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Congressman extolls the virtues of corn detasseling

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry contends detasseling has been an integral part of building Nebraska’s strong work ethic. And Fortenberry, a father of five, has more than a passing interest in corn detasseling. Fortenberry praises the work of teen-agers in Nebraska corn fields this time of year. “Thousands of Nebraska young people pour into the fields at […] Read More »

The silver lining of June storms: an end to the drought (AUDIO)

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One month of well-above-normal rainfall has ended the drought in nearly all of Nebraska. But drought continues to plague a large portion of the United States. Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus says heavy June rains finally broke the drought which began in 2012. “It’s […] Read More »

EPA meets with critics, seems determined to expand Clean Water Act (AUDIO)

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has met with some of her fiercest critics, but seems unwilling to modify a proposed change to the Clean Water Act. Sen. Mike Johanns joined other Republican senators from the Senate Agriculture Committee in confronting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, arguing against expansion of the Clean Water Act which […] Read More »

State’s cattle producers encouraged to attend meetings to learn, sound off

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The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association is holding a series of meetings around the state this week to get input from its members on various state and federal issues and concerns. The association’s legislative director Laura Field says they’re making seven stops for meetings. Field says, “We’re going to talk about some issues with animal health and […] Read More »

Nebraska Farm Bureau warns Congress of EPA expansion

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Nebraska Farm Bureau members have wrapped up their annual trek to Washington, after lobbying against a proposed expansion of the power of the Environmental Protection Agency. Todd Reed of Lincoln co-owns a custom farming operation south of Greenwood. He worries a change in definition could allow the EPA to regulate waterways on farms. “That land […] Read More »

“Raising Nebraska” exhibit new at state fair

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There is a new exhibit at this year’s Nebraska State Fair. Associate Dean for UNL Extension and State 4-H Program Administrator Kathleen Lodl says “Raising Nebraska” is a 25,000 foot interactive display about agriculture.  Lodl says it includes a full-sized pivot irrigation system, a video theater enclosed in a grain bin, a virtual combine ride […] Read More »

Large chicken farm proposed for southeastern Nebraska

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Gage County leaders will consider a special permit next week for a proposed poultry operation that would be one of the state’s largest. The facility would be built near Blue Springs with six buildings to house more than 150,000 chickens. James Zimmerman says he’s researched modern methods used by MBA Poultry near Tecumseh where 26 […] Read More »

Pierce elevator closure may cost dozens of farmers several million dollars

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Losses from the financial collapse of the Pierce grain elevator are still being tallied but estimates find some 200 farmers lost nearly $10-million dollars. Nicole Mulcahy, legal counsel for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, says there will be some payback to farmers affected by the bankruptcy, including two bonds worth around $880,000. “Valid owners, storers […] Read More »

Livestock producers short-changed

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Officials estimate 1,000 head of livestock were lost when tornadoes and severe storms targeted northeast Nebraska last month. U-S Senator Mike Johanns says the new Farm Bill reauthorized and funded programs to help livestock producers that suffer losses due to disasters such as this. However, Senator Johanns says these livestock producers are likely being short […] Read More »

Relatively unknown crop from Asia could be Nebraska’s next soybean

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It has an odd name, but a bamboo-like plant from Southeast Asia could be the Nebraska’s next energy crop. Miscanthus (pronounced mis-CAN-thus) is a relative of sugar cane and it’s about to become much more abundant in a region dominated by corn and soybeans. Agronomist Emily Heaton is working with miscanthus in Iowa: “When I […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

Ag coalition forms to fight back against proposed EPA rule

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A coalition of agricultural groups has formed in Nebraska to protest a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act. The “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition claims the Environmental Protection Agency wants to extend its reach onto family farms. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson claims the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act to […] Read More »

Some farmers on edge about possible drop in grain prices

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With record high prices, corn farmers across the Midwest have generally done well in recent years, but some fear that’s about to change. Corn prices dropped more than a dollar over the winter from a harvest price of $5.40 per bushel. Even if they creep up, ag management analyst Gary Schnitkey says farmers can expect […] Read More »

Federal aid could offset livestock losses from tornadoes (AUDIO)

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Livestock producers affected by the tornadoes in the Pilger area could receive some disaster assistance from the federal government. The Pilger tornado destroyed houses and businesses. It also hit livestock producers as well. Sen. Mike Johanns has met with producers in wake of the tornado. “They’ve got dead livestock. We’ve got to somehow figure out […] Read More »

As beef prices rise, so do sales of controversial FTB product

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Sales of the product called “finely textured beef” are rebounding as meat prices rise and consumers seek cheaper alternatives. Production dropped two years ago when the term “pink slime” flooded the airwaves and the Internet. Cargill and BPI shut down plants where they produced the product. Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman, says sales dropped off […] Read More »