NORTH PLATTE, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and its Promotion and Education Committee hosted the second annual Agriculture Matters Race on March 17 in North Platte. Racers from across the state came together to celebrate agriculture in Nebraska and the connection to health and fitness.

“The race was a way for us to showcase agriculture in Nebraska and make the connection between agriculture and a healthy lifestyle,” said Megahn Schafer, executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.

127 racers joined in the 5K or 10K races at the North Platte Recreation Center.

In conjunction with the race on Saturday, Nebraska Farm Bureau staff spent time in North Platte classrooms in mid-February teaching students about the importance of agriculture in Nebraska.

Proceeds from the race will support the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation’s efforts to provide accurate information about agriculture and its importance to health, economics, and the environment to students, teachers, and consumers across the state.

The overall winner of the 5K was Stacy Blomstedt, from McCook, NE for women and Samuel Musselman, from North Platte, NE for men. The overall winner of the 10K was Analisa Colglazier, from North Platte, NE for women and Jake Hasenhauer, from Gering, NE for men. Each winner received a gift basket full of Nebraska grown and based products, including popcorn, beef jerky, chocolates, along with other items made in Nebraska.

First National Bank – North Platte provided the lead sponsorship of the race. Other sponsors include Equitable Bank, North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau, Ag Valley Coop, DEKALB Asgrow, Lancaster County Farm Bureau, Sandhills State Bank, Sandramere Seed & Supply, U-Save Pharmacy, Where Food Comes From, Inc., and Whitetail Screen Print.

The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, visit www.nefbfoundation.org