Agriculture is the backbone of our economy. Our farm has been in the family for nearly 80 years- from horses to computers, to GPS. A farming operation can’t be run the same way it was in the 70’s. But that exactly what we’ve asked Southeast Community College to do. We are Farm Bureau members and support the Southeast Community College bond.

The need to modernize the SCC facilities on the Beatrice campus includes a new Ag center to reflect an agricultural industry of today and tomorrow. Currently, 40 year old facilities are used for farming, livestock handling and management. That would be like asking you to use a 1975 3-row 3300 John Deere combine. Yes, you could get the job done, but is this the most efficient, productive way to farm in 2016?

SCC continues to partner with public and private businesses and industry—the same ones who are begging for a skilled work force; the skilled individuals rural Nebraska needs to keep our small towns alive and growing. The mechanics and welders we use to repair our tractors and combines, the nurses to staff our local hospitals and nursing homes, the ag students to take over the farming operation or partner with retiring farmers or main street businessmen. These are all services rural communities need so desperately to continue to survive and thrive. A YES vote will insure SCC’s ability to train these individuals.

Agriculture has an opportunity to leave a legacy to insure our young people will return to our local communities with the skills and education needed to succeed and raise their families. Farmers and ranchers are eternal optimists. We have never shied away from a challenge- whether it is to feed the world or look at modernizing Southeast Community College. The issues have been studied for 18 months. The plan is in place. Now is the time. We support the bond and urge you to vote YES on November 8.

Mark and Kathy Boellstorff, Johnson, NE

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