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Bankers fear impact of falling farm revenues

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Nebraska bankers are concerned about the drop in net farm income this year and what it could mean for the state’s producers. Nebraska Bankers Association chairman-elect Jerry Catlett of Bruning says low commodity prices may mean grain producers see revenues half what they were in 2013. Catlett says he’s hopeful big crops and the triggering […]

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Extension report sees many Nebraska grain producers in red ink

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Data from the University of Nebraska Extension Service is showing losses for grain farmers. Extension Educator Robert Tigner says the lower grain prices, along with static input costs are hitting balance sheets. “This 2015 crop is well below the peak revenue, about half of what it was at the peak in 2012 and ’13,” Tigner […]

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No shortage of pumpkins in Nebraska this season

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The wet spring weather squashed the hopes of a good pumpkin crop in areas east of Nebraska. Heavy spring rain followed by a dry, hot summer left many producers with pumpkins spoiling in the field. Tim Vala owns Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Sarpy County and he says pumpkins in eastern Nebraska look good. Vala says, […]

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Gov. Ricketts has a “beef” with Donald Tump

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has a “beef” with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Ricketts made an aside about Trump during a recent conference call with Nebraska reporters during his trade mission to Japan. “Despite what Donald Trump has said, Itochu wants to get more Nebraska beef,” Ricketts stated. “In fact, not only do they import Nebraska […]

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Gov. Ricketts making the sales pitch for Nebraska while in Japan (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is in Japan, promoting Nebraska. Ricketts is in Japan, attending the 47th Midwest US-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, where much discussion centers on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) under negotiation. Ricketts supports TPP. “If we want to grow Nebraska, growing our exports is one of the opportunities we have,” Ricketts tells Nebraska […]

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Federal grant will help Nebraska better promote & pump ethanol

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Nebraska is among 21 states receiving grants to help increase the availability of biofuels. The USDA will issue $100-million to the states to add the infrastructure needed to roughly double the number of gas pumps delivering higher blends of corn-based ethanol. “This $100 million that’s being provided by USDA […]

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USDA: Fewer acres of farmland coming open for new producers

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A national survey of land ownership shows just over 2% of farmland will be available for beginning farmers and ranchers in the next year, perhaps 10%over the next five years. Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate at the Lyons-based Center for Rural Affairs, says land access is a long-standing problem for those just starting to farm, […]

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