December 4-6 – Younes Convention Center in Kearney – Photos by Cassie Hoebelheinrich
Mark McHargue, NEFB president, introduces Gov.-elect Jim Pillen at the Tuesday night annual banquet. It was a special night with more than 450 people in attendance.
Merit McHargue enjoyed the NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention. Merit is the son of Andrew and Emily McHargue and the grandson of NEFB President Mark McHargue and his wife, Judi. During the President’s Address on Dec. 5, Merit was listening intently and cheering on papa during the speech for 300 Farm Bureau members.
Sherry Vinton, of Arthur County (right) the new state director of agriculture, was happy to see the delegates elect Katie Olson as the first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.
Climate was a big topic of conversation among the delegates and during a convention workshop on climate markets. Lukas Fricke of Butler County Farm Bureau (right) shared his experience with climate markets with Jim Lunz of Dixon County and James Olson of Holt County.
The NEFB-PAC Reception was a popular gathering point at the start of the NEFB Annual meeting Dec. 4. Joe and Jaden Melnick of Adams/Webster County enjoy some ice cream during the event. The reception auctioned off dinner with Gov.-elect Jim Pillen and a guided hunt in the sandhills on Sherry Vinton’s ranch near Arthur. More than $10,000 was raised.
Collegiate Farm Bureau members from Chadron and UNL came to the NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention. axThey enjoyed talking with state senators and understanding more about how to engage in Farm Bureau.
Andrew Walmsley with the American Farm Bureau (left) put on a workshop talking about national issues facing agriculture in 2023. Walmsley spoke with John Nelson of Platte County about the next Farm Bill.
John Martin of Buffalo County (left) and Duane and Deb Miller of Thayer County listened as Jim Schmutz of the FBI Omaha office offered ideas to farmers and ranchers on how they can protect themselves from a cybersecurity attack during a cybersecurity at the Nebraska Farm Bureau convention.
Keynote speaker Jolene Brown was popular with Nebraska Bureau members. After her session, Jolene talks with Doug Winz of Harlan/Furnas County (left), Larry Hudkins of Lancaster County and David Grimes, South Central Region NEFB board member and a member of the Kearney/Franklin County Bureau.