented the situation, noting that prices for eggs in some regions of Europe jumped 250 percent. The woes of the EU were echoed by a british pork producer at the most recent annual meeting of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Mike Sheldon, a British pig farmer, said at the conference that the regulations advocated for by animal rights activists in the EU ultimately would force many farmers out of business. Should we really be surprised that all the talk about a bacon shortage was started by pork producers from the EU? LET’S LEARN FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION It’s critical that American consumers are aware of what’s happening, not only here but abroad. The European Union’s social experiment with animal welfare gives us the advantage of seeing what really happens when the full brunt of the PETA and HSUS agenda comes to fruition. Poland’s agriculture minister Marek Sawicki had it right when speaking about the cage situation: “It’s not roosters who’ll pay for the upgrade of cages. The consumer has to.” At Farm Bureau we believe in a consumer’s right to choose their food and companies’ right to make its own business decisions. In this debate there’s only one interest that’s trying to limit both, and that’s HSUS and its animal rights brethren. If they get their way, someday these animal welfare decisions will come home to roost in the U.S. and it won’t just be farmers who suffer!







On the Cover When you vote on Nov. 6, be sure to take the Voters Guide with you to remind you who Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture are. Photo Illustration by Tara Grell

What’s Cooking? November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and National Pepper Month. See what recipes we are featuring this month! page 6

Farm Bill Congress will have to bridge the gap between the Senate bill which cuts food stamps and other nutrition programs by $4 billion over 10 years, versus the House bill which cuts $16 billion over the 10 years. page 7

Like Us On Facebook Like us or share something on our Facebook page and be entered to win a T-shirt. Farm Bureau has a goal of 1,500 likes on Facebook by Dec. 31, 2012. page 17

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ast month another major food company announced its decision to phase out the purchase of pork from farmers and suppliers that use individual housing for pregnant sows. The elimination of “gestation stalls,” as they are commonly called, has recently become the trendy thing to do by food companies, despite the fact that groups like the American Veterinary Medical Association continue to acknowledge the many benefits of individual housing of sows. These decisions of course are met with favorable reaction from extreme animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States, which, no surprise, is directly involved in pushing food companies toward these decisions. With the nation’s largest animal rights group changing its tactics from working the ballot box to food company board rooms, the challenge for farmers to help put meat on the table for Americans and for a growing world population is likely to become even more difficult. HSUS’ PETA-LIKE AGENDA For those of us familiar with HSUS’ PETA-like agenda of reducing, refining and replacing meat in the diets of consumers, it can be difficult to understand why companies like McDonalds would partner with a group opposed to meat consumption. Decisions made by these companies are not only disappointing, but frustrating. However, these decisions make more sense when viewed through a business perspective. Food companies, like any other business, don’t relish negative publicity. Failure to follow the direction of the animal rights activists puts a target on the back of food companies and others that don’t follow their lead. Nebraska Farm Bureau found that out first-hand when our Facebook page came under attack by HSUS activists when we shared our support for farmers in their right to continue to use individual sow housing. Rather than face the attacks of these extremists, it can be easier sometimes for food companies to appease HSUS by gradually phasing-out certain farm practices. The phase-out approach is commonplace in HSUS dealings with food companies and their legislative efforts. It ensures the immediate impacts of any decisions aren’t felt immediately by farmers, consumers or food companies. It’s a win for food companies in the sense that it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to “humane treatment” of animals and appease HSUS. HSUS gets the immediate pop of being able to use the latest “win” to tout its success in its fundraising efforts and the impacts of the decision are simply kicked further down the road. SLOW-COOKING ISSUE The whole situation reminds me of the frog in the cooker story. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water it will jump out, but if it’s placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it won’t perceive the danger and will be cooked to
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Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau

Counties Receive Livestock Friendly Designation
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heinemann officially designated Kimball and Banner Counties as Livestock Friendly Counties on Sept. 25 in Kimball. The two new counties bring the total number of Livestock Friendly Counties to 20. The Livestock Friendly County program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Counties named “livestock friendly” are given road signs with the program logo to display along highways and they may use the label to market themselves to the agriculture industry. Pictured from left are Heineman with Kimball/Banner County Commissioners Dave Bradshaw, Larry Engstrom and Larry Brower and the Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Greg Ibach.

Morrill County Farm Bureau

County Helps FFA Chapter Purchase Plasma Cutter
Morrill County Farm Bureau donated $2,500 to Bayard High School’s FFA Chapter Oct. 5. The money will be combined with other funds raised to help purchase a computerized plasma cutter. Pictured are the six FFA chapter officers; Justin Rafferty, Bayard FFA advisor; Barry Stuart, Morrill County Farm Bureau board member; and Morrill County Farm Bureau President Jeff Metz.

Wheeler County Farm Bureau

Sen. Sullivan Speaks to Members About Drought Issues
Wheeler County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting Oct. 9 in Bartlett. Sen. Kate Sullivan was the featured speaker, pictured standing. She spoke about the drought, the Keystone XL pipeline issue and concerns regarding the effect the drought may have on state revenue going forward. Tanya Storer, Nebraska Farm Bureau District 6 board member, also spoke to the group about drought issues and the devastating effect the drought is having on cow-calf producers. She also spoke about the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference to be held in January and the need for members to give to the 21st Century Fund.

New Nebraska FB Membership Video
Nebraska Farm Bureau has recently created a new video for Farm Bureau members, county leaders and Farm Bureau agents and sales associates to use as a tool for explaining the Nebraska Farm Bureau membership. “The video highlights what kind of organization Nebraska Farm Bureau is and what we offer Farm Bureau members. Tina Henderson, vice president/communication strategy, wrote and edited the video,” Roger Berry, vice president/member services, said Oct. 15. The video is available for agents and sales associates to use with potential members/ clients to help them understand more about Nebraska Farm Bureau. “In turn our county volunteer leaders can make use of the video during their membership drives. We are trying to make a cultural change in the way we promote the importance of being a Farm Bureau member,” Berry said. The video is on Nebraska Farm Bureau’s YouTube Channel. Or you can go to our website at www.nefb.org and click on News and Information and then click on Videos (right hand side.). “We will be creating more videos to help market Nebraska Farm Bureau and promote the benefits of being a member,” Henderson added.


OCTOBER 17, 2012

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

MEMBER BENEFITS Ten County Farm Bureaus Reach 2012 Membership Quota
While Nebraska Farm Bureau did not make its state quota for membership, we did have 10 County Farm Bureau meet their quota, Roger Berry said Oct. 11. “We have 10 quota counties and last year we had 47 quota counties. I want to thank those 10 counties that did achieve quota. Because of the extra effort put forth in those counties, we did stay fairly even with our membership numbers when you compare 2011 to 2012. Although it is disappointing that we did not reach our growth projections for the 2012 year, we are very optimistic that we will accomplish bigger things in 2013 with the help of our agency force, county leaders and staff,” he said. The counties that achieved quota are: Box Butte, Dakota, Hall, Keith, Keya Paha, Loup, McPherson, Rock, Saunders and Sherman/Valley. “Congratulations to career agents and county leaders. It’s their leadership, innovative ideas and hard work that have made our consistent membership growth possible over the years,” Berry said. “The 2013 membership is well under way as of Oct. 1 and I encourage all of our counties to begin planning for membership activity right now. You have made your budgets, which includes membership requirements, so let’s go out and reach our membership goals,” he said. Another thank you goes out to the counties that participated in the Investment in the Future program for 2012. Be watching for the announcement of the 2013 program very soon. “This has been a successful program and I hope more counties take advantage of it in the 2013 membership year. The focus of this program is on bringing young farmer and rancher members into the organization. The due date for identifying members for this program is Sept. 1, 2013,” Berry said.

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318 Members Join 2012 Farm Bureau Century Club
Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2012 Century Club ended the fiscal year with 318 members. Century Club membership is open to all Farm Bureau members who join by paying annual dues of $100, rather than the County Farm Bureau’s regular annual dues. The additional money generated by Century Club memberships is divided equally between the member’s County Farm Bureau and the state organization and is used to support additional programs for all members. The Century Club was established to provide a vehicle for interested members to make an extra investment in Farm Bureau. Century Club membership is entirely voluntary. Century Club members are recognized at key Farm Bureau events and receive a subscription to the American Farm Bureau newspaper. Members who have already paid their regular 2013 Farm Bureau membership dues may still join the Century Club by submitting the difference between the regular dues and $100 to their County Farm Bureau. Members of the 2012 Century Club are: Adams County: Kathryn Utter, Myles and Mary Ramsey, Brian and Julie Shaw, Randy and Barsha Kort, Ronald and Kay Pavelka, Carroll and Bonnie Burling, Doug and Gail Saathoff, Ryan and Kristi Weeks. Antelope County: Robert Johnston, Mark Jisa, Brian Carpenter, Dennis and Diane Sanne, Ronald and Diana Weber. Arthur County: Christopher and Sherry Vinton. Blaine County: Theodore and Lou Rae Hanich. Boone County: Eric Johnson, Maricle Family Farms, David and Cyndee Merrell, Brian and Hilary Maricle. Box Butte County: Timothy and Kelly Horn, Bruce Garner. Buffalo County: Linda Gillming, Deb and Nick VanMatre, John and Sharon Martin, Rick and Sandra Brehmer, Merle and Barbara Riege, Donald and Barb Snyder, Richard and Alice Mercer, John and Leslie Martin, Steve and Andrea Wolfe, Jay and Jessica Blattner, John and Misti Shiers, Craig and Heidi Wietjes, Dick and Janna Pierce, Rodney and Jane Gangwish, Jim and Carolyn Bendfeldt. Burt County: Opal Lofdahl. Butler County: Marvin and Colleen Coufal, Jim and Gina Heins, Edwin Kopke, Marvin Andel. Cass County: Dennis and Donna Keil, Raymond and Judy Althouse, Wayne and Linda Lewis, John and Pat Miller. Cedar County: Gerald and Marjorie Miller, Mike Korth, Jason and Kathryn Kvols, Brian and Amy Gould, Robert and Mary Dickey, Dallas and Rebecca Graham, Richard and Margaret Lentz, Arlene Patefield. Chase County: Scott Way. Cherry County: Eric and Tanya Storer. Cheyenne County: Robert and Tammy Blanke, Vearn Nienhueser. Clay County: Kenneth Boswell, Josh and Teryl Andersen. Colfax County: Stephen and Joan Ruskamp, E. Allan and Mary Jedlicka, Matthew and Sharee Jedlicka. Cuming County: Dennis and Margaret Schultz, Paul and Linda Meyer, Roger and Barbara Hass. Custer County: Art Anderson Farms, Joe and Mary Heim, Carl and Theresa Bumgarner, Kenneth and Cheryl Byam, Jeremy Fiorelli, Timothy Krause, James and Patricia Jones, Douglas Poland. Dakota County: Doug and Betty Garwood, Randy and Mary Lussier. Dawes County: Thorpe and Shelly Thompson, Vicki Robinson, Tim and Stephanie Hruby, Travis and Nancy Anderson. Dawson County: Anthony Land Co., Kurt Kline, Donald and Barbara Batie, Mark and Kristi Albrecht, Greg and Teresa Ibach, Bruce and Theresa Stuart, Robert Anderson, Rod Reynolds, Barton and Shana Beattie, Gene and Virginia Hokom, Island Dehy Company Inc., Larry and Janice Gill, Matt and Anne Burkholder, C. Dean and C. Jean Eberle, Bill and LeahAnn Brell, Karl and Janice Hueftle, Richard and Janet Ibach, KRVN Radio, Janet Knauss. Deuel County: Larry and R. Ladene Rutt. Dixon County: Terry and Debbie Borg, Adam and Michelle Boeckenhauer, Courtland and Darlene Roberts. Douglas County: Douglas and Janice Pick, Jennifer and Kevin McTaggart, Ward and Cheryl Reesman, Chris and Ann Marie Abboud, Johnny Crush, Steven and Amy Martin, Gerald and Doris Gottsch, Fred and Darleen Tonack. Dundy County: Karen Harford. Fillmore County: Brian Nedrow. Frontier County: Scott and Carla Moore, Laraye Schurr. Gage County: Eugene Bargman, Doug and Amber Ferguson. Garfield County: Eugene and Carolyn Cone, Keith and Margaret Harrod. Greeley County: Jerry and Cindy Glaser. Hall County: Steven Stettner, Mark Haskins, Douglas and Tamara Petersen, Kristen and Michelle Klein, Travis and Teana Rainforth, Treva Gangwish, Donald and Catherine Miller. Hamilton County: Zach and Anna Hunnicutt, Brandon and Lisa Hunnicutt, Larry and Debbie Sweet, Ardell and Diane Epp, Robert and Beverly Kremer, Curt and Nancy Friesen. Harlan County: Eric and Shondra Haussermann, Craig Worman, Gary and Karen Brown, Virgil and Janis Einspahr, Chris and Kathy Schluntz. Hayes County: Lanny and Ricka Evans. Hitchcock County: Dustin Ladenburger, Southwest Power District, Daniel and Susan Ladenburger. Holt County: Barry and Lenore Kelly, Russell and Sharon Barelmann, Duke Chohon, James and Katherine Olson, Ross and Linda Garwood, Gene and Wendy Kelly. Howard County: Ben and Jamie Keep, Marty and Jeana Mrkvicka, Thomas and Sheryl Mortimer, Timothy and Amy Scheer, Harold and Mary Ann Rickertsen, Thomas and Rosemarie Mrkvicka. Jefferson County: Elville Arntt, Stephen and Karen Dux. Johnson County: Nathan and Jolene Bartels, Terry and Shelley Keebler, Timothy Sugden, James and Mary Erickson, Paul and Laurie Saathoff, Duane and Rosie Sugden. Kearney/Franklin County: Clark and Lavon Abrahamson, Julianne Carlson, Roger and Wendy Clark, Gary and Debra Smidt, Dudley and Margie Nelson, Stephen and Elma Nelson, Donald Norman, Shirley Ann Nelson. Keith County: Wayne and Jean Thunker, Mark and Pam Spurgin, Andy and Laura Devries, Matt and Tina Schwartzkopf. Kimball/Banner County: Kendall and Beverly Atkins, Frances Lukassen, Wesley and Esther Phillips, George Allen. Knox County: Shane Greckel. Lancaster County: Douglas and Margaret Gibson, Cheryl and James Stubbendieck, Larry and Mary Zimmerman, Bruce and Tina Henderson, Ronald and Marilyn Hanson, Robb and Kathy Stephenson, Gary and Ellen Hellerich, David and Vicki Nielsen, Larry and Carol Hudkins, Rob and Barb Robertson, Jay and Janine Rempe, Roger and Nancy Berry, Charles and Irene Severin, Craig and Shari Head, John and Pat McGill, David and Becky Grimes, Vaden and Marsh Hellerich, John and Virginia Owens, Mark Foster, Paul and Tammy Peter, Ken and Linda Nagel, K Kirk and Trula Jamison, Todd and Julie Reed, Erma McGill, Alan and Shirley Retzlaff, Fred Retzlaff, Loren and Lavina Schwaninger, Charles Wiechert. Lincoln County: Sue Corby Boyer, Mark and Jami Mendenhall, Craig Phelps, Justin and Mary Roberts, Roric and Debra Paulman. Loup County: John and Karolyn McFadden. Madison County: Neal and Deborah Neidig, Leroy and Kathryn Novotny, Adelyn Praeuner. McPherson County: Jedediah and Kara Connealy. Merrick County: Donald and Karen Benner, Greg and Karen Senkbile, John and Mary McHargue, Jay and Tammie Ferris, Mark and Judi McHargue, Paul and Anna McHargue, Chuck and Lynelle Homolka, Beau and Cortney Bearnes, Jess and Kelly Brandes, Helen Bradley. Morrill County: Gordon and Norma Maurer, Jeff and Kimberly Metz, Regina Rhodes, Dave Petersen. Nance County: Bernadene Bane, Galen and Gwen Frenzen, Jarrod Rother, Ryan and Beth Sonderup, Robert and Karen McNeff, Vern and Marilyn Sonderup. Nemaha County: Daniel and Mary Gerdes. Otoe County: Neil and Stephanie Stedman, Randy Brehm. Perkins County: Keith and Doris Olsen, Dayton and Judy Reichman. Phelps County: Tom and Linda Schwarz, Blake J Farms Inc. Pierce County: Clark and Cindy Kinnison, Rodney and Carmen Patent. Platte County: Stanley and Sharri Rosendahl, Fred and Mary Peach, Leroy and Brenda Kallweit, Gilbert and Lavonne Loseke. Polk County: Pat and Chris Gabel, Kevin and Cassidy Peterson, Adam and Abbie Peterson, Keith and Jane Peterson, Wesley and Lois Peterson, Greg and Maru Whitmore, Jordan Lassek. Red Willow County: Richard and Joyce Neel. Rock County: Loren and Karen Ammon, Karl and Lois Linke. Saline County: Floyd and Judy Zabel, Mark and Connie Strouf, Steven and Judy Ottmann, Linda Placek, Charles and Judy Homolka, Thomas and Judith Weber. Saunders County: Larry Heyen, Joseph Vasa, Paul and Linda Cernik, Harlan and Teri Dreessen, Reuben Caha, David and Sharon Deerson, Donald and Judith Proett. Scotts Bluff County: Robert and Norma Busch, Jeff Nichols, Andy Groskopf. Seward County: Gregg and Lisa Eggerling, Cattle National Bank & Trust, Del and Brenda Ficke, Mark and Suzanne Kolterman. Sheridan County: Dale and Janet Jeske. Sherman/Valley County: Duane and Laureen Krajnik, Lynn Jill Ritz, William and Eleanor Lueck, Thomas and Debra Smedra, Clarale Krajnik, Robert and Bertha Vogeler. Sioux County: Phillip and Misty Skavdahl. Thayer County: John and Kate Lange, Jeremy and Libby Heitmann, Andrew and Ellen Schmidt, Brett and Tracie Beavers. Thomas County: Alan and Sallie Atkins. Thurston County: Roger and Lea Ann Tremayne, Robert and Connie Albrecht, Lander Cattle Company, Daniel and Connie Wichman, Kenneth and Naomi Brummond, Kenneth and Joleen Green, Joel and Teri Lamplot. Washington County: Steven and Jana Kruger, Donald Marilyn Bartling, Great Plains Communications, Andrew and Rebecca Christensen. Wayne County: William Claybaugh, John Temme, TWJ Feeds Inc., Julie Claybaugh, Randy and Lori Owens, Robert and Tina Dowling, TWJ Farms, Joseph Claybaugh, Nebraska Egg Ltd., Greg and Malinda Villwok, Donald and Dorrine Liedman. York County: Jerry and Susan Stahr, Gary and Nancy Eberle, Kelly Kadavy, Ryan and Kerry Hoffschneider.

FB Prescription Discount Program Offers Up to 75% Savings on Prescription Drugs
Farm Bureau member families without insurance, as well as those who find themselves with limited or no prescription coverage in their plan, can save on brand name and generic prescriptions when using the Farm Bureau Prescription Discount Program. “Local, regional and national pharmacies participate in the programs. Save up to 75 percent at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. Simply present your card at any of the participating pharmacies. There is no paperwork to complete and no limit on use,” Roger Berry said Oct. 5. For people like Farm Bureau members Alan and Laura Wickham of Burt County, it means big savings. “My husband had a sinus infection and the doctor ordered an antibiotic to be taken for 10 days at an out-of-pocket expense of $320. Showing the Farm Bureau Prescription Discount Program card saved 90 percent off the antibiotic. With the card the prescription cost was only $25. It practically paid for our quarterly car insurance, which runs about $400 a quarter,” Laura Wikham said. As a Farm Bureau member, you and your family have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. To check local participating pharmacies for the Farm Bureau Prescription Discount Program and download cards for your family, go to http://www.nefb. org/member/Prescription.htm. “Print as many cards as you need for yourself, your family and your employees (full-time, part-time, seasonal),” Berry said. Participating pharmacies include: CVS/ pharmacy, Target Pharmacy, Walgreens, Wal-Mart Pharmacy, ShopKo Pharmacy, HyVee, Pharmacy, Good Neighbors Pharmacy and K-Mart Pharmacy, as well as thousands of independent pharmacies.


OCTOBER 17, 2012

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

If you want to submit your own recipes, and photos if you have them, send them via email to tarag@nefb.org.

November Is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and National Pepper Month
Jalapeno Popper Dip Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Dip Ingredients 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup real bacon bits (or equivalent of chopped, fried bacon) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 (4 oz.) can sliced jalapenos (pickled), drained and chopped Topping Ingredients 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs (A flaky bread crumb used in Japanese cuisine.) 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated Directions 1. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise together. 2. Stir in cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon bits and peppers. 3. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350º F oven until sides are bubbling and cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20-25 minutes. Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients 1 small banana, cut in chunks 3/4 cup low-fat milk 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 cup ice cubes Directions 1. To measure ice cubes, pour the 3/4 cup milk in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough ice cubes to make 1 cup. 2. In a blender, combine all ingredients. 3. Blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Yield: 1 serving

Southwest Stuffed Peppers Peanut Butter Sheet Cake
Ingredients Olive oil or cooking spray 3-4 bell peppers (green, red or yellow), halved and seeded 1/2 lb. lean ground meat (beef, turkey, etc.) 1 cup chopped onions Salt and pepper 1 heaping tablespoon taco seasoning 2 cups cooked rice 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 (15-16 oz.) jar salsa Shredded cheddar cheese, about 1/2 cup Optional Toppings Fresh cilantro Sour cream Sliced avocadoes Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil or cooking spray and roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes, just until cooked through. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them. 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions in a small amount of oil until cooked through. Add ground meat and continue cooking until meat is brown. Season to taste. Remove from heat. 3. Add taco seasoning, cooked rice, black beans, corn and salsa. Mix well. 4. Carefully spoon the mixture into each half of the bell peppers. If there is extra filling, pour it into the bottom of the baking dish as a bed for the peppers. Place peppers back into the baking dish. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the peppers are cooked all the way through. 5. Remove baking dish from the oven, sprinkle the tops of each pepper with shredded cheddar cheese and place back into the oven just until the cheese has melted. 6. Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro, sour cream and/or avocado slices just before serving. Contributor’s note: I used home-grown peppers which are smaller than those available in the store. Thus, I used 6 peppers instead of the 4 suggested in the recipe.

Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup water 3/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup canola oil 2 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla Glaze Ingredients 2/3 cup sugar 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1 tablespoon butter 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/3 cup miniature marshmallows 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside. 2. In a small saucepan, bring water and butter just to a boil; stir in peanut butter and oil until blended. Add to dry ingredients. 3. Combine the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. 4. Pour into a greased 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan. Bake at 350º F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 5. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Combine the sugar, butter and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 2 minutes. 6. Remove from heat; stir in the peanut butter, marshmallows and vanilla until the marshmallows are melted. 7. Spoon over warm cake and carefully spread over the top. If desired, garnish with chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. Cool completely. Contributor’s note: I would consider this a “fork cake” because the glaze remains sticky. For a firmer coating/frosting, add some powdered sugar to the glaze before spreading. Yield: 20-24 servings

Below are themes for the coming months! Submit your recipe to: tarag@nefb.org November – Holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres or food gifts December – oatmeal January – sweet potatoes and cherries

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe is a hybrid of several recipes. Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe from www.closetcooking.com with modifications by Lois Linke, wife of Karl Linke, Nebraska Farm Bureau district director of member services for the southeast. Peanut Butter Sheet Cake recipe from www.tasteofhome.com. Southwest Stuffed Peppers recipe from www.simplylovefood.com. All photos from Linke.

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

OCTOBER 17, 2012


Nutrition Funding Is Sticking Point in Farm Bill Progress
Election year politics have slowed progress on a new farm bill, but Congress should either adopt new legislation or extend the current bill before the end of the year, Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator Jordan Dux said Oct. 5. Doing nothing and allowing the permanent 1949 law to take effect on Jan. 1 isn’t an option. It focuses on parity, supply management and quotas – old and out-of date programs through which government would actively control how much and what farmers produce. “To say it would be disastrous for farmers and the current food system is probably an understatement. Congress knows this,” Dux said. UNCERTAINTY SLOWS PROGRESS The possibility of leadership changes in the Senate, House and White House created uncertainty, he said. “With things (election prospects) so close and with the visions (of the parties) so different, lawmakers don’t know what power they may have moving forward. “Farmers and ranchers got stuck in the middle of a pretty nasty political battle in Washington,” he said. Two major sticking points slowed the legislation. “For ag folks, it’s the commodity title. With direct payments out of the picture, there’s either the Senate version with a new revenue program plus crop insurance or the House committee bill with a revenue makes even the $16 billion cut only a drop in the bucket. “The political parties have become so polarized and neither would blink. With the two different visions, we’re stuck in the middle.” The election will decide the outcome, he said. FARM BILL/ TAX CUT CONNECTION When Congress returns for its lame duck session in mid-November, the farm bill won’t be at the top of its agenda. But the savings contained in the Senate farm bill ($35 billion) and the House Agriculture Committee bill ($23 billion) could be used as the budget offset to keep tax rates low. “More than 100 tax provisions expire at the end of the year – personal income tax rates, the capital gains tax rate and the current estate tax rate. Congress has to find a mechanism to pay for the extension of these rates in order to comply with current Congressional rules. The savings projected in the farm bill could be applied to maintain the lower rates,” Dux explained. Congress could find a way to connect the two issues, perhaps by attaching the farm bill to the tax provisions. If time gets short, Congress may talk about extending the current farm bill. Farm Bureau’s priority is to still get a full, fiveyear farm bill completed before the end of the year, Dux emphasized. However, the chances of getting a full bill passed seem to get slimmer by the day. Red Willow Chemical
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Nebraska Farm Bureau Calling for Leadership Academy Nominations
Each year, the Farm Bureau Leadership Academy prepares a group of farmer and rancher members to lead Farm Bureau, agriculture and rural Nebraska into the future. Nebraska Farm Bureau has begun accepting applications for the 2013 Leadership Academy. County Farm Bureaus are asked to identify individuals who are interested in this leadership program now so the nominee can submit an application to the Nebraska Farm Bureau office no later than Nov. 15, 2012. A selection committee will review applications and participants who are selected will be announced at the 2012 Annual Meeting in December in Kearney. The academy schedule includes four two-day sessions in Nebraska and a visit to Washington, D.C. Each participant must attend at least three in-state sessions to be eligible for the Washington trip. This is the schedule: Jan. 31 & Feb 1 in Kearney, Feb. 28 & March 1 in Grand Island, April 4 & 5 in Lincoln and Aug. 22 & 23 in La Vista. The Washington, D.C., session will be sometime during the first two weeks of September; the final dates will be announced after the first of the year when the Congressional schedule is released. For more information and an application, please contact Roger Berry, VP/Member Services, at rogerb@nefb.org or at 800/7424016, ext. 4406. You can also contact your District Director of Member Services: Central District – Adam Peterson, 402/8533467; Northeast District – Clark Kinnison, 402/640-0022; Southwest District – Dick Neel – 308/350-0255; Southeast District – Karl Linke , 402/310-0263; or Northwest District – Tim Horn, 308/280-0067.

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OCTOBER 17, 2012


Discussion Meet Changes for 2012 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Look for a change in the 2012 YF&R Discussion Meet room layout: The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee has made the decision to remove the moderator from the center of the discussion and move him/her to a separate side table. The moderator will still have similar roles – introducing the contest and contestants, calling time, etc. The only change with the new layout will be that the moderator will no longer be able to place the 5-minute warning card on the center table. Instead, the competition will rely on the timekeepers in each round to hold up the five-minute warning card until all contestants have noted the warning. This decision comes after lengthy discussions and feedback from state Farm Bureaus about the role of the moderator and trying to focus the discussion to more similarly reflect a committee meeting. DISCUSSION MEET SCHEDULE “The first round of the Discussion Meet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney,” Cathy Day, NEFB director of special programs, said Oct. 5. The Discussion Meet contest times for ated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant who offers constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions. These are the Discussion Meet Questions: 1. Certain sectors of agriculture are labor-intensive and rely heavily on immigrant workers. What is a fair and balanced immigration policy? 2. What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities (education, health care, technology) as a metropolitan community? 3. How do we reach out to associate members to provide value to their membership? 4. How should Farm Bureau help prepare its members – both young and old – for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers? What is Farm Bureau’s role in encouraging more transfers? 5. How can Farm Bureau play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools?

Finalists compete at the 2011 Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet held during Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. the other rounds are: Dec. 3, Round 2, 1 to 2 p.m.; Round 3, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Finals, 7 p.m. The final four competitors will be announced at 4:55 p.m. on Dec. 3. “These format changes will better prepare our Nebraska winner for the Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. The winner of our state contest will receive an all-expense paid trip to the AFBF Annual Meeting in Nashville, Jan. 12-15,” Day said. LIKE A COMMITTEE MEETING The Discussion Meet is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evalu-



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Nebraska Farm Bureau News

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OCTOBER 17, 2012

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Vote for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture
Twenty-three legislative candidates, a United States Senate candidate, three Congressional incumbents and four University of Nebraska regent candidates have all been given the “Friend of Agriculture” political designation by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee, and endorsed for election in November. “We are very impressed with the level of awareness demonstrated by these candidates about the importance of agriculture to Nebraska,” Mark McHargue of Central City said Oct. 10. McHargue chairs NFBF-PAC and is first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau. The Friend of Agriculture designation is given to selected candidates for public office based on their commitment to and positions on agricultural issues, qualifications and previous experience, communication abilities, and their ability to represent the district, McHargue said. “They all exhibited a statewide perspective on issues affecting farmers and ranchers and a desire to work on expanding agriculture in an effort to grow our state’s economy,” he said. Please vote for these NFBF-PAC Friends of Agriculture on Nov. 6.

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Nebraska Legislature Friends of Agriculture

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Jim Scheer

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Al Davis

John Ravenscroft
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OCTOBER 17, 2012

Nebraska Farm Bureau News

PROPOSED AMENDMENT NO. 1 A constitutional amendment to provide that any misdemeanor while in pursuit of his or her office is grounds for impeachment of a civil officer. o For o Against BACKGROUND: Current constitutional language authorizes the impeachment of civil officers (elected officials) for acts which occur while serving in elected office. The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize impeachment of civil officers for acts which occur while in pursuit of the elected office. FB POLICY: No Policy Reference PROPOSED AMENDMENT NO. 2 A constitutional amendment to establish the right to hunt, to fish and to harvest wildlife and to state that public hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. o For o Against BACKGROUND: The proposed constitutional amendment would place in Nebraska’s constitution citizens’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. Proponents of the change argue it is needed to protect these rights and Nebraska’s hunting and fishing heritage from infringement by animal rights activists. Approximately 13 other states have adopted similar provisions. Opponents to the change argue the amendment is unnecessary and would only clutter the state’s constitution, and Nebraska’s elected officials would never endanger Nebraskans’ hunting and fishing rights. FB POLICY: Farm Bureau policy supports upholding the right to hunt, fish and trap in Nebraska’s Constitution. The NEFB Board of Directors has taken a position in support of Amendment No. 2. PROPOSED AMENDMENT NO. 3 A constitutional amendment to change the limit on legislative terms to three consecutive terms. o For o Against BACKGROUND: In 2000, Nebraska voters passed a constitutional amendment limiting state senators’ terms to two consecutive terms. Term limits resulted in the election of 23 new senators in 2006; 17 new senators in 2008; and seven in 2010; and nine new senators will be elected in 2012. The proposed change would keep term limits, but extend the limit to three consecutive terms. Supporters of the change argue that senators’ first term is spent “learning the ropes” and that Nebraskans would benefit by allowing senators to use their knowledge over another term. Opponents argue limits of two terms have worked to infuse the legislature with fresh ideas and perspectives and the limits should not be changed. FB POLICY: Farm Bureau policy favors the repeal of term limits on state senators or the extension of term limits to three terms. The NEFB Board of Directors has taken a position in support of Amendment No. 3. PROPOSED AMENDMENT NO. 4 A constitutional amendment to change the salary of members of the Legislature to twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars. o For o Against BACKGROUND: The current salary for state senators of $12,000 was set in 1988. The amendment, if passed, would increase legislative salaries to $22,500. Supporters argue that Nebraska’s senatorial pay is one of the lowest in the nation, that increasing the salary would help senators’ pay keep pace with inflation, and it would help attract more people to run for the legislature. Opponents argue that raising the pay is unnecessary and would endanger Nebraska’s citizen legislature. FB POLICY: Current policy does not reference the issue. Past Farm Bureau policy supported a salary increase to $21,000. The NeFB Board of Directors has taken a position in support of Amendment No. 4.

Why Give to NFBF-PAC?
By Jessica Kolterman, Director of NFBF-PAC When I joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau staff several years ago, I was very excited about my new job and the work the organization was undertaking to recruit agriculture-friendly candidates, get those candidates elected, and participate in campaigns. I was so excited, in fact, that when someone asked me what I did for my job, I would promptly and enthusiastically reply, “I’m the director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC!” This was usually met with a wrinkle of the nose or an arched eyebrow. The reality is, for better or for worse, political action committees have a bad rep! With our October newspaper featuring election information, I thought this might be a good time to share with you the response I generally give to people who have concerns about political action committees. YOU WANT TO HELP Most civic-minded people, such as you, would probably like to be able to help all the candidates who support like-minded positions, share your values, and would be a good representative for you in elected office. But it gets hard! $25 here…another $50 there…pretty soon you are running out of money to give. And where do you start and where do you stop? I have an easy solution for you: give to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC! Your $5 contribution is combined with many other $5 contributions, and through our “Friend of Agriculture” process, is donated to a variety of candidates who support the positions of the organization. The PAC relies on the input from the County Farm Bureau organizations through the District Evaluation Committees to determine who receives a “Friend of Agriculture” designation, and eventually, a contribution. LIKE-MINDED GROUPS PACs are merely a group of like-minded individuals who pool their money to support candidates for elective office who share common ideals and goals with members of the PAC. I believe Farm Bureau’s PAC plays an important role in furthering our organization’s grassroots policies. Without the support of elected officials at the local, state and federal levels, many laws or regulations beneficial to small businesses and agriculture wouldn’t be in existence today. Voluntary NFBF-PAC contributions start at $5 on annual Farm Bureau membership renewal applications. More can be donated; just add the sum to your membership renewal application, or contact me about making an additional donation at any time. Reach me at jessicak@nefb.org or 402/421-4433. The next time you hear something critical of a PAC, you can explain why you support a PAC. And don’t forget to vote on election day!

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Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Brings Change to National School Lunch Program
By Craig Head Nebraska school children are finding their school lunch plate looks different this fall. The changes are the result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by Congress in 2010 which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update the National School Lunch Program’s meal pattern based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new standards went into effect in July for the 2012-13 school year. The National School Lunch program is the federally assisted meal program that operates in public and non-profit private schools nationwide. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch program get financial assistance and foods from USDA for each meal they serve. In return, the school must serve lunches that meet federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children. CHANGING STANDARDS The most notable changes in the new standards are the greater specificity in food portion size, calories allowed in school Jay B. Trailer sales We sell, repair, and rent lunches, and the further defining of standards by student age group. USDA standards for school lunch meal patterns are set by the four primary food groups: fruits and vegetables, meat and meat alternatives, grains and milk. The previous USDA standards set daily minimums in the amount of servings for each of the food groups. The new regulations, however, not only included minimum daily standards, but also maximum ranges in serving size on a weekly basis for some food groups. For example, under the previous requirements the standards for K-12 students were grouped together in terms of having the same minimum daily serving requirement of 1.5-2 ounces of meat and meat alternatives per meal. Under the new requirements, the daily minimum is further defined by student grade ranges, lowering the daily minimum for meat to 1 ounce per day for Kindergarten through 8th grades. The new daily minimum for 9-12 graders is set at 2 ounces per day. While the daily minimums remain somewhat similar, the revised regulations, however, set upper limits on total serving amounts of their milk products. The new standards stipulate that only fat-free or 1 percent lowfat milk products can now be served as part of federal schools lunches. Other major changes reflected in the rules deal with calorie content and menu planning for schools. Under the new rules schools are required to do food-based menu planning in evaluating calorie content. Schools had been allowed to use different methods to account for calories in meal planning. The new menu planning method and reformulation of calorie limits by grade levels leaves the potential for some students to receive fewer calories per meal than under the old requirements. The regulations also call for major reductions in the amount of sodium to be included in school lunches, with gradual reductions in sodium content beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The changes made by USDA are wide-sweeping and apply not only to school lunches but also breakfast programs under the federal program. The tables on page 19 provide more detailed explanations of how USDA’s new school lunch program compares to the previous requirements.

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By Tina Henderson There has been a lot of grumbling over the newly re-vamped school lunch menus after Congress approved calorie limits on school lunches that went into effect in July. The new regulations were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity. The new regulations are giving some parents and students indigestion as they claim that school lunch trays are lighter and that the one-size-fits-all approach to fighting obesity is making students, especially athletes, go hungry. “We’ve heard a lot of comments from our members in both rural and urban areas, expressing concerns about changes in USDA’s lunch standards and the impacts of those changes on students and local districts,” Steve Nelson, Farm Bureau president, said Oct. 9. To find out what our friends on Facebook thought of the new lunch standards, Nebraska Farm Bureau placed a post on its Facebook page sharing information about the nationwide concerns over the program, to see if they were the same here in Nebraska. We found many members share those concerns. Jackie Bremer, who farms with her husband Duane near Palymra, has two teenagers very active in school activities. Her 17-year-old daughter Emma and 15-year-old son James are usually out the door for school before 6:30 a.m. and don’t return home until after 6 at night. Between band, play practice, football and show choir, her kids come home starving and exhausted, Bremer said. “Wasn’t the whole idea of feeding kids at school to make sure they all got a good healthy lunch?” Bremer wrote in the comment section of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Facebook page. “Our kids are in high school, so as soon as that last bell rings they are off to sports practice - please explain how these new lunch guidelines give the youth enough energy to finish their school day and fulfill what is required of them to practice their sport for another two to three hours. Our kids are in more than one activity and go from one to the next - hungry! I realize it’s our choice to have our children in the activities they are in, however, small schools need as many youth participants as they can get. Both of my children are in two of the smallest classes with less than 25 students in their grade,” Bremer said. Brian Bresnahan is a member of Polk County Farm Bureau. He and his wife Jan own an independent crop consulting business. He writes: “My kids have shared with me how little food they receive and how hungry they are each day. They’ve asked if they can start taking their own lunches so they get enough to eat. “I’m not at all happy about paying for that substandard lunch for a month, especially after prices were raised to conform to the new lunch laws,” Bresnahan wrote Sept. 13. Nebraska Farm Bureau is continuing to collect comments and information from Farm Bureau members. “Our members are very active in their communities. Whether they have children in school, serve on the school board, or support the school’s extra-curricular programs, they care about the well-being of the school and its students. Nebraska Farm Bureau is working to find the best way to address this issue and we are starting to gather information about how the changes are affecting our members,” Nelson said.

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It’s perfectly okay – and in fact a good idea – to let cattle graze on cornstalks this fall. It won’t affect dryland corn yields next year and irrigated yields are likely to go up a bushel or two. With forage for cattle in short supply because of the drought, some farmers are concerned that the weight of grazing cattle will compact the soil, leading to lower yields next year. It won’t, UNL Professor of Animal Science Terry Klopfenstein said Oct. 11. “While our intuition would say we might have impacted the soil, our research shows that it doesn’t,” he said. Fifteen years of yield data at the Mead field lab and four years’ worth at Brule show no yield decrease in irrigated corn, especially if cattle are removed from the stalks by February, before the ground thaws. The freeze-thaw cycle also works to loosen the soil. Times have changed, Klopfenstein emphasized: Today’s corn varieties produce more residue and minimal tillage methods leave more on the soil surface. USDA research at UNL shows that taking off up to half of the residue on irrigated fields is probably desirable because it makes planting easier and the soil warms up sooner. When cattle were grazed on research fields, the nutrients they contributed increased yields by about two bushels an acre. Klopfenstein said he hopes the research results will encourage more farmers to lend a hand to cattle producers who need feed for their animals. “We need to help each other out,” because of the drought, he said. With forage for cattle in short supply because of the drought, some farmers are concerned that the weight of grazing cattle will compact the soil, leading to lower yields next year. Experts say that is not the case.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly will deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2013Annual Meeting, Jan. 1316, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather in Nashville for the 94th Mark Kelly annual meeting to hear retired astronaut from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policysetting process that will guide AFBF through 2013. Kelly is one of America’s most experienced pilots and has logged more than 6,000 flight hours aboard more than 50 different aircraft. His experience includes 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions, more than 50 days in space and serving as commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission. In addition to his experience as an astronaut and Navy captain, Kelly is a prostate cancer survivor and best-selling author. “Moustronaut: A Partially True Story,” is a children’s book written by Kelly that is slated for release in October. “We are excited to have Mark Kelly as our keynote speaker,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “His outstanding leadership, dedication to teamwork and courage under pressure are truly inspirational.” Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011.

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Court Allows AFBF To Join Farmer Lawsuit Against EPA
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. In July, AFBF asked for permission to join on the side of West Virginia poultry grower Lois Alt, who brought suit to challenge an EPA order demanding that she obtain a CWA discharge permit for storm water runoff from her farmyard. The West Virginia Farm Bureau also has joined the lawsuit. EPA aggressively opposed the Farm Bureaus’ participation. “The court clearly recognizes the importance of this case for thousands of other livestock and poultry farmers threatened by EPA’s unlawful restriction of the agricultural storm water exemption,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said Oct 11. “The court flatly rejected EPA’s argument that other farmers facing similar EPA demands should be forced to file their own lawsuits. We are pleased that Farm Bureau will be allowed to challenge EPA’s actions on behalf of all our farmer and rancher members,” he added. EPA THREATENS FINES Alt sued EPA in June after the agency ordered her to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit. EPA’s order threatens Alt with $37,500 in fines for each time storm water comes into contact with dust, feathers or dander on the ground outside of her poultry houses, or small amounts of manure that may be present in the farmyard as a result of normal poultry farming operations. EPA also seeks separate fines if Alt fails to apply for an NPDES permit. According to AFBF’s intervention papers, EPA’s order to Alt represents the latest EPA attempt to regulate nondischarging farmers – this time by unlawfully narrowing the statutory exemption for “agricultural storm water discharges.” EPA has claimed here that the agricultural storm water exemption does not apply to larger farms that qualify as concentrated animal feeding operations, except for certain “land application areas” where crops are grown. MANY WOULD BE HARMED According to Judge John Preston Bailey, AFBF and W VFB demonstrated that a ruling upholding EPA’s order would harm numerous other farmers and ranchers. Under EPA’s reasoning, Bailey stated, “virtually every large [CAFO] would likely have an obligation to obtain a federally mandated permit if it rains enough in their area to wash manure and dust particles off their land and eventually into a jurisdictional water.” In allowing AFBF’s participation, Judge Bailey noted that AFBF is a “veteran advocate in the courts on issues related to CWA permit requirements for CAFOs.” Stallman agreed and noted, “We are proud of our past efforts on behalf of farmers and ranchers, and we are honored that the court recognizes that we bring something useful to the table.”

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Cool morning air as the sun rises over the horizon, the deep rumble of the diesel engines warming, and the rows of finished crops just crying out to be picked. There’s nothing quite like fall harvest. Our harvest is a bit different at the nursery: we don’t get to harvest our entire crop of trees each fall. We do, though, feel that same rush I’m sure many of you feel with your harvest when we see fall colors coming onto our trees and we can begin our harvest. To me, fall really hasn’t arrived until I see the combines in the fields and the trucks moving the crops into town or our equipment digging fresh trees from our fields. Every summer I long for the return of fall. I look forward to the cooler weather, the fall colors on the trees and, of course, Husker football. And while all of us can be very busy everything seems a bit more “relaxed” once fall rolls around. The many hours of work growing our crops is behind us, the promise of the harvest has arrived, and all too soon fall will have passed, winter will be here, and we will be longing for spring. And every year as the fall harvest arrives, whether it is acres of crops or fields of shade, flowering and evergreen trees or our home landscapes and vegetable gardens, I believe we all smile a bit larger as we enjoy the fruits of our labor. PLENTY OF TIME TO PLANT Our fall harvest, while similar to other farmers’, is also slightly different. Just like crop farmers will wait for the beans or the corn to dry sufficiently to harvest, we need our trees to show good fall color before we can safely harvest them from our fields. But once harvested, we will spend the remaining time before winter arrives planting our harvest in the landscapes and yards of our clients. This means there is still plenty of time to install a new tree, shrub or even perennial in your landscape. Generally we say you can safely plant perennials until early November, shrubs and evergreens through November, and shade and flowering trees until the ground freezes solid. Of course, some years Mother Nature is kinder and other years a bit meaner, so that schedule can vary from year to year based on weather. Beyond the harvesting and planting activities, don’t forget that fall is also a great time to prepare for next year in our landscapes and gardens. Fall landscape cleanups and fall turf care are some wonderful ways to get ready for next year. As cool fall weather arrives and our plants go into their dormant winter sleep, proper cleaning of our landscapes prepares our plants to sleep through winter and come back ready to grow next spring. Removing dead annuals opens the beds for next year’s planting and trimming off browned-up perennial tops cleans them up and prepares them to re-grow next spring. Also, by removing annuals, you can rototill in some compost or peat moss and manure to prepare the beds for next spring’s plantings. FALL TURF CARE On the turf side, when the leaves begin to fall, don’t forget to spend time on your lawn. September to early October is the time for the third step of the four-step lawn programs and November is perfect for the fourth step, the winter turf food. Proper fertilization of your lawn will give your turf what it will need next spring for a healthier lawn. Fall is also the time to aerate your turf to reduce compaction, encourage a vigorous root system and increase water/air movement into the soil. And while you may need to mow a few more times, make an effort to rake up fallen leaves every week or two. Frequent rakings will reduce the possibility the leaves will get left in place under the snow. Short-term, leaves aren’t really a problem but if they are left to sit under the snow all winter, they can mat down the grass and leave areas to reseed or patch next spring. Finally, if Mother Nature doesn’t give us some reasonable moisture this fall even as the weather gets cooler, make sure to water your turf and plants to keep them hydrated. By properly hydrating your plants, especially your evergreens, you ensure they are prepared for their winter sleep and your plants will be better prepared to begin growing again next spring -especially with the drought we experienced this year. Just remember to detach your hoses between waterings to eliminate the potential of frozen or cracked pipes in your home. When I think about it, I really don’t know what it is about fall that I enjoy so much. Choices abound from the beauty of the fall foliage, the moderating weather, the return of Husker football, the harvest, or any of the many other events that fall brings. What I do know, though, is that the events of fall including the harvest are such major parts of our lives here in Nebraska. So I will make the most of a glorious fall this year and celebrate it before that evil beast winter shows up again. Andy Campbell is manager of Campbell’s Nurseries Landscape Department. A Lancaster County Farm Bureau Member, Campbell’s is a family-owned Nebraska business since 1912. It offers assistance for all your landscaping and gardening needs at either of its two Lincoln garden centers or through its landscape design office. www.campbellsnursery.com.

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Farm Bureau members may submit one free Want Ad per month. If there is more than one category mentioned with the Want Ad we will split it into multiple categories, but it must be a combined total of 30 words or less. Ads are used on a space-available basis, subject to approval. Ads exclude real property (permanent structures) such as homes, farms, ranches and businesses. Selling crops or herds of livestock also is excluded. Send typed or printed ads to Want Ads c/o Shayna Truax, Nebraska Farm Bureau News, P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501 or email shaynat@nefb.org. You may also place your ad online using the following link: http://www.nefb.org/wantad.htm. If you would like to rerun your ad you must resubmit the ad. Previously submitted ads will not be kept on file. Deadline is the 1st of each month. (No issue in July.)


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