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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 »

Former state fairgrounds emerging as Innovation Campus (AUDIO)

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Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape on the former state fairgrounds. Two buildings are occupied. Others are under construction. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has high hopes for Innovation Campus. “I think it does place us clearly in a lead toward the commercialization of innovation and I think it’s becoming an attraction for both […] Read More »

State’s list of livestock friendly counties reaches 28

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Northeast Nebraska’s Knox County is the latest county in the state to be named a “livestock friendly” county. Governor Dave Heineman made the presentation this week at the county courthouse in the town of Center. The governor says the designation follows a statewide trend. “We’re now the #1 cattle-feeding state in America and we want […] Read More »

Drought-stricken livestock producers get a break from the IRS

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A policy change by the Internal Revenue Service gives Nebraska farmers and ranchers who were hit by drought more time for recovery. IRS spokesman Christopher Miller says the agency has changed the rules when it comes to livestock losses. Miller says farmers often sell off more livestock than usual during a drought and in order […] Read More »

Nebraska’s winter wheat crop off to a fast, healthy start

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Planting of winter wheat in Nebraska is all but wrapped up for the season. Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says timely rainfall helped producers get the crop in the ground and conditions are very favorable. “We’re off to a fast start,” Schaneman says. “We’ve had good germination and the crop’s getting […] Read More »

Push for more use of E-85 as ethanol industry faces obstacles

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State and agriculture officials are pushing for the expansion of bio-fuel use in Nebraska even as the industry attempts to weather a couple of obstacles. Oil prices have dropped, bringing the price of gas closer to the break-even point for ethanol profitability. More oil is being produced domestically as well, which hold prices down. Nebraska […] Read More »

“Father” of GMOs says opponents are a minority, extremists

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The debate over genetically modified organisms — or GMOs — in food has been heating up in Nebraska and nationwide in recent months. Robert Fraley, a top researcher at crop-seed maker Monsanto, is often referred to as “the father of agricultural biotechnology.” Fraley says he’s convinced opponents of GMOs represent a small percentage of consumers. […] Read More »

Former NDEQ Director raises questions about “Waters of US” proposal (AUDIO)

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A former director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality says the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to fix something that isn’t broken in its controversial proposal to expand the Clean Water Act. Former NDEQ Director Mike Linder has analyzed the EPA move to update the Clean Water Act, called “Waters of the United States” […] Read More »

USDA to survey Nebraska farmers on chemical use

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A sample of Nebraska corn growers will soon be asked to report on their use of pesticides and fertilizer. The Agricultural Resource Management Survey is conducted on different crops each year and 2014 is a corn year. Greg Thessen, the regional director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, says once the data is collated and […] Read More »

Bridge repairs & unfunded mandates among top issues for county leaders

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County leaders from across the state will gather in Kearney this week for the annual legislative conference of the Nebraska Association of County Officials. Executive director Larry Dix says several issues are on the agenda, including the zoning debate that’s underway in the state. “There’s a number of reports that are somewhat concerning in the […] Read More »

Supreme Court to decide dispute over Republican River usage (AUDIO)

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A dispute between Nebraska and Kansas over use of water flowing from the Republican River is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. Attorney General Jon Bruning is confident the Supreme Court will validate the decision reached by a special master it appointed, who rejected Kansas’ claim Nebraska owed it $80 million […] Read More »