Nebraska Beet Growers Take Optimistic Outlook

President Kendall Busch makes presentation to Norm Nuss for his 10 years of service on ASBGA board.

Farmers turned out for the 84th Nebraska Non-Stock Beet Growers Association Annual meeting Monday at the Scottsbluff Country Club. During the annual meeting President Darby Jesperson stepped down from his leadership position and members elected Kendall Busch as the new President. In recent years farmers have seen both highs and lows with sugar prices. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Busch is optimistic sugar prices will begin to rebound in 2014.

Sugarbeet planting will begin in the next 45 plus days. Nebraska Sugar beet acres will be lower than average, but higher than a year ago.

While farmers can't control what the weather will do during the growing season, there is some certainty now the President signing into law the 2014 Farm Bill. Busch is pleased with final legislation.

Next week when American Sugar Beet Growers Association board of directors head to Washington DC, Nebraska will have a new representative. Norm Nuss of Alliance recently retired from the board after 10 years of service and two farm Bills. Mario Pitts of Lyman was elected to represent Nebraska growers on the American Sugar Beet Growers Association board of directors.

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