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USDA offers new time-saving online tool for farmers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is touting a new online service that should save Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers valuable time. The agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is launching the Conservation Client Gateway, an internet tool that allows interaction with NRCS without leaving the home or office. Ramon Ortiz, with NRCS, says the online service benefits […]

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Changes to renewable fuel standard adds to frustration with EPA (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska senator says the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the requirement for bio-fuels in the nation’s gasoline supply just adds to her growing frustration with the agency. The EPA has released its long-anticipated proposed revision to the renewable fuel mandate. The agency proposes requiring refineries to blend 17.4 billion gallons of biofuels, including […]

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Sen. Sasse says Nebraska agriculture will benefit from TPA

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse says he understands some of the opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. But, Sasse says Nebraska will gain under the TPA passed by the Senate. Sasse says advancing trade is good for both producers and consumers in the long term. “But in the short term, there are obviously reasons that some […]

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Report: Job openings in ag sector far outweigh college grads

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are plenty of jobs in ag-related fields, but not nearly enough college graduates to fill them all. Agriculture is Nebraska’s top industry and a recent UNL study showed 25% of all jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture. “Folks don’t really realize the variety […]

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Due to bird flu epidemic, egg prices rise for food makers & shoppers

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Consumers in Nebraska are seeing some grocery prices rise as the price of eggs used by food manufacturers has more than tripled in recent weeks due to the avian influenza outbreaks in Nebraska and 15 other states. Bird flu has affected more than four-million egg-laying hens at three major operations in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County. USDA […]

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Move toward corporate hog production stalls in Unicameral

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A bill that would allow meat packers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has stalled in the Unicameral. The Unicameral advanced the bill after first-round debate, but a filibuster prevented it from advancing from second-round debate. It is dead for the legislative session. At present, corporate ownership of livestock is banned in Nebraska. Senator […]

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Banks become cautious as farm income falters

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Farm income is falling across the region as credit conditions weaken. Nathan Kauffman, the Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says lower crop prices and high input costs have cut profit margins and raised concerns about the ability of farmers to repay loans down the road. “In the last several […]

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Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack says feds responding to avian flu outbreak (AUDIO)

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Federal agriculture officials say they are responding to stop avian flu, which has now spread to Nebraska. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says sloppiness might well contribute to the spread of avian flu, hitting hard the Iowa poultry industry and now in Nebraska. Some producers have used pond water for their flocks, pond water that […]

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New Siouxland pork plant to bring 1,100 jobs

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Two companies are announcing plans to build a $264 million pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa. Officials with Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods say the venture will create 1,100 jobs. But, the city manager for Sioux City, Bob Padmore, says the economic benefits for the area extend far beyond the new jobs. “The project […]

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First case of avian flu reported in Nebraska

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A flock of 1.7 million egg laying hens in Dixon County in northeast Nebraska has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) virus.  It’s the first case of the disease reported in Nebraska.  The virus has devastated turkey and egg operations in Minnesota and Iowa. Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says […]

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Bugged by bugs? New USDA program may help fight hungry pests

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort the could help Nebraska farmers and homeowners in the fight against plant pests. Mike Watson, with the USDA, says those bugs and the diseases they carry can cause a lot of expensive damage. “Hungry pests cost the United States approximately $120-billion a year. That impacts everything […]

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Flooded farmers may be forced to replant, weekend weather is key

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Many acres of farmland in Saline and Jefferson counties are underwater after this week’s heavy rains, particularly the downpours that came along with severe weather on Wednesday. Saline County Extension Educator Randy Pryor says the extent of damage to the newly planted crops will be known next week. “Seeds that are sitting there underwater that […]

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Hot jazz and a cool glass of wine, sounds fine!

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An agri-tourism event is planned tonight and tomorrow night that combines dozens of Nebraska-produced wines with jazz music. The Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival is getting underway at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Kearney. Laurel Rosado is spokeswoman for the Kearney Area Community Foundation, which is hosting the event. “When you come to […]

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Nebraska officials worry public silence could remove red meat from dietary guidelines

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Nebraska officials worry proposed federal dietary guidelines could negatively impact the state beef industry. And they hope public comments will make a difference. Gov. Pete Ricketts asserts environmentalists are pushing for the federal government to rid the guidelines of red meat, claiming that the beef industry harms the environment. “Well, I’m very concerned about it, […]

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Nebraska bat designed by feds as “threatened”

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Federal officials are now designating a type of bat that lives in Nebraska as a threatened species, because a fungal disease is wiping out large populations of the furry, flying creatures. Kristen Lundh, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the northern long-eared bat will have new protections in Nebraska and 25 […]

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