Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Duane A. Lienemann
UNL Extension Educator
Webster County January 29, 2011 Edition I just got back from the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards that was held in North Platte. As President of the NCEA (Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association), I participated in the NACEB board of director business meeting and also the Annual NACEB Conference which was a fantastic event, but another benefit of the trip is what I am going to talk about in this week’s column. As a part of the conference, I had the opportunity to tour the West Central Research & Extension Center, viewing the facilities where a lot of beef research is done (which of course interested me) as well as the horticulture area where many different varieties of Penstemon have been developed, including the famous Husker Red. We also got to see the research that is currently going on with invading species including something that is important to the Republican River Valley, Phragmites, the plant that looks like a cross between reeds and Pampas Grass. The WREC is also very well known for grass, forage and wheat development and research and anyone that has been to private pesticide applicator training knows the work that they have done on pesticide sprayer calibration and research on drift. This area that uses a laser light system and high speed camera to capture spray patterns was demonstrated as well as a new system for measuring spray patterns that is being developed. But what really caught my attention was the new research facility that is being created right now. I say new, but it will actually be housed in an old swine confinement building. It is a huge accomplishment for UNL Extension and puts us in the driver’s seat of an important issue. Wind Tunnel Technology for Pesticides: Plans at West Central are to build a system of two drift tunnels, which would be only the second such system in the country to conduct that kind of research. The only other tunnel in the nation is directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Incidentally, the USDA it has been integral in the design of the new UNL system. This will be the first commercial testing wind tunnel facility in the U.S. and will be housed right here in Nebraska. Research that will be done at this new facility will look into the potential of pesticide drift, which occurs when pesticides drift to unintended targets when they're applied to crop fields. Unwanted pesticide drift has been the subject of lawsuits and the Environmental Protection Agency is planning a new "drift reduction technology" policy, requiring more wording on pesticide labels to reduce drift. That’s right, more regulations, more reading of labels. The UNL research will evaluate different nozzle types, application pressures and spray solutions and at different wind speeds. The addition of a new research facility will enable more detailed study on spray collection efficiency, pesticide penetration into the plant canopy, and spray quality and pesticide efficacy comparisons. We need to better understand drift potential and the implications of drift to mitigate its negative effects. That wording likely will include information on allowable particle sizes at which the pesticide can be applied, as well as guidelines on buffer zones to minimize drift. After the EPA's DRT policies are in place, research will be needed to determine each pesticide's potential for drift, taking into account application speed, pressure, nozzle selection, tank mixtures, wind speed and more. This has been developed with grants provided by businesses that are in need of this research. It also goes right in line with the chemical trespass laws that currently are a part of the PSEP considerations. It was made even more significant to me because of what is going on with Federal Regulations, the growth of organic farms and vineyards or other venues with chemical sensitive plants. There is also a growing concern among consumers about the safety of their foods, and pesticides rank right up there with the tip considerations. The drift tunnels will cost about $1.2 million to build and will take about eight months to build. They will have variable speed fans at one end to simulate wind flow and scrubber systems at the other to prevent contamination of the environment by the pesticides being tested. Plants, insects and other living specimens will be placed in the tunnels for application and a laser will be used to determine particle size. One tunnel -- 48 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall -- will be used to test low wind speeds, zero to 25 mph. The other -- at least 30 feet long, 1 foot high and 1 foot wide -- will be capable of testing winds up to 220 mph, which will enable researchers to replicate aerial application conditions. New Nebraska Truck Regulations: A new thrust by the Nebraska State Patrol could have an effect on our area farmers. Four meetings in Nebraska this coming month are planned to explain what the Nebraska State Patrol's Carrier Enforcement Division is calling the "biggest changes to affect motor carrier enforcement in decades." The Nebraska State Patrol says a “compliance, safety and accountability program”, implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in December, is the basis for the changes. Those changes will increase monitoring of motor carrier on-the-road performance and implement new penalties for unsafe driving behaviors. Area farmers may want to check on this! The patrol says the meetings should be attended by those who operate any of the following vehicles in Nebraska: Any farm truck displaying farm plates and registered for more than 16 tons; pickup pulling a trailer of more than 10,000 pounds combined weight or gross combination of weight rating; a pickup or truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds; and any pickup, trailer, truck or semi requiring a class A, B or C commercial driver's license. If this describes you, you might want to check into it. The only class I know of in our area is on Feb.16 at the Holiday Inn Express, Lexington at 7 p.m. The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: or go to the website at:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Raymond Benker 11-4-1919 to 1-28-2011

Blue Hill resident Raymond Benker 91, died Friday, January 28, 2011 at Mary Lanning Memorial HealthCare in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with the Rev. Joshua Lowe officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the Church. Visitation is Monday from 9:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M., Tuesday from 8:00-12:00 at Merten-Butler Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Ne. is in charge of arrangements. ******************************************************************************** Raymond was born on November 4, 1919 to George & Dena (Johnson) Benker, near Rosemont, Ne. He attended School District #78. He was drafted into the Army and served during WWII from November 3, 1941 to October 22, 1945 and was discharged as a Staff Sgt. He married Lola L. Snell on October 24, 1946 at Campbell, Ne. He was a farmer, milked cows and did part time carpentry work around Guide Rock, Ne. He attended Zion Lutheran Church, Red Cloud, Ne. where he had held many offices. When he retired they purchased a home in Blue Hill in 1990 and joined Trinity Lutheran Church. Raymond is survived by his Wife: Lola, Blue Hill, Ne., a son: Donald and his wife: Laurel, a daughter: Loraine Sue (Gene) Magarin, Blue Hill, Ne., six grandchildren, seven Great Grandchildren, a brother: Harvey, Hastings, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: John & August, three sisters: Anna Boettcher, Mathilda Pruden & Minnie Carlton. .

Get Rid of This Aisle

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 “Now the question is not whether we can sit together. It’s whether we can stand together.” January 26, 2011 – Today, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson made these comments during his weekly conference call with Nebraska media reporters after many members of Congress broke with custom the night before to cross the political aisle and sit together during the President’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. “At the State of the Union address I joined many colleagues in Congress taking a symbolic step by literally walking across an invisible line that usually divides the House chamber by party--Republicans on one side, Democrats on the other. Instead of the partisan separation that too often turns the State of the Union address into political theater--with members of the President’s party cheering and the other essentially sitting on their hands--we all were Americans sitting together. “I enjoyed sitting with my Nebraska colleagues and looking out across the House chamber at the happy confusion of comity. We should do more of that. In fact, my hope is that the Tuesday night picture of partnership will become the everyday practice of bipartisanship in this 112th Congress. “Now the question is not whether we can sit together. It’s whether we can stand together. “We must move beyond symbol and stand together, working across party lines—like we do in Nebraska at the Legislature—for the good of the country. America faces serious challenges and remarkable opportunities. Neither will be met or achieved if we continue the partisan, hyper-critical, one-side-wins-the-other-loses battles that have marred too many of our days in Washington over the last several years. “Nebraskans want us to work together. And we must in order to create the jobs that will grow our economy, to develop more American-made energy so we don’t rely so heavily on foreign oil and to tackle the far too large national debt. “So, to paraphrase former President Reagan, whose declaration about the need for unity rings true today in a different context, I hope colleagues will join me and say, ‘Get Rid of This Aisle!’ “Let’s close the Partisan Divide and let the Democrats, Republicans and Independents all sit together. I’m going to advocate—if there truly is an interest in working together—that we get rid of the aisle on the Senate floor. We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the partisan divide. Others will probably join in. We’ve already gone through the exercise of last night so it should not be difficult to get others to sign onto the idea. The idea would be to send a joint letter to the leaders suggesting mixed seating. “It’s time we take Tuesday night’s symbolic seating arrangement and turn it into substance, partnership and results.”

USDA: "Referee a Safe Super Bowl Party"

WASHINGTON—Jan. 27, 2011— When it comes to the Super Bowl, defense matters. When it comes to planning a Super Bowl XLV party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more. "This year, we're urging fans to follow the food safety play book at the Super Bowl parties they host," USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said. "Large gatherings can increase the chance of becoming ill, but by following these rules all fans can enjoy the game and their food, safely." Illegal use of hands Avoid penalties for "illegal use of hands." Unclean hands are one of the biggest culprits for spreading bacteria, and finger foods at parties are especially vulnerable. Chefs and guests should wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Also, be sure to clean eating surfaces often, and wash serving platters before replenishing them with fresh food. Offsides Think of your party fare as two different teams—uncooked versus ready-to-eat foods. Prevent "encroachment" at all costs and keep each team in its own zone. The juices from raw meat can contain harmful bacteria that cross-contaminate other food. Use one cutting board for raw meat and poultry and another one for cutting veggies or foods that will not be cooked. If you use only one cutting board, wash it with hot soapy water after preparing each food item. Equipment violations and holding Call a "time out" and use a food thermometer to be sure meat and poultry are safely cooked. Remember that internal temperature, not meat color, indicates doneness. Steaks should be cooked to 145 °F, ground beef should be cooked to 160 °F, and all poultry should be cooked to 165 °F. "Holding" may be one of the most likely offenses your referee encounters if your party lasts late into the night. Never hold foods for more than two hours at room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly to block offensive bacteria from multiplying. The same rules apply for cold foods. If cold food has been sitting out for more than two hours, do not eat it. When in doubt, throw it out of the game—and your party. False start When it comes to foodborne illness, there is no opportunity for an instant replay. To avoid these infractions, make sure you understand the rules completely. One of the best resources available before kickoff is USDA's virtual representative, "Ask Karen," available at Food safety coaches are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on the "Ask Karen Chat" and by phone at the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Recorded messages are available 24 hours a day. #

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lila N. Crane 11/1/1948-1/25/2011

Lila Nadine Crane, the daughter of Bonnie (Reichstein) and Lloyd Greenhalgh, was born November 1, 1948 at Red Cloud, Nebraska. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska at the age of 62 years, 2 months and 24 days. Lila grew up in the Guide Rock community, graduating from the Guide Rock High School with the class of 1966. She continued her formal education attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She was united in marriage with Steve Crane in December of 1967 at Guide Rock. While her husband was serving in the United States Air Force, they lived at New Port Beach, California where she was employed with AAA. He was later transferred and they lived in Alabama and then Enid, Oklahoma where Lila owned the Glass Slipper, a shoe store. Following the dissolution of their marriage, she returned to California where she lived until 1992, when she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. Lila later moved to Blue Hill where she resided until March of 2010, when she moved to the Heritage Care Center. She pursued a number of interests and activities in her leisure time including crafts, Making wreaths, tole painting, working on the computer, caring for her flowers and collecting angels. Her greatest passion in life was for her family and she especially cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Stacy Evans and fiance Andy McLane of Lincoln, Nebraska; Stephen Crane and wife Kara of Redlands, California, and Stephanie Schwab of Bloomfield, Michigan; 8 grandchildren; her parents, Lloyd and Bonnie Greenhalgh; two sisters, Sandy Omhstede and husband Roger of Southlake, Texas and Jan Moranville and husband Ron of Trophy Club, Texas; a brother, Bob Greenhalgh and wife Doreen of Denton, Texas; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m., January 29, 2011 at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Interment will preceed the service at the Guide Rock Cemetery .Memorials are suggested to the Guide Rock Cemetery Fund .Williams Funeral Home 241 West 4th Avenue Red Cloud, Nebraska

Mildred Marie (Witte) Buschkoetter 1934-2011

Mildred Marie Buschkoetter passed away Friday, January 21, 2011 at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 76 years old.
Mildred was born on March 15, 1934 at Bostwick, NE to Alvin V. and Charlotte C. (Schroer) Witte.
She attended school at St. Stephen’s Parochial School near Lawrence. On October 5, 1954, she was united in marriage to Robert V. Buschkoetter at Blue Hill. They made their home on a farm near Lawrence for a while and then moved to Blue Hill.
In 1965, they purchased the Rocket Inn and moved their family to Indianola. Mildred was instrumental in the business as well as a busy homemaker and mother. She later became owner/operator of B&M Spot Liquor and Lebanon Recreations until her retirement. Her many customers through the years became her cherished friends.
She was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and Altar Society in Indianola as well as member of St. Patrick’s in McCook. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and spending time with her family and many friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert Buschkoetter on April 19, 2003; her daughter, Beverly Buschkoetter; her parents, Alvin and Charlotte Witte; and two brothers, Ron and Lou Witte.
Survivors include her two sons, Roger Buschkoetter of Indianola and Randy Buschkoetter and wife, Kim, of Kearney; two daughters, Darlene and husband, Steve Kehler, of Lincoln and Deb and husband, Jerry Reitz, of McCook; four brothers, Walt Witte and wife, LaVera, of Blue Hill, Al Witte and wife, Kathy of Urbana, IL, Rich Witte and wife, Pam, and Bob Witte all of Hastings; three sisters, Joan and husband, Ed Rempe, of Superior, Doris and husband, Rod Hartman, of Blue Hill, Marie and husband, Russell Paulsen, of Hastings; sisters-in-law, Mary Witte and Laura Witte both of Hastings; seven grandchildren, Jodi delaConcha, Erica Zywiec, Travis, Andrew and Mitchell Reitz, Danielle and Grant Buschkoetter; four great-grandchildren, Josie, Janessa, Emma and Chase; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.Memorials may be given in her name.
Rosary was Monday, January 24, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianola with Father Thomas McGuire officiating. Burial followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
Friends may send condolences to
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements. .

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2010 Fall Dean’s List announced at Hastings College

Hastings College has announced the Dean's List for its Fall 2010 semester. To be eligable for the Dean's List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0, on a 4.0 scale, and be registered for full-time course-work. Hastings College, founded in 1882, is a private, four year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A total of 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to more than 1,190 students. Hastings College was named amoung "America's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" by U.S. News and World Report, a "Best in the Midwest" by Princeton Review, and a "Best Buy in College Education" by Barron's. Visit for more information. Included in those earning a 4.0 grade point average: Jesse Alber - Blue Hill Amber Himmelberg - Lawrence Emily Lovejoy - Bladen Mark Lutkmeier - Bladen Joe Shanle - Blue Hill Cameron Trumble - Blue Hill Clint Shipman - Red Cloud (student teacher in BH) Anna Eberly - Red Cloud Brock Sindt - Inavale Those earning a 3.7 or higher GPA include: Danica Olsen - Blue Hill Alyssa Beman - Ayr Lindsey Sypherd - Ayr

Friday, January 21, 2011

EPA Decision a Step in the Right Direction

January 21, 2011 WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) welcomes today’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved E15 for use in model year 2001-2006 vehicles and urges EPA to recognize its impact on the market. “Today’s decision to expand the use of E15 is a welcome step towards expanding ethanol use and helping us meet our Renewable Fuel Standard goals,” said Johanns. “While I commend this decision to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, I am disappointed that the Administration delayed this decision for over a year and missed an opportunity to provide the leadership and clarity to allow our home-grown, renewable energy markets to flourish sooner. I continue to be concerned that EPA has adversely affected the market by allowing only 60 percent of the vehicles in the United States to run on E15. Further, EPA needs to ensure that any labeling regime gives consumers clarity and helps rather than hinders the market.” Background: On March 6, 2009, 54 ethanol producers submitted a waiver request to the EPA asking the approval of an intermediate ethanol blend of up to 15 percent (E15) for use in non-flex fuel vehicles. Ethanol content in gasoline had been capped at 10 percent (E10). Under the law, the EPA Administrator was supposed to make a decision regarding the waiver by December 1, 2009. On October 13, 2010, EPA announced that it would only partially approve raising the ethanol blend wall in gasoline to 15 percent. At that time, EPA approved a partial waiver for the use of E15 in model year 2007 and newer passenger cars and light trucks, denied the use of E15 in vehicles model year 2000 and older, and further delayed its decision on model year 2001-2006 vehicles. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, allowing up to E15 blends in all vehicles would increase ethanol production by 6.5 billion gallons annually, displacing more than 200 million barrels of imported oil.

Straight from the Horses Mouth

Duane A. Lienemann,
UNL Extension Educator,
Webster County January 21, 2011 Edition I am probably like everyone else. It takes me a while to get used to writing 2011 on checks, statements, and other things I have to sign. I am getting there, but it might get a lot more confusing as this year. Why do I say that? Well, we will experience 4 unusual dates in 2011. Those being.... 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11. And if that isn’t enough to entertain some of you, go figure this out ... take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will equal – (drum roll please) – 111. It's kind of creepy!! But it’s true. I know this isn’t agricultural news, but I bet you think about it the next time you write a check with all of these ones! Now-- on to my thoughts for the week. For you that didn’t get to attend the Cow/Calf College this past week, you missed a really great seminar. The topics were timely and interesting and the speakers were excellent. There was a little something for everyone. There were several things that stuck out to me as I listened. One thing is very clear to me - the beef industry is really amazing in its complexity, diversity, value to our state and to our nation, and the challenges facing it. We were given an overview of major issues and/or challenges facing the animal agriculture industry. Some of them, I have frequently harped on in this column, and there were several that most of us probably don’t think about. I am grateful that we have well-educated people that are involved in looking after our interests and are connected in such a way that a difference can be made. However, I got the message really loud that we as producers, or just living in the rural area, cannot be complacent and hope that somebody else is working towards protecting and promoting the way we work, produce, and live. We need to become educated, know the intricacies of what we do, believe in the importance of what we do, be knowledgeable about the very thing that we make our living on, and more importantly become active. There is strength in numbers, and every producer or person interested in any particular segment of agriculture should become a member (if they are not already) of a commodity group, an agriculture awareness group, an agricultural support organization or an action group of some sort. I am depressed at the number of producers who don’t belong or attend any kind of organization, stick their head in the sand and hope all that what is happening in their world will just go away. I have news for those people, it won’t go away and if we ignore it and don’t band together there will be nobody to blame when we have severe ramifications to our way of life ---but yourself. We must be active – not reactive. We will lose what is important to us, one little piece at a time while many of us sit idly sit by and do nothing – hoping someone else will come riding up on a big white steed and save us. That, while be colorful and the making of a good book or movie, isn’t going to happen. We need to take the future of our profession -our very way of life --in our own hands. Look at being active in groups like Cattlemen, Pork Producers, Grain Associations, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, etc. I also suggest supporting groups like the Animal Agriculture Alliance, A-FAN, or a myriad of other organizations that are for and by the agriculture producer. They cannot do it alone. You can’t solve problems by sitting in the local coffee shop, but you can make a difference by being an active part of an active organization and better yet - several. Each producer is a professional, and as a professional you should be a part of a professional group that provides an united umbrella for your profession. I am not in the business of saying what group or groups that you should belong to – just become involved. We need to tell our story. Social media can be one way. It is good to see some producers getting active in blogs, utilizing Face Book or Twitter. We need to be proponents of what we do and the food that we produce. We need to let people know what we are doing. They need to know how we care about our animals, that we are good stewards and that we do produce a wholesome and safe food for the consumer to eat. The American Farmer used to be the cornerstone of the very fabric of our country. We were the most trusted and honored profession in our society. That is not the case anymore. There are a lot of negative forces out there that do not have the best interests of agriculture or the agrarian way of life in mind, quite the opposite. You can also make a difference by getting to know your county commissioner, state senator, or on the Federal level, your congressman or senator. Go beyond developing a friendship or social relationship or network. Write and call your representatives with your concerns, make an educated observation and if necessary appeal to your representative on issues or concerns that directly affect you or the agricultural industry. Become your own proponent. I hear a lot of my colleagues say “I am just a farmer, or just a rancher. I don’t have anything to offer.” I look at that as a cop-out. Who can better tell the story or reflect concerns for their industry better than somebody who is directly engaged in the very profession that is facing these challenges. I was told by a Senator one time that the most profound and meaningful observation that he got, did not come from a lobbyist or large agribusiness, but a dryland farmer in his district that was passionate yet courteous on an issue. He didn’t send a form letter, or sign a lengthy petition, but rather spoke in his own way. This senator said that this “just a farmer” ended up being the nail that held the shoe on the horse that carried the warrior to battle, and then ultimately made the difference on who won the war. I think that is rather telling reason for becoming active. You can make a difference. No – you have to make a difference! The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: or go to the website at:


Exhibitors wanting to show market steers or market heifers at the Webster County Fair, Nebraska State Fair, and/or Ak-Sar-Ben must identify and weigh in their projects. The second and last of two Webster County 4-H/FFA Beef weigh-ins will be held at the Blue Hill Livestock Sale Barn on Sunday, January 30 from 9:30 am till 3:30 pm. What information does an exhibitor need to bring to weigh-in? The Webster County UNL Extension office asks that all exhibitors have their animals identified by that date, if at all possible, and that the affidavits are filled out and signed by all necessary parties prior to, or at weigh-in, as they are not to be taken home for signatures after the beef are weighed. 4-H and FFA exhibitors may download their ownership affidavit from the internet at under the “4-H & Youth” banner, or pick one up from their 4-H leader or our office, and have it ready to go for weigh-in. 4-H tags and market beef affidavits are available from the UNL Extension Office in Red Cloud. FFA tags and affidavits are available from area agriculture education instructors/FFA advisors. For those that cannot get the tags or affidavits prior to the weigh-in, they will be available at the weigh-in site. Each animal must be designated at weigh-in by the class it will be shown at the county fair. For example: PB Breed Association Steer, Bred & Fed Steer, or Bought & Fed Steer. Definitions of those classes have been laid out in Webster County Fair Book and in the Webster County 4-H Newsletters, or simply contact the UNL Extension Office in Red Cloud. The exhibitor will also need to know the place and date of birth of the market beef. This will be used for age and source verification for potential buyers at the county fair. What should an exhibitor’s market steer weigh at weigh-in? The 2011 Webster County Fair dates are July 10-16. Using those dates, exhibitors should match the size of the calf that they pick out to match their intent in planning for a market beef enterprise. If it is the intent to “dead-end” the calf at the county fair then exhibitors should figure from January 30 to July 12 (fair weigh-in date) for time on feed, which computes to 163 days. Figuring that they want the beef to gain at least 2.5 lbs a day (2.2 is required) then assuming a county fair weight of 1300 lbs, then the biggest calf that the exhibitor should weigh in on the January 30 weigh-in date would be 900 pounds. If they figure 3 lb. per day ROG, then an 800 lb steer would be the upper limit weight. As a rule of thumb, good genetics and feeding practices should result in at least 3 pounds per day gain. If the beef is destined for the State Fair with a target of a 1300 pound calf, then they would have 215 days to feed, and at 2.5 #/day then the calf should not weigh much more than 750 on January 30. Incidentally Ak-Sar-ben is 236 days from weigh-in, and with the same goal weight, the exhibitor would then use a 700 lb. calf. The exhibitor should keep in mind his/her goal weight (most common is 1250-1350 pounds), expected average rate of gain, and the environment (both cold and hot) and the growth potential of their calf in making their decision, and then to keep a 2.2 average daily ROG for steers and 2.0 for heifers. The extension office suggests that the exhibitor doesn’t just pick out the biggest calf in the pen, but rather the one that will fits the parameters of their feeding plans. Exhibitors should feel free to bring several animals to weigh in and then decide later.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Red Cloud will be the site of one of two Nebraska Sorghum Profitability Seminars to be held the first week in February. The meeting is supported in part by the Sorghum Check-off and the University of Nebraska Extension and will be held at the Red Cloud Community Center on Thursday, February 3. The meeting is scheduled to run from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm. The other similar meeting is on Wednesday, February 2 at the Saline Center at Hwy 15 & County Road M west of Wilber, NE. The program will start at 9 am with registration and a chance for attendees to view exhibits. Coffee and cookies are sponsored by Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. The morning program will start with a Public Forum with the NE Grains Sorghum Board representatives and then proceed through the day with a great line up of topics and speakers and a noon meal. Door prizes will be presented at the end of the day. Program presenters and topics include: “Long Range Weather – What’s Ahead”, with Al Dutcher, UNL Climatologist; “Market Dynamics for Sorghum”, with Dusti Fritz, United Sorghum Check-off Field Service Specialist; “National Check-off Update-Referendum Rules”, presented by Jennifer Blackburn, National Sorghum Producers; “New Weed Management Tools”, and “Herbicide Tolerance in Sorghum & BMP’s”, featuring Dr. Mark Bernards, UNL Agronomy & Extension Weed Specialist; “Water Use Efficiency of Sorghum”, with Jenny Rees, UNL Extension Educator from Clay County; “Management Strategies to Fit Yield Goals” - Dr. Charles Wortmann, UNL Agronomy and Extension Soils Specialist; and “Land Values & Rental Rates” plus “Sorghum Price & Production Cost Outlook”, presented by Dewey Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County. The noon meal provided by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association (NeGSPA) and Grain Sorghum Board will feature the traditional sorghum pancake feed with all the fixings. Agribusiness representatives will have exhibits to showcase new products and production/management information. Registration at the door is $5.00; however, members of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association will be admitted free. Anyone that produces grain sorghum, or is just interested in the sorghum industry, is encouraged highly to attend. This research-based informational meeting is packed with timely topics and information that should help the production and management of grain sorghum in Nebraska and Kansas. Producers wanting more information are encouraged to contact the Webster County UNL Extension Office in Red Cloud at 402-746-3417 or email Dewey Lienemann at or Barb Kliment at the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board/NeGSPA office at 402-471-4276 or email:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

USDA Announces Funding To Improve Public Access for Hunting, Fishing, and other Recreation Opportunities and to Restore Wildlife Habitat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that an additional $8 million is available to create or expand existing public access programs or provide incentives to increase access to hunting and fishing and to improve wildlife habitat on enrolled lands. The funding is being provided through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). "The Obama Administration is committed to enhancing hunting, fishing and outdoor opportunities, and this program will help participating landowners conserve the environment while increasing opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation,” said Vilsack. The funding is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill. Approximately $11.75 million of VPA-HIP funds were awarded to 17 states in 2010. Twenty-six states have public access programs for hunting, fishing and other related activities. These programs provide rental payments and other incentives, such as technical or conservation services to landowners who, in return, allow public hunting, fishing or other compatible recreational activities on their land. States and tribal governments can submit VPA-HIP applications for 2011 funding through the federal government's grants portal - to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for consideration. Funding will be awarded to those state and tribal governments whose proposals are accepted by FSA. States with approved applications and funding awarded in 2010 associated with multi-year VPA-HIP proposals do not need to re-submit request for application in 2011. For more information on VPA-HIP, visit

Blue Hill 54 Harvard 45

The Lady Bobcats defeated Harvard 54 to 45 Tuesday. Kaitlin Kumke was high point scorer with 16 points. Jordyn Atwater put in 12 points and Sara Alber scored 11 points. Others adding to the score were Alissa Overy with 6, Maci Coffey 4, Emily Harrifeld 3 and Kelsey Karr 2. The girls have eight wins and four losses for the season.

Gov. Heineman Highlights Legislative Proposals Aimed at Enhancing Talent & Innovation

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today outlined a series of legislative proposals being pursued this year to advance business innovation and workforce recruitment efforts in Nebraska. The four legislative bills making up the Talent and Innovation Initiative were introduced in the Nebraska Legislature last week as part of the Governor's budget recommendations. "The Talent and Innovation Initiative is about enhancing the level of business specialization and attracting new, advanced companies to Nebraska," Gov. Heineman said. "We want to help the private sector grow. This is about job opportunities. The idea for this initiative came from the Department of Economic Development, Nebraska business leaders and a series of recommendations in the Battelle study released last September. We've taken the suggestions and evaluated them in the context of our existing economic development programs." Aimed at enhancing Nebraska's economic momentum, the Talent & Innovation Initiative includes four proposals: LB 386, the Nebraska Internship Program aims to increase the number of college and university students interning with Nebraska businesses. Funded with $1.5 million annually in redirected job training funds and a 100 percent match from companies creating new internships, the program would provide job experience for juniors and seniors at the state's four-year institutions or students in their second year at a Nebraska community college. Grants of up to $3,500 in metro areas or $5,000 in non-metro areas would be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to companies creating new internship opportunities, with no more than five grant-qualified interns each year at any one business. Internships would pay at least minimum wage and could range from 12 weeks to year-long programs. LB 387, the Business Innovation Act would provide competitive grants for private sector research at Nebraska institutions, technical assistance in new product development and testing, and help expand small business and entrepreneur outreach efforts. The effort will be paid for with $1.5 million in redirected funds and $5.5 million in new funding. The proposal would expand Small Business Innovation Research programs, including offering grants for application development, and provide funding to help with prototype development, commercialization, and applied research at Nebraska institutions. Additionally, it would provide assistance for microenterprise projects. LB 388, the Site & Building Development Fund would increase the number of industrial and commercial sites available and ready for business development using $3 million in redirected resources and at least a one-to-one match from communities. An estimated $1.5 million in annual funding would come from directing a portion of the Real Estate Document Stamp fee paid for projects other than housing development. Funding could be distributed as grants, loans and credit enhancements to help with demolition, new construction and rehabilitation. State funding would be focused on land and infrastructure costs with 40 percent of funding going to non-metro areas. LB 389, the Angel Investment Tax Credit would encourage investment in high-tech and other startup enterprises in Nebraska by providing refundable state income tax credits to qualified investors investing in qualified early-stage companies. The program would be capped at $5 million annually, with $3 million coming from redirected funds and $2 million in new funding. The minimum investment would be $25,000 per year for individuals and $50,000 for investment funds. Eligible small businesses would have fewer than 25 employees, the majority of whom live and work in the state. The Talent & Innovation Initiative is based on recommendations provided in a 2010 comprehensive review of Nebraska's economic climate by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and findings of the Legislature's Innovation and Entrepreneurial Task Force

Agriculture a Top Priority in 112th Congress

January 18, 2011 The work of 112th Congress will be tremendously important to the lifeblood of our state's economy—agriculture. Between preparing the next farm bill (the current one expires in 2012) and checking the power of an overreaching Administration, the Senate Agriculture Committee will be engaging in issues of great significance to our state’s farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, and rural communities. In anticipation of this important work, I've outlined to the top members of the committee my objectives and goals to ensure American ag producers remain globally competitive and continue to lead the world in food and energy production. About five years ago, I was touring the country as Secretary of Agriculture, using what I heard from producers as the foundation for writing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposals for the 2008 farm bill. I appreciated the insight that folks from across the countryside provided for that undertaking, and I look forward to again deepening my discussion with the ag community about the future of farm policy. The Senate Agriculture Committee will continue to hold hearings to examine various farm bill provisions; I am hopeful that the Committee will utilize the expertise of Nebraskans throughout the process and perhaps even hold a field hearing in our state. The Agriculture Committee will also play a central role in overseeing and counterbalancing the increasingly stifling regulatory efforts of the Obama Administration. Over the last two years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been especially busy proposing new ideas to regulate—and unnecessarily interfere with—agriculture. Among EPA’s many misguided efforts are the development of a duplicative permitting scheme for pesticides, consideration of more stringent standards for dust, and even the regulation of milk spills. In all of these endeavors, the Administration has shown a disregard for both common sense and the realities of life as a farmer. I take the Senate’s oversight responsibility very seriously and will tirelessly work to rein in these ill-advised regulatory efforts. The Senate Agriculture Committee must be especially diligent in exercising oversight over the Administration’s attempts to regulate greenhouse gases. If EPA’s backdoor cap-and-trade agenda is carried out, it would be devastating to our agricultural producers. Numerous studies have shown that a cap-and-trade regime will drive up costs for farmers and ranchers, businesses, and consumers, while at the same time driving down productivity. I co-sponsored a resolution to disapprove of EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases in 2010, which came close to passing, and I am hopeful a similar effort will succeed in 2011. The Senate Agriculture Committee must also work on initiatives to open markets and level the playing field for our agricultural producers. It has now been a year since President Obama announced the goal of doubling exports by 2015; we must continue our spirited advocacy of the trade agreements still languishing on the President's shelf. I am committed to all of these efforts and more, and I look forward to continuing my unwavering supporting for agriculture in the 112th Congress.

Payroll Tax Cut Adds $700 Million to Nebraska Worker's Pockets

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 BySenator Ben Nelson It’s a new year and while our economy isn’t out of the woods yet, we’re seeing more daylight than we have and a lot more than two years ago at this time when every month about 500,000 Americans were losing their jobs. Part of why we’re getting back on the right track are major tax cuts Congress passed that enabled Nebraskans to keep more of their own money. They’ve spent it in thousands of ways locally, and so have people in every state, that have helped the economy nationally. Tax Cuts in Recovery Act Saved Nebraskans More than $346 million You may not realize that Congress passed those tax cuts because they were part of the Recovery Act enacted in early 2009 and got lost in all the usual political noisemaking in Washington. The Recovery Act’s Making Work Pay tax credit kept $9 million each week in the hands of Nebraskans. That tax credit went to more than 600,000 workers and working families, saving them $346 million in 2009 and millions more in 2010. That’s money Nebraskans spent on things like food and clothing and appliances, but also on business investment, boosting jobs and economic growth. Have You Heard of the New Tax Cuts? The Making Work Pay tax credit expired at the end of last year. Just in time, Congress approved a new major tax cut that will help every worker this year and next. Again, you might not have heard much about this new tax cut. It was tucked into the big bipartisan tax bill that got a lot of attention over whether to extend all of the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 that were expiring at the end of the year. I’m glad we came together to make sure that taxes don’t go up while we are still digging out of the recession. After the first of this year the new tax cut kicked and it is reducing the payroll tax by 2 percent for every worker in Nebraska and across our country. That means bigger paychecks, which people will put to good use stimulating our economy. The payroll tax cut goes to 159 million working Americans. The typical worker will see an average of $695 more in their paychecks this year. 1 Million Nebraskans Will See an Average of $713 More Nebraskans will make out a bit better. One million Nebraska workers are receiving aq 2 percent cut in their payroll taxes. As a result, the typical Nebraska worker will see $713 more this year and in 2012, according to the White House. Keeping $700 million each year in the hands of Nebraskans sounds like a good way to deliver the tools private citizens need to help turn our economy around. It’s certainly preferable to government spending the money. Nebraskans will use their payroll tax cut money to pay bills, buy goods, invest in new equipment and that will help with jobs, economic development and just keeping families afloat financially. People may not have heard enough about this new tax cut, but they’ll certainly feel it and our economy will be the better for it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lady Bobcats win Another Basketball game

The lady Bobcats defeated the Franklin girls by two points in Franklin Saturday. Blue Hill scoring was led by Kaitlin Kumke who scored 17 points. Alissa Overy and Maci Coffey each added seven points. Also scoring for Blue Hill were Jordyn Atwater with six, Emily Harrifeld 2 and Sara Alber with one. The girls now have a 7-4 record for the season. Their next game will be in Harvard Tuesday.

Boys Basketball Franklin 44 Blue Hill 36

The Blue Hill Bobcat boys basketball team was defeated by the Franklin Flyers in Franklin Saturday in an overtime. Brock Kumke led the Blue Hill scoring with 12 points. Matt Thramer had eight. Also scoring for Blue Hill were Derek Poe with and Maverick Busboom with four each, Justin Toepher and James Danehey with three each and Trent Kohmetscher with 2 points.

Terry A. Busboom 1957-2011

Terry A. Busboom, 53, of Blue Hill, Nebraska died Saturday, January 15, 2011 at his home in Blue Hill. Services will be held Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:30 P.M. at Merten-Butler Mortuary Chapel in Blue Hill, Nebraska. with Father Loras Grell Officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Ne. Memorials may be given to the family. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 12:00-8:00 P.M., Thursday from 9:00 until services at Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Ne. is in charge of arrangements. Terry was born on August 24, 1957 to Orval L. & Fae E. (Roth) Busboom at Hastings, Nebraska. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School, Fairfield, Nebraska. He moved to Blue Hill from Deweese, Ne. in 1996. He had worked at Marshaltown Instruments in Hastings, Shuck Engineering, Edgar, Ne. and was currently working at Blue Hill Care Center for the last twelve years. He loved to play video games and shoot pool. He is survived by his spouse: Monica Verbek, Blue Hill, Ne., a son, Loren Busboom and a daughter, Dakota Busboom, both of Blue Hill, Ne., a sister, Sharon (Jim) Nejezchleb, Deweese, Ne., numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, & Triplet Sons, Adam, Brian & Cody.

Phyllis E. Meyer 1929-2011

Phyllis E. Meyer, 82, of Blue Hill, Ne. died Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Mary Lanning Memorial Health Care, Hastings, Ne. Services will be held Thursday, January 20, 2011, 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska with Rev. Joshua Lowe Officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, in Blue Hill. Memorials may be given to the church.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 1:00-8:00 P.M., Wednesday, 9:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. at Merten-Butler Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church. Merten-Butler Mortuaryof Blue Hill is in charge of funeral arrangements. Phyllis was born on January 6, 1929 at Blue Hill to Henry A. and Grace C. (Piel) Seeman. She attended Trinity Lutheran Parochial School through the eighth grade and graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1946. She married Vernon A. Meyer on March 25, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. She taught school for two years after high school at a rural school south of Rosemont. She also worked at Courtrights, P & G, Barnasons and Price’s Super Markets. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Ladies Aid, Blue Hill, Ne. She is survived by two Sons: David (Madeline) Meyer, Blue Hill, Ne., Jim (Denece) Meyer, Blue Hill, Ne., a Son-In-Law: Mark Liess, Grand Island, Ne., a Daughter: Eileen (Lee) Saathoff, Hastings, Ne., twelve Grandchildren, fifteen Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter: Mary Liess, three brothers: Darrel, Robert and Donald Seeman, and a sister: Darlene Henderson.

Vandalism continues in Blue Hill Area

Saturday night/Sunday morning vandals stole and damaged vehicles from the Blue Hill community, AGAIN!. The incidents brought back memories of last summer (July) when a rash of crimes around the area included thefts and damages affecting a number of Blue Hill residents as well as residents in Adams and Clay counties. Robert Willicot's pickup was taken this weekend and when it was recovered, both the engine and transmission were seriously damaged as well as numerous dents. Sunday authorities from both the Webster Co. Sheriff's department and the Nebraska State Patrol were in Blue Hill asking several residents questions in relation to the thefts and damages. In the rash of crimes last summer three juveniles from Adams County were arrested and charged with numerous crimes of theft and vandalism. One was prosecuted. The others are still awaiting prosecution. They are also "persons of interest" in the cases of theft and vandalism in Webster and Clay counties last summer but no charges were brought or prosecuted in those counties. It is believed that these same individuals were responsible for this weekends crimes in Blue Hill as they closely resemble last summers incidents which continued for several weeks. The names of these juvenile delinquents have not been released by authorities. Again we warn all Blue Hill residents to avoid leaving keys in your vehicles and take measures to secure your property. Report suspicious behaviors to the proper authorities. Living in a small town should offer no feeling of security as these incidents continue to plague the community of Blue Hill.

Friday, January 14, 2011

SCCA Bull Bonanza in Blue Hill February 5

If you want to see bulls on Main Street and do not want to travel to Pamploma, Spain--- then you can simply travel to Blue Hill on Saturday, February 5. No they will not be running down the street - but instead safely confined in pens. The South Central Cattlemen Association is holding their third annual Bull Bonanza on the street running just west of the Community Center in Blue Hill, NE. Pens of bulls will line the street featuring consignments of bulls from cattlemen from across the south central Nebraska region. Display times will be from 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. The Bull Bonanza will provide an opportunity for area cattlemen to showcase their bulls! It also provides the opportunity for the public and potential bull buyers, from south central Nebraska and beyond, to view a very nice selection of area raised bulls of various breeds and ages. They can also visit with the cattlemen about their breeding/genetics program and their cattle, or perhaps discuss issues concerning the beef industry. Attendees can also register for a nice array of door prizes to be given away during the day. There will be a lunch available for guests at noon. It is a nice venue to have representation of the best beef genetics in the area all in one place so you can go from pen to pen and analyze the breeding and production potential of each bull. You can just come and look, talk to the cattlemen and of course if you find the “right one”, the bulls are for sale. The season for selecting next year’s bull is upon us and this is a great opportunity to get a head start. It will also be interesting for 4-H and FFA youth and the public to see the genetics that are available in south central Nebraska all in one place and talk to the cattlemen and families that raise them. There is still time if interested cattlemen would like to consign their bulls to the event. A registration form and entry fee is required. For questions or more information please call: Jamie Watts @ 402-984-0177 or Amber Illingworth @ 402-469-2952 or you may contact the Webster County UNL Extension office in Red Cloud (402-746-3417) or email if you would like a flyer and registration form.

Straight from the Horses Mouth

Duane A. Lienemann,
UNL Extension Educator,
Webster County January 14, 2011 Edition I had a unique opportunity to sit in the local co-op Wednesday morning to listen to the final 2010 US Crop Production report, along with the latest Grain Stocks & World Ag Supply/Demand reports – all released on January 12. Not only were the rolls and coffee good, it was fun listening to the farmers around the room talking about the possible scenarios and where they think things will end up. I thought I would expound on what I heard and what I think may be in our future. One thing that resonated with me is that the report showed that corn yields were 5 percent lower than the 2009 harvest; stocks of corn in elevators and farmers' storage bins is 8 percent lower than in November; and estimated US corn supplies for 2010-11 market year down 10%, the lowest since 1996. It also showed world-wide corn supplies at a 7 year low. As a result, corn for March delivery reached a two-year high of $6.35/bu. on the CBT. Soybeans, also hit with a lower-than-expected supply report, soared to $14.17/bu. on the CBT. With this bullish report, the markets look to stay relatively strong for grains for what I think will be a long future. But what affect does this have on livestock markets and food? What was interesting to me is that it wasn’t just grain markets that took off. Live cattle for March delivery went up to $110.20, and feeder cattle, those headed for feedlots for final fattening, climbed to $126.45, which as I understand it, is an all-time record. To round out the commodities grand slam for agriculture - hogs for February delivery matched the increase in cattle by taking them up to $81.12. How many of you have seen the rare occurrence of grain and livestock prices running parallel rather than in opposition directions? We're in the twilight zone with these prices and the fact that grain and livestock are going up at the same time. What a difference a couple of years can make. Hog and cattle producers will reportedly gain $6 billion to $8 billion in cash receipts from sales and it looks like they will enjoy their first profitable year at the end of 2010 after three consecutive years of losses. Although cattle and hog prices are up this year, I think that consumers have yet to feel the full force of the increases. Choice steak, for instance, on the average sells for 7 percent more at the supermarket counter than it did a year ago, although cattle prices are up 25 percent. While hog prices have risen 30 percent in the last year, ham and pork chop prices have risen by 7 to 10 percent, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. That is a big surprise to me, as it usually works the other way around. But there is no doubt in my mind that meat will become more expensive in 2011. I am certain we will now hear consumer alerts about raising fears about crop shortages and higher food prices. The price of retail pork and beef is going to have to go up. You're going to feel that at the grocery store as a consumer. There are a lot of factors that are contributing or will contribute. For instance, right now beef demand is partially being driven by flooding in Australia, which is likely to cause Asia to increase its imports of U.S. beef that are already running about 25 percent ahead of last year. We sometimes forget that we live in a global economy and that should not be lost on us as consumers and as producers. The high grain and livestock prices may be welcome for all of our producers and the state's economy, but farmers have learned that they can also bring political problems. I remember, as do most farmers and ag lenders I am sure, that the brief surge in corn prices above $7 per bushel in 2008 stimulated the "food vs. fuel" debate that continues to haunt the ethanol industry to this very day. While the United States and the world so far has avoided “food inflation”, the United Nations warned last week that high commodity prices raise the possibility of food riots in developing nations this year, where food costs can account for up to 80 percent of a typical household's income. Don’t think for a moment that won’t have an effect on us in the long run. In reading market reports and some trader blogs it seems that some traders expect corn to eventually push toward the record $8 per bushel achieved briefly in mid-2008. As most of you remember, prices that year fell back quickly, but not before wreaking hardship on livestock and ethanol producers. There are a lot of factors, including global in nature that will likely drive the price of grains higher. Many experts suggest that the United States has just a 20-day supply of corn available for ethanol, livestock feed and other uses. If that really is the case the market will have to ration corn use, and that means higher prices. It also looks like soybeans are going to be short so expect the same there. It could well be that the days of cheap food in America are coming to an end. The recent unprecedented rise that we have seen in agricultural commodity prices is showing no signs of letting up. It is just not grains and livestock. At the same time that corn futures reached a new 29-month high, and soybean futures reached a new 27-month high, in the past few days, sugar futures reached a new 30-year high, coffee futures reached a new 13-year high, orange juice futures reached a new 3-year high. We will see a spike in the price of all food coupled with the rise in energy/transportation costs. Ag economists estimate that it takes as long as six months for rising agricultural commodity prices to be felt by U.S. consumers in their local supermarket. Even if food producers and retailers accept substantially lower profit margins in 2011, we will likely see double-digit food price inflation across the board in the US, possibly even in the first half of the year. We have never really worried about inflation in the food production sector. I think we are going to see a new chapter in agriculture being written right in front of our eyes. Who is going to get the blame? Are you ready for a wild ride? The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: or go to the website at:


January 13, 2010 Lincoln, Ne -Gov. Dave Heineman delivered his State of the State address today focusing on opportunities to strengthen job creation and education across Nebraska. In addition to offering a balanced budget proposal that maintains tax relief programs enacted in recent years, the Governor proposed several jobs and education-related investments to continue Nebraska’s growth despite a slow national economic recovery.Blockquote “Today I am submitting a bold, innovative and strategic two-year budget and a four-year vision to make Nebraska the ideal place to create jobs and grow a business, the best place to obtain an education for students of all ages, and the perfect place to raise a family,” Gov. Heineman said. “This budget capitalizes on our positive momentum and sets the stage for a prosperous decade. “We will invest in Nebraska’s future by focusing on economic growth and jobs. We will invest in Nebraska’s young people by prioritizing education and by focusing on educational accountability.” The Governor is proposing a Talent & Innovation Initiative aimed at enhancing Nebraska’s economic momentum, which includes four proposals to: Create the Nebraska Internship Program to increase the number of college and university students interning with Nebraska businesses. Funded with $1.5 million annually in redirected job training funds and a 100 percent match from companies creating new internships, the program would provide job experience for juniors and seniors at the state’s four-year institutions or students in their second year at a Nebraska community college. Create the Business Innovation Act to provide competitive grants for private sector research at Nebraska institutions, technical assistance in new product development and testing, and help expand small business and entrepreneur outreach efforts. The effort will be paid for with $1.5 million in redirected funds and $5.5 million in new funding. Create the Site & Building Development Fund to increase the number of industrial and commercial sites available and ready for business development using $3 million in redirected resources and at least a one-to-one match from communities. Create an Angel Investment Tax Credit to incent investment in high-tech and other startup enterprises in Nebraska. Focused on small businesses with less than 25 employees, the program would be capped at $5 million annually, with $3 million coming from redirected funds and $2 million in new funding. The Talent & Innovation Initiative is based on recommendations provided in a 2010 comprehensive review of Nebraska’s economic climate by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and findings of the Legislature’s Innovation and Entrepreneurial Task Force. Gov. Heineman said, “Economic success and education success are linked together. We need both. We are focused on creating higher paying jobs and developing a more highly educated workforce. We want our graduates and young professionals to be prepared for high-quality, high-skill jobs with dynamic companies doing business right here in Nebraska.” The Governor’s budget proposal includes a one-time investment of $25 million to accelerate initial development of the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus in Lincoln. He also recommends directing $8.5 million from lottery funds for a virtual high school being developed by the Nebraska Department of Education and the university. Gov. Heineman said, “The University of Nebraska is a critical component to our state’s economic future. With its pending move to the Big Ten, the University of Nebraska has an outstanding opportunity to significantly increase student enrollment, expand its rapidly growing research base and develop public-private partnerships at Innovation Campus that will increase job opportunities for Nebraskans. This bold investment is needed now, not five years from now.” The Governor’s budget prioritizes education with funding for state aid to education remaining flat at $810 million in FY12, an additional $50 million in FY13 totaling $860 million for state aid to education, and no reduction in higher education funding for the University of Nebraska, state colleges and community colleges. Gov. Heineman said, “This budget is about setting priorities and making difficult decisions about the most important responsibilities of state government. I’ve listened to our citizens and their priorities are creating jobs, improving the economy and strengthening education. This budget reflects those priorities.” In order to prioritize investments in education and economic growth at a time when state revenues are projected to remain lower than FY08 levels, the Governor’s budget reduces funding for many state agencies and eliminates several programs. The need for further reductions has been offset by transferring $260 million from the Cash Reserve Fund. Finally, the Governor outlined a series of issues he intends to address over the next four years, including: continuing to lower taxes, reforming the state income tax system, restoring the Cash Reserve, achieving structural balance in the state budget, resolving roads infrastructure funding challenges, improving Nebraska’s child welfare system, and increasing educational accountability. Gov. Heineman said, “Governing requires making tough decisions and I am committed to tackling the challenges that lie ahead. We have an extraordinary opportunity to reshape the economic, education and family landscape of Nebraska. We’ve made exceptional progress during the past few years but we have more work to do. I have high expectations for our state and for what we can do for our citizens.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Edna Marie Meininger 1912-2011

Kenesaw resident, Edna Marie Meininger, 98, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Haven Home in Kenesaw, Nebraska. Services will be Saturday, January 15, 2011; 10:30 A.M. at Faith Lutheran Church, Hastings with Pastor Paul Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, near Lawrence, Nebraska. Visitation will be one hour prior to church service. Memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church.
Edna was born May 5, 1912 in Webster County, Nebraska to Fredrick & Caroline “Lena” (Bangert) Kirchner.
On March 23, 1935 she married Alfred E. Wolfe, they later divorced. On January 27, 1972 she married Clifford G. Meininger; he preceded her in death on January 5, 1987.
Edna worked for Swift, Lincoln Regional Center, and worked 24 years at the Hastings Regional Center. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Eagles, V.F.W. and American Legion Auxiliaries. Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford Meininger; and one sister, Esther Likes. Survivors include:Sons & Daughter-in-law: Jim & Darlene Wolfe – Hastings, NE Gary Wolfe – Juniata, NE Step-Daughter: Joyce Miller – Omaha, NE Sisters: Florine Wolfe – Salem, OR Dorothy Krack – Chula Vista, CA Brother & Sister-in-law: Orville & Betty Kirchner – Yankton, SD
Grandchildren: 4, Great-Grandchildren: 5, Step-Grandchildren: 5 Numerous Step-Great-Grandchildren

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Donna Rose Retiring as Webster County UNL Extension Office Manager

After more than a quarter of a century of service to UNL Extension at Webster County, Donna Rose is retiring as Office Manager. The official retirement was effective as of December 31, 2010; however, she has graciously consented to come in several days each of the coming months as the transition to a new Office Manager takes place. To celebrate her retirement there will be an open house at the Blue Hill Community Center on Sunday, February 6 from 3:00-5:00 pm. It is open to all of her friends, family, 4-H and FFA families and UNL Extension personnel from across the district and state. Please mark that date down and plan to help UNL Extension and Webster County say a well deserved thank you to a dedicated public servant. Donna has tirelessly put in 26 years as an office assistant and more recently as the Office Manager for the Webster County UNL Extension in Red Cloud, NE. She was a vital part of the Webster County 4-H program, Home Economics Program and Clubs, and was a familiar face greeting people as they came into the UNL Extension Office in Red Cloud or the 4-H Office at the Webster County Fairgrounds. The local County UNL Extension is well known as the front door of the University of Nebraska and Donna has always made sure that the moniker was upheld at Webster County. Her services went beyond the local level as she was active in district and state UNL Extension and 4-H events, including volunteering her skills working with the Static Exhibits at the Nebraska State Fair. Donna always went beyond the call of duty for UNL Extension and for the 4-H Program in Webster County. Donna lives with her husband Norman Rose on a diversified farm near Cowles, NE and has always been active in county events, her church, 4-H and FFA and of course on their farm. Her retirement now gives her more time to enjoy her many activities, crafts, family and grandchildren. The good news for the 4-H and UNL Extension in Webster County is that Carol Kumke has been selected and has agreed to take on the mantle of Webster County UNL Extension Office Manager. Carol resides in Campbell, NE with her husband Allen. Her family has been very active in agriculture and in the 4-H and FFA programs. Carol has a great background in 4-H and FFA, the Webster County Fair and of course working with young people. She has served previously as the school secretary in both Blue Hill and Red Cloud so is familiar with most of the families in Webster County and most people know her. There should be a seamless transition as Donna retires and Carol begins as the Webster County UNL Extension Office Manager.

Monday, January 10, 2011


It has been announced that there will be no school on Tuesday, January 11th due to the drifting snow. County road employees were working hard all day today but roads were closing behind them as the wind gust got up to 27 mph. They reported that most places in the North part of the county received at least 14 inches of snow in the last couple of days. In Blue Hill city limits neighbors were out helping out neightbors move snow on sidewalks and driveways with tractors and snow blowers as well as with snow shovels. The streets are now snow packed and will no doubt be icy so drivers need to move about with care as they get out and about.

Wrestling - Franklin Invitational

The Red Cloud/Blue Hill wrestling team placed thrid at the Franklin Invitational with 135.5 points Saturday. Franklin placed forth with 114 points. Minden came in sixth with 103 points. Superior placed eighth with 53 points and Wilcox-Hildreth placed 11th with 29 points. Other team placements were Southwest first with 198 points, Oberlin second with 172 points, Gibbon 5th, 109 points, Southern Valley 7th 65 points, Smith CEnter 9th with 56 points, and Alma 10th with 40 points. Levi Vogler (103) placed first for Red Cloud/Blue Hill. Dylan Shannon (130) Cale Olson (145), and Jared Krueger (160) placed second. Tanner Ruprecht (135) and Josh Norris (189) Placed third.

Shooting in Arizona

by Dewey Lienemann on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 11:09am Perhaps the sad event in Arizona will bring all people of all persuasions together for civility, cordial discourse and I hope common prayer for the victims, families and our country. It is hard to watch people and media trying to make this a political thing. Blame cannot however be pointed at anyone or any group besides the person who did this. Why and how does the action of a "whacko" who shows no allegiance to God or to any association, and seems aimless in his ramblings, become the "child" of any political party, ideology or other unrelated person? It seems to be the symptom of something deeper and more sinister in our Country. Finally a journalist who gets it - Hurrah to the Wall Street Journal.....

Quote of the Day

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weather Causes Cancellations

January 9, 2011 It has been announced that Area schools, Blue Hill, Red Cloud, Silver Lake, Lawrence/Nelson and Sandy Creek will be closed tomorrow. Hastings College is also closed. Right now the roads in Webster county are described as passable but with any wind they will close rapidly due to the accumulation of fluffy, light snow piling up.

Gov. Heineman Delivers Inaugural Address

Outlines Nebraska successes and promises balanced budget without tax increases January 6, 2011 (Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today delivered his Inaugural Address after being sworn in for a second full-term in office as the 39th Governor of Nebraska. He emphasized successes of the last six years and pledged to introduce a balanced budget for the FY 2011-2013 biennium during next week’s State of the State Address without raising taxes on Nebraskans. “We’ve worked together to control state spending,” Gov. Heineman said. “We know how to make tough decisions. It will require the elimination of some programs. The days when government could provide funding for every program are over.” The Governor emphasized that due to the hard work in previous years, Nebraska is in better economic shape than most of America, and is better positioned to invest in priorities for the state and future generations of Nebraskans. “My focus will be on initiatives that further economic growth and that strengthen education,” said Gov. Heineman. Gov. Heineman also noted that there have been major improvements in Nebraska’s business climate. He added that Nebraska schools are good, but can be better in the future, citing the academic achievement gap that must be addressed. “Because of our work together over the past several years, Nebraska is a better place to work, to live, and to raise a family,” Gov. Heineman said. “I am excited about the opportunities in front of us and I am enthusiastic about finding ways to resolve the challenges we face. Nebraska is a very special place and we proudly call Nebraska our home.”

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Boys Basketball Silver Lake 46 Blue Hill 28

Blue Hill boys fell behind in the first quarter of play against Silver Lake friday night and never were able to recover. High Point for Blue Hill was maverick Busboom with 6 points and Justin Toepher with 5 points. Trent Kohmetscher and Brock Kumke each had four points, James Danehey, Kyle Mans and Dakota Hoyt each had three. The Bobcats season record stands at 1 and 8. The next game for the Bobcats will be January 11th in Gibbon.


Friday Blue Hill girls basket ball team defeated the Silver Lake girls by a score of 46 to 23. High Pointer for the lady Bobcats was Jordyn Atwater with 15 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by kaitlin Kumke with twelve and Alissa Overy with 10 points. Maci Coffey had 6, April Faimon had 2 and Lexi Himmelberg had 1. The team now has five wins and four losses. Their next game is with Gibbon on January 11th.

Straight from the Horses Mouth

Duane A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator, Webster County
January 7, 2010 Edition
Can you believe that it is 2011? It will, of course, take me a while to adjust when writing dates to transition from the 10 to an 11.
I would assume everyone is well on their way towards implementing their New Year’s resolutions. I always have good intentions but seem to fall short.
One thing that I do not fall short on is news that relates to agriculture. As we ended 2010 and start 2011, several things bear looking at. Let’s, this week, look at some issues from last year that are certain to continue into and probably through 2011. Today’s farmers and growers face significant challenges, not only business and technical, but also future external policy and environmental challenges.
I read with interest the Nebraska Farm Bureau picks for agriculture's top issues in 2010 and forecasts for what will be agricultural challenges in 2011. They were about step for step with me in my thoughts and conclusions. There is no doubt in my mind that agriculture will continue to be a target for a variety of groups upset with modern food production. Farm Bureau had this as one of the top issues facing Nebraska farmers and ranchers in 2010 and I contend that it will be a top issue in 2011.
Animal rights groups continue to seek restrictions on animal husbandry practices. I think we will see increased pressure from these groups nationally and unfortunately right here in Nebraska. The Humane Society of the United States' visit to Lincoln last November shows increased activity by animal rights groups in our state. I have been warning about this for at least two years and unfortunately it looks like I was right. Even though Wayne Pacelle tried to convince people that HSUS weren’t targeting Nebraska, isn’t it ironic that they have two more “Informational” meetings scheduled next week in Nebraska. There will be on January 17 in Lincoln and another on January 18 in Elkhorn. So much for not being targeted, I suddenly felt a sharp pain somewhere in the vicinity of the seat of my pants.
I believe that even more than ever we in agriculture and especially our producers need to take an active stance against special interest groups that have been attacking agriculture on issues like animal welfare, food safety and the environment. This nonstop criticism of contemporary agriculture is something we must take seriously. It is vital to communicate about our values and how we continue to produce safe and affordable food in a humane and environmentally-friendly manner. We must not let the activists and self-appointed food experts drive a wedge between us as producers and even more importantly our consumers. We cannot be idle when others are seeking to reshape our industry to fulfill their idea of how agriculture should look. We must do a better job of telling our story. I see that as a must for 2011 and beyond. Animal rights aren’t the only issue in these attacks. High fructose corn syrup is attacked for contributing to obesity, ethanol is attacked in the food vs. fuel debate, and litigation threatens the continued production of GMO crops. Meat is condemned for supposedly causing cancer and bearing bacteria and even antibiotics. Farmers are being blamed for the increasing food prices. There are many misconceptions about agriculture. Farmers and ranchers must tell their story.
Next on the FB list, and once again I agree, is regulatory uncertainty. Nebraska agriculture faced a non-stop regulatory assault in 2010 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and I expect it to continue in 2011. I think I have talked in previous columns on all of them. They include, re-examination of Atrazine, spill prevention rules, potential regulation of irrigation engines by EPA, the possibility of a cow tax for GHG, and “particulate” or more easily described – dust regulations, are all prime examples of regulatory uncertainty faced by farmers and ranchers. The EPA has introduced massive new air and water regulations -- including some that have no real environmental impact but merely create a paperwork nightmare. Add to that the possibility of regulations mirroring the ill-fated Cap and Trade Act coming in the back door through the EPA and you can see my concern. Once again we need to tell our story. Farmers and ranchers are America's original environmentalists because their livelihoods depend on high-quality air, water and soil; if these regulations are fully implemented, they will have a huge negative effect on Nebraska's agricultural economy. Next on the list is the state of the economy and taxes. We know that we are facing this on both the federal and state levels.
There are horror stories on the deficit on the Federal level and we face a major challenge dealing with a $ 986 million budget shortfall right here in Nebraska. We don’t have much control on either one, but we know it will affect us through support programs, including most likely the 2012 Farm Bill. At the state and local level, property taxes are also an issue. Ag land values increased 12% statewide in 2010 from 2009, increasing the growing burden of property taxes. I would assume this increase will continue. This time of year I routinely hear about this as producers come down the stairs from paying their taxes. I understand the frustration but also know that we can’t have the amenities that we have without these levees. The good news here is that we did dodge the higher tax rates and had a two year extension of the “death” tax. The next issue is water. Whether it's the Republican River Compact compliance that we deal with in South Central Nebraska or integrated irrigation management, water issues continue for Nebraska agriculture and for our state. Nebraska agriculture and its economy relies on water, so it is imperative that everyone work together to make the best decisions for producers, local communities and Nebraska citizens.
Once again we need to be ready to tell our story!
The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: or go to the website at:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Smith Statement on Opening Day of 112th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) today released the following statement after the 112th Congress was sworn-in by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this afternoon. This will be the first time Republicans will hold the majority in Congress since Smith was elected. "I congratulate Speaker Boehner for leading the fight to confront the challenges ahead. Our nation's debt is more than $14 trillion, unemployment has pushed 10 percent for months, and the government health care takeover continues to create a climate of uncertainty. Now is the time for Congress to take steps to put our fiscal house in order, enact job-creating measures, and relieve American businesses from burdensome government regulations. "Starting today, the House of Representatives begins the process of repealing and replacing the health care law, identifying tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts, and listening to the American people. We must make the most of this opportunity to do what is right for our country," Smith said.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

IVAN 'IKE' R. KARR 1-27-1917 to 1-3-2011

Former Blue Hill resident Ivan "Ike" Roy Karr, 93, of Hastings died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Mary Lanning Memorial HealthCare in Hastings. Services are 3 p.m. Thursday at Blue Hill United Methodist Church with the Revs. Michael Lee Burgess and Baldeo Singh officiating. Private family burial will be at Blue Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Merten-Butler Mortuary in Blue Hill. There will be no visitation at the church. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Mary Lanning Hospice program or the Blue Hill United Methodist Church. ************************************************************************* Ivan was born January 27, 1917 near Blue Hill to Frank and Bertha (Samson) Karr. He attended Cloverton school through grade 10 and then attended Blue Hill High School graduating in 1935. After graduation Ivan moved to Denver, Colorado and worked in a resturant for three years. In 1939 he traveled to California with friends and worked in the date orchards. When World War II came and his older brother Phillip, enlisted Ivan was called home to farm for his father. He married Agnes Svoboda on February 13, 1941 and moved to a farm west of the Karr home place where they lived for five years. During this time two children were born, Betty (Karr) Kort and Robert Roy. In 1947 the family moved to the Karr home place. In 1972 they moved to Blue Hill. Ivan continued to farm until he retired in 1979. Ivan and Agnas moved to College View in Hastings in 2009, Ivan was active in the Blue Hill Community throughout his life. He served on the Cloverton School Board for many years, life his father before him. With school consolidation he was elected to the Blue Hill community school board of education and was proud of his participation in the construction of the new Blue Hill high school building. Ivan also served on the Farmers union coop elevator board for 16 years and the Blue Hill united Methodist Church board. He served on the West Gate Manor board for thirty years. Above all Ivan was dedicated to his family and to his passion for farming. He started his farming career in tradition of the pioneers, working with horse drawn machinery and he continued to farm through the transition to the high tech farming techniques of the modern era. His belief in the progress of rural America was well demonstrated through his many years of service on a variety of community boards. Beloved by family and friends he will be missed. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters; one brother; one grandson, Scott; and his son Robert. Survivors include his wife, to whom he was married for 69 years; children and spouses, Betty and Ron Kort of Hastings; daughter-in-law Pam Karr; six grand children and spouses, Vonda and Dave Tubbs of Aurora, Mike and Diane Karr of Blue Hill, Nicole and Jim Dietz of Grand Island, Dan and Mandy Karr of Aurora, Julie and Robert Wall of Frisco Texas, Amy Kort and husband George Smaragdis of Arlington, Va; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Albert 'Iky' Wademan 10-05-1909 to 01-01-11

Blue Hill resident Albert "Iky" Edward Wademan, 101, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Mary Lanning Memorial healthCare in Hastings. Services are Scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill. The Rev. Joshua Lowe will officiate. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Blue Hill. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Merten Butler Mortuary in Blue Hill and one hour prior to services at the Trinity Lutheran church. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church. *************************************** Albert Edward Wademan was born October 5, 1909, to Ferdinand and Louise (Fritz) Wademan on a farm south of Blue Hill, Nebraska. He attended School District #50 and then Trinity Lutheran Parochial School through the eighth grade. He married Esther M. Rose on May 21, 1938, at Smith Center Kansas, and they were married for 72 years. They were parents of four children. He farmed on the family farm four and one half miles south west of Blue Hill until he retired in October of 1980 and moved into Blue Hill. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife Esther of Blue Hill, Nebraska, three daughters, Phyllis (Don) Heath of Hastings, Donna (Bruce) Drury of Beaumont, Texas and Honora (Stanton) Schiller of Chesterfield, MO. One daughter-in-law, Roxanne Wademan of Blue Hill, eight grandchildren, Michael (Tammy) Drury of Beaumont, Texas, Joan ( Paul) Schiesler of Kountz, Texas, Jonathan (Amy) Drury of Spring, Texas, Shauneen Steppuhn of Hastings, Nebraska. Tyson (Tarin) Wademan of Sutton, Nebraska. Craig Schiller of St. Louis, Mo., Brad (Lauren) Schiller of Boston, Mass., and Todd Schiller of Seattle, Washington; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan and Kirk Schiesler, Hannah and Aaron Drury, Hayden Steppuhn and Conner and Macy Wademan. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Edward "Ed" Wademan, his parents;; three brothers and two sisters.

Farmer and Ranchers Cow/Calf College "Partners in Progress - Beef Seminar"

The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College “Partners in Progress – Beef Seminar” will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on January 18, 2011 with registration, coffee and donuts starting at 9:00 a.m. and going till 9:45 a.m. The program will run from 9:50 a.m. until approximately 3:45 p.m. This program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College and will feature several outstanding speakers discussing issues and management strategies that can affect the profitability of all beef producers. There is no cost for the event and the public is invited. It does include a noon meal which means that early registration is necessary. The “Cow/Calf College” will kick off at 9:50 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. John Pollak, Director of USMARC. He will be followed the first speaker, Dr. Larry Berger, UNL Animal Science Department Head, who will give an “Overview on the Direction of UNL Animal Science” and his vision for the future of animal science. He will be followed by Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association who will speak on the “Issues Facing Cattlemen in 2011.” There is no doubt that we are and will be facing a plethora of issues that affect animal agriculture, learn what they are. Next on the morning agenda will be Willow Holoubek, director of Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), who will address “Standing Up for Animal Agriculture.” Which is an important topic considering the attacks that have been made upon animal agriculture by groups like HSUS and PETA. Lunch will be provided and will be rotated in during the noon session featuring area cattlemen, Ken and Zach Herz, who will provide two sessions on “Construction of Bedded Manure Pack Beef Barn”. These sessions will highlight the large 200’ by 100’ barn that was built for confined beef management. It is one of the first in Nebraska. They will show what thought and research went into the planning and construction, and then will give an oral and pictorial presentation on the construction and utilization of the new facility. The barn is located a mile east and a mile south of Lawrence, NE. The afternoon session will feature two well known UNL specialists. At 1:30 pm, Dr. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension Beef Specialist, will discuss “Feeding Ethanol By-Products to Forage Fed Cattle”. There will be copies of the new manual of the same name available for attendees. Dr. Darrell Mark, UNL Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, will explain some “Marketing Plans for the Cow/Calf Operation.” All presenters will then join on stage to pull everything together, give their final thoughts and considerations and then avail themselves for a coffee-shop style panel discussion during which cattlemen can ask questions and get answers on topic questions that came to them during the day’s sessions. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Larry Berger. Door prizes will be awarded to those that stay for the entire event. Any beef producer or other interested individual should pre-register by Thursday, January 13th, 2011, at the UNL Extension Office at 621 North Cedar, Red Cloud, NE 68930 or call (402) 746-3417 to insure a seat and lunch. Walk-ins are accepted, but may not get a lunch. You may also email your registration to Dewey Lienemann at: Further information may be found at the Webster County UNL Extension site at: