Nebraska farmers and ranchers receive thank you on Ag Day |

Nebraska farmers and ranchers receive thank you on Ag Day

Thursday March, 8 was National Ag Day. The event was celebrated across the nation and close to home. Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers were thanked by the governor and several ag groups throughout the state who used the radio, television and printed materials to spread the message.

Governor Dave Heinemann declared Nebraska Ag Week March 4-10, with Ag Day being March 8th. Nebraskans were encouraged to celebrate the contributions agriculture makes to our lives every day. According to a news release on the Governor’s website, he is quoted as saying, “Nebraska Agriculture Week offers a time to acknowledge our appreciation for the hard working farmers and ranchers in our state. Agriculture plays an essential role in our daily lives. Nebraskans greatly appreciate our farmers and ranchers, and I encourage all to recognize the significance the agricultural industry plays in our state.”

As part of Nebraska’s celebration of National Ag Week, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture hosted its ninth annual poster contest. Over 1,400 entries from first through sixth grade students from across Nebraska where judged for their creative appeal and representation of farmers and ranchers. Governor Heineman and Director Ibach announced the winners, whose posters can be viewed online at This year’s theme was: “Nebraska Agriculture: Feeding My Family.”

Throughout Ag Week the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council went on air with Lincoln county radio station 96 Kicks each morning to help educate listeners about agriculture. On March 8th, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture worked with Common Ground member Kristen Eggerling of Martell, Neb., to further spread the message about agriculture by speaking on several of the Three Eagles Communications’ stations.

Also on Ag Day, the Agribusiness Club, along with Three Eagles Communications produced a remote location broadcast from a Super Saver grocery store in Lincoln. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture had staff and the Agricultural Youth Council members on site to play agricultural jeopardy and make a “farm in a bag” with children visiting the store. Prairieland Dairy provided a dairy calf for store patrons to pet and the pork producers played “rattle paddle put-put” with store shoppers. The Nebraska Ethanol Board also had staff and a display in the store. 96 Kicks broadcasted live from the store to share the importance of making the farm to grocery store connection for consumers.

Although Nebraska Ag Week ends March, 10, Gov. Heineman, Farm Bureau representatives, and Greg Ibach, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture continued spreading the Ag Week message as they took a tour around Nebraska on Friday, March 16. The public was invited to attend the tour stops which started in Ainsworth at Ainsworth High School, then traveled to an event in Alliance at the Performing Arts Center. The tour wrapped up at 1:30 p.m. CT in Grand Island at Northwest High School.

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