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Nebraska Farms Decreasing According to Latest Figures

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The number of farms and ranches in Nebraska declined during 2013. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of farms and ranches in the state came in at 49,600. That’s down 400 farms from 2012. Jordan Dux is the Director of National Affairs for the Nebraska Farm Bureau. He says the statistics point […] Read More »

Johanns Pleased With Water Resources Bill Passage

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Last week, the United States Senate passed a bill aimed to improve governmental oversight on water related projects, both economically and to increase efficiency. The measure, passed on a 91-7 vote Thursday, goes to President Barack Obama’s desk, awaiting his signature. Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns thinks the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will […] Read More »

Local food programs to see benefits from new Farm Bill

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the demand for local food is growing to between $5- and $7-billion dollars every year and that could be an economic boon for farmers, especially in states like Nebraska. “We know that there […] Read More »

USDA research aims to boost Nebraska dairy industry

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Nebraska’s dairy industry is worth about $200-million a year and research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture could help dairy producers in the state boost production while reducing costs. USDA research geneticist Tad Sonstegard says the key is understanding the genome, or genetic material, of dairy cows. “We know where the location of the genes […] Read More »

New head of state bankers group looks to future challenges

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The chairman of Butte State Bank is being named the new president of the Nebraska Bankers Association. Craig Brewster says challenges in the banking industry are the same as those being faced by many businesses. Brewster says increasing federal regulations are impacting both businesses and consumers. He singles out the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act which […] Read More »

Biodiesel plant in SE Nebraska to be first in US using new technology

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Crews from Flint Hills Resources are retrofitting the former Beatrice Biodiesel Plant so it’ll be the first of its kind in the country to use a new process to make fuel. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the new technology will allow the use of feed stocks like animal tallow, unrefined oil, used vegetable oil […] Read More »

Nebraska’s wheat crop looks good, especially compared to neighbors

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Ag experts say Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is coming along much better than what’s being seen in several other states that are suffering from worse drought. Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says there are spotty dry areas in Nebraska but not near to the level seen further south. “The dryness that […] Read More »

Rancher blasts Senate’s indecision on Keystone XL

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Senate debate on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is at a standstill. A compromise appears unlikely with no vote expected this week after the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement last week. Nebraska rancher Randy Thompson of Martell is one landowner who won a court victory against TransCanada in a case that’s now in the […] Read More »

Splitting of Farm Bill seen as splintering off too many votes (AUDIO)

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Should the Farm Bill be split, separating agricultural policy from food stamps? It’s a question that pops up periodically, especially in the last couple of years when it became so difficult to pass the Farm Bill. The nutrition program makes up 80% of the Farm Bill with actual farm policy only a minor portion of […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman proclaims May as Beef Month (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman has proclaimed May as Beef Month in Nebraska. The proclamation highlights a sector of the agricultural industry that drives Nebraska’s economy. Nebraska has nearly 50,000 farms. Nearly half of them raise cattle. In 2012, Farmers and ranchers produced $23 billion in products, roughly $10 billion from cattle. As part of the celebration, […] Read More »

Mountain lion kills calf from north-central Nebraska ranch

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A mountain lion has taken a calf from a corral in a north-central Nebraska ranch, the first instance of livestock loss from a mountain lion in modern state history. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed the kill near Brewster in Blaine County. A rancher contacted the commission in early April after finding the […] Read More »

Documentary focuses on new generation of farmers, including Nebraskans

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The documentary “Farmland” premiered in select theatres nationwide last night. Farm groups, like the U.S. Farmer Rancher Alliance, have been promoting the film for months. Board member and Nebraska farmer Lisa Lunz says the movie looks into the daily lives of six people from various parts of the country, including the Loberg family in Carroll, […] Read More »

Assistance this year could offset livestock losses last year (AUDIO)

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It might be late, but help is now available for livestock producers suffering weather-related losses. Western Nebraska livestock producers lost two thousand head of cattle in the early October blizzard last year. They lost out on assistance as well. Congress, in an effort to save money, didn’t fund the final year of the Livestock Indemnity […] Read More »

NRD in Hartington votes today on new well construction rules

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The Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District, based in Hartington, is holding a public hearing this afternoon on new proposed rules on well construction and impacts to aquifers. NRD Manager Tom Moser says they saw a big jump in the number of irrigation wells after the drought in 2012. “We’ve been looking at this development […] Read More »

Drought, spotty freezes are taking a toll on some wheat fields

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Members of the Wheat Quality Council are on their annual tour of hard red winter wheat fields this week in Kansas and Nebraska. Council executive director Ben Handcock says the fields in Kansas are in dire need of rain and they’re showing it. “Probably the best wheat we’re going to see is up in Nebraska,” […] Read More »