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OSHA backs off, agrees it cannot regulate family farms (AUDIO)

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Federal regulators have backed off of their stance that they can write rules for certain farm operations, much to the delight of the Nebraska Congressional delegation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined a Holt County, Nebraska farm $132,000 in 2011 for how it dried and stored grain. The agency had considered such post-harvest […] Read More »

Farm Credit Services of America joins alliance with Frontier Farm Credit

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Farm Credit Services of America is expanding. The Omaha-based agricultural credit company will enter an alliance with Frontier Farm Credit of Kansas, beginning next year. Farm Credit Services President Doug Stark says the alliance benefits both companies. “Well, in the case of Kansas customers and Frontier, we’re going to bring our resources, our size and […] Read More »

Disaster aid now available for livestock producers; amount under dispute (AUDIO)

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Federal disaster assistance has been made available for livestock losses due to severe weather, even to producers who suffered losses two years ago from drought. But, the amount of aid is in dispute. Nebraska Farm Service Agency Director Dan Steinkruger agrees Nebraska producers have been hit hard by severe weather the last few years. “The […] Read More »

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 »