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Nebraska farm fined for paying workers less than they earned

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A Nebraska farm has been found in violation of federal law and will pay nearly 100 workers almost $70,000 in unpaid wages and pay nearly $90,000 in civil penalties for violating federal wage laws. The United States Department of Labor reports Heldt Produce of Ashland did not pay temporary foreign guest workers properly and paid […]

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Nebraska trade delegation faces misperceptions in Europe (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has found he needs to clear up some misperceptions of American agriculture during his trade mission to Europe. Ricketts has been talking to Europeans about a wide range of goods and products produced in Nebraska as well as touting Nebraska as a good state in which to invest. Ricketts says the Nebraska […]

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Gov. Ricketts disappointed Congress rejects trade deal

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Gov. Pete Ricketts, taking a break from his European trade mission, expressed disappointment today in the defeat of a trade measure in Congress. Congress soundly defeated a Pacific Rim free trade initiative promoted by the Obama Administration. The vote actually came on an amendment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, touted as providing protection for workers who […]

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Nebraska Beekeepers’ Association Fun Day

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Most people run when they see a bee but next time you may want to give them a bit more respect. Bees pollinate about one-third of our food supply and their numbers are dropping. Dustin Scholl is with the Nebraska Beekeepers Association and owner of K & D’s Honey Bees near Seward and he says […]

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Nebraska Beekeepers’ Association Fun Day

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Most people run when they see a bee but next time you may want to give them a bit more respect. Bees pollinate about one-third of our food supply and their numbers are dropping. Dustin Scholl is with the Nebraska Beekeepers Association and owner of K & D Honey Bees near Seward and he says […]

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Gov. Ricketts leads trade mission to Europe (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is making the pitch for Nebraska during a trade mission to Europe. Ricketts has visited with a number of businesses in Italy, pushing Nebraska as a great place to expand. “But I was struck by how many Italian companies are really looking to expand their operations outside of Europe and they’re looking […]

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No new bird flu cases in Nebraska with nearly 5M chickens destroyed (AUDIO)

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No new bird flu cases have been reported in Nebraska as state agriculture officials hope the hot weather keeps the disease from spreading. The numbers are staggering. Two flocks of laying hens in Dixon County, one 1.7 million head, the other 1.8 million wiped out by avian influenza. Both are in the clean-up stages. One […]

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Sen. Fischer says EPA ignored input on WOTUS rule

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United States Senator Deb Fischer charges the Environmental Protection Agency ignored public input in moving forward with its Waters of the United States rule. The new rule expands the Clean Water Act, giving the EPA jurisdiction over more streams and bodies of water. Fischer points out 32 states filed formal protests on the expansion. The […]

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USDA offers new time-saving online tool for farmers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is touting a new online service that should save Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers valuable time. The agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is launching the Conservation Client Gateway, an internet tool that allows interaction with NRCS without leaving the home or office. Ramon Ortiz, with NRCS, says the online service benefits […]

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Changes to renewable fuel standard adds to frustration with EPA (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska senator says the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the requirement for bio-fuels in the nation’s gasoline supply just adds to her growing frustration with the agency. The EPA has released its long-anticipated proposed revision to the renewable fuel mandate. The agency proposes requiring refineries to blend 17.4 billion gallons of biofuels, including […]

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Sen. Sasse says Nebraska agriculture will benefit from TPA

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse says he understands some of the opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. But, Sasse says Nebraska will gain under the TPA passed by the Senate. Sasse says advancing trade is good for both producers and consumers in the long term. “But in the short term, there are obviously reasons that some […]

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Report: Job openings in ag sector far outweigh college grads

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are plenty of jobs in ag-related fields, but not nearly enough college graduates to fill them all. Agriculture is Nebraska’s top industry and a recent UNL study showed 25% of all jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture. “Folks don’t really realize the variety […]

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Due to bird flu epidemic, egg prices rise for food makers & shoppers

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Consumers in Nebraska are seeing some grocery prices rise as the price of eggs used by food manufacturers has more than tripled in recent weeks due to the avian influenza outbreaks in Nebraska and 15 other states. Bird flu has affected more than four-million egg-laying hens at three major operations in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County. USDA […]

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Move toward corporate hog production stalls in Unicameral

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A bill that would allow meat packers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has stalled in the Unicameral. The Unicameral advanced the bill after first-round debate, but a filibuster prevented it from advancing from second-round debate. It is dead for the legislative session. At present, corporate ownership of livestock is banned in Nebraska. Senator […]

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Banks become cautious as farm income falters

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Farm income is falling across the region as credit conditions weaken. Nathan Kauffman, the Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says lower crop prices and high input costs have cut profit margins and raised concerns about the ability of farmers to repay loans down the road. “In the last several […]

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