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University of Nebraska-Lincoln creates state climate office, names new state climatologist

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While a state climatologist is nothing new for Nebraska, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is providing more resources to the position. The Nebraska State Climate Office will have four full-time and two part-time employees. Administrators say they want it to be the primary source of climate information for […]

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Egg hatchery to invest heavily in Nebraska expansion

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A state-of-the-art egg hatchery will locate in central Nebraska. Gov. Pete Ricketts was among those announcing the expansion of Hendrix-ISA in Grand Island. Ricketts says Nebraska won over fierce competition from other states. “At the end of the day, it came down to our people. And the quality of the people here and the opportunity […]

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Ag group compiles to-do list for Unicameral, Congress

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The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union is making a wish list for the 2016 state legislative session, as the Unicameral will reconvene on January 6th. John Hansen says one of the priority issues of the past few sessions remains on the docket for the year ahead. “We want property tax relief,” Hansen says. “That […]

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Nebraska Farm Bureau wants packer-hog ownership ban lifted

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Nebraska Farm Bureau says it will continue its efforts to overturn the state’s ban on packer ownership of hogs, which has been in place since 1998. First Vice President Mark McHargue of Central City is an independent pork producer, but believes lifting the packer ban is necessary for Nebraska to stay competitive. “We are the […]

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Another lean year predicted for agriculture, but then growth (AUDIO)

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Agriculture might go through another rough year, but a University of Nebraska economist says the long-term outlook remains positive. Farm income has fallen with the drop of crop prices from the record highs of 2011 and 2013, but Eric Thompson, director of the UNL Bureau of Business Research, says those prices are settling as a […]

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Transportation bill restores crop insurance cuts (AUDIO)

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The $305 billion transportation bill does more than help build roads and bridges in Nebraska, it restores the crop insurance program. It is a five-year bill totaling more than $300 billion, primarily designed to help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. But, it contains other goodies as well. “The bill repeals the crop insurance cuts that were […]

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Nebraska’s cattle producers congregate in Kearney to talk policy

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Hundreds of ranchers and cattle producers from across Nebraska are in Kearney for the annual convention of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, which wraps up today. Dave McCracken, the organization’s president, says members are tackling a host of issues this week that are important to the industry, which has a $12-billion a year impact on the […]

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Nebraska Congressman upset with EPA RFS decision

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A Nebraska Congressman accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of again defying Congress. Congressman Adrian Smith says the EPA doesn’t have the right to require less ethanol be used for the national Renewable Fuel Standard. “I believe that this is in conflict with what Congress established, especially given the various dynamics out there in the marketplace […]

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State and regional economies tumble heading into holiday season

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The nine-state Mid-American region, which includes Nebraska, is seeing its economic numbers fall for a fourth straight month, according to a Creighton University survey of supply managers and business leaders. Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the report shows the region lost a significant number of manufacturing jobs during November. “We’re seeing the area, the nine […]

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EPA reduces ethanol requirement for Renewable Fuel Standard (AUDIO)

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Environmental Protection Agency officials have lowered the amount of ethanol required to be in the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, a blow to Nebraska corn farmers. The EPA will require 14.5 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol next year, rather than the 15 billion outlined by the Renewable Fuel Standard. “And you may say that’s not very […]

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Farmers get less than 16-cents of each Thanksgiving food dollar

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As Nebraskans enjoy their Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen says only a small fraction of the cost of that meal goes back to the farmers who produced it. “About 15.8 cents out of every food dollar actually goes to a farmer,” Hansen says. “There’s always plenty of profits being made in […]

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Turkey prices may be 15% higher due to bird flu

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Thanksgiving is just under two weeks away and Nebraskans will likely be paying a little more for the centerpiece of the feast, according to poultry science expert Ron Kean. “Turkey prices will be up slightly this year,” Kean says. “We’re still suffering some effects from the avian influenza outbreak. Probably, prices will be up 10 […]

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Congressman Smith says he is studying Trans Pacific Partnership

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Congressman Adrian Smith says he is busy reviewing the paperwork released by the Obama Administration on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Smith says he needs time to review the trade pact. “Initially, it sounds like the trade agreement would be good for the beef industry as well as the pork industry,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. […]

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