If you enjoyed a hot cup of coffee this morning, filled your car with ethanol or sought out a juicy steak or pork chop at the grocery store, then international trade has impacted your life.
Trade has become a hot button topic in recent months, yet the average county resident may not realize how this issue impacts their daily life.
To bring the topic into focus the Lexington Council for Economic Development (CED) is sponsoring an International Trade Town Hall at 7 p.m. on June 14 at the Lexington Holiday Inn Express convention center. Dawson County and area residents from all walks of life are encouraged to attend.
Panelists with extensive trade experience will share their stories and join in a question and answer session that evening to spotlight what international trade means to all area residents.
Among those scheduled to appear are John McCoy, president of Orthman Manufacturing at Lexington; Craig Uden of Johnson Lake, immediate past president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Scott McPheeters of Gothenburg, a member of the Nebraska Ethanol Board and KAAPA Cooperative Board; Paul Mussman of Holdrege, president of Ag West Commodities; and Don Hutchens of Johnson Lake, retired executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board.
The CED, along with assistance from local farm and commodity groups, is planning to launch a petition drive at the meeting to encourage the U.S. government to pursue legislation, policies, executive actions and regulations to foster greater access to foreign markets.
According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Dawson County ranks seventh among all Nebraska counties for exports to Mexico and Canada. In addition, 45 percent of Nebraska exports are sent to Mexico and Canada.
Statistics from the Nebraska Farm Bureau show exports add several thousand dollars each year to all county household incomes. Local officials note future opportunities for youth to live and work in Dawson County are highly dependent on international trade.
Beef and corn are the two biggest export commodities in the county with pork and soybeans close behind. Export trades add an estimated $300 to the value of each beef animal and $50 to each pork animal produced in the United States.
Over 50 percent of Nebraska’s soybeans, that’s six out of every 12 rows planted, are exported with China, Indonesia and Taiwan the three biggest customers.
Finally farm equipment manufactured in Dawson and surrounding counties is exported all around the world.
To learn more on how trade impacts daily life in Dawson County, be sure to attend the town hall on June 14.
The Nebraska Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income senior citizens with coupons to purchase fresh produce of honey (pure only) at Nebraska farmers markets and roadside stands. The purpose of the program are to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey to low income seniors and increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the development of new farmers markets and roadside stands. Nebraska SFMNP State Plan of development was officially approved early in the year, allowing the state to continue the operation of this program for 2018.
In order for participants to be eligible for the program, individuals must meet categorical and income eligibility requirements:
* Categorically, participants must be 60 years fo age or older. Income eligibility is measured in one of two ways:
- One-person household’s annual gross income cannot exceed $22,459.
- Two-person household’s annual gross income cannot exceed $30,451.
* Older adults wanted to be considered for the program may be asked to provide documentation showing age and income eligibility at the time of registration.
* Older adults enrolled in the program will receive SFMNP coupons, which they will be available to exchange for fresh nutritious, locally grown, unprepared fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey at registered farmers markets and roadside stands. Coupon distribution will start in June and may run through September. Coupons must be spent on or before October 31st, 2018. Coupons will be available through participating Area Agencies on Aging, local senior centers and local Commodity Supplemental Food Program local distribution sites. Cozad Grand Generation distribution dates: Friday, June 8th at 10am, Monday, June 11th at 10am and Monday, June 18th at 10am
‘Living in the Land of the Free because of the Brave’is a sentiment that will echo through services that will be held across the TRIBUNE-Area during the observation of Memorial Day on Monday.
In Cozad, the Memorial Day festivities will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Monday.
David A. Cullers, 2nd Class Hull Maintenance Technician will be the featured speaker.
James McCrickard will provide the Invocation and Benediction for the ceremony.
Musical selections will be provided by Ashton Dugan and Amber McCrickard for the event.
The Master of Ceremonies for the service will be Scott Schmidt LTC (R), VFW Post #890.
The Boy Scout Troop #1189 will present the flag and representing VFW Auxiliary Post #890, ReNelda Wenburg will place the wreath.
The Cozad Honor Guard will be assisted by Kolton Morse and Melanie Nutt with the Final Salute.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Cozad High School.
The Cozad Cub Scout Pack #187 will be hosting a hamburger feed after the festivities at Veterans Memorial Park.
Prior to the service in Cozad; the ceremonies will be held in Gothenburg and Lexington. In Gothenburg, the Memorial Day Service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Dean Kugler will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Pastor Jeff Cottingham will deliver the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
MaKayla Raymond will be singing the National Anthem.
Featured speaker will be Leon Vogel who will share his experiences from the Hero Flight in Washington, D.C.
Following Vogel’s speech, Faye Kniss, representing the Legion Auxiliary and Donna, McConnell, the VFW Auxiliary will lay wreaths on the grave.
Members of the Gothenburg Honor Guard will present the Final Salute and Taps.
In Lexington, the Memorial Day Services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will b e moved to the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and will be announced on KRVN Radio.
Featured speakers will be the four veteran’s organization leaders in Lexington including Charlie Nichols, VFW Post #5136 Commander, Steve Zerr, American Legion Post #111 Commander, Susan Nichols, VFW Post #5136 Auxiliary President and Donna Hatfield, American Legion Unit #111 Auxiliary President.
Lexington High School band students Damian Salinas and Tessa Eldridge will perform the National Anthem and Taps.
Members of the Lexington Honor Guard will present the Final Salute.