Region Briefs: Ruberson to lead Entomology Department at Kansas State

2012-06-27T09:27:00Z Region Briefs: Ruberson to lead Entomology Department at Kansas State Midwest Producer
June 27, 2012 9:27 am

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University has named John R. Ruberson to head its Department of Entomology, effective Aug. 5.

Ruberson, an award-winning teacher and researcher, has been on the faculty at the University of Georgia's Department of Entomology since 1994.

At K-State, he will lead a department that includes 46 faculty members, 24 office, postdoctoral and technical support staff members, 29 graduate students and other temporary personnel and student employees involved in research.

Ruberson earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in entomology at Cornell University.

His research focus at Georgia has been on the biological control of insect pests and integrated pest management in row-crop and vegetable systems. His studies blend basic and applied emphases to improve sustainability and profitability of crop production.

New officers, directors for Nebraska Auctioneers

Jeff Temme of Covered Wagon Auctions in Petersburg has been elected president of the 250-member Nebraska Auctioneers Association for 2012-2013.

Alton Heimes, Miller Creamer Heimes Janssen LLC, Hartington, was elected president-elect. Shayne Fili, Auction Solutions Inc., Omaha, was elected vice president.

New board members are Adam Marshall, Marshall Land Brokers and Auctioneers, Kearney; Rick Carr, Carr Auction, Springview; and Neil Bouray, Superior.

State fair livestock arena named for Five Points Bank

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Five Points Bank has made a 10-year, $750,000 endowment to the Nebraska State Fair, resulting to the renaming of the fair's livestock arena as Five Points Bank Arena.

The 57,390-square-foot complex connects the Cattle Barn and the Small Animal Barn. The arena serves as the home for livestock events during the fair as well as other livestock shows throughout the year.

Nebraska State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott said the bank's annual $75,000 commitment will include an endowment for Fonner Park to use in the upkeep of the arena throughout the year.

More thanÊ$39 million in barn and exhibition space, including the livestock arena,Êwas added to Fonner Park in Grand Island.

In addition to Grand Island, Five Points Bank has branches in Omaha, La Vista, Sumner and Kearney.

Nebraska retains 104,298 acres of wildlife habitat on CRP land

LINCOLN, Neb. - Outdoorsmen and women rely heavily on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to provide habitat for game species, as well as places to hunt. A better than expected general CRP sign-up will help keep most of those places intact. USDA will accept 104,298 acres in Nebraska offered under the 43rd CRP general sign-up.

USDA received 1,385 offers in Nebraska, of which 1,249 were accepted. There were 113,911 acres offered. In Nebraska, 201,190 CRP acres will expire Sept. 30, representing a net loss of 96,892 acres.

Applicants sought for soybean Young Leader Program

ST. LOUIS - The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred are accepting applicants for the 2013 Young Leader Program. The program, in its 29th year, is recognized for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer-leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.

The 2013 class will participate in a leadership experience Nov. 27-30 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and Feb. 26-March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla., at the annual Commodity Classic. The program offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other young leaders from around the country.

Interested applicants should apply online at Additionally, all ASA members will receive an application brochure in their June ASA Today member newsletter.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 in Kansas and Sept. 15 in Nebraska. One couple or individual per state will be chosen to participate.

For questions or to obtain a hard copy application, contact Michelle Siegel, ASA Leadership & Corporate Program Manager at 314-754-1328 or

Briefly . . .

- Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske of Wheaton has been selected to serve as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). He will serve on the committee until June 14, 2014.

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