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Saunders County Quarterly Ag Breakfast

Saunders County Quarterly Ag Breakfast

Offered at the Following Local Location:

Friday, August 26th - 7:30-9:00 a.m. 

Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center

 

Hot breakfast, sponsored by First Northeast Bank of Nebraska and the Saunders County Livestock Association, will be served at 7:30 a.m.

 

Following the meal, Jeff Peterson, President of Heartland Farm Partners, will provide a market update

 

It is appreciated if participants pre-register by August 24th by calling the Saunders County Extension Office at 402-624-8030.

 

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