Agriculture: Trends, Topics & Tomorrow

The Farmers & Ranchers College was formed in January 2000 with the purpose of providing high quality, dynamic, up to date educational workshops for area agricultural producers in south central Nebraska through a collaborative effort between business, industry and higher education leaders.  The last workshop for the 2014-15 programming year will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva, NE with registration starting at 5:30 p.m., a meal at 6:00 p.m. and the program to follow. The program, “Ag: Trends, Topics & Tomorrow” will be high on content and very entertaining with “Agriculture’s Funny Man”, Damian Mason.
Damian Mason is a professional speaker, entertainer, writer, businessman and farm owner. Long before Damian enjoyed professional success in business or on the speaking circuit, he was a farm boy.  At age 8 he had his first job, bottle -feeding calves on the Indiana dairy farm where he was raised.  Like many children of agriculture, he was involved in FFA and was a ten-year 4-H member.  Damian has a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.  He has also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City in Chicago.  
Few people are hilariously funny and farm knowledgeable.  Damian is!  He’s delivered his hit program “Humor for the Heart of Agriculture” to the most recognizable names and organizations in the agricultural industry.  Since 1994, he’s made over 1400 appearances, entertaining crowds in 50 states and 7 foreign countries.  Damian is passionate about the industry of feeding, fueling and clothing the world.  His presentations are funny, smart, professional and, above all, respectful to the people of agriculture.  
Damian is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the Indiana Farm Bureau.   He and his wife Lori live (and work!) on a 200-acre beef, grain and timber farm in Huntington, Indiana.   
We are extremely fortunate to have Damian Mason come to Fillmore County as he will provide an informative but also hilarious presentation, perfect for any audience involved in the business of food, fuel & fiber. “Agriculture: Trends, Topics and Tomorrow” will provide a provocative, yet positive look at the issues impacting contemporary agriculture.  
Contributions and support of area businesses allow participants to attend at no cost, however it is requested that people RSVP at least a week in advance for an accurate meal count by calling Fillmore County Extension at (402) 759-3712.
The Farmers and Ranchers College Committee consists of Fred Bruning of Bruning, Bryan Dohrman of Grafton, Sarah Miller of Carleton, Jennifer Engle of Fairmont, Ryne Norton of York, Jim Donovan of Geneva, Bryce Kassik of Geneva, Eric Kamler of Geneva, and Brandy VanDeWalle of Ohiowa.

By Brandy VanDeWalle

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