Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture: Giving is Believing in the Future of Agriculture
After nearly a year of developing the structure and components of the new Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (NFB Foundation for Agriculture) it is up and running with a new executive director, Steve Nelson, president of the NFB Foundation for Agriculture, said Nov. 25.
The NFB Foundation for Agriculture board of directors, a group made up of statewide leaders in Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska agriculture, agribusiness and education, recently hired Deanna Karmazin as its new executive director. She has been the state director of the Agriculture in the Classroom program since 2011.
“Deanna’s experience in agriculture and the non-profit and charitable sector will serve the organization well. She has a strong passion for promoting, protecting and preserving Nebraska agriculture and Nebraska Farm Bureau. Her focus of strengthening the value of agriculture in the state and passing on the agricultural legacy of our members keeps our Foundation on solid ground,” Nelson said.
This position will be largely responsible for the fundraising efforts of the Foundation along with outreach, networking and other development efforts. Karmazin’s first day in her new role will be Dec. 1.
“I am very excited about being a part of the NFB Foundation for Agriculture. This position gives me an opportunity to work hand in hand with our supporters to create legacies that support agriculture programs they care about most, fulfilling our vision of strengthening communities and Nebraska agriculture,” Deanna Karmazin, executive director of the NFB Foundation for Agriculture said.
“The future of Nebraska agriculture and future generations of farm and ranch families will directly depend on our ability to build awareness and understanding about how food is produced on today’s farms and ranches, said Nelson. “This is why we believe the heart of our success with this new Foundation lies directly with our ability to leverage financial support to achieve its mission of creating a greater awareness about agriculture for the people who ultimately buy and use the food we raise.”
The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is to build partnerships and raise awareness and understanding of agriculture through education and leadership development.
"The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will be the overarching non-profit, tax exempt vehicle that raises funds and manages the Agriculture in the Classroom program and many other programs associated with agricultural education and leadership development,” said Nelson. “This new Foundation will provide people who believe in agriculture a streamlined way to offer financial support to the cause.”
The new Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has been built around five pillars that articulate our values as an organization that represents Nebraska farm and ranch families, Nelson said. Those pillars include:
· Agriculture in the Classroom – a program that connects teachers with trusted resources to teach students about agriculture, connecting students to their source of food, fiber and fuel;
· Young Farmers and Ranchers Program – developing agriculture’s future leaders by providing opportunities to learn about the issues that directly impact their lives;
· Ag Promotion and Education programs – inspiring people to tell the story of agriculture across the state of Nebraska to increase consumer knowledge and to dispel any misconceptions about every aspect of agriculture;
· Leadership Development – Providing in-depth agricultural leadership training programs for individuals of all ages, preparing them to be future leaders of Nebraska agriculture and;
· Scholarships and Loans – Providing funds for students to pursue higher education.
“We hope people will donate to the general cause of the Foundation. However, if you are passionate about a specific program, funds can be designated accordingly,” said Nelson.
For more information on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture or how to donate, please call Deanna Karmazin at 402-421-4408. Online donations can be made at nefbfoundation.org in early December.
“The new Foundation will bring stability and longevity to Agriculture in the Classroom and Farm Bureau’s education and leadership programs with a broader goal of strengthening the connection between agriculture and all the people in our great state. Please consider donating today!” Nelson said.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 56,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit nefb.org.