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Some farmers offer crops, not cash, to charities

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As harvest season approaches, many charitable organizations statewide are preparing to get gifts of grain from Nebraska’s farmers. Those farmers can choose to donate a portion of their stored or harvested crops and get a tax deduction at the same time. John Syverson, a certified financial planner, says there are a number of advantages to […] Read More »

USDA crop projections show a big harvest but lower prices

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Nebraska farmers are starting to put their combines to good use but some are hitting the fields with mixed emotions. U-S Department of Agriculture statistics shows a projected 4.3 bushel-per-acre increase in corn with an average of 171 bushels per acre. Soybeans should average 46.6 bushels per acre.  Chief Economist Joe Glauber says this much […] Read More »

HSUS official rejects Gov. Heineman image of group (AUDIO)

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An official with the Humane Society of the United States fires back after Gov. Dave Heineman calls HSUS anti-agriculture. Heineman made the comments in response to a recent Purdue University study which disclosed many consumers get their view of farming from the Humane Society of the United States or People for the Ethical Treatment of […] Read More »

Almanac: Winter of 2015 will be bitter cold, snowy

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Nebraskans could be in for a rough winter. The 2015 Old Farmers Almanac is out with its recipes, charts for ocean tides and, of course, predictions about the weather. Bob Farmer, one of the contributors to the annual publication, says there’s a particularly challenging winter ahead for the Midwest. “For winter 2015, the prediction is […] Read More »

Farmers see fallout from financial collapse of Pierce Elevator

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It appears several dozen Nebraska farmers, perhaps as many as 200, will be left holding the bag as nearly $2-million was not paid by the failed Pierce Elevator when it closed earlier this year. The Nebraska Public Service Commission denied the claims. John Fecht, who heads the PSC’s Grain Division, says those who were denied […] Read More »

New “Forever” stamp series promotes farmers markets

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There are more than 75 farmers markets operating now in more than 60 Nebraska cities and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is hoping four new postage stamps will help keep those farmers markets on people’s minds. “A lot of folks have talked about the benefits of farmers markets and that’s certainly true. This postage stamp […] Read More »

Options for farmers dealing with commodity price drop

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Many Nebraska corn and soybean producers are a little discouraged going into the fall harvest. Agriculture Economist Michael Langemeier that is due to the drop in commodity prices. He says farmers need to look at every option to counter those lower prices and that includes looking at their crop insurance policy. He says the revenue […] Read More »

State Fair puts Nebraska agriculture’s importance on display

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Governor Dave Heineman says the State Fair plays an important role in reminding Nebraskans about the importance of agriculture to the state. Heineman says more than a quarter of the state economy depends on agriculture. “As I’ve said before, more and more Nebraskans are a generation or two removed from the farm or ranch. So, […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman calls EPA the enemy of agriculture (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman says federal regulations being issued by the Environmental Protection Agency pose a big problem for agriculture. Heineman takes direct aim at the EPA, especially its proposal to expand the Clean Water Act. “As I kiddingly say, but I think it’s fairly accurate, you know, when we have a little rain in the […] Read More »

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 »