99th NeFU Annual State Convention

When:
December 7, 2012 – December 8, 2012 all-day
Where:
Midtown Holiday Inn
2503 S Locust St
Grand Island, NE 68801
USA
Contact:
Graham Christensen402-217-5217E-mail

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To make hotel reservations call 308-384-1330.

 

Nebraska Farmers Union’s
99th Annual State Convention
“Leadership At It’s Best Since 1913”
December 7-8, 2012
Holiday Inn Midtown, Grand Island, Nebraska

 

 Friday, December 7, 2012

8:00           Registration begins….

9:00           Welcome & Convention Call To Order

9:10           NeFU Education Report 

9:15           NeFU Foundation Report & Elections

9:20          Ag Safety & Health Update from University Nebraska Medical Center

  • Risto Rautianinen, Ph.D., Dept of Environmental, Agricultural, & Occupational Health, UNMC

9:30           NFU Fly-In Report

  • Ben Gotshall-Raymond
  • Mark Kavan-Lincoln
  • Lynn Belitz-Fullerton

9:45           Nebraska Rural Radio Association Report

  • Craig Larson—Chief Operating Officer

10:30         Farmers Union Insurances Report 

10:45         EPA Region 7 Activities & Issues Report

  • Josh Svaty, Senior Adviser to the Regional Administrator

11:10         NEBFARAMPAC Report

  • Gale Lush, NEBFARMPAC President

11:20         NEFU Elections 

  • Introduction of Candidates for NebraskaDelegates to

National Farmers Union Convention-March 2-5, 2013

Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Districts 2, 4, & 6 caucus for additional NEFU District Director Nominations.  Report to Elections Chair, Larry Knuth

12:00           Noon Luncheon

Honorable Governor Dave Heineman

Tom Giessel, NFU Historian

1:35            Our Changing Weather and Climate

  • John Pollack, meteorologist

2:15            Climate Change and Rural America

  • Chris Clayton, DTN Reporter

3:00            NeFU/HSUS Ag Advisory Committee Report

  • Ben Gotschall     
  • Jim Knopik
  • Kevin Fulton
  • Martin Kleinschmit
  • Doug Dittman
  • Jon Yoachim
*Surprise New Market Announcement!!

3:30            NeFU Elections

Elect Top Four NFU Convention Delegates

Elect NEFU Board of Directors for Districts 2, 4 & 6

4:00            NeFU Legislative Candidates Report

  • Senator Ken Haar, Malcolm, LD21
  • Vern Barrett, Ceresco, LD23
  • Butch Hughes, Hastings, LD33
  • Judy Domina, Elkhorn, LD39
  • Senator Al Davis (Elect), Hyannis, LD43

5:00            Elections – Elect NFU Convention Delegates & Alternates

Top Two Are Delegates — Bottom Two are Alternates

5:30            NEBFARMPAC Wine & Cheese Fundraiser-Suite 114

                   Special Guest Hosts:  NeFU Legislative Candidates   

6:30            Convention Banquet

Tom Giessel, NFU Historian

 Wenonah Hauter, Author & Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

 

7:00            Builders Club Breakfast for Builders Club Members

8:30           Convention Reconvenes

8:30            NEFU Membership Report

  • Graham Christensen, NEFU Public Affairs Director

8:35            NFU Legislative Report

  • Michael Stranz, NFU Government Relations Representative

NFU Legislative Report & Farm Bill Update

9:00            The GIPSA Rule & The Future Of Our Industry

  • J. Dudley Butler, former USDA GIPSA Administrator

10:30          Beef Checkoff Issues Update

  • David Wright, President., Independent Cattlemen of NE, National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board, & past NE Beef Council member

11:00          Ethanol Update & Challenges

  • Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board          

11:25          Nebraska Easement Action Team (NEAT)

  • Brian Jorde, Attorney, Domina Law Offices

12:00                   Noon Luncheon 

  • U.S. Senator Ben Nelson 
  • Mike Flood, Speaker of the Legislature 
  • Tom Giessel, NFU Historian

1:30            Policy Consideration & Adoption Until Completed 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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