MEET YOUR FARMERS

Meet Your Farmers

Meet your Farmers: Or, at least, wave to some as you go by

"Seeing Nebraska at 12 miles an hour is a lot better than seeing Nebraska at 65 miles per hour," says Coordinator Donelle Moormeier in this 2014 video of the annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Truer words were never spoken, but the relay also offers a great chance to see your Nebraska farmers in a little slower motion, as they make the drive in antique-tractor relays from Beatrice to Scottsbluff over eight days, starting June 4.

 

Click on this link to see a full iternary for the route. The relay is a charitable event aimed at helping the American Legion raise funds for Operation Comfort Warriors, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.

Meet your Farmers: The worm farmer of Lincoln

Jeremiah Picard manages Lincoln's Big Red Worms, a non-profit venture of the Nebraska Farmers Union. His 300-head herd of worms has grown into the millions, using discarded food waste from local school cafeterias and an intensive process known as vermiculture to create healthy soil for local farmers and gardners, while reducing some of the load on local landfills.

Meet your Farmers: Grand Island's fungi-culturalist

Nebraska mushroom farmer

Looking for a little something new in his career, Grand Island's Ashley Gordon followed a personal interest to start Nebraska Mushrooms in 2011. His passion has expanded into growing a local source of the fungal delicacies using waste products as medium.

Click here to read his story.

Meet your Farmers: Drone's-eye view of 2015 Nebraska corn and bean harvest

Watch as York's Kaliff family farm operation rolls across the plains of Nebraska bringing in this year's corn and soybean crop.

Meet your Farmers: Preserving wetlands by productively using them

Fairfield's Shaw Family Farms protects fragile wetlands on their fifth-generation farm even as they keep them in agriculture production through a well-planned management plan that keeps them out of row-corp production but in intensively managed irrigated pasture and cattle grazing. Listen as they describe their award-winning plan.

Partners

In patnership with the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association

The Nebraska Grocery Industry Association was formed in 1903 by a group of Omaha grocery store owners, wholesalers and vendors to allow them to promote independent food merchants and members of the food industry, and to promote education and cooperation among its membership. NGIA continues to represent grocery store owners and operators, along with wholesalers and vendors located throughout Nebraska, by promoting their success through proactive government relations, innovative solutions and quality services. NGIA offers efficient and economical programs. NGIA also lobbies on both a state and national level, ensuring that the voice of the food industry in Nebraska is heard by our representatives.


Supported by the Nebraska Farm Bureau

The farm and ranch families represented by Nebraska Farm Bureau are proud sponsors of the Farmer Goes to Market program. We take great pride in supporting Nebraska's agricultural foundation. A key part of that effort is to make sure we produce safe and affordable food. This newsletter is an important part of our effort to connect the two most important parts of the food chain -- the farmer and the grocer -- with the goal of increasing consumer awareness and information about how their food is raised in Nebraska.


Supported by the Nebraska Corn Board

The Nebraska Corn Board, on behalf of 23,000 corn farmers in Nebraska, invests in market development, research, promotion and education of corn and value-added products. The board aims to work closely with the farmer-to-consumer food chain, to educate everyone about the role corn has in our everyday healthy lives. The Nebraska Corn Board is proud to sponsor the Farmer Goes to Market program to help bring its mission of expanding demand and value of Nebraska corn to the consumer, through the strongest touch point in that chain: the Nebraska retail grocer.