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Nebraska students return from long-distance exchange program

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Now, this is an exchange program. Three Nebraska high school students have returned after traveling to Taiwan. York High School Senior Grant Suddarth says they experienced lots of differences between the United States and Taiwan. “The biggest take away I got was how welcoming and sincere and hospitable the citizens of Taiwan were,” Suddarth tells […] Read More »

Ethanol worries rise as gas prices fall

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Two years ago the price at the pump hit $5 in some areas of the country.  This week there are 13 states that sell gas for under $2 a gallon. The only ones not pleased with the drop right now are ethanol producers. U-S Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber says ethanol competes with […] Read More »

Comment period on conservation program changes nears

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The U-S Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to their Conservation Stewardship Program and Nebraska farmers have a chance to comment on those suggestions. Mark Rose is with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a Farm Bill team leader and says more will be offered to producers. Rose says, “Other lands that can be enrolled […] Read More »

Nebraska Farmers Union backs ACA, Medicaid expansion

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A Nebraska farm group insists the federal health insurance law greatly benefits rural Nebraska and backs expansion of Medicaid as a benefit to farm families. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen says the law met a need in agricultural communities. “We have to remember where we started here,” Hansen tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag […] Read More »

Nebraska Farm Bureau declares state tax system broken

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau has issued a challenge for the new governor and the new legislature: reform the state tax system. Farm Bureau Vice President Mark McHargue of Central City says the property tax is becoming an increasingly heavy burden for farmers. “The effect on the bottom line for our members is growing, it’s substantial,” […] Read More »

UNL student government turns down Meatless Monday proposal

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Meatless Monday will not be promoted on the Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska. An attempt to convince the student governing body at UNL to promote Meatless Mondays on campus has been defeated, thanks to the efforts of a group of agricultural students. Bryce Doeschot with UNL’s Collegiate Farm Bureau group says when the […] Read More »

Farmers must better answer consumer questions (AUDIO)

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Consumers are asking more and more questions about food. A vice president of the University of Nebraska says agriculture must respond. University of Nebraska Vice President Ronnie Green says concerns are being raised about farming, in part, because so few Americans have direct ties to agriculture. “The majority of people in Nebraska are today one […] Read More »

Kearney to host international-scale farm equipment auction

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Large crowds are expected as the world’s biggest industrial auctioneer hosts a multi-million dollar auction of farm equipment and other merchandise today in Kearney. Rick Vacha, with Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, says items going on the block will be sold on a global scale. Vacha says, “We’ll be selling to many different countries around the world […] Read More »

Northeast Nebraskan elected to national biodiesel board

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A farmer from the northeast Nebraska community of Newman Grove is being named to the National Biodiesel Board of Directors. Greg Anderson says the organization’s priorities include pushing for approval of the tax extenders legislation, which includes the biodiesel tax credit, and getting out robust 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. “Members of the Biodiesel […] Read More »

Nebraska Farmers Union prez says climate change must be taken seriously

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A report from the General Accounting Office says climate change could make the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses. Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says the report is another example of why climate change needs to be addressed and taken seriously by both ag and non-ag interests. “The GAO report is just […] Read More »

Study: Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost pennies more this year

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Nebraskans may be paying slightly more for their Thanksgiving meals this week than they did last year, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dave Miller, the Farm Bureau’s research director, says the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people is only up 37-cents from last year. “The Thanksgiving feast […] Read More »

Ag Youth Council sees plenty of opportunity in agriculture (AUDIO)

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A new crop of young people have been named to the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council and they say the future of farming is bright. Twenty-one college-aged men and women have been named to the 44th Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which spreads the message of agriculture throughout the state. Head Counselor Johnny Florence of Ord, a […] Read More »

Economist: Fed is shifting how it uses bonds

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Nebraska investors likely heard the Federal Reserve has ended what it calls quantitative easing — or the QE3 program — and has stopped buying bonds. Economist Ed Seifried, professor emeritus at Lafayette College, spoke at the Ag Bankers Conference in Omaha this week. Seifried says instead of selling bonds to purge money from the economy, […] Read More »

Mild weather pattern may bring farmers longer harvest season

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While parts of the Nebraska panhandle got two inches of snow last week, most of the state’s been enjoying relatively mild weather so far this November. Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor says if the weather pattern holds, most farmers in the region should have at least a couple more weeks to complete the harvest. “It’s cooperating […] Read More »

Farmers need to make an effort to take part in new farm bill programs

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Programs being offered in the new farm bill are complex and the experts say it’ll require some education for Nebraska’s farmers to take part. Steven Johnson, an extension farm management specialist, says the process starts with farmers updating their base acres and yields, which must be done by February 27th. Johnson says farmers will have […] Read More »