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USDA predicts meat prices will continue to rise

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For many Nebraska families the price of meat is taking a bigger bite out of the weekly food budget. United States Department of Agriculture economist Annemarie Kuhns says that trend will continue in 2015.  She is predicting a 4 1/2% to 5 1/2% increase for both beef and pork in the year ahead. Kuhns says […]

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Fast-growing vine may creep into Nebraska

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An invasive plant that’s referred to as “the vine that ate the South” is spreading north and some experts are forecasting it’ll reach Nebraska within a decade. Kudzu has been a problem in the southern U.S. for almost a century. Lewis Ziska, with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, says one theory for kudzu’s spread northward […]

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Nebraska students return from long-distance exchange program

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Now, this is an exchange program. Three Nebraska high school students have returned after traveling to Taiwan. York High School Senior Grant Suddarth says they experienced lots of differences between the United States and Taiwan. “The biggest take away I got was how welcoming and sincere and hospitable the citizens of Taiwan were,” Suddarth tells […]

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Ethanol worries rise as gas prices fall

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Two years ago the price at the pump hit $5 in some areas of the country.  This week there are 13 states that sell gas for under $2 a gallon. The only ones not pleased with the drop right now are ethanol producers. U-S Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber says ethanol competes with […]

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Comment period on conservation program changes nears

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The U-S Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to their Conservation Stewardship Program and Nebraska farmers have a chance to comment on those suggestions. Mark Rose is with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a Farm Bill team leader and says more will be offered to producers. Rose says, “Other lands that can be enrolled […]

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Nebraska Farmers Union backs ACA, Medicaid expansion

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A Nebraska farm group insists the federal health insurance law greatly benefits rural Nebraska and backs expansion of Medicaid as a benefit to farm families. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen says the law met a need in agricultural communities. “We have to remember where we started here,” Hansen tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag […]

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Nebraska Farm Bureau declares state tax system broken

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau has issued a challenge for the new governor and the new legislature: reform the state tax system. Farm Bureau Vice President Mark McHargue of Central City says the property tax is becoming an increasingly heavy burden for farmers. “The effect on the bottom line for our members is growing, it’s substantial,” […]

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UNL student government turns down Meatless Monday proposal

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Meatless Monday will not be promoted on the Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska. An attempt to convince the student governing body at UNL to promote Meatless Mondays on campus has been defeated, thanks to the efforts of a group of agricultural students. Bryce Doeschot with UNL’s Collegiate Farm Bureau group says when the […]

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Farmers must better answer consumer questions (AUDIO)

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Consumers are asking more and more questions about food. A vice president of the University of Nebraska says agriculture must respond. University of Nebraska Vice President Ronnie Green says concerns are being raised about farming, in part, because so few Americans have direct ties to agriculture. “The majority of people in Nebraska are today one […]

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Kearney to host international-scale farm equipment auction

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Large crowds are expected as the world’s biggest industrial auctioneer hosts a multi-million dollar auction of farm equipment and other merchandise today in Kearney. Rick Vacha, with Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, says items going on the block will be sold on a global scale. Vacha says, “We’ll be selling to many different countries around the world […]

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Northeast Nebraskan elected to national biodiesel board

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A farmer from the northeast Nebraska community of Newman Grove is being named to the National Biodiesel Board of Directors. Greg Anderson says the organization’s priorities include pushing for approval of the tax extenders legislation, which includes the biodiesel tax credit, and getting out robust 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. “Members of the Biodiesel […]

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Nebraska Farmers Union prez says climate change must be taken seriously

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A report from the General Accounting Office says climate change could make the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses. Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says the report is another example of why climate change needs to be addressed and taken seriously by both ag and non-ag interests. “The GAO report is just […]

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Study: Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost pennies more this year

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Nebraskans may be paying slightly more for their Thanksgiving meals this week than they did last year, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dave Miller, the Farm Bureau’s research director, says the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people is only up 37-cents from last year. “The Thanksgiving feast […]

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Ag Youth Council sees plenty of opportunity in agriculture (AUDIO)

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A new crop of young people have been named to the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council and they say the future of farming is bright. Twenty-one college-aged men and women have been named to the 44th Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which spreads the message of agriculture throughout the state. Head Counselor Johnny Florence of Ord, a […]

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Economist: Fed is shifting how it uses bonds

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Nebraska investors likely heard the Federal Reserve has ended what it calls quantitative easing — or the QE3 program — and has stopped buying bonds. Economist Ed Seifried, professor emeritus at Lafayette College, spoke at the Ag Bankers Conference in Omaha this week. Seifried says instead of selling bonds to purge money from the economy, […]

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