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UNL report predicts drastic drop in farm income for 2015

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Nebraska’s farm income is forecast to drop as much as 45% this year, according to a report from the Bureau of Business research at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. UNL Extension Public Policy Specialist Brad Lubben says while the drop is substantial from 2013 to this year, farmers saw record income levels before that. “We do have […]

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Propane prices free-fall after sky-high costs a winter ago

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There’s good consumer news for Nebraskans who use liquid propane, including homeowners, farmers and backyard barbequers. Propane prices are dropping toward an all-time low, according to energy analyst Harold Hommes. He says those who grill probably won’t notice a difference, but he says the impact will be significant for Nebraskans who heat their homes with […]

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Head of state Farm Bureau says EPA plan would hurt state/US economy

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The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says the EPA is jeopardizing a key segment of Nebraska agriculture by failing to meet the blending requirements for ethanol as outlined by Congress. Steve Nelson was one of several Nebraskans who testified at the recent EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard in Kansas City. “The message was […]

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UNL survey shows ag land values dropped statewide during past year

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Nebraska ag land values fell 2% overall in a farm real estate market survey from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It covered the 12-month period ending February 1st. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says that average doesn’t tell the whole story. “The land classes that support the beef industry, as an example, the grazing land or […]

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New drought research facility planned for Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will become home to the new Drought Risk Management Research Center, as part of the National Drought Mitigation Center. Program area leader Mark Svoboda says the upgrade will help the facility to better coordinate resources between state and federal agencies to improve drought response. “Given the cross-cutting nature of drought and […]

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Lawsuit looms over possible cuts to ethanol production mandate

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Congressional delegations from the nation’s top two ethanol producing states — Nebraska and Iowa — are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to hold hearings on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in each of their states. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says while he would like to have a hearing in Nebraska, […]

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Gov. Ricketts praises passage of fast-track trade bill

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Gov. Pete Ricketts praises Congress for passage of Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as fast-track trade authority. “This is all very, very good news for Nebraska to be able to grow our markets, be able to expand our opportunities to create jobs and so I’m pleased that the Senate passed it,” Ricketts tells Kevin Thomas, […]

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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’s Honey Bees near Seward and he says […]

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