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Nebraska beef exports exceeded $1-billion last year

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A state official says Nebraska beef exports reached a new milestone with record sales during the first 11 months of 2014. State ag director Greg Ibach says there were several factors leading to Nebraska’s beef producers exceeding the $1-billion mark in exports last year. “Worldwide demand is strong and in Nebraska, we’ve put a lot of […]

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Dropping gas prices are helping & hurting ethanol industry

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Gasoline prices are still falling across Nebraska and while it’s great news for motorists, those involved in ethanol production are seeing their profit margins shaved to remain competitive. Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says it’s a good news-bad news scenario. “We’ve seen a decline in the margins at ethanol plants but December was an […]

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Rancher reacts to Supreme Court ruling on Keystone XL

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 In a split decision this morning, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the state law providing a route for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The court found the landowners who filed the action against the state law had no standing. One of those landowners, rancher Randy Thompson of Martell, says he’s not only disappointed […]

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Cheap gas prices are treat for drivers, fright for Wall Street

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While gasoline is selling below $2 a gallon in some Nebraska cities, the great news for motorists is cause for alarm for investors. Markets around the globe are showing signs of weakness as crude oil dropped to $50 a barrel, half what it was a year ago. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says stock markets […]

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Gov. Heineman says agriculture remains Nebraska’s economic base

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Gov. Dave Heineman says the growth of agriculture spurred the great economic growth Nebraska has enjoyed the past few years. And Heineman says agriculture in Nebraska is more diverse than it was 25 years ago. “What I mean by that is the foundation of our economy is agriculture, but agriculture today doesn’t mean just the […]

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Rural Nebraska homeowners see benefits of USDA program

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More than $114-million in federal funding was delivered to Nebraska families for home repairs, rental assistance and home ownership last year. USDA Rural Development housing grants are used in communities of 20,000 or fewer people, according to the program’s state director Maxine Moul. Moul says, “We were able to help more than 1,100 families in […]

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Rural Nebraska homeowners see benefits of USDA program

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More than $114-million in federal funding was delivered to Nebraska families for home repairs, rental assistance and home ownership last year. USDA Rural Development housing grants are used in communities of 20,000 or fewer people, according to the program’s state director Maxine Moul. Moul says, “We were able to help more than 1,100 families in […]

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Sen. Johanns recalls days at USDA fondly (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns looks back fondly at his time as Secretary of Agriculture. Johanns is retiring after 32 years in public office, including serving as the director of the United States Department of Agriculture under President George W. Bush. “You know you’re in the cabinet room and there’s no higher board or commission or whatever […]

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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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