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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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Nebraska businesses optimistic about next six months

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Nebraska business owners and executives tell a University of Nebraska survey they’re optimistic about the next few months. Bureau of Business Research Director Eric Thompson with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reports on the latest survey of business attitudes about the next six months. “Nebraska businesses have positive expectations for sales, but they continue to have […]

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Rallying the troops, state’s new economic development boss takes tour

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Nebraska’s economic development director has been on the road the past few weeks, visiting community and business leaders in cities all across the state. Brenda Hicks-Sorenson says her tour of Nebraska has taken her to small towns and big metro areas. “I’ve been focusing on listening and talking to as many partners as well as […]

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March Mid-America Business Conditions Report

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Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss released the March 2015 Mid-America Business Conditions Index, which is a leading economic indicator for a nine state region including Nebraska. The business conditions index ranges from 0 to 100. The index for March sank to 51.4 from February’s 57.0. The regional index, much like the national reading, is pointing […]

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Nebraska could place business tax breaks under microscope

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Do tax breaks actually create jobs? It’s a question the Unicameral wants answered. A bill calling for the evaluation of tax incentive programs to lure businesses to Nebraska has advanced in the Unicameral. Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney says Nebraska needs to determine whether companies would not have come to Nebraska “but for” the incentives […]

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Lincoln restoration company fined by EPA

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An emergency restoration company from Lincoln has reached agreement with the Environment Protection Agency for violating federal regulations. RDF, doing business as Paul Davis Restoration, has agreed to spend $27,304 to replace windows in Lincoln houses built prior to 1978. The company also will pay a $3,033 penalty. EPA Region 7 failed to follow federal […]

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Judiciary Committee hearing today on eminent domain

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Nebraska’s Legislative Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon that would eliminate the power of eminent domain for certain pipelines. This bill is on the heels of TransCanada filing in January to obtain land for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. Those opposing the pipeline argue that a foreign country has no business using eminent […]

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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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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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Kearney hosts Agri-Eco Tourism conference, starting this afternoon

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is opening its annual three-day Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop today in Kearney. The event is designed for people who want to learn more about the tourism industries surrounding agriculture and the environment. Commission spokeswoman Karen Kollars says a host of activities are planned through Wednesday. “We’ll start out with a three-hour workshop […]

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At least 3 Nebraska Radio Shacks to close under Chapter 11

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As more details are released about Radio Shack’s plans to emerge from bankruptcy, at least three stores in Nebraska will be closed, though most of the rest will remain open in some form. John Linenberger owns J & L Electronics in Beatrice — a Radio Shack store. Linenberger says being a dealer-franchise means he’ll likely […]

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Ward Labs in Kearney: 4.4-million soil samples and still going

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An agricultural soil testing firm in Kearney is marking the completion of a major expansion project. Ward Laboratories has cut the ribbon on a 16,000 square foot addition. Company founder and president Ray Ward says the expanded facility will help the company provide more efficient soil testing results for ag producers. Ward says, “That’s our […]

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Nebraska businesses remain optimistic about hiring

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A survey of Nebraska businesses described many as “solidly optimistic” about employment, with slightly less than a quarter of those surveyed stating they plan to add jobs this year. Only six percent expect to cut jobs. The survey was taken by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Its director, Eric Thompson, […]

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Closed factory in Ravenna finds new life, reopening in July

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A Texas-based pet food company is buying a vacant building in south-central Nebraska to launch a new operation this summer. Darling Ingredients is opening shop in the Buffalo County town of Ravenna, just north of Kearney. Dana Dennison, executive director of the Ravenna Economic Development Corporation, says the deal was finalized last month and renovations […]

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Former Sen. Johanns elected to Deere&Company board

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Former Sen. Mike Johanns, also the former Secretary of Agriculture, has been elected to the board of directors for Deere & Company, the manufacturer of John Deere tractors and farm equipment. “Mike’s wide range of expertise in the areas of agriculture, banking, commerce, foreign trade, law and governance will be valuable assets for the Deere […]

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