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Bugged by bugs? New USDA program may help fight hungry pests

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort the could help Nebraska farmers and homeowners in the fight against plant pests. Mike Watson, with the USDA, says those bugs and the diseases they carry can cause a lot of expensive damage. “Hungry pests cost the United States approximately $120-billion a year. That impacts everything […]

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Flooded farmers may be forced to replant, weekend weather is key

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Many acres of farmland in Saline and Jefferson counties are underwater after this week’s heavy rains, particularly the downpours that came along with severe weather on Wednesday. Saline County Extension Educator Randy Pryor says the extent of damage to the newly planted crops will be known next week. “Seeds that are sitting there underwater that […]

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Hot jazz and a cool glass of wine, sounds fine!

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An agri-tourism event is planned tonight and tomorrow night that combines dozens of Nebraska-produced wines with jazz music. The Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival is getting underway at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Kearney. Laurel Rosado is spokeswoman for the Kearney Area Community Foundation, which is hosting the event. “When you come to […]

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Nebraska officials worry public silence could remove red meat from dietary guidelines

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Nebraska officials worry proposed federal dietary guidelines could negatively impact the state beef industry. And they hope public comments will make a difference. Gov. Pete Ricketts asserts environmentalists are pushing for the federal government to rid the guidelines of red meat, claiming that the beef industry harms the environment. “Well, I’m very concerned about it, […]

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Nebraska bat designed by feds as “threatened”

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Federal officials are now designating a type of bat that lives in Nebraska as a threatened species, because a fungal disease is wiping out large populations of the furry, flying creatures. Kristen Lundh, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the northern long-eared bat will have new protections in Nebraska and 25 […]

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Legislators again complain about lack of property tax movement

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State legislators have advanced a break on personal property taxes. But, it’s not much of a break in the eyes of some lawmakers. In fact, debate on Legislative Bill 259 focused less on the bill and more on the overall lack of movement of property tax relief legislation. Numerous lawmakers have complained that bills, such […]

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Gov. Ricketts declares May “Beef Month”, promotes beef here and abroad (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts declares May Beef Month in Nebraska even as his administration works to promote Nebraska beef throughout the nation and around the world. Ricketts says cattle are important to the Nebraska economy. “Last year, for the first time, we exported over a billion dollars of beef in Nebraska,” Ricketts says during a news […]

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream issues voluntary recall due to listeria

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The possibility of listeria has prompted Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to voluntarily recall all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and, ice cream sandwiches. A random sample collected at Whole Foods in Lincoln by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture contained listeria monocytogene, an organism that can cause serious infections in people with weakened immune […]

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Ag Director worries environmental, not health, concerns swaying dietary guidelines

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State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach worries environmental concerns are creeping into the dietary recommendations made by the federal government. The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing its latest dietary guidelines and this time environmentalists are pressuring the USDA to recommend eating less red meat to reduce the carbon footprint of the cattle industry. Ibach […]

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Study: Ethanol is worth $5-billion to Nebraska coffers

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A University of Nebraska study finds the ethanol industry has a five-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. Todd Sneller, head of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says the report covers a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014, and shows renewable fuels are vital to the state’s economic engine. “Ethanol production continues to be a very […]

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Gov. Ricketts will lead first trade mission to the EU

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to Europe. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium, and Italy in June. Ricketts says one of the big stops on the trip will be to the European food show in Milan, Italy. Another major stop […]

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South-central Nebraska cattle operation wins Leopold Conservation Award

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A south-central Nebraska family that made a switch from row crops to a cow-calf operation has won the 2015 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Brian Shaw, speaking for the family, says he began his career after playing football and graduating from the University of Nebraska at Lehmann Brothers in New York and Chicago only to return […]

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State’s FFA convention sees big attendance boost

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Thousands of young people in those familiar blue jackets are being spotted in downtown Lincoln. The annual Nebraska State FFA Convention is taking place at Pinnacle Bank Arena. State Director Matt Kreifels says attendance is up by several hundred this year. “I’m proud to say that we have record attendance,” Kreifels says. “In fact, we […]

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Some Panhandle winter wheat growers see losses of nearly 50%

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Nebraska’s winter wheat crop conditions have deteriorated in the past month largely due to winterkill. Crop ratings this week were at 34% good to excellent, that’s down 28% from a month ago. Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says winterkill is prevalent in areas of the state that were hit with cold […]

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Nebraskans on guard as bird flu is identified in Kansas, Missouri

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Nebraska officials are watchful for signs of a strain of bird flu that was recently discovered in two neighboring states. This influenza is highly pathogenic, meaning, it has a high death rate, particularly in turkeys and chickens. Dr. David Schmitt, a veterinarian, says this form of bird flu was first spotted in the northwestern U-S […]

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