2019 Letter from the President

Nathan Brabec, President NEGFA 2018-19

Nathan Brabec, 2018-19 NEGFA President
Louis Dreyfus in Norfolk, NE

Generally, we had a great and successful crop year! Early October moisture pushed harvest later, but found a late season, dryer weather pattern, to finish the harvest pressure. International trade continues to find interruptions, more importantly with China. As an organization, our goal has been to relay any governance or policy changes that affect these transactional trades, more importantly through recent tariff implementation. 

As in any year, 2018 went fast, and we had to adapt to changes in our environment. As an Association we strive to relay information that leads to these changes. In the past year, we had seen the 199A possibly affect the transactional structure of our businesses and work to keep members informed of these policy updates or effects. The Food Safety Modernization Act has become more of an active role in our industry with its continued improvements. The Association has helped with this by leading seminars and passing on information to our members about the updates. 

In the past year, we have held workshops on Rail Car Safety, Grain Grading, Commodity Trading, FSMA, and OSHA Inspections. If there are any other workshop topics, policy changes, or line items of business that you think would add value to your business, please reach out to our staff members. we have an energetic group led by Executive Vice President Kristi Block, Administrative Assistant Laura Dwyer, and the entire Board of Directors. We strive to be the forefront of ongoing relations through representation, promotional, and educational services in the State of Nebraska. 

The coming year will be sure to create new challenges. As an organization we are the active voice for the foundation of the grain and feed, pledging to work as an advocate for our industry. 

It is an honor to represent the Association in the past year! The board and I appreciate your support, dedication, and commitment to the organization. 

I hope this message finds you in good health. 

Nathan Brabec, President, Nebraska Grain and Feed Association