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Gov. Pete Ricketts will speak at the annual NSDA convention March 18 in Columbus.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

February 24, 2021

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Governor Pete Ricketts spoke to dairy farmers meeting in Columbus for the annual NSDA convention in 2020.
BEFORE COVID-19: Last winter, just before the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Pete Ricketts spoke to dairy farmers at the annual NSDA convention in Columbus, Neb. Ricketts will address the group once again March 18.Curt Arens

One of the last in-person farm meetings to take place in 2020 was the Nebraska State Dairy Association Convention last February in Columbus. Here we are more than a year later, and the 135th NSDA Convention is planned once again for March 18 at the Ramada Inn in Columbus.

NSDA is one of the oldest continually operating farm organizations in Nebraska, dating back to the first organization president, S.C. Bassett, who took the helm in 1885.

Things have changed dramatically for dairy farmers in the state since then, but one thing hasn’t changed. Dairy producers still gather each year to network with each other, learn more about the industry and look over new products to make life easier on the farm.

Things will kick off March 18 with the Nebraska Dairy Industry Review Board meeting at 8 a.m., followed by the Nebraska Holstein Association annual meeting at 9 a.m. Thiele Dairy and Rob Shafer will present a program on farm transition planning at 10:30 a.m.

The popular dairy trade show begins at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard area of the convention center. Over lunch, producers will hear a Midwest Dairy Checkoff update about “Driving dairy sales and trust during a global pandemic.”

At 1:15 p.m., farmers will hear an address by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. The annual NSDA meeting will follow the governor’s speech.

Late afternoon sessions include a presentation on the Dairy Girl Network by Nebraska Dairy Extension associate educator Kim Clark, as well as a program on dairy nutrition by Paul Kononoff, Nebraska Dairy Extension specialist.

The wine and cheese reception begins at 4:45 p.m. and is followed by the annual banquet meal, awards and princess coronation. The keynote speaker at the banquet this year is Krysta Harden, CEO of the Dairy Export Council.

Learn more by contacting Kris Bousquet at NSDA at [email protected].

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About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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