Moosletter: February 2019

Moosletter: February 2019
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February 2019                                                                   Volume : 5 Issue: 2
Nebraska Dairy Update with Steve Martin, new Executive Director with A-FAN.

NSDA Convention

The 2019 NSDA Annual Convention is this month!
February 26, 2019
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
Columbus, NE

Schedule of Events
*Subject to change
8:30-4:30 Trade Show
8:30 Nebraska Dairy Review Board
9:30-10:30 Nutrition Panel: BMR Corn Silage, Dairy Quality Alfalfa, and Cover Crops
10:30-12:00 Nebraska Holstein Association Annual Meeting
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Dairy Checkoff Update featuring Lucas Lentsch, Midwest Dairy CEO and Lowell Mueller, Nebraska Dairy Farmer
           Lowell, through his membership on the DMI's Export Committee and Oversight Committee with USDEC, participated in a trade mission to Japan and will be offering highlights.  
1:15-2:45 NSDA Annual Meeting
2:45-3:15 Risk Management tools and the Farm Bill with Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
3:15-4:15 Ice Cream Bar on Trade Show Floor
3:45-4:45 Farm Management Panel: Evaluations vs Audits, Improving Animal Care, Animal Transportation Update
4:30-5:30 Dairy Girl Network
5:15-6:30 Wine & Cheese Reception
6:30 Banquet
        Dairy Production Awards
        Dairy Trade and National Policy, Chris Galen, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)
        Dairy Princess Coronation
7 benchmarks for the best bedding quality

Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator headshotOriginally appeared in Progressive Dairyman website January 21, 2019.
Promoting a surface on which cows want to lie down is about more than just comfort. The bedding material a dairy chooses plays a critical role in preventing mastitis, reducing injury, regulating temperature and fitting into the overall management system.

One measure of bedding quality is the concentration of environmental pathogens, which play a role in milk quality and are major causes of mastitis – clinical and subclinical. Environmental pathogen concentrations are impacted by the dry matter and pH of the bedding materials. As bedding dry matter increases, the concentration of environmental pathogens decreases, and as the pH of the bedding material increases, environmental pathogen concentrations increase. Click here to continue reading. 

NSDA Legislative Update
With the Legislative session in full swing,  the NSDA continues to work with The Agriculture Leaders Working Group, (ALWG) which includes member-elected leaders from the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association, and Nebraska Wheat Growers.

One of the key issues continues to be the property tax issue, including the impact of school funding.  The Nebraska Agriculture Leaders Working Group has announced its support for a bill introduced by Sen. Curt Friesen to fix major inequities in how Nebraska funds K-12 schools, while lowering property taxes for all Nebraskans. With numerous legislative proposals dealing with school funding and tax relief having been introduced, the agriculture leaders believe LB 497 is the best bill from which to start.

 Other issues include:
LB 513: Change requirements for the issuance of certain school district bonds  For school districts in which 75% or more of the tax base is classified as agricultural, requires 60% affirmative vote for bond elections. Retains 50% standard in all other school districts  

 LB227:  Redefine terms and change determination of a public or private nuisance under the Nebraska Right to Farm Act  Extends protections under the Nebraska Right to Farm Act for farms and public grain warehouse operations when the operation, after having been in existence for more than one year, changes from one type of farm to another, changes in ownership or size, adopts new technology, or utilizes reasonable techniques to mitigate dust, noise, insects, and odors and otherwise complies with applicable zoning regulations.

 LB333: Update federal references and redefine a term under the Nebraska Milk Act  Adopts the FDA required updates of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and other national standards for milk safety and sanitation.
LB184: Adopt the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act  Provides uniform set of procedures, rates, fees, and permitting conditions for deployment of small cell wireless facilities and infrastructure throughout the State.
And then,  Legislative Resolution 13, introduced by Senator Dave Murman, , to Urge federal agencies of the U.S. Government responsible for food labeling to establish and enforce standards for nomenclature of plant-based imitation milk and dairy food products Proposes a resolution that urges appropriate federal agencies to establish and enforce clear identity standards for milk and dairy products and encourages the FDA to exclusively reserve the terms milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, and cheese for products derived from real dairy origin.
2019 Nebraska Dairy Ambassadors are Selected

Six new Dairy Ambassadors were selected to represent Nebraska's Dairy Industry - Dawn Klabenes, Jessilyn Sayers, Marissa Kegley, Hannah Lowe, Erin Muntz, and Liz Ruskamp. 

Two Ambassadors, Dawn Klabenes and Jessilyn Sayers, are third year Ambassadors and will serve as leaders and mentors for the four first-year Ambassadors.  

Dawn Klabenes is a junior Animal Science major with a minor in Ag Communications from Chambers, Nebraska.  She is a third year Dairy Ambassador and also a Dairy Extension Intern.  Dawn hopes to advance her communications skills and become a better advocate for dairy.

Jessilyn "Jessi" Sayers is a junior Animal Science major from Clarkson, Nebraska.  she grew up on a small dairy farm and is a third-year Dairy Ambassador.  For the past three years, Jessi has worked at the UNL Dairy Research facilities on campus.  She hopes to serve as a mentor for the first year Ambassadors and create new ways to improve the program while staying connected in the dairy industry. 
Marissa Kegley is a junior Animal Science major from Kearney, Nebraska where she grew up on her family farm.  She has been involved in dairy judging for both 4-H and FFA.  Marissa hopes to become a better advocate for the dairy industry and further develop her leadership skills.  She is using this opportunity to learn more about the dairy industry to better serve her clientele as a veterinarian. 
Hannah Lowe is a Sophomore Animal Science major from Murray, Nebraska.  She is actively involve in a number of activities on campus including Block and Bridle, Ag Education Club and the NPPA Pork Mentorship Program. Hannah hopes to become a better advocate for dairy and communicate with consumers about agriculture.  

Erin Muntz is a sophomore Animal Science major from Louisville, Nebraska where she grew up on her family's dairy farm.  Erin hopes to promote the dairy industry and give a voice to farmers and producers.  She wants to encourage the public to learn more about the great aspects of the dairy industry.  

Liz Ruskamp is a junior Animal Science major from North Bend, Nebraska.  She grew up on a small alfalfa and wheat and cow-calf pair farm.  Liz is hoping to expand her knowledge of the dairy industry to promote the dairy industry to consumers.  
2019 Nebraska Dairy Ambassadorsfrom left to right: Marissa Kegley, Jessilyn Sayers, Dawn Klabenes, Erin Muntz, Hannah Lowe, Liz Ruskamp
2019 Ambassadors (L to R): Marissa Kegley, Jessilyn Sayers, Dawn Klabenes, Erin Muntz, Hannah Lowe, Liz Ruskamp.  
In this Issue
  • Nebraska Dairy Update with Steve Martin
  • NSDA Annual Convention
  • 7 Bedding Benchmarks
  • NSDA Legislative Update
  • 2019 Dairy Ambassadors
Calendar of Events

Visit for event information

26: Nebraska State Dairy Association Annual Convention; Columbus, NE.  

15: Dairy Genetics Webinar with Dr. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota.  Visit for information and to register.

Dairy Tours in Western Kansas

24: Hoof Care and Health workshop; Columbus

Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Rod Johnson, Exec. Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
Are you an NSDA member? Click here for membership information.
Nebraska Extension logo
Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Thank you to our sponsors
Thank you to our sponsors
Automated Dairy Specialists      Aschoff Construction     Midwest Dairy     Nebraska Corn Board   
Enogen Feed    Farm Credit Services     Frontier Mills, Inc.   Nebraska Vet Services    
Nebraska Soybean Board    Nutrient Advisors
Ag Processing, Inc./Amino Plus   Cappel Sales, Inc.  Diamond V  Gallagher  Midwest Livestock Systems   Nebraska Dairy Systems    Progressive Nutrition
Advanced Comfort Technology/DCC Waterbeds   Agri-King, Inc   AgVenture The Seed Company     Alltech     Animal Health International   Balchem Animal Nutrition   Central Confinement Services, Ltd   Central Dairy Supply   DeHaan, Grabs & Associates, LLC   Elosyl Products, Inc.   Heartland Builders    Hiland Dairy Foods    IDEXX LALA Branded Products     Legend Seeds   LG Pumping   Multimin USA   USDA-NASS, Northern Plains Region   Peterson Ag Systems   Phibro Animal Health Corporation   Select Sires MidAmerica   Sioux Automation Center, Inc.   ST Genetics   West Point Dairy Products, LLC.
Agropur   American Agco Trading Company    Associated Milk Producers, Inc.  CMP Dairy Consulting    Connor Agriscience    Dairy Farmers of America     Elanco   Form-A-Feed   Nebraska Cattlemen   Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation   Nebraska Public Power District   XFE Products  
Dairy Booster
Bills Volume Sales, Inc.      Holstein Association USA  Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska   Nebraska Dairy Extension    We Support Ag    Nebraska Department of Agriculture   
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
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