Photos by Curt Arens
GOVERNOR SPEAKS: At the annual Nebraska State Dairy Association convention Feb. 25 in Columbus, Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed challenges and opportunities in adding value to dairy products and attracting new processing to Nebraska.
CHECKOFF: Molly Pelzer, CEO of Midwest Dairy, told producers at the annual NSDA convention about efforts to increase dairy demand.
FROM THE PRESIDENT: Bill Thiele, president of NSDA, introduced Gov. Pete Ricketts during the noon luncheon at the annual NSDA convention. Thiele, of Clearwater, has served for the past several years as president of NSDA and operates Thiele Dairy with his family.
HERE’S YOUR SIGN: Gov. Pete Ricketts told producers that the state Department of Agriculture and Department of Economic Development were focused on bringing new processing to Nebraska to allow dairy operations to expand.
EXPLAINING DAIRY GROWTH: NSDA executive director Kris Bousquet (center) was one of the panelists who described the work of the dairy checkoff toward increasing dairy demand across the country.
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: One sign on stage at the NSDA convention lauded several aspects of Nebraska agriculture that should be attractive to those considering relocating their dairies in the state, or expanding dairy operations and processing.