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Russian threat to cut off farm imports not seen as big to Nebraska (AUDIO)

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A threat from Russia to cut off agricultural imports from the United States isn’t seen as significant for Nebraska. Sen. Mike Johanns says exports to Russia have declined over the years as Russia has proven to be an unreliable trade partner. Johanns, the former Secretary of Agriculture, adds the problem could be resolved rather quickly. […] Read More »

Group opposed to EPA expansion of Clean Water Act grows (AUDIO)

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Some groups more associated with the city than the farm have joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau coalition opposed to an expansion of the Clean Water Act. Farm Bureau officials have assembled what it calls the “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition to protest the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand the Clean Water Act beyond […] Read More »

USDA boss says not all climate change impacts are bad

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Farmers and scientists are trying to determine how climate change will impact agriculture in Nebraska and nationwide in the years ahead, with one study predicting without action, crop yields will drop 20% by mid-century. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers will have to adapt to greater variability in the weather, but the news isn’t […] Read More »

Northeastern Nebraska resident dies in grain bin accident

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A 60-year-old man couldn’t be saved in a grain bin accident in northeastern Nebraska. The Dixon County Sheriff’s Office reports Timothy Hansen of Laurel stepped into the grain bin Tuesday afternoon to break loose some grain. The grain pile gave way and swallowed him. Several people attempted to save him to no avail. Hansen was […] Read More »

Nebraska livestock producers face uphill PR battle

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Nebraska livestock producers will be seeking ways to counter a growing negative perception of agriculture. A recent Purdue University study disclosed that nearly half the 800 consumers surveyed report they get their annual welfare information from the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, groups considered unfriendly to […] Read More »

Nebraska rural affairs advocate speaks to EPA on climate change

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The executive director of the Lyons-based Center for Rural Affairs testified about climate change at the federal Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Denver, part of a series of hearings being held across the country. Brian Depew says climate change needs to be addressed sooner, not later, or it will be costly for agriculture. “If you […] Read More »

OSHA backs off, agrees it cannot regulate family farms (AUDIO)

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Federal regulators have backed off of their stance that they can write rules for certain farm operations, much to the delight of the Nebraska Congressional delegation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined a Holt County, Nebraska farm $132,000 in 2011 for how it dried and stored grain. The agency had considered such post-harvest […] Read More »

Farm Credit Services of America joins alliance with Frontier Farm Credit

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Farm Credit Services of America is expanding. The Omaha-based agricultural credit company will enter an alliance with Frontier Farm Credit of Kansas, beginning next year. Farm Credit Services President Doug Stark says the alliance benefits both companies. “Well, in the case of Kansas customers and Frontier, we’re going to bring our resources, our size and […] Read More »

Disaster aid now available for livestock producers; amount under dispute (AUDIO)

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Federal disaster assistance has been made available for livestock losses due to severe weather, even to producers who suffered losses two years ago from drought. But, the amount of aid is in dispute. Nebraska Farm Service Agency Director Dan Steinkruger agrees Nebraska producers have been hit hard by severe weather the last few years. “The […] Read More »

Congressman extolls the virtues of corn detasseling

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry contends detasseling has been an integral part of building Nebraska’s strong work ethic. And Fortenberry, a father of five, has more than a passing interest in corn detasseling. Fortenberry praises the work of teen-agers in Nebraska corn fields this time of year. “Thousands of Nebraska young people pour into the fields at […] Read More »

The silver lining of June storms: an end to the drought (AUDIO)

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One month of well-above-normal rainfall has ended the drought in nearly all of Nebraska. But drought continues to plague a large portion of the United States. Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus says heavy June rains finally broke the drought which began in 2012. “It’s […] Read More »

EPA meets with critics, seems determined to expand Clean Water Act (AUDIO)

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has met with some of her fiercest critics, but seems unwilling to modify a proposed change to the Clean Water Act. Sen. Mike Johanns joined other Republican senators from the Senate Agriculture Committee in confronting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, arguing against expansion of the Clean Water Act which […] Read More »

State’s cattle producers encouraged to attend meetings to learn, sound off

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The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association is holding a series of meetings around the state this week to get input from its members on various state and federal issues and concerns. The association’s legislative director Laura Field says they’re making seven stops for meetings. Field says, “We’re going to talk about some issues with animal health and […] Read More »

Nebraska Farm Bureau warns Congress of EPA expansion

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Nebraska Farm Bureau members have wrapped up their annual trek to Washington, after lobbying against a proposed expansion of the power of the Environmental Protection Agency. Todd Reed of Lincoln co-owns a custom farming operation south of Greenwood. He worries a change in definition could allow the EPA to regulate waterways on farms. “That land […] Read More »

“Raising Nebraska” exhibit new at state fair

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There is a new exhibit at this year’s Nebraska State Fair. Associate Dean for UNL Extension and State 4-H Program Administrator Kathleen Lodl says “Raising Nebraska” is a 25,000 foot interactive display about agriculture.  Lodl says it includes a full-sized pivot irrigation system, a video theater enclosed in a grain bin, a virtual combine ride […] Read More »