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Bumble bee may become first added to endangered species list

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the rusty patched bumble bee an endangered species. The bee once flourished in Nebraska and would be the first bee to make the list and gain federal protection. Sarina Jepsen, endangered species program director for The Xerces Society, says this type of bee has […]

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Harvest beginning in Nebraska as farmers worry about crop prices

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Combines are beginning to roll across Nebraska, with the harvest starting in the southeastern corner of the state. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Paul Hay in Gage County says the corn harvest is underway. Hay says farmers hope the weather cooperates for soybeans planted late due to the wet spring. “We need to kind of […]

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UNL leads $13.5M research project into use of sorghum to make ethanol

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University of Nebraska researchers will lead a major research effort to improve sorghum as a new source for ethanol. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman made the announcement. “Please to announce today that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $13.5 million grant to a partnership of nine U.S. institutions, led by the University […]

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Combines are ready to roll on a promising harvest

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Harvest progress is picking up across the country and in Nebraska. The latest USDA report says the soybean harvest is 21% done nationally, compared to the 16% average for this date. In Nebraska, 13% of soybeans have been harvested, in line with the normal pace. Mike Hingst farms near Allen and says his beans are ten […]

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Lt. Gov. Foley sees great opportunity for Nebraska in Japan (AUDIO)

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Lt. Governor Mike Foley says his recent trade mission to Japan convinces him that one of the state’s best trading partners could prove even more lucrative for Nebraska. Japan buys a billion dollars in agricultural goods from Nebraska each year. It would likely buy more if it weren’t for an incident in 2003 when the […]

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State’s ag boss takes reigns of national group

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Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach has a new title. He’s been elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, or NASDA. Ibach says the organization is involved in a host of major concerns facing farmers and ranchers. “A lot of the issues that we deal with are trying to figure out what […]

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Deadline looms for state conservation program

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Nebraska farmers and ranchers are being encouraged to sign up for a state environmental program. Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Craig Derickson says the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) has an October 16th sign-up deadline. Derickson says EQIP is their most popular program and this year 300,000 acres were enrolled. “We have a […]

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With farm income down, other sectors feel pinch

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Farm income is down and sectors of the Nebraska economy are feeling it. Economist Ernie Goss with Creighton University says his monthly survey of bank executives in 10 Midwestern states indicates the agricultural economy has hit a plateau and has dipped in Nebraska. Goss says the value of the dollar is putting downward pressure on […]

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Nebraska poultry producers ready for new bird flu threat

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States across the Midwest that were hit by avian influenza earlier this year are bracing for the fall migration of wild waterfowl that will soon begin. Bird flu is believed to be spread by ducks and geese as they pass through. Bobbie Kriz-Wickham, Nebraska’s assistant director of agriculture, says even though the state was not […]

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Bankers fear impact of falling farm revenues

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Nebraska bankers are concerned about the drop in net farm income this year and what it could mean for the state’s producers. Nebraska Bankers Association chairman-elect Jerry Catlett of Bruning says low commodity prices may mean grain producers see revenues half what they were in 2013. Catlett says he’s hopeful big crops and the triggering […]

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Extension report sees many Nebraska grain producers in red ink

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Data from the University of Nebraska Extension Service is showing losses for grain farmers. Extension Educator Robert Tigner says the lower grain prices, along with static input costs are hitting balance sheets. “This 2015 crop is well below the peak revenue, about half of what it was at the peak in 2012 and ’13,” Tigner […]

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No shortage of pumpkins in Nebraska this season

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The wet spring weather squashed the hopes of a good pumpkin crop in areas east of Nebraska. Heavy spring rain followed by a dry, hot summer left many producers with pumpkins spoiling in the field. Tim Vala owns Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Sarpy County and he says pumpkins in eastern Nebraska look good. Vala says, […]

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Gov. Ricketts has a “beef” with Donald Tump

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has a “beef” with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Ricketts made an aside about Trump during a recent conference call with Nebraska reporters during his trade mission to Japan. “Despite what Donald Trump has said, Itochu wants to get more Nebraska beef,” Ricketts stated. “In fact, not only do they import Nebraska […]

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