Tours and Speakers Highlight NSTA Annual Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska

TD Ameritrade Park head groundskeeper Dan Blank, center, and assistant turf manager Eric Williams, left, talk with NSTA members July 26 during a tour of the stadium where the College World Series is played each year. (Chris Lusvardi photos)

Omaha, NE (July 27, 2018) - Tours and speakers highlighted the agenda during the Northern Seed Trade Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting July 25-27 in Omaha, NE.

Speakers during the meeting included Greg Ibach, Under Secretary USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Jen Rees, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Extension Educator; Al Dutcher, Nebraska Associate State Climatologist; Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Midwest Cover Crops Director; Pat Miller, ASTA director of state government affairs; Doug Klein, Nebraska Farm Service Agency; Ritch Nelson, Nebraska State Wildlife Biologist; and Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed, Bladen, NE.

The view of the TD Ameritrade Park field from the press box.

Attendees at the meeting toured TD Ameritrade Park, where the College World Series is played each year and home of the Creighton University baseball team.

Head Groundskeeper Dan Blank told the group a mix of Kentucky Bluegrass is used for the natural grass field. A renovation of the field is scheduled to begin in August, he said.

Rod Fritz, who retired from Stock Seed Farms in April after a 47-year career in the seed industry, was honored during the banquet, receiving a lifetime NSTA membership.

NSTA’s Banquet Dinner was held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE.

Attendees received a tour of the exhibit areas, featuring historic aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles.

During the banquet, Rod Fritz was recognized with a lifetime NSTA membership. Fritz was honored for his 47 year career in the seed industry, said NSTA President Stan Friesen.

Fritz retired in April from Stock Seed Farms, Murdock, NE, where the group toured between visiting the stadium and museum.

NSTA members received a tour July 26 of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE, before the group’s banquet dinner.

The 2018-2019 NSTA board includes:

  • President Kurt Shmon, Imperial Seed, Winnipeg, MB.
  • First Vice President Ross Rivard, Rivard’s Turf & Forage, Inc., Grand Forks, ND.
  • Second Vice President Mike Fritz, Stock Seed Farms, Murdock, NE.
  • Third Vice President Jim Girardin, Arrow Seed Co., Broken Arrow, NE.
  • Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Klint, Norfarm Seeds, Inc., Roseau, MN.
  • Past President Stan Friesen, Kaup Forage & Seed, Norfolk, NE.

The dates and location for NSTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be announced this fall.

Written by Chris Lusvardi, Seed Today editor

Stock Seed Farms Owner Dave Stock leads a tour as harvest of a Buffalograss field was underway July 26.