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Corn States Meet to Discuss Programs
  JUNE 2007 -- The Nebraska State Grange hosted the five State ReJuv Program Directors Conference on June 1, 2, and 3, 2007 at the Carol Joy Holling Retreat Center, Ashland, Nebraska. Nebraska State Grange Program Director, Darlene Janing of Geneva, Nebraska organized and led the conference. Nebraska State Grange President, Joe Fryman (Blair, Nebraska) gave the Welcome address.

“With the tremendous explosion of ethanol production, what are the opportunities for agriculture and the entire state of Nebraska, and how do we sustain them? What are the challenges and what do we do to address those challenges?” were the leading questions for an Ethanol panel on Saturday morning. Members of the panel were Moderator, former State Senator Bob Kremer, who is on the steering committee for the 25 x 25 Coalition; Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board; Victor Bohuslavsky, Nebraska Soybean Board; Randy Klein, Nebraska Corn Board; Pete McClymont, Nebraska Cattleman; Terry O’Neel, Nebraska Pork Producers and Dwight Baldwin, Iowa State Grange President. This panel presented data that will help agricultural leaders and organizations when they do their policy planning. The questions and answers and follow-up discussion helped keep our members informed of current developments.

Other highlights of the conference were the tour of the SAC Museum and Wildlife Safari, a Nebraska Humanities Council presentation of “Peter Sarpy” by Darrel Draper (Omaha, Nebraska); a presentation on the upcoming Oklahoma Centennial by Jennifer Larmon (Colcord, Oklahoma); interesting historical Grange facts and events by Edgar Hicks (Omaha, Nebraska) and an informative presentation of her trip around the southern tip of South America and the northwest corner of Antarctica by Marilyn Nichols (Geneva, Nebraska.)

The State Granges represented were Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. This group addressed current National and State issues and ways to meet the needs of our organization. The National Grange was represented by Tammy Fryman (Blair, Nebraska) who is the National Flora. After the Sunday morning worship service lead by Nebraska State Grange Chaplain, Gwenda Cogswell (Friend, Nebraska), the group concluded the meeting with a group meal at the Mahoney Park Lodge. Oklahoma State Grange will host the ReJuv Grange conference in 2008.

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