York County Corn Growers Association Meeting Minutes November 10, 2015

York County Corn Growers Association Meeting Minutes November 10, 2015

  1. Spent first part of Meeting planning details for the Annual Banquet Nov. 19, 2015.

  • Will have FFA’s from York, McCool & Stromsburg invited

  • Need to sell tickets by Tue Nov 17 and call Sue at extension office with numbers

  • Gale Gruber, Ryan Weins, Dennis Scamehorn and Dan Stork are up for election.   Potential candidate was Kurt Naber.  Jr. Board members are Brent Scamehorn and Chris Ziegler.

  • Grand Suddarth will be recognized as our Scholarship Award winner

  • We discussed other details of agenda and finalized.

  1.  Banquet was held as planned with very good attendance, see booklet for details

  2. Tom Ritzdorf gave market report summary.  Overall sales were down, most growers looking for higher prices or the need to sell later.

  3. The next part of meeting was devoted to NE State Sen. Mark Kolterman.  He wanted to review the past, present and future of state government.  Mark has been a long time insurance agent in  Seward along with serving on the school, hospital, and church boards.  His committee assignments in the legislature include HHS (Health & Human Services), Agriculture, General Affairs, Retirement (he is running for chairman), and Building Committee.

    The legislature reviews 600+ bill/yr.  He plans to sponsor 5 new bills and wants to develop a good relationship with the Corn Growers Assn. He talked about property taxes and the need to lower them, but challenges include Education committee reluctant to change formula and how to recoup lost revenue.  Overall a good discussion with the Senator.

  4. President Rick Gruber led the next discussion on several topics

  5. The National website on Common Ground, discusses the fight to keep GMO’s due to advances in production and new product technology are needed to feed the world in the future.

  6. The NeCGA mtg is Dec 3 in GI, York gets 4 votes, Rick, Dennis, Boyd planned to go, looking for a 4th.

  7. Feb 8-12 is DC Leadership trip

  8. Grass Roots Training is Dec 15,16 at Omaha Embassy Suites.

  9. 1300 members up for membership renewal this year, York Co. plans a membership drive in Feb

  10. York Ag Expo, Jan 13,14.  We plan to exhibit & state assn pays bill.  We get $600 for promotion & $600 for education.  Need to apply to state assn.  We will need to man booth.

     

    Respectfully Submitted,   Dan Stork

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