It's the centennial anniversary for the Nebraska Farmers Union at its annual convention, Dec. 6-7, in Grand Island.
"This year's convention will be a celebration of 100 years of our organizations accomplishments and service to family farm and ranch agriculture and their rural communities while we also gear up for the challenges facing us next year," says John Hansen, NeFU president. "NeFU's accomplishments include organizing over 440 cooperatives, establishing Nebraska's unique 100% public power system, authority for community colleges, putting the strongest anti-corporate farming restrictions in the country in the state Constitution, and pioneering the development of ethanol and wind energy.
Friday's highlights include from Craig Larson, CEO of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association; Dr. Daryll Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee; and Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President. They will analyze the financial risk and volatility of commodity prices and the status of the income safety net used to manage risk.
Gov. Dave Heineman will be the Friday noon luncheon speaker.
Friday afternoon speakers include Nebraska FSA Executive Director Dan Steinkruger and NRCS State Conservationist Craig Derickson who will discuss their agency programs, activities, and challenges; Michael Stumo, executive director of the Coalition for a Prosperous America will discuss how a better trade policy could be used to create a prosperous economy.
Saturday morning highlights will include a panel of candidates for Nebraska governor, an update on the farm bill, and Seth Harder, General Manager of Husker Ag, Inc will speak on the importance of ethanol to rural communities.
Registration cost is $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.
More information is available at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org or at 402-476-8815.