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AG Peterson encourage N. Dakota judge has blocked WOTUS

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Attorney General Doug Peterson says he is encouraged by a federal judge’s action against the Waters of the United States rule. United States District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota has issued a temporary injunction against the WOTUS rule drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Peterson says it’s a big victory for Nebraska and the […]

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UNL extension offers workshops on boosting soil quality and production

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Two workshops for Nebraska growers are planned next week that will focus on improving soil quality and the better management of production. UNL extension educator Keith Glewen says farmers are invited to the Research and Development Center near Mead next Wednesday (August 26th) to get a good look at what’s going on with their dirt. […]

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Ag officials prep for new outbreaks of bird flu this fall

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While the heat of summer should prevent any more cases of avian influenza, state and federal officials are looking ahead to the possibility of new outbreaks in Nebraska when the wild waterfowl start their next migration this fall. At this point, USDA veterinarian Dr. Jack Shere says there’s no way to predict the extent of […]

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Seward-area farmer named to head national grain board

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Eastern Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann, a grower from the Seward area, is being named the new chairman for the U.S. Grains Council. Tiemann has spent more than 35 years in production agriculture and served as past chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. He says one priority for the Grains Council is ethanol. “We see that […]

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Congressman Fortenberry says trade important for Nebraska

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry defends Congressional action to make it easier for the president to negotiate trade deals with other countries. Fortenberry says he understands why some people are suspicious about the measure. “Look, trade is a mixed bag for America. Let’s be honest. It’s very important in Nebraska. It is very helpful to our agricultural […]

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Work to keep Ogallala Aquifer flowing continues (AUDIO)

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An effort continues to preserve the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the great water resources in the United States that agriculture depends on. The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative actually began in 2010 and ran for five years. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service wants to keep it going. State Conservationist Craig Derickson notes the importance of the […]

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Corn growers aim to rebrand gas pumps nationwide

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Nebraska and Iowa, the nation’s two largest ethanol-producing states, are launching a joint effort to “rebrand” gasoline pumps nationwide with stickers promoting the American Ethanol brand. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says the project stems from the past five years of partnership with NASCAR and the pro stock car racing circuit’s […]

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Gov. Ricketts to lead trade mission to Japan

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley will lead a trade mission to Japan. According to a news release form Ricketts’ office, the governor will lead a delegation of Nebraska business leaders to the 47th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, September 12th through the 16th. Lt. Gov. Foley will actually arrive in […]

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Deadline to comment on Renewable Fuel Standards is today

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Gov. Peter Ricketts wants you to complain to the EPA about the RFS. The EPA, of course, is the Environmental Protection Agency. The RFS is the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA has proposed weakening the RFS, requiring the nation’s fuel supply have billions of gallons less of bio-fuels mixed in; a change which would greatly […]

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Officials warn EPA renewable fuels proposal could hurt Midwest (AUDIO)

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State officials, agricultural leaders, and business executives warn that Nebraska’s economy could be harmed if the Environmental Protection Agency follows through with a proposal to lower the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). General Manager Kyle Nixon of Novozymes says the company plans to expand its facility in Blair if demand for ethanol remains strong. “The […]

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New Grasslands Initiative sign up starts Sept 1

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Nebraska farmers and ranchers will soon be able to take advantage of a new Conservation Reserve Program initiative. Mike Schmidt is the deputy administrator for the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency and says they are targeting working grass, range and pasture land. Schmidt says, “Grasslands is a new initiative. It is a working […]

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UNL drought forecasters look ahead to hot & dry versus cold & wet

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Long-range forecasters say the overall trend of cooler, wetter weather will likely continue for the next several months, with some periods of hot and dry mixed in, followed by what may be a mild winter ahead. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center, which is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says […]

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Nebraska Cattlemen hit the road to hear from members (AUDIO)

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Beef producers get to hear from those representing them at the state Capitol and in Washington and get to air their opinions this week during the Nebraska Cattlemen’s educational road trip. Topics will be wide-ranging during stops at six cities across Nebraska. Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Affairs Director Laura Field expects a lot of questions about […]

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Group says Nebraska farmers missing out on big cash crop

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The Nebraska Hemp Association would like Governor Pete Ricketts will look into the development of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Nebraska farmers. President Bill Alchord says a law was passed in 2014 to legalize the development of a pilot program at postsecondary institutions and the Department of Agriculture for research but that will […]

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State’s ag director named to international trade position

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The director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is being appointed to a trade advisory committee that provides counsel to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Greg Ibach says his previous experience chairing the group’s marketing and international trade committee should help him on the advisory panel. “So, this is kind of right […]

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