LINCOLN, NEBR.- During the course of this year, 10 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, as part of the Corn and Soy Collegiate Mentoring Program in 2015, are getting the chance to learn more about the agriculture industry.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association launched the Corn and Soy Mentor program to give students a comprehensive understanding of the industry. The program’s goals, are to educate the students about state and federal policy issues affecting agriculture and about opportunities available by supporting industries like the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

After completing the program, students will be recognized at the annual meetings of the corn and soybean associations, and each will be presented a $500 scholarship to help them with school expenses.

Funding for portions of the program is being provided by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board.

The 10 members of the corn, soy mentoring program are:
•Shawn McDonald of Philips, son of John and Susan McDonald
•Victoria Talcott of Bennet, daughter of Norris and Lynnet Talcott
•Yichuan Hu of Lincoln, Daughter of Wei Hu and Mianjun Lu
•Allison Leising of Seward, daughter of David and Sherry Leising
•Clark Rathman of Farwell, son of Bruce and Denise Rathman
•Emily Long of Springfield, daughter of Tony and Kathy Long
•Tyler Statsny of David City, son of Vicki and Bill Statsny
•Laura Lundeen of Minden, daughter of Brad and Deb Lundeen
•Whitney Walters of Shickley, daughter of Mike and Camella Walters
•Kelsey Scheer of Saint Paul, daughter of Tim and Amy Scheer

During the year, mentors take part in four seminars. Two covering state and federal policies affecting the corn and soybean industries and the role of checkoff programs in promoting corn and soybeans.

This summer, the students will join with other students in Nebraska ag youth mentoring programs on a bus tour. Stops include ag manufacturing, production and processing industries.

During the course of the program, students must dedicate their time to promoting the state’s corn and soybean grower associations and check off promotional events. They must attend different events such as the Nebraska State Fair or Husker Harvest Days. They must make reports about their experiences and what they’ve learned.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association would like to congratulate the graduating 9 members of the 2014 Corn and Soy Mentor class for a successful year.

Applications for the fourth corn and soybean mentoring group will be taken sometime this fall. For more information on the program, contact Morgan Wrich, Nebraska Corn Growers Association at 402-438-6459 ( or Lori Luebbe, Nebraska Soybean Association at 402-441-3239 (


Ethanol Night at the Races

The summer tradition is back with four dates and locations across the state. The first race of the season will be held on May 30th at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction. This is a rain date from April. On Sunday, June 28th, we will be at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood. The Biofuels Mobile Education Trailer and American Ethanol Show Car will also be in attendance. Next up is Dawson County Raceway in Lexington on Sunday, July 19th which is the last night of the Dawson County Fair. The Biofuels Mobile Education Trailer and the American Ethanol Show Car will be in attendance for this event as well! The final race of the season will be held Friday, August 7th at Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice. It’s kid’s night so bring the whole family and get ready to have some fun! Questions about the races or tickets to the events, please call the office at (402) 438-6459.


The 2014 Farm Bill relinked conservation compliance provisions for highly erodible lands and wetlands to eligibility for crop insurance premium subsidy.  This link between conversation compliance and premium subsidy eligibility is two-fold and explained below.  I am asking for your assistance with any outreach to constituents or members to ensure tour Nebraska producers are aware of this important change that may possibly impact their premium subsidy eligibility. (more…)