Nebraska Farmers Union 102nd Annual Convention Agenda Announced

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:  John Hansen

(402) 476-8815,


Nebraska Farmers Union 102nd Annual Convention Agenda Announced

Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, December 4-6th 


Lincoln, Nebraska.  “Old Values and New Visions for the 21st Century” is the theme for the 102nd annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) state convention.  John Hansen, NeFU President said, “In addition to our delegates and members electing our officers, selecting our delegates to the NFU Convention, and setting our policy, our state convention focuses on the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing us in the year ahead and in the future.”

Our Friday afternoon beginning farmer and farm succession workshop is open to the public, and is free.  We have some excellent panel discussions and state and national experts on property tax reforms, trade policy, national issues, state issues, Farm Bill Implementation, and soil building while also showcasing the efforts of our Farmers Union members on farm solar development and the status of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Education is at the base of the Farmers Union triangle because all successful efforts begin with good information.”

Friday morning highlights include:

  • Craig Larson, CEO of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association;
  • Jeff Downing, General Manager of the Midwest Agency, LLP;
  • Renee Fry, Executive Director of Open Sky and Revenue Committee member Senator Al Davis who will focus on:  “The Unsolved Property Tax Problem Continues”;
  • Senator Al Davis who provide a look at issues in play for the upcoming 2016 Legislative Session at the Friday noon luncheon;
  • Barbara Patterson, NFU Government Affairs Representative will provide a National Farmers Union issues report at the Friday noon luncheon;

Friday afternoon speakers include:

  • Joe Hawbaker and Dave Goeller who will present: “The Nebraska Beginning Farmer & Rancher Network: Farm Succession Series–A Workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession & Estate Planning”
  • Mike Kucera, USDA NRCS Agronomist will present:  “Resiliency Begins With Our Soils”

The Friday evening banquet keynote speaker will be NFU President Roger Johnson.

Saturday morning highlights will include:

  • “The NeFU Farm Solar Report” with four NeFU members actively engaged in farm solar projects;
  • “Is Our Trade Policy Working” panel discussion with NFU President Roger Johnson, NFU Government Affairs Representative Barbara Patterson, and NeFU President John Hansen;
  • A “Big Red Worms, LLC Project Report” from Jeremiah Picard and John Hansen;
  • Dan Steinkruger, Executive Director of the USDA Nebraska Farm Service Administration will report on the Farm Bill implementation and other program issues;
  • A panel discussion on the status of the Keystone XL pipeline with four impacted landowners;

The Noon Luncheon will feature “Farmers Union’s Leadership Role in a Renewable Future” with NFU President Roger Johnson and NeFU President John Hansen.

Registration costs are $35 and begin 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: or call (402) 476-8815.



Nebraska Farmers Union 102nd Annual State Convention

“Old Values and New Visions for the 21st Century”

December 4-5, 2015, Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, Nebraska

For Reservations:  308-384-1330     $79 NeFU Convention Rate


Friday Morning, December 4, 2015

8:00     Registration begins….

9:00     Call to order:  Convention Convenes & Welcome

Previous Convention Minutes

9:10     NeFU Foundation Report & Elections– John Hansen, NeFU Foundation Secretary

Election of At-Large Member to NeFU Foundation-

9:20     NeFU Education Report

9:30     Nebraska Rural Radio Association Report

Tim Marshall, Station Manager, KRVN Radio

Craig Larson, General Manager, Nebraska Rural Radio Association

9:45     Refreshment Break Sponsored by:

Sponsored by:  Nebraska Rural Radio Association

KTIC-840 AM—West Point—KWPN—107.9 FM

KRVN-880 AM—Lexington—KRVN—93.1 FM

KNEB-960 AM—Scottsbluff—KNEB—94.1 FM

10:15   Farmers Union Insurances Report

Jeff Downing—General Manager Midwest Agency, LLP

Agency Report & Introduction of Agents

10:30   The Unsolved Property Tax Problem Continues

Renee Fry, Executive Director, Open Sky Institute

Senator Al Davis, Revenue Committee

11:30   NeFU Elections– Report by Elections Chair, Larry Knuth

Introduction of Candidates for NeFU Delegates to NFU Convention

March 5-8, Bloomington, Minnesota

Districts 2, 4, & 6 caucus for additional NeFU District Director Nominations

11:50   Recess

12:00   Noon Luncheon

A Preview of the 2016 Legislative Session

Senator Al Davis, LD43

NFU Government Relations Report

Barbara Patterson, NFU Government Affairs Representative


Friday Afternoon, December 4, 2015

1:30    Nebraska Beginning Farmer & Rancher Network: Farm Succession Series — A Workshop on Farm and Ranch Business Succession & Estate              Planning

Joe Hawbaker & Dave Goeller

3:30     NeFU Elections

Elect Top Four NFU Convention Delegates

Elect NeFU Board of Directors for Districts 2, 4 & 6 (2016-2017-2018)

Elect NeFU State President (2016-2017)

3:30     Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Farm Credit Services of America

4:00     NEBFARMPAC Report–Gale Lush, NEBFARMPAC President

4:15     Resiliency Begins With Our Soils

Mike Kucera, Agronomist, USDA NRCS

5:00     Elections – Elect NFU Convention Delegates & Alternates

Top Two Are Delegates — Bottom Two are Alternates

5:30     NEBFARMPAC Wine & Cheese Social

6:30     Convention Banquet & Celebration– John Hansen, Master of Ceremonies

President’s Award Winner–Dennis Buse, District 6 Director

President Obama’s Champions of Change Award Winner

Martin Kleinschmit, District 7 Director

NeFU Evening Banquet Speaker–NFU President Roger Johnson

Country Store Auction–David Mohlman


Saturday Morning, December 5, 2015

7:00     Builders Club Breakfast for Builders Club Members

8:30     Convention Reconvenes

8:30     The NeFU Farm Solar Report

Art Tanderup, District 7 President, Neligh

Martin Kleinschmit, District 7 Director, Hartington

Jim Knopik, Fullerton

Graham Christensen, Omaha

9:15     Is Our Trade Policy Working?

Roger Johnson, NFU President

Barbara Patterson, NFU Government Affairs Representative

John Hansen, NeFU President

10:00   Refreshment Break Sponsored by:  Growth Energy

10:30   Big Red Worms, LLC Project Report

John Hansen, NeFU President

Jeremiah Picard, NeFU Programs Director

11:00   Farm Service Administration Programs Report

Dan Steinkruger, Executive Director, Nebraska Farm Service Administration

11:20   Courageous Nebraska Landowners Stand their Ground

TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline on Hold for Now

Lynda Buoy, Bassett

Art Tanderup, Neligh

Susan Straka Heyden

Susan and Bill Donivan

11:45   Adjourn for lunch & Hotel Checkout

12:00   Noon Luncheon

Farmers Union’s Leadership Role in a Renewable Future

Roger Johnson, NFU President

John Hansen, NeFU President


Saturday Afternoon, December 5, 2015

1:30     NeFU Financials-John Hansen, NeFU President

1:40     Policy Consideration & Adoption Until Completed

Vern Jantzen NeFU Policy Chair

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