LINCOLN — Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) held their 106th annual state convention in Norfolk at the Divots Conference Center December 6-7. The convention theme was: “Harnessing the Power of Organization to Serve Family Farm Agriculture Since 1913.” The attendance was good and the weather cooperated as NeFU members elected officers, set policy, and heard from 25 speakers on the issues facing agriculture in the year ahead.
NeFU Election Results:
John Hansen was re-elected to his 16th two-year term without opposition. Hansen’s 30 years at the helm as president is the longest in the organization’s 106 year history. Elton Berck served 17 years from 1957 to 1974.
Delegates from their respective districts elected two NeFU Board of Directors. Mary Alice Corman of Edgar was re-elected to a three-year term from NeFU District 3. Art Tanderup of Neligh was elected to a three year term from District 7 replacing retiring director Martin Kleinschmit of Hartington.
Three delegates from the membership were elected as delegates to the 118th National Farmers Union convention in Savannah, Georgia March 1-3, 2020. Bill Armbrust of Elkhorn, Paul Theobald of Osmond, and Norm Wallman of Cortland were elected to represent NeFU as delegates. Shannon Graves of Bradshaw, Randy Ruppert of Nickerson, and Darrel Buschkoetter of Lawrence were elected first, second and third alternates.
Ron Todd-Meyer of Lincoln was re-elected by the membership to serve on the NeFU Foundation Board, and Al Davis of Hyannis was elected from the NeFU Board of Directors as its Foundation representative.
President’s Award Winners:
The President’s Award is NeFU’s highest award, and is presented to individuals who provide outstanding service and leadership to family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities at the state or national levels.
This year’s President’s Award winners were Craig Larson, retiring General Manager of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association, Martin Kleinschmit of Hartington, retiring NeFU District 7 Director, and the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. “All three award winners, in their own way, went above and beyond in their commitment to providing services and leadership of family farmers, ranchers, and the rural community,” said NeFU President John Hansen. “Rural Nebraska is a better place thanks to their efforts.”
NeFU delegates set policy. Vern Jantzen, NeFU Policy chair, guided NeFU delegates as they adopted the 2019-2020 NeFU policy Saturday afternoon along with six Special Orders of Business. The issues covered by the Special Orders of Business included: Climate Change, Hemp Production, Corporate Tax Incentives, Net Metering, Property Tax Relief, and Rural Broadband.
The new policy and the Special Orders of Business will be posted on the NeFU website within the week at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org.
Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 3,950 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.
— Nebraska Farmers Union
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