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Magical Moments at the NEFB

Greg Hoegermeyer (left) and Chris Popken share a laugh at the first NEFB Leaders Alumni Reception.

Greg Hoegermeyer (left) and Chris Popken share a laugh at the first NEFB Leaders Alumni Reception.

Carol Hudkins of Lancaster County (left) and Doris Olsen of Perkins County were able to reconnect at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention.

Carol Hudkins of Lancaster County (left) and Doris Olsen of Perkins County were able to reconnect at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention.

Carson Maricle of Boone County shares his ideas during the Collegiate Discussion Meet final round. This was the first year the Collegiate Discussion Meet was held.

Carson Maricle of Boone County shares his ideas during the Collegiate Discussion Meet final round. This was the first year the Collegiate Discussion Meet was held.

Longtime Nebraska Farm Bureau members Ellen Hellerich and her husband, Gary, enjoyed another NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention. Ellen was the 2023 Silver Eagle Award winner.

Longtime Nebraska Farm Bureau members Ellen Hellerich and her husband, Gary, enjoyed another NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention. Ellen was the 2023 Silver Eagle Award winner.

Collegiate Farm Bureau member Jakob Andreasen valued the many networking opportunities at the convention.

Collegiate Farm Bureau member Jakob Andreasen valued the many networking opportunities at the convention.

Dawson County Farm Bureau member Clay Patton was part of the delegate action Dec. 5.

Dawson County Farm Bureau member Clay Patton was part of the delegate action Dec. 5.

Sheridan Swotek was a final four contestant in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet.

Sheridan Swotek was a final four contestant in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet.

FBI Special Agent Bryan Militello had Farm Bureau members on the edge of their seats with the stories told at his session. He talked about how important it is to secure your  intellectual property/trade secrets.

FBI Special Agent Bryan Militello had Farm Bureau members on the edge of their seats with the stories told at his session. He talked about how important it is to secure your intellectual property/trade secrets.

Grower’s Gala celebrates agriculture and thanks its supporters

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation held its annual Grower’s Gala on Dec. 4 during the 2023 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention. The evening included dinner, a live auction and an 80s dance party.

Lancaster County Farm Bureau sponsored the annual “deck of cards” raffle, and Rosie Sugden of Johnson County Farm Bureau was the lucky winner of a Benelli Monefeltro Silver Shotgun.

“The Grower’s Gala provides an exciting opportunity to say a heartful thank you to so many of our supporters who make progress possible in agricultural literacy in Nebraska,” said Megahn Schafer, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation executive director.

More than $65,000 was raised at the annual celebration to support the growing Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program, scholarship and awards, and consumer engagement efforts.

“Thank you to our sponsors and donors for the for the generous gifts made at the Grower’s Gala! With your gifts, even more Nebraska students and families will experience agriculture and all it offers to our state. I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Lona Thompson, senior director of development.

The evening also recognized retiring board members Vice President Matt Gunderson and Bob Campbell. Retiring Promotion and Education Committee members were also recognized: Natasha Schumacher of Box Butte County and Julie Wilke of Platte County.

“These volunteers have provided countless hours of service. They expand our team and grow the reach of our programs across Nebraska. It has been an honor to work alongside them,” said Schafer.

Lacy Wickham, vice president Farm Bureau Financial Services, updated the group on the positive growth of the company and its collaboration with the federation and foundation to benefit our members.

Lacy Wickham, vice president Farm Bureau Financial Services, updated the group on the positive growth of the company and its collaboration with the federation and foundation to benefit our members.

Bruce Tiedeman, president of Lancaster County Farm Bureau (right), presents the Benelli Motefeltro Silver Shotgun to Terry Keebler, holding the winning card for Rosie Sugden, Johnson County (not present).

Bruce Tiedeman, president of Lancaster County Farm Bureau (right), presents the Benelli Motefeltro Silver Shotgun to Terry Keebler, holding the winning card for Rosie Sugden, Johnson County (not present).

Steven Stroup, Dundy County, raises his card in support of agriculture literacy.

Steven Stroup, Dundy County, raises his card in support of agriculture literacy.

Bright neon colors were the fashion choice for guests ready to rock the night away.

Bright neon colors were the fashion choice for guests ready to rock the night away.

The foundation honored retiring board member Matt Gunderson (left), Sarpy County, vice president and Promotion & Education Committee members Natasha Schumacher, Box Butte County and Julie Wilke, Platte County. Not present, board member Bob Campbell, Lancaster County.

The foundation honored retiring board member Matt Gunderson (left), Sarpy County, vice president and Promotion & Education Committee members Natasha Schumacher, Box Butte County and Julie Wilke, Platte County. Not present, board member Bob Campbell, Lancaster County.

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