Lincoln, Nebraska. “Changing the Course of History for the Next 100 Years” is the theme for the 101st annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) state convention.
John Hansen, NeFU President said, “This year’s convention will celebrate our 100 years of accomplishments and service to family farm and ranch agriculture and their rural communities. Our outstanding program of speakers will help us prepare for the challenges and opportunities facing us next year, and into the future. While we have a good time at our meetings and convention, NeFU takes on the difficult issues and serious topics that deserve our full attention and consideration. Our mission to educate ourselves first so that we can educate others continues.”
Friday morning highlights include:
- Craig Larson, CEO of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association;
- Jeff Downing, General Manager of the Midwest Agency, LLP;
- Dr. Donald Wilhite, the University of Nebraska professor of Applied Climate Science in the School of Natural Resources that was the lead author of: “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.”
- Governor Dave Heineman will once again be the Friday noon luncheon speaker.
Friday afternoon speakers include:
- Renee Fry, Executive Director of the Open Sky Policy Institute will present their new report on K-12 funding: “Investing in Our Future: An Overview of Nebraska’s Education Funding System.”
- Stephene Moore, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director for four Midwest states including Nebraska will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act.
- A panel discussion of State Senators including Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton, Sen. Ken Haar, and Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland
The Friday evening banquet keynote speaker will be Chuck Hassebrook.
Saturday morning highlights will include:
- Thomas Driscoll, National Farmers Union Government Affairs Representative will provide a NFU legislative issues report that will include COOL. EPA, and Waters of the U.S.
- Larry Mitchell, Administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration will discuss issues facing their agency.
- Ted Genoways, an award-winning poet, journalist, and editor will discuss his new book: “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food”.
- Dan Steinkruger, Executive Director of the USDA Nebraska Farm Service Administration will report on the Farm Bill options workshops taking place across Nebraska and other program issues.
The Noon Luncheon will feature “100 Years of Changing The Course of History” researched by NFU Historian Tom Giessel of Larned, Kansas and presented by John Hansen, NeFU State President.
Registration costs are $35 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings. Convention begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. As always, all members and the public is always welcome. More information is available at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org or at 402-476-8815.