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Large chicken farm proposed for southeastern Nebraska

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Gage County leaders will consider a special permit next week for a proposed poultry operation that would be one of the state’s largest. The facility would be built near Blue Springs with six buildings to house more than 150,000 chickens. James Zimmerman says he’s researched modern methods used by MBA Poultry near Tecumseh where 26 […] Read More »

Pierce elevator closure may cost dozens of farmers several million dollars

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Losses from the financial collapse of the Pierce grain elevator are still being tallied but estimates find some 200 farmers lost nearly $10-million dollars. Nicole Mulcahy, legal counsel for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, says there will be some payback to farmers affected by the bankruptcy, including two bonds worth around $880,000. “Valid owners, storers […] Read More »

Livestock producers short-changed

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Officials estimate 1,000 head of livestock were lost when tornadoes and severe storms targeted northeast Nebraska last month. U-S Senator Mike Johanns says the new Farm Bill reauthorized and funded programs to help livestock producers that suffer losses due to disasters such as this. However, Senator Johanns says these livestock producers are likely being short […] Read More »

Relatively unknown crop from Asia could be Nebraska’s next soybean

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It has an odd name, but a bamboo-like plant from Southeast Asia could be the Nebraska’s next energy crop. Miscanthus (pronounced mis-CAN-thus) is a relative of sugar cane and it’s about to become much more abundant in a region dominated by corn and soybeans. Agronomist Emily Heaton is working with miscanthus in Iowa: “When I […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

Ag coalition forms to fight back against proposed EPA rule

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A coalition of agricultural groups has formed in Nebraska to protest a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act. The “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition claims the Environmental Protection Agency wants to extend its reach onto family farms. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson claims the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act to […] Read More »

Some farmers on edge about possible drop in grain prices

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With record high prices, corn farmers across the Midwest have generally done well in recent years, but some fear that’s about to change. Corn prices dropped more than a dollar over the winter from a harvest price of $5.40 per bushel. Even if they creep up, ag management analyst Gary Schnitkey says farmers can expect […] Read More »

Federal aid could offset livestock losses from tornadoes (AUDIO)

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Livestock producers affected by the tornadoes in the Pilger area could receive some disaster assistance from the federal government. The Pilger tornado destroyed houses and businesses. It also hit livestock producers as well. Sen. Mike Johanns has met with producers in wake of the tornado. “They’ve got dead livestock. We’ve got to somehow figure out […] Read More »

As beef prices rise, so do sales of controversial FTB product

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Sales of the product called “finely textured beef” are rebounding as meat prices rise and consumers seek cheaper alternatives. Production dropped two years ago when the term “pink slime” flooded the airwaves and the Internet. Cargill and BPI shut down plants where they produced the product. Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman, says sales dropped off […] Read More »

Corn crops in NE Nebraska 30-70% lost due to hail

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Damage is still being assessed from the severe weather that swept across eastern Nebraska a week ago today. In addition to tornadoes, high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding, large hail wiped out some crops, particularly in the northeast corner of the state. Randy Guill, director of the Madison County Farm Service Agency, says he’s […] Read More »

Crop damage from large hail being assessed

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Tuesday’s storm swept over Madison County in northeast Nebraska with tennis ball- to baseball-sized hail hammering the Norfolk area. Randy Guill, director of the Madison County Farm Service Agency, says most of the larger hail was in Norfolk and the northern part of the county with pea- to marble-sized hail in the Battle Creek area. […] Read More »

Wave “hello” as antique tractors chug across Husker State

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About 50 older tractors are rolling across the state this week as part of the 2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. The ride started this past weekend in Nebraska City and will wrap up next Sunday in the Haigler area, near the Nebraska-Kansas-Colorado border. Brenda Edson, from Farnam, is driving a 1940 International “M” and says […] Read More »

Nebraska Farms Decreasing According to Latest Figures

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The number of farms and ranches in Nebraska declined during 2013. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of farms and ranches in the state came in at 49,600. That’s down 400 farms from 2012. Jordan Dux is the Director of National Affairs for the Nebraska Farm Bureau. He says the statistics point […] Read More »

Johanns Pleased With Water Resources Bill Passage

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Last week, the United States Senate passed a bill aimed to improve governmental oversight on water related projects, both economically and to increase efficiency. The measure, passed on a 91-7 vote Thursday, goes to President Barack Obama’s desk, awaiting his signature. Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns thinks the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will […] Read More »

Local food programs to see benefits from new Farm Bill

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the demand for local food is growing to between $5- and $7-billion dollars every year and that could be an economic boon for farmers, especially in states like Nebraska. “We know that there […] Read More »