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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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Farmland values dip over the past year

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Big jumps in farmland values seem to be ending in Nebraska; at least, somewhat. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Farm Real Estate Market Survey discloses a two percent drop overall in agricultural land values. The survey covers the 12-month period which ended February 1st. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen explain that “average” doesn’t tell the whole […]

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UNL report predicts drastic drop in farm income for 2015

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Nebraska’s farm income is forecast to drop as much as 45% this year, according to a report from the Bureau of Business research at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. UNL Extension Public Policy Specialist Brad Lubben says while the drop is substantial from 2013 to this year, farmers saw record income levels before that. “We do have […]

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Propane prices free-fall after sky-high costs a winter ago

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There’s good consumer news for Nebraskans who use liquid propane, including homeowners, farmers and backyard barbequers. Propane prices are dropping toward an all-time low, according to energy analyst Harold Hommes. He says those who grill probably won’t notice a difference, but he says the impact will be significant for Nebraskans who heat their homes with […]

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Head of state Farm Bureau says EPA plan would hurt state/US economy

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The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says the EPA is jeopardizing a key segment of Nebraska agriculture by failing to meet the blending requirements for ethanol as outlined by Congress. Steve Nelson was one of several Nebraskans who testified at the recent EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard in Kansas City. “The message was […]

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UNL survey shows ag land values dropped statewide during past year

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Nebraska ag land values fell 2% overall in a farm real estate market survey from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It covered the 12-month period ending February 1st. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says that average doesn’t tell the whole story. “The land classes that support the beef industry, as an example, the grazing land or […]

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New drought research facility planned for Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will become home to the new Drought Risk Management Research Center, as part of the National Drought Mitigation Center. Program area leader Mark Svoboda says the upgrade will help the facility to better coordinate resources between state and federal agencies to improve drought response. “Given the cross-cutting nature of drought and […]

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Lawsuit looms over possible cuts to ethanol production mandate

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Congressional delegations from the nation’s top two ethanol producing states — Nebraska and Iowa — are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to hold hearings on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in each of their states. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says while he would like to have a hearing in Nebraska, […]

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