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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 »

USDA crop projections show a big harvest but lower prices

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Nebraska farmers are starting to put their combines to good use but some are hitting the fields with mixed emotions. U-S Department of Agriculture statistics shows a projected 4.3 bushel-per-acre increase in corn with an average of 171 bushels per acre. Soybeans should average 46.6 bushels per acre.  Chief Economist Joe Glauber says this much […] Read More »

HSUS official rejects Gov. Heineman image of group (AUDIO)

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An official with the Humane Society of the United States fires back after Gov. Dave Heineman calls HSUS anti-agriculture. Heineman made the comments in response to a recent Purdue University study which disclosed many consumers get their view of farming from the Humane Society of the United States or People for the Ethical Treatment of […] Read More »

Almanac: Winter of 2015 will be bitter cold, snowy

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Nebraskans could be in for a rough winter. The 2015 Old Farmers Almanac is out with its recipes, charts for ocean tides and, of course, predictions about the weather. Bob Farmer, one of the contributors to the annual publication, says there’s a particularly challenging winter ahead for the Midwest. “For winter 2015, the prediction is […] Read More »

Farmers see fallout from financial collapse of Pierce Elevator

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It appears several dozen Nebraska farmers, perhaps as many as 200, will be left holding the bag as nearly $2-million was not paid by the failed Pierce Elevator when it closed earlier this year. The Nebraska Public Service Commission denied the claims. John Fecht, who heads the PSC’s Grain Division, says those who were denied […] Read More »

New “Forever” stamp series promotes farmers markets

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There are more than 75 farmers markets operating now in more than 60 Nebraska cities and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is hoping four new postage stamps will help keep those farmers markets on people’s minds. “A lot of folks have talked about the benefits of farmers markets and that’s certainly true. This postage stamp […] Read More »

Options for farmers dealing with commodity price drop

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Many Nebraska corn and soybean producers are a little discouraged going into the fall harvest. Agriculture Economist Michael Langemeier that is due to the drop in commodity prices. He says farmers need to look at every option to counter those lower prices and that includes looking at their crop insurance policy. He says the revenue […] Read More »

State Fair puts Nebraska agriculture’s importance on display

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Governor Dave Heineman says the State Fair plays an important role in reminding Nebraskans about the importance of agriculture to the state. Heineman says more than a quarter of the state economy depends on agriculture. “As I’ve said before, more and more Nebraskans are a generation or two removed from the farm or ranch. So, […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman calls EPA the enemy of agriculture (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman says federal regulations being issued by the Environmental Protection Agency pose a big problem for agriculture. Heineman takes direct aim at the EPA, especially its proposal to expand the Clean Water Act. “As I kiddingly say, but I think it’s fairly accurate, you know, when we have a little rain in the […] Read More »

State Fair provides stage to proclaim agriculture’s importance (AUDIO)

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The State Fair provides a unique platform to proclaim the importance of agriculture to the state economy and to combat some negative messages. A recent Purdue University study disclosed many consumers get their view of farming from the Humane Society of the United States or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, much to the […] Read More »