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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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Deadline for farmers to pick new Farm Bill programs is March 31st

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Nebraska farmers only have a week remaining to decide which federal farm program is best for them. Jeff Davis, with the Farm Services Agency, says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between the three farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co which is based on county figures. “So, you […]

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Fire heavily damages Jefferson County hog lot, 200+ firefighters respond

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Firefighters from perhaps 20 departments in Nebraska and Kansas battled a major fire at the Livingston Enterprise State Line Hog Facility, south of Fairbury in Jefferson County. The blaze broke out Sunday night and was contained early this  morning. Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause says upwards of 200 firefighters helped fight the blaze. “It […]

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Governor, lawmakers at odds over tax relief

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers don’t seem to be on the same page on tax relief. Not only did the legislature’s Revenue Committee pass on a bill that would have lowered property taxes for farmers, it has endorsed an increase in the gas tax. Ricketts has backed a measure that would lower the percentage […]

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Ag land property tax relief bill likely dead for the session

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Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders are disappointed by Wednesday’s decision by the Unicameral’s Revenue Committee to not advance a measure decreasing ag land valuations. The Farm Bureau had supported a bill that would have lowered the valuation of agricultural land from 75% to 65%. Bureau president Steve Nelson says property taxes have risen dramatically in the […]

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Ethanol industry riding high last year, suffering through the start of this year

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What a difference a year can make. Last year, the ethanol industry soared. This year, it has been rough. Overproduction and the big drop in oil prices get the blame from industry insiders. CEO of KAAPA Ethanol of Minden, Chuck Woodside, says strong profits last year spurred over-production. “We’ve got over 15 billion gallons of […]

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Study sees farmland values slip about 3% statewide

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The average value of Nebraska farmland has dropped for the first time in years. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says the just-released Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey Report indicated a modest but definite fall. Jansen says, “The average Nebraska farmland value, which is a weighted average of cropland as well as rangeland, pasture and […]

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Omaha aspires to be a global agri-business leader

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Omaha hopes to benefit from Nebraska’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the top five agri-business leaders in the world. Senior Vice President Randy Thelen with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the city a global leader in food processing, biofuels, and bio-chemicals. “We’ve seen tremendous […]

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