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Deadline for farmers to pick new Farm Bill programs is March 31st

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Nebraska farmers only have a week remaining to decide which federal farm program is best for them. Jeff Davis, with the Farm Services Agency, says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between the three farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co which is based on county figures. “So, you […]

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Fire heavily damages Jefferson County hog lot, 200+ firefighters respond

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Firefighters from perhaps 20 departments in Nebraska and Kansas battled a major fire at the Livingston Enterprise State Line Hog Facility, south of Fairbury in Jefferson County. The blaze broke out Sunday night and was contained early this  morning. Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause says upwards of 200 firefighters helped fight the blaze. “It […]

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Governor, lawmakers at odds over tax relief

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers don’t seem to be on the same page on tax relief. Not only did the legislature’s Revenue Committee pass on a bill that would have lowered property taxes for farmers, it has endorsed an increase in the gas tax. Ricketts has backed a measure that would lower the percentage […]

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Ag land property tax relief bill likely dead for the session

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Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders are disappointed by Wednesday’s decision by the Unicameral’s Revenue Committee to not advance a measure decreasing ag land valuations. The Farm Bureau had supported a bill that would have lowered the valuation of agricultural land from 75% to 65%. Bureau president Steve Nelson says property taxes have risen dramatically in the […]

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Study sees farmland values slip about 3% statewide

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The average value of Nebraska farmland has dropped for the first time in years. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says the just-released Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey Report indicated a modest but definite fall. Jansen says, “The average Nebraska farmland value, which is a weighted average of cropland as well as rangeland, pasture and […]

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Omaha aspires to be a global agri-business leader

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Omaha hopes to benefit from Nebraska’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the top five agri-business leaders in the world. Senior Vice President Randy Thelen with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the city a global leader in food processing, biofuels, and bio-chemicals. “We’ve seen tremendous […]

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AG office sees Republican River order as victory for Nebraska (AUDIO)

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The United States Supreme Court has ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million to settle a dispute over use of the Republican River. Nebraska officials call it a victory. “I think overall the office of the Attorney General is very pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision,” Justin Lavene, chief of the Agriculture, Environment, and […]

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Nebraskans honor their agricultural roots and the future of farming

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The 7,000-plus FFA members in Nebraska are celebrating FFA Week. The program teaches high school students about the world of the ag industry. FFA spokesman Kurt Veldhuizen doesn’t see any letting up in the program that’s nearly 90 years old. “I think it’s very strong and when you look at ultimately FFA’s tie to agriculture, […]

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Kearney hosts Agri-Eco Tourism conference, starting this afternoon

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is opening its annual three-day Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop today in Kearney. The event is designed for people who want to learn more about the tourism industries surrounding agriculture and the environment. Commission spokeswoman Karen Kollars says a host of activities are planned through Wednesday. “We’ll start out with a three-hour workshop […]

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Nebraska Humane Society supports legislation targeting bad dog breeders

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Nebraska lawmakers are looking at legislation that would help shut down and prosecute operators of puppy mills.   Nebraska Humane Society’s Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan there are several reasons why they haven’t been able to shut them down after finding animal abuse. Langan says, “The Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting licensed […]

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Winery & Grape Growers Forum March 5 – 7

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The 18th annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show is rapidly approaching. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension viticulture specialist Paul Read says Nebraska has seen a nice sustainable growth in the wine industry. In just over 20 years the number Nebraska wineries has grown to 30 and there are more than […]

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State’s future farmers are being recruited as hometown ag ambassadors

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Nebraska FFA chapters can now compete for educational and financial resources from the Nebraska Corn Board. The Ag Champions Contest is designed for FFA chapters to submit advocacy plans to boost education in communities about issues and misconceptions about agriculture. Corn Board executive director Kelly Brunkhorst says three winners will receive grants based on the […]

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Proposal seeks to take emotion out of livestock expansion evaluations (AUDIO)

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A proposal in the legislature seeks to take the emotion out of proposals to expand livestock operations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Farm Bureau says decisions at the county level hold state agriculture back. The organization suggests cow-calf operations, hog production, dairy, and poultry could all expand in Nebraska if individual expansion proposals were greeted more […]

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Ward Labs in Kearney: 4.4-million soil samples and still going

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An agricultural soil testing firm in Kearney is marking the completion of a major expansion project. Ward Laboratories has cut the ribbon on a 16,000 square foot addition. Company founder and president Ray Ward says the expanded facility will help the company provide more efficient soil testing results for ag producers. Ward says, “That’s our […]

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