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ISSUE DATE: 08/23/2010

Banker, ranch owner, says ag lending comes naturally

By Larry Dreiling

Garden County, Neb., is a land of pristine natural resources, expansive ranches and productive farms as well as excellent hunting and fishing. In a recent survey, more than half of the teens there surveyed say they would like to stay in or return to the area if career opportunities were available.

The same number would be interested in entrepreneurship training and owning a business someday.

It's in this land of production and promise that Tom Olson plies his trade as a rural banker.

Olson is chairman of several banks in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming but calls the $14 million Lisco State Bank in Lisco, Neb., his home base. Olson's life has been one of devoted service to his profession and to the nation. Following graduation from college, Olson entered the U.S. Air Force. Upon his return to Lisco, Olson joined his father in the bank, later attending the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Banking.

As his reputation as a banker grew, so did his opportunities for service.


NEWS

Ag mediation bill passes
Applications for SURE payments due Sept. 30
Arson suspected in several rural fires
Banker, ranch owner, says ag lending comes naturally
Blending wind and solar meets peak energy demands
Colorado ag photo contest seeking entries
Dodge City Public Schools seeks bus drivers
Farmer Voices program trains producers to inform consumers
Funds still available for USMEF branded products promotion
Iowa Farm Bureau announces promotions
Meeting will focus on rural development, engaging the next generation
Ranch embraces agritourism
Senators question USDA request for budget flexibility
Vilsack makes case for stronger rural America
Yoder Heritage Day set Aug. 28

CROPS

A full-circle finish
Another harvest in the bin
ARS develops new methods to detect, measure potato phytonutrients
Be alert for spider mites on soybean plants
Checkoff sponsors grower field days
Colorado breaks record for winter wheat yield
Control volunteer wheat early to prevent problems
Cotton industry leaders look at market issues
Cotton production falls 34 percent in Ark. in 2009
Designation sets national trend in biodiesel fuel quality
Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience sign global cotton technology cross-licensing agreements
End of wheat harvest nears
Farmer shares pre-plant yield strategies
Field day set for Aug. 25
Flower-dwelling yeast licensed for use against scab disease
FSA reminds producers to sign up for CRP by Aug. 27
Irrigation field day planned at Nebraska ag lab
Lincoln will host water conference, symposium this fall
Looking back at a great summer
Market volatility influenced by global factors
Meadowlark Extension hosts tours
NCGA supports bipartisan legislation on pesticide regulation
Nebraska Soybean Board elects leaders
NMSU hosts organic farm walks
Promising 2010 harvest gives bearish outlook for rice, cotton prices
Questions about latest U.S. corn crop may persist for months to come
Rainless heat a double-edged sword for cotton, soybean growers
Report says effect of biofuels on food prices smaller than once thought
Researchers reflect on southern corn leaf blight epidemic
Smaller planted corn acreage surprises trade
Soybean producers urged to scout for leaf diseases
Wasps help guard our groceries
Water quality meeting set for Aug. 26
Wheat variety blends may reduce risk

LIVESTOCK

'300-Day' program shows keys to controlling input costs for cattle producers
AgriLife Extension sets district-wide beef clinic in Abilene
American Gelbvieh Association awards members
Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium coming to Nashville
ASA starts Shorthorn Verified program
ASI seeks comment on Livestock Protection Dog program
ASJA names Board of Directors
Cattle farmers enjoying improved prices
Cattle industry leaders share insight
Cattlemen will meet Aug. 25 in Hartley
Champions named at 2010 National Junior Angus Show
Checkoff-funded research publications available
Corriente national show and convention
Counting sheep
Cow-calf seminar, Fall Field Day offered
Demand steady for Gelbvieh feeder cattle
Desert-born Brangus cattle choose better diet, grazing patterns
Don't be afraid to use the S-word
Efficient nitrogen management helps milk production
Head of Iowa cattlemen's group sees future growth
ICA to hold Southeast Iowa Regional Meeting Aug. 27
ICA to hold Southwest Iowa Regional Meeting
Montana Cattle Crawl returns to Billings
NCBA Compliance Review complete
Northeast Iowa ICA meeting will include cattle tour
Oklahoma develops new trichomoniasis regulations
Ranchers, marketers celebrate Bison Advantage at summer conference
Senators support GIPSA competition rule
Sonora Ram Test starts Sept. 13 and 14
State searches second Minn. farm in raw milk probe
Symposium targets economics of meeting quality beef demand
The beef checkoff made its debut at the third annual Food & Wine Festival
USMEF, NCBA applaud Mexico's elimination of duties

EDITOR

Cattleman raises concerns over GIPSA proposal
Happy trails
Let's move...money!
Loos column sparks more questions
Real-life ramifications

COLUMNS

Big Brother's big feet
Just a scoop full
Left-handed ice cream
New 2011 sunflower hybrids debut
New insecticide controls whiteflies and more

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dryland fields suffering from lack of moisture
Ericson livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids lower
Harvest of small grains moving forward quickly
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Irrigation active, land prep for wheat begins in Panhandle
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock cattle sale
Most hay classes selling steady
No relief from hot, dry conditions
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock auction report
Rains welcomed in many areas
Salina cattle sales report
South Central direct sheep sales
Sporadic rainfall across state
State receives more precipitation
Torrential rains, flooding
Triple-digit temps, spotty rain
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wet weather slowed harvest
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

AgriLife researcher honored by prescribed burning association
Distillers byproduct grain boosts bad-hay nutrients
Managing tall fescue reduces endophyte risk
Public Lands Management Endowment formed
Weighing benefits, costs of using multi-species grazing

FAMILY

AgriLife Extension offers rainwater harvesting manual
Anna a classic beauty
Barbecue safety tips ensure a grilling good time
Biofuel study looks at cost to wildlife, environmental diversity
Books that help 'grow good kids' recognized by national groups
Fall pre-emergent weed control
Favorite Farmers Markets contest
Is it pine wilt?
K-State hosts horticultural events
Lead harms wildlife
Learn to garden in small spaces
Make good use of abundant zucchini squash
Make the grade with easy back-to-school recipes
Meditation for 8-23-10
National Cowgirl Museum will induct five to Hall of Fame
NMSU hosts insect workshop
Oklahomans battle an unfamiliar foe
Protecting crops, gardens from grasshoppers
Reducing pathogens in vegetables
Rhubarb the fabulous fruit of the West
Roly-poly poses no threat indoors
Safe Kids Kansas offers backyard safety tips
Take a hike!

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