Rural Banquet Celebrates 50 years

The 50th annual Rural Recognition Banquet at Ag Park was a celebration of a half-century of the partnership between agriculture, business, and community that has served our region so well.

The Banquet served as the venue for the official designation of Platte County as a “Livestock-Friendly County.”  While we have long known that Platte County is friendly to production agriculture, there is value in making that public statement and being proud of that heritage.  The Chamber Ag Committee was pleased that their event was the setting for Lt. Governor Foley and Ag Director Wellman to make that presentation to Platte County Supervisors.

The Committee was also very pleased to hear from Neil Dierks, the CEO of the National Pork Producers.  Via video, USDA Under Secretary for Trade Ted McKinney also spoke from Washington, D.C.  To have that national perspective in the event was appropriate, given the global nature of agriculture today.  The importance of trade and global exports to Nebraska agriculture can’t be overstated and the Chamber was proud to lift that up to the crowd at the event.

Certainly, the highlight of the evening was the opportunity to recognize past honorees and their families.  To have a photo of 50 years worth of those award-winners is truly priceless!  It was a wonderful evening and a fitting finale’ to another year of work for the Chamber of Commerce.