Nebraska's 2013 Alfalfa Producer of the Year, Andy Stock of Murdock, has been a member of NAMA since 2000. NAMA is the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association, which gave out the award at the recent 2013 Mid-America Alfalfa Expo in Kearney.
At Stock Hay Co., he raises 300 to 400 acres of premium quality alfalfa, marketing it to local feedlots and out-of-state dairy operations. He has marketed his alfalfa to Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Ohio operations.
Arrow Seed Co., of Broken Bow, sponsors the award for NAMA.
NAMA board members are: Stock, southeast district; Kyle Lechtenberg, Spencer, northeast district; ;Jeff Eickhoff, Albion, northeast district; Chuck Essay, Alliance, Panhandle district; Dan Larson, Palmer, south central district; Dennis Hansen, Syracuse, southeast district; Ben Onken, Glenvil, south central district; Art Anderson, Arcadia, west central district; and Ward Sumner, Norton, Kan., west central district.
NAMA members presented a $1,000 scholarship to Austin Rice of Wilsonville. His parents are Steve and Peg Rice. First alternate was Jonathon Jahnke of Bancroft. He is the son of Terry and Kristy Jahnke.
The association also conducts hay quality and photo contests at the expo.
Hay contest results are: Dave Bryan, Osceola, first; Brad and Russel Zierott, Murdock, second; Jeff and Andy Eickhoff, Albion, third; and Art Anderson, Arcadia, fourth.
Photo contest winners were: Jeff and Andy Eickhoff, Albion, first; and Ben Onken, Glenvil, second and third.
NAMA has about 100 members. Its purpose is to assist those members in producing and marketing alfalfa.
For more information, go to www.nebraska-alfalfa.com.