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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 »

Study: New buildings under construction meeting code for energy conservation

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So far, so good. A statewide spot check by the Nebraska Energy Office is finding most new buildings under construction are meeting guidelines laid out in what’s known as the International Energy Conservation Code. Ginger Willson, director of the state Energy Office, says they looked at 38 commercial buildings across Nebraska in different stages of […] 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 »

Creighton survey: Economy on the upswing in June

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A monthly survey of business leaders in Nebraska and eight other Midwestern states shows the region’s economy during June was in its best shape in more than three years, since March of 2011. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says growth in domestic and export orders over the past three months was very strong. “New orders, […] Read More »

As beef prices rise, so do sales of controversial FTB product

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Sales of the product called “finely textured beef” are rebounding as meat prices rise and consumers seek cheaper alternatives. Production dropped two years ago when the term “pink slime” flooded the airwaves and the Internet. Cargill and BPI shut down plants where they produced the product. Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman, says sales dropped off […] Read More »

Siouxland lands another air carrier, starting today

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Frontier Airlines is returning flights between Sioux City, Iowa, and Denver, Colorado, today, after cancelling the route in 2008 when the company filed Chapter 11. Last year, Frontier was purchased by Indigo Partners, which provides low-cost air transportation. Frontier spokeswoman Tyri Squyres says the airline is returning because it believes Sioux City has a strong market […] Read More »

Job seekers may become job finders this summer

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A survey shows many Nebraska companies have plans to add employees between July and September. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows 22% of the companies surveyed expect to increase staff levels during the third quarter. Another 72% plan to maintain staffing levels, while 2% anticipate layoffs. Manpower spokeswoman Karen Miller says those results are quite […] Read More »

Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska ready to end contract with CHI

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is getting ready to end their contract with Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals in the state. BCBS Senior Vice President Pat Bourne says this is a matter of dollars and cents and those facilities charge anywhere from 10 to 30% more than other facilities for the same care. Bourne says […] Read More »

Niobium Drilling Set to Resume near Elk Creek

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Canadian-based NioCorp Developments is resuming drilling near Elk Creek later this week as it looks to collect more samples from a niobium deposit in the area. Former State Senator Tony Fulton, a member of the NioCorp advisory board, says the latest round of investment in the project will allow for a metallurgical analysis, additional drilling […] Read More »

Hastings ready to launch new marketing campaign

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Six civic entities in Hastings are teaming up and ready to launch a campaign designed to promote the city to prospective business and industry owners, visitors and residents.   Those entities include the City of Hastings, Hastings Economic Development Corporation, HastingsBID & DowntownCenter Association, the AdamsCounty Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hastings Chamber of Commerce and Hastings […] Read More »

Biodiesel plant in SE Nebraska to be first in US using new technology

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Crews from Flint Hills Resources are retrofitting the former Beatrice Biodiesel Plant so it’ll be the first of its kind in the country to use a new process to make fuel. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the new technology will allow the use of feed stocks like animal tallow, unrefined oil, used vegetable oil […] Read More »

Business booms during annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting

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Thousands will of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will be in Omaha this weekend to attend the annual meeting at the Century Link Center. One of the hottest spots in town will be Gorat’s Steakhouse at 49th and Center Streets, a favorite of Warren Buffet, Berkshire CEO. Owner Gene Dunn says they are completely booked through Sunday. Dunn brings […] Read More »

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 »

State announces mobile job search app, effort to attract veterans (AUDIO)

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State officials have announced the job hunt has gone high-tech in Nebraska and that Nebraska is working even harder to attract veterans to the state. First, State Labor Commissioner Cathy Lang says a new mobile app will make the information on the job search website, NEworks.gov, available on smartphones and tablets. “The job search process […] Read More »