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National Agriculture Week celebration begins

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By: Kayla Bremer

The celebration begins on Monday and since agriculture is Nebraska's largest industry, state officials made an announcement that will help educate consumers on farming and ranching.

With agriculture week just a few days away, Gov. Dave Heineman is unveiling a free magazine that will come out each year to mark the celebration.

This year, "Nebraska Agriculture and You" features a family from Albion.

"We know consumers want to know how their food is grown, how everything we do happens, how we raise our livestock...," Hilary Maricle said.

The magazine is published by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Director Greg Ibach hopes it will help consumers who don't have direct ties to farming or ranching better understand food production.

He says today's agriculture is a combination of food, fuel and fiber, and this magazine will show how they all work together.

"The magazine is designed to make people understand a little bit more about the relationships each of these segments has with production agriculture as well as give them a grasp of how critical Nebraska agriculture is to our economy," Ibach said.

Celebrations for ag–week will take place statewide.  Next Tuesday, the governor and state agriculture leaders will be in three different locations including Tecumseh, Papillion and Wayne.  They'll discuss issues like livestock development, career opportunities and agriculture's role in our economy.

"This country has gone through some very tough times and we saw our top industry help this state to survive cause it was thriving and a lot of people, almost everybody in this state should be very thankful for what agriculture does for this state and the contribution it makes," Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann said.

The public will be able to find the new magazines around the state in libraries and office lobbies of doctors, dentists and hair salons in the next couple of weeks.

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