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Fischer pleased fast-track trade authority heading to president (AUDIO)

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Fast-track trade legislation has passed the Senate and been sent to the president. It took a second try, but Trade Promotion Authority, better known as fast-track trade legislation, has passed. The United States Senate voted 60-to-38 to approve TPA. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. TPA is a key piece […]

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Gulf “dead zone” still growing due to farm field runoff

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Chemical runoff from Midwestern farmland is still feeding an oxygen-deprived area in the Gulf of Mexico and the so-called “dead zone” isn’t shrinking, despite ongoing efforts. Scientists and policy-makers have worked for more than a decade on a plan to reduce nutrient runoff from farm fields, which endangers marine life in the Gulf. This year, […]

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Sen. Fischer remains optimistic about trade legislation

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer believes trade legislation will pass, eventually. The House has approved so-called “fast track” trade legislation after failing to do so last week. Fischer notes the defeat late last week came after President Barack Obama made a personal appear to his fellow Democrats. “I think it was a huge blow to […]

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Gov. Ricketts declares trade mission to Europe a success (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts calls the European trade mission a success. Ricketts wrapped up the trade mission on Monday with a visit to Copenhagen, Denmark where he talked about biosciences with European industry leaders. He also met with Novozymes executives, speaking about possible expansion in Nebraska. Novozymes has a plant in Blair which produces enzymes for […]

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Nebraska farm fined for paying workers less than they earned

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A Nebraska farm has been found in violation of federal law and will pay nearly 100 workers almost $70,000 in unpaid wages and pay nearly $90,000 in civil penalties for violating federal wage laws. The United States Department of Labor reports Heldt Produce of Ashland did not pay temporary foreign guest workers properly and paid […]

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Nebraska trade delegation faces misperceptions in Europe (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has found he needs to clear up some misperceptions of American agriculture during his trade mission to Europe. Ricketts has been talking to Europeans about a wide range of goods and products produced in Nebraska as well as touting Nebraska as a good state in which to invest. Ricketts says the Nebraska […]

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Gov. Ricketts disappointed Congress rejects trade deal

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Gov. Pete Ricketts, taking a break from his European trade mission, expressed disappointment today in the defeat of a trade measure in Congress. Congress soundly defeated a Pacific Rim free trade initiative promoted by the Obama Administration. The vote actually came on an amendment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, touted as providing protection for workers who […]

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Nebraska Beekeepers’ Association Fun Day

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Most people run when they see a bee but next time you may want to give them a bit more respect. Bees pollinate about one-third of our food supply and their numbers are dropping. Dustin Scholl is with the Nebraska Beekeepers Association and owner of K & D Honey Bees near Seward and he says […]

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Nebraska Beekeepers’ Association Fun Day

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Most people run when they see a bee but next time you may want to give them a bit more respect. Bees pollinate about one-third of our food supply and their numbers are dropping. Dustin Scholl is with the Nebraska Beekeepers Association and owner of K & D’s Honey Bees near Seward and he says […]

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Gov. Ricketts leads trade mission to Europe (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is making the pitch for Nebraska during a trade mission to Europe. Ricketts has visited with a number of businesses in Italy, pushing Nebraska as a great place to expand. “But I was struck by how many Italian companies are really looking to expand their operations outside of Europe and they’re looking […]

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No new bird flu cases in Nebraska with nearly 5M chickens destroyed (AUDIO)

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No new bird flu cases have been reported in Nebraska as state agriculture officials hope the hot weather keeps the disease from spreading. The numbers are staggering. Two flocks of laying hens in Dixon County, one 1.7 million head, the other 1.8 million wiped out by avian influenza. Both are in the clean-up stages. One […]

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Sen. Fischer says EPA ignored input on WOTUS rule

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United States Senator Deb Fischer charges the Environmental Protection Agency ignored public input in moving forward with its Waters of the United States rule. The new rule expands the Clean Water Act, giving the EPA jurisdiction over more streams and bodies of water. Fischer points out 32 states filed formal protests on the expansion. The […]

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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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