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Nebraska Beef Council names winner in best burger contest

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For a second time, Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue takes top honors in the Nebraska Beef Council’s “Nebraska’s Best Burger” contest. Director of Marketing Adam Wegner says Stella’s Cheeseburger received the most on-line votes and rave reviews from the panel of judges. More than 200 restaurants were nominated this year and judges visited the […] Read More »

Water sustainability bill signed into law by Gov. Heineman (AUDIO)

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A bill designed to maintain Nebraska’s greatest natural resource, its water, has been signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman signed into law LB 1098, the water sustainability bill, which he says should insure that Nebraska has the water it needs both for agricultural and city uses for years to come. “This is a […] Read More »

Southwestern Nebraska declared disaster area due to lingering drought (AUDIO)

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Rain continues to come in short supply in portions of Nebraska, prompting the federal government to declare eight southwestern counties disaster areas due to the lingering drought. Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announces Keith, Perkins, Lincoln, Chase, Hayes, Frontier, Hitchcock, and Red Willow have been declared disaster areas. “It reflects the on-going […] Read More »

Higher farmland valuations come on heels of disappointing legislative session

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Assessment of agricultural land continues to rise, adding to the disappointment farm groups are expressing about the legislative session. The Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division reports the valuation of farmland for tax purposes rose nearly 30% between 2013 and 2014. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says the assessment report comes on the […] Read More »

USDA chief says all FSA offices will stay open, for now

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency will evaluate its network of Farm Service Agency offices, but does not plan to close any of those offices this year. There are about 80 FSA offices in Nebraska. “We need to modernize our system and there are a couple of reasons for that,” Vilsack says. “Number […] Read More »

FFA membership in Nebraska sets new record high

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Future farmers from across the state are in Lincoln for the annual Nebraska State FFA Convention, which wraps up today. Matt Kreifels, the state director of agricultural education, says a record number of FFA members are attending this year’s convention — around 38-hundred. “We see the state FFA convention as a celebration of all our […] Read More »

Livestock disaster assistance sign up starts Tuesday

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A portion of the Farm Bill regarding livestock loss disaster assistance that expired of 2011 was reinstated in the latest bill. Nebraska U-S Senator Mike Johanns this long awaited disaster assistance has finally arrived for livestock producers who experienced losses during the long drought or severe weather. The U-S Department of Agriculture will start signing […] Read More »

Feds promise to improve predictions of drought

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As many Nebraska farmers are beginning the spring planting process, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency and others in the federal government are looking to improve drought forecasts. “There’s not a whole lot you can do about drought,” Vilsack says. “What you can do is forecast it more effectively and in a more […] Read More »

Ag expert: Boom years may be coming to an end for farmers

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An agricultural economist says Nebraska’s corn and soybean producers need to prepare for tougher economic times ahead. Mike Boehlje, at Purdue University, says he does not expect the setback to be as severe as it was during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, but he assures, a fall is coming from the flush years farmers […] Read More »

Effort to place historic horse racing on November ballot fails

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An effort to have Nebraska voters decide the issue of historic horse races has fallen short. The Unicameral initially voted 29-19-1 on LR 41, which would have placed the constitutional amendment on the November ballot. It would have asked voters to approve placing video machines at authorized horse racing tracks in the state. The machines […] Read More »

Pierce Elevator cannot raise the cash, closes for good

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The debt is too deep. The Pierce Elevator Company will close, for good. Pierce Elevator President Brian Bargstadt surrendered his grain licenses March 4th. He since has been trying to get around $6 million together to pay off the elevator’s debt and re-open. State Public Service Commission Grain Division Director John Fecht says the needed […] Read More »

Industrial hemp bill easily passes the Unicameral

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Industrial hemp could be grown for research in Nebraska under a law easily passing the Unicameral. The legislature voted 39-to-2 for LB 1001, a bill that will allow the University of Nebraska and the state Department of Agriculture to grow hemp. The bill now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman. Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland says […] Read More »

Virus spreads in Nebraska hog herds, along with worry

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The executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association says concern is spreading about a virus that’s hitting hog herds. The first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PEDV in Nebraska was reported in January, but Larry Sitzman says the total number of cases is unknown. “It’s not a disease so it’s not reported, […] Read More »

Property tax relief for farmers fizzles this legislative session (AUDIO)

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Farmers and ranchers will see little property tax relief from this legislative session, despite all the talk that started the session. State lawmakers added $25 million to the property tax credit fund with passage of the $8 billion state budget. It will now stand at $140 million. Not enough legislators voted in favor of adding […] Read More »

Agland values rose 5% last year, according to UNL

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Agriculture land values rose in Nebraska last year, but didn’t make the dramatic jump that they have made the past couple of years. According to the annual February 1st survey of agricultural land values by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Ag Economics, agriculture value in Nebraska rose an average of 5% in 2013. Research […] Read More »