Nebraska’s Advantage

Jenny does a nice job of discussing a white paper that was produced by UNL and where growth in Nebraska may/may not be able to increase. Do your states have agricultural expansion plans? Have these conversations happened in your state?

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This week, I’d like to share some information that came out in a white paper from the UNL nebraska advantageAgricultural Economics Department on the special relationship we have here in Nebraska between crops, livestock, and biofuel production capacity not found in other parts of the U.S. to the extent we have here.  It’s called the “Nebraska Advantage”.

I think it’s important for all of ag industry to realize we need each other as it seems we sometimes forget how inter-dependent we are.  Crop producers need the livestock and ethanol industries as they are a high percentage of our end users.  Yet many times I hear of crop producers fighting livestock expansion or livestock coming into an area.  The purpose of the white paper was to share the numbers of where Nebraska livestock, grain production, and ethanol production currently stands, and what Nebraska could gain if we worked to increase livestock production…

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It’s a family thing…Fun Fact Friday

During the holiday season we reflect on the past year, spend time with family and loved ones, and prepare for a new and fresh year.

Speaking of families, did you know that of approximately 2.2 million farms in America, 97% are operated by families, family partnerships, or family corporations! (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation).

It is a common misconception that many American farms are “factory farms” – which is simply untrue. Personally, every single farm and ranch I know is family operated and/or owned (by some very fine people I might add).


This a photo from my wedding day of my immediate family. Both my Mom and Dad’s families were ranchers, and my sister and I are the 4th generation born and raised on our family’s ranch.

Alternatives to turkey on Thanksgiving Day?!

Thanksgiving, a.k.a.”Turkey Day” is upon us. I wanted to share with you an interesting article that was recently put out by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the cost of the traditional turkey Thanksgiving meal.

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal in 2013 is down from the previous year —

The 28th annual American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. This is less than $5 per serving!

“America’s farm and ranch families are honored to produce the food from our nation’s land for family Thanksgiving celebrations,” said AFBF President, Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas.

The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers.

The bulk of the cost is the 16-pound turkey at $21.76 this year, roughly $1.36 per pound. The article states that if you have the patience to wait until the last-minute to buy a turkey, an exceptional bargain may be found.

The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.

Turkey_Gravy_Cran_4  Roasted turkey

For fun I wanted to know what the price would look like if the main entrée, turkey in this case, was replaced with other holiday meat favorites…

An average beef roast would be $4.82 per pound

5509.00 Peppered Ribeye Roast with Roasted Garlic Sauce _pwm Beef Rib Roast

An average beef steak would be $6.36 per pound

5512.00 Spicy Ribeyes with Ginger-Orange Grilled Carrots_pwm Grilled Ribeye

An average ham would be $4.30 per pound

F1184at Spiral Cut Ham

These prices were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, current as of Oct. 2013.

There are many delicious meaty options to grace the center of your plate this Thanksgiving, which one is your family indulging in?