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Last packer hog ownership ban falls; Nebraska joins other states

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A last-minute filibuster cannot stop a measure that lifts the ban on meatpackers owning hogs in Nebraska from passing in the legislature. LB 176 clears the Unicameral easily on a 34-to-14 vote. But, not until supporters overcame a rare, final-reading filibuster against the bill. Opponents of the measure held up the vote for two hours […]

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Governor’s first property tax relief bill reaches legislature

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The first of two bills targeting property tax relief is scheduled to be heard today in the Unicameral. Governor Pete Ricketts’ proposals are being carried by Senators Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids and Mike Gloor of Grand Island. Senator Sullivan says the measure, LB 958, has a few primary areas of focus. “It controls growth […]

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USDA to grant millions for wetlands mitigation banks

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing that $9-million is available for farmers in Nebraska and elsewhere to set up agriculture-only Wetlands Mitigation Banks. Vilsack says the mitigation banks that exist now give an advantage to big developers over individual farmers. “Several states have begun the process of establishing agriculture-only mitigation banks that are available […]

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Cattlemen want to put “right to farm” law into Nebraska’s constitution

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There’s now a state law that spells out the right to farm and ranch in Nebraska but an effort is underway to include that law in the state constitution. Laura Field, legislative director for the Nebraska Cattlemen, says that’s one of four bills the association is making a priority this legislative session. “In the November […]

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How to grow high-tech jobs a focus of Governor’s Ag Conference

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Nebraska farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in the state’s agriculture industry are invited to this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference. “I think Nebraska agriculture loves the opportunity to gather together and learn about cutting edge issues and some of the policy considerations that affect their daily lives,” State Ag Director Greg Ibach says about the event […]

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Farm Bureau wants school reliance on property taxes reduced

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Nebraska Farm Bureau officials want state lawmakers to work toward reducing school funding’s reliance on the property tax. Farm Bureau senior economist Jay Rempe says the only way to truly reduce property taxes in Nebraska is to reduce how much school district budgets rely on property taxes. The Farm Bureau proposes capping the amount of […]

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Meat packers might soon be allowed to own hogs in Nebraska

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State lawmakers have moved a step closer to lifting the ban on meat packers owning hogs in Nebraska. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, the sponsor of LB 176, argued during legislative floor debate that lifting the ban would end the attrition of hog production in the state. “States with no packer bans are growing in […]

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Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 01/12/2016

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  Reno County Farmer Jim French, who serves as Senior Advocacy Advisor in Agriculture for Oxfam America, talked about conditions […]

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UNMC physician reacts to new federal dietary guidelines

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Health and Human Services and the U-S Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines this week to encourage healthy eating habits to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases. University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health’s Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician and says these new guidelines are designed to help the public make […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln creates state climate office, names new state climatologist

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While a state climatologist is nothing new for Nebraska, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is providing more resources to the position. The Nebraska State Climate Office will have four full-time and two part-time employees. Administrators say they want it to be the primary source of climate information for […]

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Egg hatchery to invest heavily in Nebraska expansion

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A state-of-the-art egg hatchery will locate in central Nebraska. Gov. Pete Ricketts was among those announcing the expansion of Hendrix-ISA in Grand Island. Ricketts says Nebraska won over fierce competition from other states. “At the end of the day, it came down to our people. And the quality of the people here and the opportunity […]

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Ag group compiles to-do list for Unicameral, Congress

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The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union is making a wish list for the 2016 state legislative session, as the Unicameral will reconvene on January 6th. John Hansen says one of the priority issues of the past few sessions remains on the docket for the year ahead. “We want property tax relief,” Hansen says. “That […]

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Nebraska Farm Bureau wants packer-hog ownership ban lifted

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Nebraska Farm Bureau says it will continue its efforts to overturn the state’s ban on packer ownership of hogs, which has been in place since 1998. First Vice President Mark McHargue of Central City is an independent pork producer, but believes lifting the packer ban is necessary for Nebraska to stay competitive. “We are the […]

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