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State Fair provides stage to proclaim agriculture’s importance (AUDIO)

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The State Fair provides a unique platform to proclaim the importance of agriculture to the state economy and to combat some negative messages. A recent Purdue University study disclosed many consumers get their view of farming from the Humane Society of the United States or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, much to the […] Read More »

Nebraska State Fair opens 5th year in Grand Island today

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The 145th State Fair begins today and begins its 5th year in Grand Island. State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott says the fair has prospered from the move to Grand Island. “We’ve got, right now, about $50 million worth of new buildings out there. It’s a beautiful fairgrounds,” State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott tells […] Read More »

Study: Beef Check Off is good investment in Nebraska

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A Cornell University study shows every dollar invested in the Beef Check Off during the past five years returned about $11.50 to the beef industry. The survey also showed that had the Check Off not been in place, beef demand would be down by nearly 16-billion pounds. Nebraska Beef Council executive director Ann Marie Bosshamer […] Read More »

Study: Deadly hog disease PEDV can travel in feed

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A deadly virus that’s driving up pork prices as it’s wiped out as many as one in every ten piglets in Nebraska in the past year can be spread through hog feed, according to new research. Dr. Scott Dee, the study’s lead author and research director at Minnesota’s Pipestone Veterinary Services, says they were stunned […] Read More »

EPA claims it seeks clarity, not power grab in Clean Water Act proposal (AUDIO)

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A top administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency claims proposed changes to the Clean Water Act won’t harm agriculture, but understands that message is a difficult one to make in farm country. Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water with the EPA, Ken Kopocis, denies proposed changes to the Clean Water Act aim at […] Read More »

Farmers seem now to be taking a cautious financial approach

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A survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Midwestern agricultural lenders discloses some wary farmers out there. Nathan Kauffman with the Omaha branch office of the Fed’s seven-state Tenth District in Kansas City says not too many are worried about this year, but 2015 is another matter. “Thinking about 2014, the crop insurance price […] Read More »

Nebraska’s cattle industry could see a boost from Asian markets

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Nebraska’s cattle industry is among the nation’s largest, worth some $12-billion, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is talking with cattle producers in the region about developing opportunities overseas. Ambassador Froman says he’s cautiously optimistic about the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership, and about getting Japan to drop its tariffs to zero, although he is unsure […] Read More »

Russian threat to cut off farm imports not seen as big to Nebraska (AUDIO)

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A threat from Russia to cut off agricultural imports from the United States isn’t seen as significant for Nebraska. Sen. Mike Johanns says exports to Russia have declined over the years as Russia has proven to be an unreliable trade partner. Johanns, the former Secretary of Agriculture, adds the problem could be resolved rather quickly. […] Read More »

Group opposed to EPA expansion of Clean Water Act grows (AUDIO)

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Some groups more associated with the city than the farm have joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau coalition opposed to an expansion of the Clean Water Act. Farm Bureau officials have assembled what it calls the “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition to protest the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand the Clean Water Act beyond […] Read More »

USDA boss says not all climate change impacts are bad

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Farmers and scientists are trying to determine how climate change will impact agriculture in Nebraska and nationwide in the years ahead, with one study predicting without action, crop yields will drop 20% by mid-century. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers will have to adapt to greater variability in the weather, but the news isn’t […] Read More »

Northeastern Nebraska resident dies in grain bin accident

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A 60-year-old man couldn’t be saved in a grain bin accident in northeastern Nebraska. The Dixon County Sheriff’s Office reports Timothy Hansen of Laurel stepped into the grain bin Tuesday afternoon to break loose some grain. The grain pile gave way and swallowed him. Several people attempted to save him to no avail. Hansen was […] Read More »

Nebraska livestock producers face uphill PR battle

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Nebraska livestock producers will be seeking ways to counter a growing negative perception of agriculture. A recent Purdue University study disclosed that nearly half the 800 consumers surveyed report they get their annual welfare information from the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, groups considered unfriendly to […] Read More »

Nebraska rural affairs advocate speaks to EPA on climate change

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The executive director of the Lyons-based Center for Rural Affairs testified about climate change at the federal Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Denver, part of a series of hearings being held across the country. Brian Depew says climate change needs to be addressed sooner, not later, or it will be costly for agriculture. “If you […] Read More »

OSHA backs off, agrees it cannot regulate family farms (AUDIO)

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Federal regulators have backed off of their stance that they can write rules for certain farm operations, much to the delight of the Nebraska Congressional delegation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined a Holt County, Nebraska farm $132,000 in 2011 for how it dried and stored grain. The agency had considered such post-harvest […] Read More »

Farm Credit Services of America joins alliance with Frontier Farm Credit

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Farm Credit Services of America is expanding. The Omaha-based agricultural credit company will enter an alliance with Frontier Farm Credit of Kansas, beginning next year. Farm Credit Services President Doug Stark says the alliance benefits both companies. “Well, in the case of Kansas customers and Frontier, we’re going to bring our resources, our size and […] Read More »