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The Ag Commodities Building is where to find the latest information on crops grown in Nebraska.
COME ON IN: The Ag Commodities Building is where to find the latest information on crops grown in Nebraska.

Commodity groups partner for ‘Ag Strong: Growing Value’

Corn, grain sorghum, soybean and wheat producers come together for Husker Harvest Days exhibit.

Building partnerships as well as adding value is important in all segments of agriculture. Nebraska’s corn, grain sorghum, soybean and wheat producers are partnering at one location with their exhibits during Husker Harvest Days.

You can learn about the latest developments in value-added agriculture and gather new information at the Ag Commodities Building at the eastern side of the exhibit field on Main Street.

Eight groups in the building will also communicate value-added opportunities and the importance of trade within their commodities through their “Ag Strong: Growing Value” exhibit.

The eight entities participating are Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board and Nebraska Wheat Board.

Championing corn

From toothpaste to fuel, corn is essential in more than 4,000 products used each day. And all of these add value for Nebraska’s corn farmers.

At this year’s Husker Harvest Days, see and experience the many uses of Nebraska corn. Representatives from the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association will be on hand to talk about how multiple uses help strengthen the state’s corn industry.

While visiting the Ag Commodities Building at Husker Harvest Days, make sure to grab a cold can of Coca-Cola — just another example of one of the 4,000-plus products derived from corn.

Husker Harvest Days is also a great time to sign up or renew NeCGA membership to further advocate for Nebraska’s corn industry.

What’s new with wheat?

The Nebraska Wheat Growers Association and the Nebraska Wheat Board look forward to hosting a display with Nebraska’s other grain-producing organizations at Husker Harvest Days.

The Nebraska Wheat booth will feature the most recent wheat variety survey and fall seed guide, along with information on fertilizing for protein in wheat, disease mitigation and global trade challenges for wheat. Recipes will also be available.

In addition, visitors can purchase NWGA memberships at a special discounted Husker Harvest Days rate. Representatives of both organizations will be on hand to answer producer questions about wheat, the checkoff and NWGA’s efforts on state and federal farm policies.

Sorghum trade talk

“Sorghum exports represent a large portion of the U.S. sorghum market,” says Lynn Belitz, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers president, who farms near Fullerton, Neb. “Trade policy and international market development are, therefore, a top priority in our efforts achieve greater profit opportunities for producers.”

NeGSPA and the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board work collaboratively through the Sorghum Checkoff to promote the value of U.S. sorghum abroad.

“Producer education is also an important component of our efforts,” Belitz says. In addition to market information, the sorghum booth will feature sorghum production information and yield data.

“Consumer demand for sorghum as a versatile, healthy ancient grain continues to expand,” says Mike Baker, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board chairman, who farms near Trenton, Neb. “We’ll have our famous sorghum cookies to share with show attendees.”

Visit the booth to get recipes and nutritional information. Learn how sorghum can fit into every busy, healthy lifestyle.

Soybean ‘cropportunities’

Since its inception, the soy checkoff has existed for one reason: to create profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers. The checkoff calls these “cropportunities.”

Soy is in your tires, your seat and your fuel tank. It feeds the chickens, pigs and cows. It’s the oil used for baking, frying and drizzling over salads. Finding new uses for soy is what has grown the U.S. soybean industry from $11 billion to $41 billion in the last 25 years.

Nebraska Soybean Association directors continue to engage with producers to discuss the benefits of becoming a member. By joining, you help provide a voice for Nebraska soybean farmers at the state and federal level through advocacy and legislative representation.

Issues front and center include support for action on trade policy, property tax reform, farm bill implementation and regulatory policies. Join the association at HHD and be entered to win a $500 voucher toward the purchase of a set of Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready soybean tires.

Be sure to check out the “cropportunities” adding value to your soy. The Nebraska Soybean Checkoff and Nebraska Soybean Association look forward to joining you at Husker Harvest Days.

Make your plans to stop by the Ag Commodities Building along Main Street at Lot 10. Learn how the ag commodity groups continue to be “Ag Strong: Growing Value.”

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