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Monday February 19, 2018

Perhaps no better embodiment of the grocery-to-farmer connection embodied in Farmer Goes to Market can be found than Albion farmer Hillary Maricle, whose parents owned a grocery in Spaulding while much of the rest of her extended family farmed. With those roots founded in the best of both worlds, she went on to help run this sixth-generation Nebraska cattle and crop farm.

Joan Ruskamp, who feeds cattle near Dodge, takes you on a short tour of her feedlot while using a unique method to put the issue of hormone-based cattle implants into context for your shoppers.


Mike Korth, a soybean farmers from Randolph, Nebraska, sits down to talk about the importance of exports to the soybean industry. Nebraska farmers have a logistical advantage when shipping their soybeans to Mexico, Asia and the Pacific Rim due to their western location. Nebraska soybeans are shipped all over the world to help feed a growing population at home and abroad and create a positive trade balance for the US.

As chair of American Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, Gildner corn, soybean and popcorn farmer Zach Hunnicutt and wife Anna use their new-media savvy to talk on a national level about the issues farmers in their 20s and 30s face. Listen to this Nebraska TV's August Farm Family of the Month talk about how their fifth generation farm operates daily.

The story of the Ladenburger's farm, near Stratton, is the story of much of Nebraska agriculture. The family farm, passed down through the generations, now grows wheat, corn and beef cattle in a cooperative venture between father, brothers and their families, with the goal, says Nick Ladenburger, of making sure the focus on faith, family and farm "goes on from here." 


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.

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 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.

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