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 Reconnecting Nebraska's Farmers and Grocery Retailers

Sponsored by your Nebraska Grocery Industry Association
Nebraska's soybean farmers are proud to bring you this information to help answer customer questions
Nebraska soybean farmers and their checkoff are proud sponsors of the Farmer Goes to Market program, realizing that this program provides an integral link in the food system chain. The information provided in this newsletter is a key step in our educational initiative, providing consumers with information on our effort to provide them with a safe, affordable, abundant food supply.


An educational program produced by Food-Chain Communications and delivered to members of the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association. Farmer Goes to Market was established in 2008 to help bridge the growing gulf between today's grocery retailer and today's farmer, empowering them with full-chain knowledge to carry agriculture's true message to food consumers.


We take great pride in supporting Nebraska's agricultural foundation
The farm and ranch families represented by Nebraska Farm Bureau are proud sponsors of the Farmer Goes to Market program. We take great pride in supporting Nebraska's agricultural foundation. A key part of that effort is to make sure we produce safe and affordable food. This newsletter is an important part of our effort to connect the two most important parts of the food chain -- the farmer and the grocer -- with the goal of increasing consumer awareness and information about how their food is raised in Nebraska.


Competitive Commodity Insight:
Turkey Market Stabilizes, but Will It Stay?

Turkey markets stabilize despite feed pressures "You make turkeys out of corn," notes one market analyst. With that staple feedstuff at record high prices last year, the predictions were flying that Thanksgiving could one day be celebrated without the traditional turkey anchor. But has turkey's increased demand year-round turned it around? Take a look at some long-term projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Translating Food Technology:

Are Farmers Really Draining the Supply of Antibiotics? Interpreting the Statistics  

Are farmers really using up our antibiotics? This month's Get Smart About Antibiotics week, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, brought out the news reports that farmers in the United States use up from 76 percent to 80 percent of all antibiotics produced. True or false? Check out our unique parsing of the statistics for a little perspective.

Navigating the New Food Movement:
Is the Failed California Biotech Labeling Ballot Fight Now Headed to your Stores?
GMO ballot initiative failed, but the movement will be back
They may have lost at the voting booth, but the critics of biotechnology in food growing and manufacturing haven't gone away. Some are predicting a renewed upsurge in targeted action against the grocers who sell biotech products. Click here for some insights on why this presents a new urgency for renewing the connections up and down the entire food chain that ends at your store.

Foresight on Food Politics:
EPA Denies Ethanol Fuel Waiver Request.
Will it Really Impact Food Prices?

Would the ethanol waiver really bring down corn price?

As EPA announces it won't call a halt to its mandate that gasoline contain a certain proportion of ethanol, economists have looked at the question of whether doing so would really make an impact on food prices. Here's a look at what the numbers say


Meet your Farmers...

From Nebraska to Afghanistan, these
Farmer-Soldiers Sow Seeds of Cooperation        

Click here to hear the story of these Nebraska soldier farmers   

Members of the Nebraska National Guard Agribusiness Development Team put their farming and agriculture experience to use by helping Afghan farmers develop more efficient methods for crop and livestock production. Click here to watch their inspiring story. 

On the Lighter Side:
This is How to Say Grace,
with Dignity and with Style
Thanksgiving teaches the young a lot of find traditions, including how to execute the art of the thankful prayer. Here's one excellent example of how it's done.

Saying grace, with dignity and humor

Discover some truth in food