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South-central Nebraska cattle operation wins Leopold Conservation Award

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A south-central Nebraska family that made a switch from row crops to a cow-calf operation has won the 2015 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Brian Shaw, speaking for the family, says he began his career after playing football and graduating from the University of Nebraska at Lehmann Brothers in New York and Chicago only to return […]

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State’s FFA convention sees big attendance boost

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Thousands of young people in those familiar blue jackets are being spotted in downtown Lincoln. The annual Nebraska State FFA Convention is taking place at Pinnacle Bank Arena. State Director Matt Kreifels says attendance is up by several hundred this year. “I’m proud to say that we have record attendance,” Kreifels says. “In fact, we […]

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Some Panhandle winter wheat growers see losses of nearly 50%

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Nebraska’s winter wheat crop conditions have deteriorated in the past month largely due to winterkill. Crop ratings this week were at 34% good to excellent, that’s down 28% from a month ago. Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says winterkill is prevalent in areas of the state that were hit with cold […]

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Nebraskans on guard as bird flu is identified in Kansas, Missouri

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Nebraska officials are watchful for signs of a strain of bird flu that was recently discovered in two neighboring states. This influenza is highly pathogenic, meaning, it has a high death rate, particularly in turkeys and chickens. Dr. David Schmitt, a veterinarian, says this form of bird flu was first spotted in the northwestern U-S […]

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Deadline for farmers to pick new Farm Bill programs is March 31st

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Nebraska farmers only have a week remaining to decide which federal farm program is best for them. Jeff Davis, with the Farm Services Agency, says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between the three farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co which is based on county figures. “So, you […]

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Fire heavily damages Jefferson County hog lot, 200+ firefighters respond

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Firefighters from perhaps 20 departments in Nebraska and Kansas battled a major fire at the Livingston Enterprise State Line Hog Facility, south of Fairbury in Jefferson County. The blaze broke out Sunday night and was contained early this  morning. Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause says upwards of 200 firefighters helped fight the blaze. “It […]

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Governor, lawmakers at odds over tax relief

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers don’t seem to be on the same page on tax relief. Not only did the legislature’s Revenue Committee pass on a bill that would have lowered property taxes for farmers, it has endorsed an increase in the gas tax. Ricketts has backed a measure that would lower the percentage […]

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Ag land property tax relief bill likely dead for the session

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Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders are disappointed by Wednesday’s decision by the Unicameral’s Revenue Committee to not advance a measure decreasing ag land valuations. The Farm Bureau had supported a bill that would have lowered the valuation of agricultural land from 75% to 65%. Bureau president Steve Nelson says property taxes have risen dramatically in the […]

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Ethanol industry riding high last year, suffering through the start of this year

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What a difference a year can make. Last year, the ethanol industry soared. This year, it has been rough. Overproduction and the big drop in oil prices get the blame from industry insiders. CEO of KAAPA Ethanol of Minden, Chuck Woodside, says strong profits last year spurred over-production. “We’ve got over 15 billion gallons of […]

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Study sees farmland values slip about 3% statewide

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The average value of Nebraska farmland has dropped for the first time in years. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says the just-released Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey Report indicated a modest but definite fall. Jansen says, “The average Nebraska farmland value, which is a weighted average of cropland as well as rangeland, pasture and […]

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Omaha aspires to be a global agri-business leader

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Omaha hopes to benefit from Nebraska’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the top five agri-business leaders in the world. Senior Vice President Randy Thelen with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the city a global leader in food processing, biofuels, and bio-chemicals. “We’ve seen tremendous […]

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AG office sees Republican River order as victory for Nebraska (AUDIO)

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The United States Supreme Court has ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million to settle a dispute over use of the Republican River. Nebraska officials call it a victory. “I think overall the office of the Attorney General is very pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision,” Justin Lavene, chief of the Agriculture, Environment, and […]

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Nebraskans honor their agricultural roots and the future of farming

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The 7,000-plus FFA members in Nebraska are celebrating FFA Week. The program teaches high school students about the world of the ag industry. FFA spokesman Kurt Veldhuizen doesn’t see any letting up in the program that’s nearly 90 years old. “I think it’s very strong and when you look at ultimately FFA’s tie to agriculture, […]

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Kearney hosts Agri-Eco Tourism conference, starting this afternoon

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is opening its annual three-day Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop today in Kearney. The event is designed for people who want to learn more about the tourism industries surrounding agriculture and the environment. Commission spokeswoman Karen Kollars says a host of activities are planned through Wednesday. “We’ll start out with a three-hour workshop […]

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Nebraska Humane Society supports legislation targeting bad dog breeders

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Nebraska lawmakers are looking at legislation that would help shut down and prosecute operators of puppy mills.   Nebraska Humane Society’s Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan there are several reasons why they haven’t been able to shut them down after finding animal abuse. Langan says, “The Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting licensed […]

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