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USDA rolls out new incubator for rural business

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Rural Nebraska would see more jobs created under a federal proposal being touted by U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The former Iowa governor says the new Rural Business Investment Program will allow the USDA to facilitate private equity investments in ag-related businesses. “It’ll be at least $150 million and those resources can then be used […] Read More »

Farmers question whether emerging technology helps or hinders

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Farmers use technology such as GPS and weather reports these days to save time and money and increase crop yields, and many are being asked to share their data collected from that technology. The sharing issue has raised many worries about security and privacy. The American Farm Bureau Federation recently met with officials from six, […] Read More »

Sand Hills rancher wins accolades for conservation efforts

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A cattle ranch in the Sand Hills area of the state is being awarded the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Duane and Nancy Pelster represent the third generation managing the Pelster Angus Ranch along the Cedar River near Ericson. Duane Pelster is recognized as a pioneer in the use of rotational grazing. He says that […] Read More »

Encampment in Washington D.C. protests Keystone XL pipeline

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Leaders of a state advocacy group are joining Native Americans and farmers and ranchers from Nebraska in Washington D.C. this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ben Gotschall is spokesman for BOLD Nebraska and says members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance rode horses into the nation’s capitol on Tuesday to kick-off […] Read More »

New USDA program tries to help inject new blood into farming

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a program to bring a new generation of farmers onto the nation’s farms. Deputy U.S. Ag Secretary Krysta Harden says the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program will help train and educate new farmers and ranchers with $100-million from the new Farm Bill. “The average age of our […] Read More »

Pest spotted in Colorado may endanger Nebraska walnut trees

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While Nebraskans are being warned about the emerald ash borer that destroys ash trees, yet another invading insect is causing a stir as it could threaten our walnut trees. Entomologist Robin Pruisner says a pest called the walnut twig beetle is now confirmed in neighboring Colorado, but it hasn’t yet been spotted in Nebraska. “Research […] Read More »

Nebraska Beef Council names winner in best burger contest

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For a second time, Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue takes top honors in the Nebraska Beef Council’s “Nebraska’s Best Burger” contest. Director of Marketing Adam Wegner says Stella’s Cheeseburger received the most on-line votes and rave reviews from the panel of judges. More than 200 restaurants were nominated this year and judges visited the […] Read More »

Water sustainability bill signed into law by Gov. Heineman (AUDIO)

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A bill designed to maintain Nebraska’s greatest natural resource, its water, has been signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman signed into law LB 1098, the water sustainability bill, which he says should insure that Nebraska has the water it needs both for agricultural and city uses for years to come. “This is a […] Read More »

Southwestern Nebraska declared disaster area due to lingering drought (AUDIO)

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Rain continues to come in short supply in portions of Nebraska, prompting the federal government to declare eight southwestern counties disaster areas due to the lingering drought. Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announces Keith, Perkins, Lincoln, Chase, Hayes, Frontier, Hitchcock, and Red Willow have been declared disaster areas. “It reflects the on-going […] Read More »

Higher farmland valuations come on heels of disappointing legislative session

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Assessment of agricultural land continues to rise, adding to the disappointment farm groups are expressing about the legislative session. The Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division reports the valuation of farmland for tax purposes rose nearly 30% between 2013 and 2014. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says the assessment report comes on the […] Read More »

USDA chief says all FSA offices will stay open, for now

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency will evaluate its network of Farm Service Agency offices, but does not plan to close any of those offices this year. There are about 80 FSA offices in Nebraska. “We need to modernize our system and there are a couple of reasons for that,” Vilsack says. “Number […] Read More »

FFA membership in Nebraska sets new record high

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Future farmers from across the state are in Lincoln for the annual Nebraska State FFA Convention, which wraps up today. Matt Kreifels, the state director of agricultural education, says a record number of FFA members are attending this year’s convention — around 38-hundred. “We see the state FFA convention as a celebration of all our […] Read More »

Livestock disaster assistance sign up starts Tuesday

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A portion of the Farm Bill regarding livestock loss disaster assistance that expired of 2011 was reinstated in the latest bill. Nebraska U-S Senator Mike Johanns this long awaited disaster assistance has finally arrived for livestock producers who experienced losses during the long drought or severe weather. The U-S Department of Agriculture will start signing […] Read More »

Feds promise to improve predictions of drought

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As many Nebraska farmers are beginning the spring planting process, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency and others in the federal government are looking to improve drought forecasts. “There’s not a whole lot you can do about drought,” Vilsack says. “What you can do is forecast it more effectively and in a more […] Read More »

Ag expert: Boom years may be coming to an end for farmers

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An agricultural economist says Nebraska’s corn and soybean producers need to prepare for tougher economic times ahead. Mike Boehlje, at Purdue University, says he does not expect the setback to be as severe as it was during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, but he assures, a fall is coming from the flush years farmers […] Read More »