S’More Pudding Sandwiches

Pg A5 - Recipes smore puddingIngredients

1 package instant chocolate pudding
1 ½ cups cold milk
1 8-ounce container thawed whipped topping
2 cups mini marshmallows
9 rectangular graham crackers, broken into 18 squares



1. In a medium bowl, whisk pudding and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Fold in whipped topping and marshmallows.
3. Line the bottom of an 8”x8” baking dish with 9 graham cracker squares.
4. Pour the pudding mixture on top of the crackers.
5. Top the mixture with remaining graham crackers, and press slightly to form a firm bond.
6. Cover dish with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, approximately 6-8 hours.
7. Cut into individual squares and wrap each separately. Return to freezer until ready to serve.

Yield: 9 Servings

Piña Colada Deluxe Cake

Pg A7 - pina coladaIngredients

1 pineapple cake mix
1 cup sour cream
½ cup oil
4 eggs
1 (4-serving) coconut cream instant pudding
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup white chocolate baking chips
Optional glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoon milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
toasted coconut for garnish (optional)


1. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cake mix.
2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, combine all ingredients except the baking chips. Mix for 3 minutes.
3. Toss the 1 tablespoon of cake mix with the baking chips. Add the chips to the batter and stir by hand.
4. Pour batter into a well-greased and floured Bundt or tube pan.
5. Bake at 350º for about 50-60 minutes. You may need to cover the top of the cake with foil the last 15 minutes to avoid over-browning.
6. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and finish cooling the cake on a rack.
7. (Optional) Combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cake. Garnish with coconut.

Yield: Approximately 16-20 Servings

Improving Zoning Laws in Nebraska for Livestock Operations

Livestock farmers seeking to expand or start new livestock operations and the county officials tasked with approving them would both benefit from changes to the local permitting process as proposed in legislation introduced in Nebraska. Livestock farmers and county officials have long recognized the importance of livestock agriculture, but establishing clarity for both parties in the local approval process hasn’t always been easy.

“Livestock farming is a huge part of Nebraska agriculture. It’s critical that we have processes in place that works for farmers seeking local approval and for county officials who are charged with representing the interests of the county. Sen. Watermeier’s bill is a step in the right direction to giving both sides greater clarity in the process,” said Mark McHargue, Nebraska Farm Bureau first vice-president and a pork producer from Central City.   See how livestock zoning as affected Mark’s operation in the video below.

Cake Mix Banana Bread

Pg A7 - bananna breadIngredients
1 stick butter
3 very ripe bananas
1 box of Butter Pecan Cake Mix (white or yellow will also work)
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly coat a bread loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
3. Mash the bananas in the bowl with the butter to form the liquid base for the bread.
4. Pour the cake mix on top of this mixture. Add the eggs.
5. With a hand mixer, beat the ingredients until smooth.
6. Pour into the prepared bread pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
7. Allow the bread to cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

Yield: Approximately 12 Slices

Time for Property Tax Relief is NOW

steve corn head shotGenerally speaking, most people don’t like change. It brings unknowns. And as we all know; change can be scary. But with the right perspective, change can also bring opportunity. Opportunity to do things differently and to achieve objectives that have not been able to be reached in the past. Never has that been truer than with the opportunity that now exists to address the growing burden of property taxes on Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.

Change has come to the state legislature in the form a new governor, who during his inaugural address, clarified that property tax relief would be his top priority in 2015. Change has also come in the form of 18 new state senators fresh off elections where they heard directly from Farm Bureau members and other Nebraskans about the growing property tax burden.

tax relief logo2 High ResOver the last several years a lot of time has been spent at the State Capitol and in hearings across the state discussing tax relief and reform. Committees have been formed. Ideas have been studied and analyzed. Reports have been developed. The homework has been done. The time for talking about the need for change in tax policy has come and gone. The time for taking action to provide property tax relief is now!

Property tax relief is without question Nebraska Farm Bureau’s top priority for 2015. We’ve engaged with several state senators to introduce property tax relief proposals. We’ve also had conversations with Gov. Ricketts about ways in which to lessen the property tax load. During his campaign the Governor often pointed to providing tax relief to farmers and ranchers by lowering the value of agriculture land for tax purposes, putting more money into the state’s property tax credit program and limiting growth in property taxes. All of these ideas are concepts supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau. We’ll be offering up other ideas as well.

For those who know their history, Nebraska Farm Bureau was formed because of the need for farm and ranch families to work together to solve problems that couldn’t be solved individually. Nearly 100 years later the strength of Farm Bureau still lies in members working together. For that reason, we’ll be asking farm bureau members to engage in our Tax Relief NOW campaign targeted to securing property tax relief.

Working together to change tax policy won’t be easy, but we can make a difference. The property tax table has been set. The time for tax relief is now.

Until Next Month,

Steve Nelson


Cloned King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls

Pg A7 - hawaiian sweet bread rollsIngredients
1 (15.25 oz.-18 oz.) yellow cake mix
2 pkg. (4 ½ tsp.) active dry yeast
2 ½ cups warm water (110º)
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
5-6 cups flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix and yeast.
2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine the warm water and salt.
3. Add the cake mixture to the water.
4. Add oil and flour; mix all together. Knead either by hand or use the dough hook of the mixer. Form dough into a soft ball.
5. Return the dough to the bowl. Cover with a moist towel and let it rise for 1 hour or until double.
6. Grease two 9”x13” pans.
7. Knead the dough lightly again. Divide it into 24-30 pieces. Form each piece into a smooth ball and place half of the balls into each pan.
8. Cover the pan of rolls with a towel and let them rise until double, approximately 45 minutes-1 hour.
9. Bake at 375º for 15-20 minutes. Brush with melted butter when they come out of the oven.
10. NOTE: This dough can be made into 2 loaves. Bake loaves 30-35 minutes.


Yield: 24-30 rolls or 2 loaves