Russ and Cindy Williams farm together near Fairbury. They are members of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and have seen the cost of their health insurance continue to rise, especially over the past two years. With neither working off the farm, two grown and married children, and both being too young for Medicare, it was just the two of them looking for a cost-efficient plan.

Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Dr. Ron Hanson, Harlan Agribusiness Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), as the 2018 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Hanson on Dec. 4 at the 2018 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting & Convention in Kearney.

Mexico and Canada are Nebraska’s two largest customers for agricultural goods and those relationships would continue under the new “U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement” (USMCA) trade deal reached by the three countries in early October. The deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but maintain the positive market access for most of the major agricultural commodities produced in Nebraska.

The average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm. Antiagriculture voices are present on social media and the mainstream news. Consumers today experience vast amounts of information and misinformation daily. Outreach to the public with relevant, reliable information about agriculture and food is more important than ever.