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Farmers – mark you calendar

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Nebraska farmers have a few deadlines coming up regarding two new programs included in the Farm Bill.   The first date that farmers can sign up for Agricultural Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage programs is November 17th. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini says farmers have until March 31st to make a selection. Dolcini says they […] Read More »

County leaders struggle to keep bridges passable as harvest begins

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Many Nebraska counties face the dilemma of having to repair or replace dozens of crumbling rural bridges, especially as farmers ramp up traffic during the harvest. The Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation Committee is hearing testimony on an interim study of the problem. Saunders County Highway Superintendent Steve Mika says his county has more than 400 bridges and […] Read More »

Nation’s ag boss blasts rail lines for not anticipating bumper harvest

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The nation’s top agriculture official is raising alarms about the looming shortage of rail cars to carry grain from Midwestern fields to market. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says railroad officials should have anticipated the coming bumper harvest and been ready with sufficient cars for delivery. Vilsack says, “The reality is that we’re behind, the […] Read More »

Sales tax “penalty” for state’s farmers & ranchers vanishes

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A sales tax exemption is now in effect in Nebraska on repair and replacement parts for farm machinery and equipment. The Nebraska Farm Bureau worked with the Unicameral in getting legislation passed that removed that tax burden on farmers and ranchers. Jay Rempe, the bureau’s vice president of government relations, says the savings will bring […] Read More »

USDA grants and loans bring cash infusion to rural Nebraska

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding more than $1.7-million dollars in loans and grants to a host of projects across rural Nebraska. Doug O’Brien, the agency’s Under Secretary for Rural Development, says the infusion of capital comes from the Rural Micro-entrepreneur Assistance Program and it’ll go initially to five Nebraska-based agencies. O’Brien says, “Southeast […] Read More »

Transportation Secretary sees no quick solution to rail car shortage

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx can’t promise any solution this fall to a rail car shortage threatening harvest season. Farmers need rail cars to move crops, but rail has been diverted to hauling oil from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. “I don’t think the trend is going to change abruptly any time […] Read More »

Big name corn field concert draws big crowd, big money to protest pipeline

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More than 8,000 people turned out in a corn field north of Neligh on Saturday for a concert and rally in opposition to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The “Harvest the Hope” event was held on Art Tanderup’s farm. Tanderup said the concert, featuring Neil Young and Willie Nelson, grew out of contacts […] Read More »

Harvest time is almost here, use extra caution on rural roads

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Tractors and combines will soon be bringing in the harvest from the fields and lumbering down Nebraska’s rural roads at all hours. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is putting out a reminder to those farmers — and to all motorists — to be cautious and courteous. Brunkhorst says “We just want […] Read More »

Climate change authors say debate is over, time to prepare

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One of the lead authors of a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report on climate change says Nebraska farmers and ranchers will face significant weather-related challenges in the coming decades. Climate scientist Don Wilhite says average temperatures will continue to rise with a substantial increase in high-temperature stress days over 100 degrees. And while average annual […] Read More »

Nebraska lands federal grants to research soil, water conservation

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The USDA is awarding new grants to universities and organizations in Nebraska and 30 other states that are working to develop new conservation methods, according to U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Farmers want to know how to deal with the variations of weather that they’re beginning to see — the more intense storms, the longer […] Read More »

Study: Climate change is making some Nebraska bird species scarce

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A study by an environmental group is analyzing the vulnerability to climate change of more than 500 species of birds across the Midwest. The Environmental Defense Fund is working with teams of biologists in Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa. Alicia Hardin, an administrator in the wildlife division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says some birds are […] Read More »

USDA reaches out to LGBT community in rural Nebraska

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The USDA held the nation’s third LGBT Rural Summit at Wayne State College last week. The summit was a partnership between the USDA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, the True Colors Fund, and Wayne State to discuss the opportunities and challenges lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered citizens face while living in rural America. Special Assistant […] Read More »

Nebraska looking for even more markets in Asia (AUDIO)

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As Nebraska works to strengthen its economic ties with Japan, state officials carefully watch negotiations which could further open a promising Asian market for Nebraska agricultural goods. State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says Asia already is a great market for Nebraska farm products, but if the Trans-Pacific Partnership wins approval, it would become even greater. […] Read More »

Nebraska hopes conference will lead to increased trade with Japan (AUDIO)

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Nebraska hosts the 50th annual Midwest US-Japan Association annual conference; in 2018. Gov. Dave Heineman says the conference should spur Nebraska exports to Japan and Japanese investment in Nebraska. “I’m especially gratified that we’re going to host the 50th,” Heineman tells reporters during an announcement. “Anniversaries like that tend to be a little more important. […] Read More »

Some farmers offer crops, not cash, to charities

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As harvest season approaches, many charitable organizations statewide are preparing to get gifts of grain from Nebraska’s farmers. Those farmers can choose to donate a portion of their stored or harvested crops and get a tax deduction at the same time. John Syverson, a certified financial planner, says there are a number of advantages to […] Read More »