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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Speaker: Fake meat industry giving out false bills of sale

es cattle, and she has an online blog for Beef Magazine. She also is a children’s book author and a public speaker for the beef industry. Under the “fake meat” umbrella, Radke said, are the plant-based burger patties being made popular by nation- al fast food chain Burger King, and the cell-cul- tured proteins grown in laboratories that are called meat. She said companies that market these meat alternatives “really try to replicate what tradi- tional meat looks like. They have even add- ed beet juice to make it bleed red when you cook it.” “They really want to emulate the taste, texture and flavor of beef, pork and even fish,” Radke said. “It is everywhere in the mar- ketplace today.” Amessage Radke brings with her pub- lic presentations is that

with false or exaggerated claims about the envi- ronmental harm caused by animal husbandry. With the rapid spread of plant-based, processed food labeled as either meat itself or a meat al- ternative, the attacks on the livestock industry have intensified. On Tuesday, Mitchell, South Dakota, cattle- woman, blogger and beef advocate Amanda Radke, addressed the subject with a pre- sentation called “Are Fake Meats Friend or Foe —How Should Ag Really Respond to These Emerging Proteins.” Radke spoke at a meeting of the Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association in Grand Island. Radke’s family rais-

By ROBERT PORE BH News Service

GRAND ISLAND — In Nebraska, the live- stock industry — cattle, hogs, sheep and chick- ens — is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs, directly or in- directly, thousands of people from family farms to truck drivers, to livestock-slaughter fa- cilities to supermarkets and restaurants. In Grand Island, JBS, a cattle-slaughter plant, is the communi- ty’s biggest employer, along with all the other businesses that thrive because of the plant. The livestock industry has long been a target of people concerned about the environment who try to influence the public

BH News Service South Dakota rancher and blogger Amanda Radke offers information to help understand and counter what she called fear-based marketing campaigns by fake meat proponents during a Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association meeting Tuesday in Grand Island.

However, beef produc- ers want a level playing field instead of con- stantly having to defend their product against exaggerated or false rep- resentation. First of all, Radke said, “They shouldn’t be able to call it bacon or beef, but call it what it is.” Alternative meat products can contain as many as 21 ingredients, including genetical- ly modified soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil and other items, such as cultured dextrose, soy protein isolate and zinc gluco- nate. “If it doesn’t come from a hoofed animal, it shouldn’t be called dairy or it shouldn’t be called meat,” she said. Radke said the plant- based meat alternative industry is not regu- lated as heavily as the livestock industry, es-

protein products that are marketed as “meat” alternatives. In the case of petri dish-produced proteins, cells from a fetal calf are cultured in a growth medium, such as soy- beans or corn, and they extract the waste as they grow the cells, which is then replicated into a burger or sausage or chicken nugget. “It is a trendy new food item, but there are a lot of unanswered questions yet,” she said. Radke said the live- stock industry is also concerned about some of the fear-basedmarketing claims they are seeing. Plant-based meat al- ternatives proponents are saying their product is “better for consumers and better for the plan- et, requiring less land and water and produc- ing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than meat

meat producers “aren’t afraid of the competi- tion, but they welcome it.”

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‘burger,’ these are highly rep- utable products that we have promoted using checkoff dol- lars,” she said. “They want to steal that highly reputa- ble name and slap it on their product. Why that matters for consumers is that I be- lieve in transparency. I don’t want consumers to buy some- thing that they didn’t intend to. Clarity in the marketplace is really important.”

As a livestock producer, Radke said meat matters. Claims like these threaten the livelihoods of thousands of people. She said new live- stock management practices and new technologies are helping lower the environ- mental impact of livestock production as compared to several decades ago. “As a livestock produc- er, when you hear ‘steak’ or

to an article in The Guardian. Radke said what livestock producers are telling these companies “is have your product stand on its own mer- it and quit beating up on the beef industry.” She said there is a place for plant-based protein products, along with livestock produc- tion, to feed a hungry planet, but it should be based on facts and not false information.

house gas emissions —more than transportation —was reported flawed, “as the meat figure had been reached by adding all greenhouse-gas emissions associated with meat production, including fertilizer production, land clearance, methane emissions and vehicle use on farms, whereas the transport figure had only included the burn- ing of fossil fuels,” according

from cattle,” according to a recent article in the New York Times. While agriculture has al- ways made a footprint on the environment, a 2006 study by the United Nations that claimed meat production was responsible for 18% of green-

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Deadline to apply for NRC funds is approaching

Telegraph staff reports LINCOLN — Farmers and ranchers interested in prevent- ing erosion, improving

Those interested in re- ceiving funding should sign up before March 13, according to a press release. According to Craig Derickson, state con- servationist for NRCS in Nebraska, there are several options avail- able to producers. “NRCS has a whole suite of conservation programs available to farmers and ranchers looking for assistance in improving and pro- tecting the natural

property are encour- aged to apply now for funding avail- able from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

soil health, conserv- ing water and wildlife, or making any oth- er natural resource conservation im- provements to their

resources on their ag land,” Derickson said. “These programs provide funding on cropland and range- land, as well as for animal feeding opera- tions and establishing or enhancing wildlife habitat and wetlands. NRCS staff can help landowners and op- erators identify their options.” Individuals interest- ed in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Speakers talk about economic benefits of hemp production

the Nebraska Hemp Association in 2014 in anticipation of hemp production for food, fi- ber and oil becoming legal in the U.S. That year, the USDA con- ducted a pilot study about hemp production. Now, the current Farm Bill has authorized hemp as an agricultur- al crop. Recently, the USDA accepted rules and regulations for grow- ing hemp in Nebraska. He said the Nebraska Department of tions from farmers, processors and brokers for hemp production in the state. Achord said the Agriculture is now accepting applica-

hemp industry in Nebraska is still in the infancy stage as there is little infrastructure to support hemp pro- duction in the state. Infrastructure is de- fined as having places to process hemp and markets to sell it. “That is an issue for farmers because they want to take a crop to market,” he said. But Achord is optimistic that infra- structure will begin to appear quickly once de- mand becomes more prominent for the thou- sands of different products that can be made from hemp. He said there are three types of hemp Please see HEMP, Page F7

By ROBERT PORE BH News Service

Hemp, as a food, fi- ber and oil crop, has a huge potential of bringing a positive economic benefit to Nebraska’s agricultur- al industry, according to two speakers who spoke Monday at the Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association’s meeting in Grand Island. Speaking on Monday were Bill Achord of Lincoln, who is pres- ident of the Nebraska Hemp Association, and Andrew Bish of Giltner, who is the CEO of Hemp Harvest Works, a hemp equipment manu- facturer. Achord founded

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

IS A TAX REFUND COMING YOUR WAY?

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in a facility plus a year of home care. Some policies will go even longer based upon a pool of money that you purchase within the policy. These are generally easier to get through underwriting and are less expensive. For example, a 65-year-old can purchase a short-term policy for $793.80 per year. It will cover home health services, assisted living, and nursing home services. Many people find themselves unprepared for an accident or illness that could leave you getting though the day, even for a short period of time. Perhaps you didn’t buy a tradi- tional long-term care policy when it was less expensive. A Short-Term Care policy may help. So many choices, what to do with that tax refund? What are you going to do with yours? If you need assistance with any of these ideas or have other insurance needs, call Rebecca Nordquist at Phares Financial at 308-532-3180 or email RebNordquist@msn.com.

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You’ve dusted off your tax doc- uments, submitted them to you tax preparer and heard the good news. You have a tax refund coming. Is it a trip to Disneyland or will you spend it on something else? According to a recent Financial Times article, over 64 Million Americans are expected to receive a tax refund this year. With refunds averaging just under $3000 each, have you thought about what you’re going to do with yours this year?

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in Kentucky after the Civil War, it began to be grown in oth- er states during World War I to aid in the war effort. Hemp produc- tion dried up in the U.S. after 1938 when the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 became law. As hemp-based food, fiber and health prod- ucts have become more available to the pub- lic, much of the hemp is grown and import- ed to the U.S. As of September 2019, the U.S. had imported roughly $66.6 million worth of hemp that year, with the vast ma- jority coming from Canada (accounting for approximately $59.3 million, or 89% of U.S. hemp imports). Hemp seeds by far represent the most often import- ed items, accounting for $47.72 million, or nearly 72% of U.S. hemp imports. Achord said U.S. farmers are missing out on a potential bil- lion-dollar industry in hemp production. “There is a real learning curve for the crop because it is a dif- ferent crop, but it is not that hard to grow,” he said. “You dry the grain like you would any grain.” Like hay, hemp fi- ber can be cut, dried and baled in the field, Achord said. “It is not all that dif- ficult,” he said. “Your machinery is going to take more maintenance because the fiber is so strong.” Achord said the crop for seed production cannot be stored very long because of its high oil content, which is a reason for the need for processors nearby where the crop is pro- duced. The other speaker was Andrew Bish. He

Works two years ago to help farmers better adapt to hemp produc- tion. During his presenta- tion, Bish spoke about agricultural methods and machinery used for growing and harvesting the various hemp crops for food, fiber and oil. He also manufac- turers hemp growing machinery at his busi- ness in Giltner. “We definitely have some challeng-

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es in growing hemp in Nebraska for CBD,” Bish said. “That is mainly because of fe- ral hemp or heirloom hemp. That is some- thing that most states don’t have a big prob- lem with, but Nebraska does.” But when it comes to growing hemp for food and fiber produc- tion, he said Nebraska has the potential to be a powerhouse in hemp production.

that can be grown. One would be for oil, as CBD oil has been iden- tified to be beneficial for many health-related problems. U.S. consum- er sales of CBD could reach about $1.8 bil- lion by 2022, compared to about $500 million in 2018. A second use for hemp is for various food products that can be processed from the plant, whether it is the seed, meal from the seed or even using the seeds to make hemp milk. Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and con- tain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, cal- cium, iron and zinc, according to health- line.com. A third use for hemp is its fiber that can be processed and manufactured into thousands of commer- cial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bio- plastics, insulation and biofuel. Achord said Henry Ford was an ear- ly advocate for hemp as a biofuel. He said plastics can be made from hemp fiber and they are bio- degradable within three months. Hemp is not a new crop. People have been growing it for more than 8,000 years as a valued source of fiber, especially as a textile fiber. Hemp was introduced to North America in 1606 and was in strong demand for sailcloth and cordage. While much of hemp produc-

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