GIPD Thanks Witnesses That Made 5 Arrests Possible


The past three days, the Grand Island Police Department has arrested 5 people who have been involved in burglaries. The Department would like to thank the witnesses who made these arrests possible, by paying attention to what was going on in their neighb

10 Year Old Dies In Crash On Highway 94


Authorities say a 10-year-old child has died in a crash off state Highway 94.   The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Thursday west of Macy. The Nebraska State Patrol says Terri Webster was driving east when the vehicle ran off the shoulder. The patr

Police Investigating Death Of 8 Year Old Girl


Authorities are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who was injured before being involved in a Fremont collision. The Fremont Police Department say officers were dispatched a little after 7:15 p.m. Wednesday to handle a report of a vehicle coll

Chambers Under Fire For ISIS Comment


A well-known senator is facing more criticism for comparing police to a terrorist group, and one lawmaker is calling for his resignation. The backlash is continuing against Senator Ernie Chambers following comments he made in a hearing. Chambers said &qu

State Patrol Changing Format For Town Hall Meetings


The Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division will be changing the format for its Town Hall meetings. This year, the Carrier Enforcement Division will conduct webinars in place of previously held location meetings. The webinars, starting on Apri

Bill To Reduce Prison Crowding Slated For Debate


A bill designed to reduce prison crowding and expand parole services is slated for debate by lawmakers.   The bill is intended to slow population growth in the state prison system, which was 59 percent above its design capacity as of January. Support

GOV. RICKETTS STATES SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCMENT Calls Sen. Chambers' remarks "ir


Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts called on Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha to issue a public apology following unacceptable comments he made during a committee hearing:   “As public officials, we are held to a higher standard, an

GIPD Say Violent Crimes Increased In 2014 According To Report


The Grand Island Police Department, in its 2014 Annual Report, says the City experienced an increase in violent crimes from 2013. In the report violent crimes increased from 131 in 2013 to 144 in 2014. The department plans to conduct an analysis of the c

Court Of Appeals Orders New Trial Of Man Convicted Of Killing Infant Daughter


The Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a 33-year-old man convicted of killing his infant daughter.    The court ruled that 33-year-old Ryan Kozisek should have a new jury trial after he appealed his December 2013 sentence of 35 to 50 y

Columbus Transfer Station Changing To Spring/Summer Hours


The Columbus Transfer Station is changing its hours for spring and summer starting on April 1st through October 1st.   Solid Waste hours are Monday-Friday 8:45-5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-Noon, and Sunday the station is closed. For Wood Waste h

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax


WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and 25 colleagues in introducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, which will bring tax relief to farmers, ranchers and small business ow

UAS Would Lower Costs and Environmental Impact of Farming


Unmanned Aerial Systems will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact, NCGA Manager of Public Policy Clint Raine told a group of policymakers and reporters today during a panel about the applications of UAS

NFU Urges House Agriculture Committee to Review Recent COOL Study, Allow WTO Pr


WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today presented the findings of a recent econometric study showing that Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) did not have a negative impact on Canadian cattle exports to

Sasse Welcomes Nebraska Producer to Ag Committee WOTUS Hearing


From left to right: Senator Sasse, Dylan Metz, Jeff Metz.     Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse welcomed Jeff Metz from Angora, NE to the Senate Committee on Agriculture to testify on the devastating impact of the

FARMLAND WINS PR Week's Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of The Year


CHESTERFIELD, MO– “Lights, Camera, Farmland! The FARMLAND documentary, produced by award winning director James Moll, took top billing in the PR Week Awards’ Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of the Year category. The national fil

Free Weather alert Radios To Be Given Out in 5 Towns


Free weather alert radios will be distributed in five towns.    The event is sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska Long Term Recovery Team, a volunteer group formed after tornadoes struck northeast Nebraska last summer. The radios can be picked up

No-Limits Is Accepting Applications


No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, is accepting applications for positions on the youth leadership board for 2015–2016. No Limits Youth Board members determine priorities for the program and plan statewide anti-tobac

Open House To Be Held April 7 Regarding Highway 14 & 30 Improvements


The Nebraska Department of Roads will hold an Information Open House April 7 regarding the proposed improvement of Highway 14 and Highway 30 in the Central City area in Hamilton and Merrick counties. The open house will be held from 4:00‑6:00 p.m. a

Doane Advisory Services Releases Planting Intentions Survey Results


March 24, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - Doane's 2015 Planting Intentions Survey was released to subscribers and clients Friday, March 20th. Results from this year's survey show a continuation of recent trends toward more soybeans and less corn acreage. L

8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Announced


Lincoln, NE- The eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition is planned for November 4-5 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Hilton Omaha.   “We are excited to bring this convention to the City of Omaha for the first tim

Under Secretary Highlights Forest Restoration Effort in Testimony before Senate


WASHINGTON—In testimony earlier today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase t

Nutrition Scientist, Registered Dietitian Urges Secretaries to Reconsider Flawed


WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture hosted a meeting for public comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report released in February. The recommendations in the report, made

Rural America Weighs In On Murky 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule at Senate Agriculture


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Waters of the Unite

Stuhr Museum Hopes To Attract More Visitors With New Advertising


The Stuhr Museum hopes to attract more visitors this year thanks to a state tourism program and new advertising in the Kansas City area.    Museum officials believe it will help to be included in the Nebraska Passport Program that lists attracti

Behlen Observatory To Host Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party


The public has been invited to join a lunar eclipse viewing party next month at Behlen Observatory, southeast of Mead. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Physics and Astronomy Department says the all-night Easter bash and viewing party will be held

Humphrey & Aurora Robotics Teams To Compete In Regional Championship


Humphrey and Aurora will have robotic teams competing in the 2015 FTC North Super Regional Championship. The tournament will run Thursday through Saturday and will be held in Des Moines, Iowa. The teams are made up of 7-12 grade students who will present

Monsanto Disagrees with IARC Classification for Glyphosate


As consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto. And, we want to be clear: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever comp

Lower Fuel Costs Change 2015 Crop Budgets


   Last fall, when the 2015 Nebraska Crop Budgets were being developed, the cost of fuel for 2015 was estimated to be $3.25 per gallon. A farm supplier reported on March 10, 2015 that the price of fuel delivered to the farm is around $2.40. How

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Elects Officers


(Lincoln, NE) New officers were elected during the March Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Board meeting. Terry Martin from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) was re-elected President. Martin has served 15 years on the URNRD

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Prompt Action Needed on Trade Promotion Authority


LINCOLN, NE – Congress should act quickly to grant the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as Nebraska farmers, ranchers and the state’s broader economy has much to gain, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, March 23. Every

Youth garden safety featured in new resource


The spring air is thick with anticipation as gardeners buy seed packets and dream of bountiful harvests. Many will break new ground, as gardens are growing in popularity and diversity. Whether sponsored by a town, school, church or neighborhood, these gar

Columbus Residents Discuss Lutheran High School


Columbus, NE ~~ Around 80 Columbus residents gathered Sunday afternoon to learn more about the possibility of a Lutheran High School in Columbus. The informational meeting was held at Peace Lutheran Church Sunday.   Nebraska District Executive for Ed

Picketing Law Trial Ends With Lawsuit


The federal trial has ended in a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's law requiring picketers to stay at least 500 feet from funerals. The trial ended after attorneys for Westboro Baptist Church and the state, Omaha Police Department and Douglas County Dis

Seward & York Counties To Host Household Hazardous Waste Collection


Seward and York County will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste collection day April 4th. The Household Hazardous Waste and Appliances/Scrap metals will be collected at both events while Seward County will also be collecting electronics.  The av

American Cancer Society Announces Society Award Winner


The American Cancer Society has again selected Becton Dickinson as a Society Award winner. The national award is based upon contributions that have benefited the Relay For Life of Platte County in 2014. The Visionary Award is presented to companies

Grafton Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder


A 60-year-old Grafton man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of his 62-year-old brother.    Fillmore County Sheriff William Burgess says the man was taken into custody after calling 911 to report the shooting that

AGRICULTURE GROUP HONORS JOHANNS, NAMES NEW MEMBERS


Lincoln, Neb.-- Mike Johanns has been recognized by the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement for his advocacy of agriculture.         The banquet honoring Johanns and 10 new members of NHAA took place March 12 on the University of

Survey Sugests Weakening Economy Lies Ahead


A monthly survey of bankers suggests a weakening economy lies ahead for rural parts of 10 Midwestern and Western states.    The Creighton University Rural Main street Index for March sank to 43.6, its lowest level since February 2010. Last month

Man Pleads Guilty To Punching Ex-Wife


A 31 year old man has pleaded guilty to punching his ex-girlfriend in the face and running his vehicle over another man who came to the woman's aid.    The 30 year old woman was treated at the hospital for a bloody nose and scratches on her

UNL Search Of New President Cost $260,000


It cost the University of Nebraska nearly $260,000 to find its next president. In January the university's regents selected Hank Bounds who will take over next month replacing J.B. Milliken. $130,000 went to an executive search firm, which was contra

Gov. Ricketts Unveils Ag Magazine, Ag Poster Contest Winners


Lincoln – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the new edition of the Nebraska Agriculture and You magazine and highlighted the winners of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) poster contest following his National Ag Week tour across the state

Burke Scholarship Deadline Extended by Upper Big Blue NRD


YORK, NE --The Upper Big Blue NRD is extending the deadline of the 2015 Raymond A. Burke Scholarship to Friday April 24th. The Burke Scholarship will award $2,000 each to two qualified students who reside in the District to be used for their college/unive

Agriculture Committee advances bill to protect producers from duplicative regula


Today, the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 111th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 112th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or n

Tyson reveals $47 million expansion of Nebraska plant


(AP) — Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. has revealed a $47 million expansion of its existing beef processing plant in central Nebraska. Officials with the Tyson Foods, Inc. subsidy announced the plan Tuesday, which will involve construction of an additional

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska


Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame. No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part

University develops detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows


MANHATTAN — Kansas and U.S. dairy producers may avoid some of the billions of dollars lost to mastitis thanks to a Kansas State University technology that is detecting the early stages of the disease in dairy cows. Deryl Troyer, professor of anatom

Ebola Patients All Doing Well


According to UNMC the five American aid workers who were exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone are all doing well.    Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson says none of the people being monitored are displaying symptoms of Ebola as of Tuesd

A Clarks Plant Considered Total Loss After Fire


A plant in Clarks that manufactures wood shavings has been declared a total loss after a fire started Monday evening likely outside the facility and it burned to the ground, fanned by gusty winds.  No one was injured at the American Wood Fibers plan

Trail Begins On Picketing Funeral Lawsuit


Trial has begun in a lawsuit challenging a law that limits picketing at funerals.    The original 2006 law required protesters to stand 300 feet away from a funeral service, but it has since been amended to keep protesters at least 500 feet away

House Renews Efforts to Repeal the Death Tax


WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015) – Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattlem

Johnson Applauds New #womeninag Mentoring Network, Calls on Women to Take on Lea


Although increasingly more women have pursued careers in agriculture over the past decade, today they still account for just 14 percent of farm operators. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden hopes to change that with a new mentoring initiative a

Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway responds to announcement of short-term DG


At a hearing Tuesday morning of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Under Secretary for Agriculture Kevin Concannon indicated that the Department would grant a short-term 30 day comment period extension for the report of the Dietary Guid

Growth Energy Thanks America's Farmers on National Agriculture Day


WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the abundance of food, feed and fuel that American farmers provide to the world, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:   “American farmers

NCBA and PLC Accepting Fall Internship Applications


WASHINGTON– The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the fall 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an appl

Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pes


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before o

PQA Plus® & TQA? Certification Training Offered in Columbus & Beatrice


The Nebraska Pork Producers Association will be conducting PQA Plus® and TQA™ certification classes on March 31, 2015 at the River’s Edge Convention Center (Ramada Inn), 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus. PQA Plus® and TQA™ Certification

73 Educators Received Hands On Experience During "Education In Industry Day"


73 educators got hands-on experience in local businesses during Education in Industry Day 2015. Teachers and guidance counselors from Columbus, Lakeview, Scotus, and Central Community College-Columbus participated. Behlen Manufacturing hosted math tea

NECC Hosted 1,200 Students


Over 1,200 high schools students were on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College to take part in the FFA Districts 3, 4 and 10 Career Development Event – Ag Education Contest. The students came from 40 high schools from across the region.

Nebraska's Enemployment Rate Dropped In January


A new report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent in January from the revised December figure of 3.1 percent. The Labor Department said in the report that the rate is a half-point under the January 2014 rate of 3.4 per

Spring Flushing & Flow Testing Set To Begin


Spring Flushing and Flow Testing is set to begin next Monday.   The testing is set to begin March 23 and may last up to 3 weeks. Residents may notice discolored water and low pressure as crews pass through their areas. If you have any questions ab

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data


WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data come from the Census of Agricultur

Dallas Tonsager Assumes Position as Member of Farm Credit Administration Board


McLEAN, Va— Dallas P. Tonsager was sworn in as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Mr. Tonsager was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama on Jan. 26, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on March 9. He will serve the

Go Red For Women


The American Heart Association hosted the 2015 Columbus Go Red for Women Ladies Night Out.

Irish beef now available in U.S. for first time in 15 years


MANHATTAN — For the first in decades, you can enjoy beef imported from Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other

Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry prod


MANHATTAN — A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products. The U.S

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2015


WASHINGTON — Farm banks significantly increased agricultural lending by 13.6 percent in 2014 and held $94.6 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report.

Sasse Introduces Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act


Washington, D.C.— Last night, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse introduced the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act, legislation to ensure that new Social Security Numbers are not issued to illegal aliens receiving deferred action under the President’s unlawf

4 Ebola Patience Being Observed at Nebraska Medicine


Four American health care providers who were exposed to the Ebola virus are coming to UNMC for observation. The workers will be placed in quarantine on the med center campus in an area segregated from other patients, students and staff members. They will

A Woman and 2 Children Escape Wahoo Fire


A woman and her two children have escaped a fire that destroyed their home in Wahoo.    The fire was reported Sunday afternoon after the woman's 8 year old daughter ran to her and reported that the back porch was in flames. Sheena Else says

State Patrol St. Patrick's Day Enforcement


The Nebraska State Patrol will conduct a St. Patrick’s Day special enforcement effort.   Troopers and communication specialists will put in overtime hours in an effort to gain voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws as they work to

Latest Land Values and Cash Rental Rates


There are two major surveys of land values and cash rental rates that I use each year when fielding questions from clientele about the subject.  One is done by UNL Ag Economics Department and the other by the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) of

USDA Announces Loan and Grant Dollars Available to Rural Utilities


Lincoln, NE –USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces $38.6 million in loans and $9.2 million in grants are available nationally to promote rural economic development and job creation projects.  Applications for these funds w

AMPI members to review co-op?s performance Dairy farmer-owners will meet March 2


NEW ULM, Minn. — Record dairy markets, milk production increases and rising foodservice sector sales are among the cooperative’s 2014 performance highlights. The dairy farmer-owners of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) will gather to learn

Common Sense Nebraska Coalition Members Oppose Expanded EPA Regulation at U.S. S


LINCOLN – Common Sense Nebraska coalition members today provided testimony at the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works hearing held at Hardin Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The field hearing, coordinated by N

NAM, Reinke Recognize Rep. Smith's Support For Manufacturing


Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Nebraska's Third Congressional District Congressman Adrian Smith with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.  The award was given to Rep. Smith during an event ho

NASCAR® Tops 7 Million Miles of Racing on American Ethanol Blend


Phoenix, Ariz. — Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would surpass a momentous milestone this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 i

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Federal Dietary Guidelines Should Focus on Nutrition,


LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Dietary Guidelines for Americans should continue to focus on nutritional science rather than environmental i

2015 Platte Valley Cattlemen?s Scholarship Winners


At their annual banquet held last month, the Platte Valley Cattlemen awarded scholarships.    Competition for this scholarship was keen this year with 12 applicants.  These applicants rose to the top because of their commitment to retu

St. Patrick's Day Special Enforcement Planned


(Lincoln, Neb.)- Reducing the potential for alcohol related crashes by cracking down on impaired driving is the focus of a special St. Patrick’s Day special enforcement effort conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). Troopers and communication

Village of Unadilla Receives $10,900 grant from USDA to Help with Community Cent


Unadilla, Nebraska   March 13, 2015—USDA Rural Development has awarded a grant of $10,900 to the Village of Unadilla to remove and repair the roof on the community center/gym and to also replace and install new gutters on the building.&nbs

Fight for a Fighting Chance at Trade


As corn farmers look to increase demand in the face of abundant supply, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority to U.S. farmers has gained particular importance. By passing TPA, the President gains the necessary means for negotiating the trade agreeme

U.S. Wheat Organizations Join Renewed Call for End to Cuban Embargo


Washington, D.C. — After participating in a “learning journey” to Cuba March 1 to 4, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have joined members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC)

Thune Leads Call for USDA, HHS to Include Lean Red Meat in 2015 Dietary Guidelin


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today led 29 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwe

Elkhorn, Neb., Facility Recognized as Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manuf


(Lenexa, KS)– The Merck Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health facility in Elkhorn, Neb., is one of 70 manufacturing plants that achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. The facility was officially recogniz

Nebraska's Net Tax Collections 10% Higher Than Expected Last Month


According to the Department of Revenue, Nebraska's net tax collections were nearly 10 percent higher than expected last month.   The state received about $284 million in February. The certified forecast for the month was roughly $260 million. Net

Local Waste Company Recieves Permit And Warning


The waste company for the JBS meatpacking plant in Grand Island has recieved another permit and a warning from Hall County supervisors. The board voted to give Chamness Technology a permit to spread processed livestock waste from the plant on a farm else

UNMC Ranked High In U.S. News Rankings


UNMC’s primary care program is now ranked 4th in the country in the latest ranking of the nation's top graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report.    UNMC's physician assistant program is ranked 9th by U.S. News for 2015, up se

Gov. Ricketts: "Nebraska's Farmers and Ranchers Need Property Tax Relief Now"


Lincoln – Today, Governor Ricketts reacted to the Revenue Committee’s decision not to advance a key property tax relief measure:   “I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Gloor and the Revenue Committee as they conside

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding Failure of Ag Land Valuation Bil


LINCOLN, NEB., – “Words cannot describe our extreme disappoint in the Revenue Committee’s decision to not advance legislation to lower the value of agricultural land for tax purposes.”   “The statewide total property

Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, awarded scholarships to five college students who intend to pur

Statement by Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy in Response to the Advanced Biofuels


“By opening up the RFS for legislative changes, you are opening a can of worms that will only create further uncertainty for the industry, which is the last thing biofuel producers of any kind need. This is a shortsighted proposal that would set the

LB 472 crucial for Rural Nebraska


Lyons, NE -  The Unicameral Committee on Health and Human Services advanced LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, that will help create a Nebraska solution for the over 54,000 low-income, working Nebraskans who currently fall into the Medicaid coverage

No Animal Mistreatment Found AT Clay Center Meat Animal Research Center


A new report says no animal mistreatment was found during a recent inspection of the Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has shut down research at the Center until improved animal welfare oversight procedu

Nebraska State Patrol Reminding All Motorists To "Share The Road"


The Nebraska State Patrol is reminding all motorists of the need to “share the road” in an effort to reduce and prevent serious injury and fatality crashes involving motorcycles. To-date in 2015, three people have been killed in crashes invol

Semitrailer Tips Resulting In Blocked Traffic In Columbus


Traffic in Columbus was blocked for several hours Monday night after a semitrailer tipped on its side. The trailer carrying cattle tipped late Monday night blocking traffic on 23rd street and 33rd Avenue for more than 3 hours. The driver of the vehicle w

USDA Reminds Nebraska Producers of March 16 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable


Farm Service Agency (FSA) urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of March 16, 2015.  NAP provides financial assistance to producers of n

Rollover Results In Macy Mans Death


A One vehicle rollover results in the death of a 50 year old Macy man. Around 1am Saturday morning Angelo Freemont was west bound 3 miles south of Macy when his vehicle entered the ditch and overcorrected. The vehicle rolled and according to the Nebrask

State Patrol To Conduct High Visibility Enforcement


The Nebraska State Patrol will conduct high visibility enforcement efforts during the next couple of weeks. March 12 through the 21, troopers will focus on high traffic areas in an effort to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes. T

NPPD Providing Incentives For LED Bulbs


Nebraska Public Power is once again providing incentives to customers for the purchase and installation of LED bulbs.    The company will provide customers with a $5 account credit for each 60, 75, or 100-watt LED equivalent to the standard bulb

Troopers Plan Extra Enforcement during Basketball Tournaments


(Lincoln, Neb.)- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct high visibility enforcement efforts during the next couple of weeks as fans make their way to basketball tournaments across the state.  “This is a fun and exciting time of

New Pork Checkoff Award to Help Build Consumer Trust


DES MOINES - March 9, 2015 - The National Pork Board announced its new America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM award program during its annual Pork Industry Forum meeting in San Antonio last week. The award will honor the U.S. pork producer who best excels

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members


Washington, D.C., March 9, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, March

Pesticide Training on March 26


One last day of Private Pesticide Applicator training in our area is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Thursday March 26th.  This two hour meeting is being held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler. No pre-registration is necessary.  The Pri

MILLIONS OF U.S. STUDENTS ARE MISSING BREAKFAST, DENYING THEMSELVES THE CHANCE T


OMAHA, Neb– Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in school health and wellness program, in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6), launched Fuel Greatness, an effort to elevate the conversation around good nutrition an

Let's Grow Funding Application Available


The application for funding through the Let's Grow Committee to improve production efficiencies is now available. The program is expected to be available for fiscal years 2015-2017. Let's Grow was initiated by the American Sheep Industry Associat

ASI Call to Action - Appropriations and H-2A


This has been a busy week for legislative efforts at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Two Call to Actions have been issued to the leadership to contact House and Senate members as soon as possible. 2016 Appropriations. The House Agriculture

NCTA students learn value of ag cooperatives


Curtis, Neb. - The impact agricultural cooperatives have on rural economic development was highlighted for 19 Nebraska agri-business students last month at the College Conference on Cooperatives at Minneapolis. Six students represented the University of

Columbus Standoff Ends In Arrest


A five hour standoff ends with the arrest of 23-year-old Columbus man. 

Survey Says: Pork Producers Optimistic About State of the Industry


Since 2002, the National Pork Board has conducted an annual survey of pork producers to gain insight to the condition of the industry, general attitudes of pig farming and their support of the Checkoff. The most recent survey was conducted in November 201

Wanted Person


The Columbus Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Stephen Knott of Columbus regarding threats made early this morning (Friday). Knott is a white male, 5’11” tall, weighing about 275 pounds. He has brown ha

Windbreak Workshop Hosted by Nebraska Forest Service at Upper Big Blue NRD


The Upper Big Blue NRD and the Nebraska Forest Service will be hosting a free Windbreak Workshop on March 20, 2015, at the Upper Big Blue NRD Office in York from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. The York office is located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue. Workshop speake

Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City


Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City Gage, Taylor <taylor.gage@nebraska.gov> Thu 3/5/2015 4:12 PM To: Gage, Taylor <taylor.gage@nebraska.gov>;   For Immediate Release: March 5, 2015 &nb

Bookmark and Share USDA Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Floc


The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, Minnesota.  This is the fi

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods


Food Safety News By Dan Flynn Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreig

3 Norfolk Residents Arrested On Multiple Charges


3 Norfolk residents have been arrested on numerous charges. Early this morning Norfolk Police observed a car at a very high rate of speed. The officer later located the parked car and was involved in a foot pursuit with the occupants. 24 year old Fredd

UNL Celebrates Groundbreaking Of New Building


Officials are celebrating the groundbreaking of a new $84 million school building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.    The school's new College of Business Administration building is a 240,000-square-foot facility that's expected to

Congressman Fortenberry Received Suspicious Glitter Bomb Letter


Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s office received a suspicious so-called glitter bomb letter yesterday.   No one was hurt in the prank. The glitter-filled envelope was reported to Lincoln police, the U.S. postal inspector and the FBI. Lincoln p

Thune, Klobuchar Requested Report Outlines Rail Service Challenges in Upper Midw


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today commented on a newly released report that they called for from the U.S. Department of Agriculture examining the rail service challenges in the Upper Midwest in 2013 an

Agriculture Under Secretary Scuse Leads USDA Trade Mission to Southeast Asia Mar


WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – Leaders from six state agriculture departments and 21 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse on a trade mission to Southeast Asia from Marc

New Bill May Give Students Scholarships


Under a new bill High school students enrolled in college courses could receive a scholarship. The Bill would provide up to $1,500 in need-based aid to students in their first or second year of full-time attendance at a qualified postsecondary institutio

New Bill If Approved Gives School Districts Increased Spending Authority


First-round approval has been granted to a bill that would give school districts increased spending authority. Currently, school districts are not required to initiate a bidding process for construction, remodeling or repairs when the expenditure is esti

1 Killed Another Injured In Accident Northwest of Howells


An accident eight miles northwest of Howells has claimed the life of one man and sent another driver to the hospital.   Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says the accident happened just before 5 pm Tuesday night about three-and-a-half miles south

NEBRASKA FARM REAL ESTATE VALUES SLIP 3 PERCENT IN LAST YEAR


Lincoln, Neb.-- After five years of increases in Nebraska farmland values, the state average dropped 3 percent, according to preliminary findings released today by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.       The state average farml

Chairman Roberts Pledges to Bring Folks to the Table Throughout Child Nutrition


WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Legislative Action Conference for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said he would bring everyone to the

Free NRCS webinar on carbon cycle, soil health, March 10


Find out how cover crops and proper grazing management can improve the carbon cycle and soil health. Jay Fuhrer, nationally-known soil health expert and District Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Bismarck, Nort

Columbus Police Traffic Enforcement Campaign


The Columbus Police Department has received a $5000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to conduct a special traffic enforcement campaign throughout the month of March.  The campaign will target impaired drivers, underage drinking and v

2015 Home Builders Show A Success



 

Farm Radio Connects with Farmers and Ranchers


PLATTE CITY, Missouri (March 3, 2015) - Farmers and ranchers continue to count on farm radio to keep them informed of current agriculture news and commodity markets. Research conducted by Ipsos Research for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting

FISCHER TO KEYNOTE NEBRASKA LEAD BANQUET MARCH 13


Lincoln, Neb --  U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska will be the keynote speaker at the annual Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program recognition banquet March 13. Fischer’s address will provide insight on leadership dev

Nebraska Among 9 States Economic Growth Ahead For


A new report says Nebraska is among 9 states that economic growth is ahead for.    The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January. The survey results from supply managers

Rural Recognition Banquet - March 18


One celebration held each year in honor of our Ag Producers is the Rural Recognition Banquet, which is March 17th.  The Banquet will be held at Ag Park, Columbus.  It is sponsored by the Agri-Business Committee of the Columbus Chamber of Commerc

29 year old York Man Killed In Interstate Accident


A 29 year old York man has been killed in an accident on Interstate 80.   The Nebraska State Patrol says the crash occurred around 1 p.m. Saturday on eastbound I-80 near the Bradshaw exit. The patrol says Robert Howard lost control of his car, whi

Soy Checkoff Positions U.S. Soy Industry as Global Leader


ST. LOUIS– When farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) wrote the organization’s current long-range strategic plan, they included their vision that U.S. soybeans will be the leader of the global oilseed industry. This summer, USB will

NMPF/USDEC Endorse Trade Promotion Authority Approval for Trade Agreements


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a P

Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban Lifted


Nebraska's gay marriage ban has been lifted, but will not take effect until March 9. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ordered the state to not enforce its ban. Last week, Bataillon heard arguments for and against a motion for an injunction to blo

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield Histo


WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Pri

New Bill To Encourage Tourists To Visit More Of The State


A bill offered to Members of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee would encourage tourists to visit more of the state. The bill would authorize the Nebraska Tourism Commission to install highway tourism markers for attractions the comm

Cedar Bluffs Look To Break Ground On New Vocational Center


Cedar Bluffs and the local school district is looking to break ground this spring on a new vocational center. Under an agreement with Southeast Community College, students could earn dual credit. Cedar Bluffs district Superintendent Harlan Ptomey says of

Walthill Man Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Punching Girlfriend


A Walthill man has been sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for punching his girlfriend in the head and face.    A jury found 52 year old Terry Harlan guilty of habitual domestic violence in November. Harlan is also ordered to complete thre

Hall County Highway Special Enforcement


A heavily traveled four-lane highway in Hall County will be the focus of a seven-month long special enforcement effort.   Between March 1 and September 30 troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Grand Island Police Departme

Judge Issues Stop On Seizure Of York County Land For Pipeline


A judge has issued a temporary order to stop TransCanada from seizing access to York County land to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada says it agreed to place the project on hold because of several pending lawsuits by landowners. Earlier this mo

New Bill To Try To Close Nebraska's Health Care Coverage Gap


Lawmakers want to close Nebraska's health care coverage gap with a new bill.    The bill would require the state to apply for a federal waiver to develop its own Medicaid plan. Residents who fall into the coverage gap would be pulled into th

3 People Killed 5 Injured in 2-Vehicle Collision


Three people have been killed and five others injured in a two-vehicle collision near Cozad Wednesday evening.   The driver of a westbound SUV lost control and went through a median and rolled into the eastbound lanes of I-80 striking another vehi

UNL STUDY CHARACTERIZES GENETIC RESISTANCE TO WHEAT DISEASE


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 26, 2015 -- A new study co-authored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has unearthed the genetic roots of resistance to a wheat disease that has recently devastated crop yields from southern Africa through the Middle East.

USDA Opens Public Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to h

Walmart Shoplifters Arrested In Norfolk


Two shoplifters have been apprehended at the Walmart in Norfolk. Yesterday afternoon police responded to a call of a male and female who had taken merchandise valued at less than $200. The suspects fled the scene and were later located. 38 year old Rober

New Bill Looks To Improve Self-Defense Laws In Nebraska


The Judiciary Committee in the legislature will hold a hearing on a bill which is said to makes an improvement to self-defense laws in Nebraska.   The bill would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing

I-80 Accident Results In 1 Fatality


A traffic accident near Interstate 80 has resulted in the death of a 57 year old Michigan man.   Last night at 6:00pm the Hall County Sheriff’s office responded to a semi and trailer accident East bound on the I-80 East bound exit ramp

NRD To Hold Public Hearing on New Groundwater Rules


The Lower Loup Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing on proposed modifications and additions to its Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the LLNRD office, 2620 Airport Drive, in Ord.  A copy of the

House Agriculture Committee Begins Full Review of the SNAP


Today the House Committee on Agriculture began a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Committee heard from University of Maryland welfare scholar Doug Besharov on the past, present, and future of the nation's

Survey Reveals Data Security and Transfer Concerns, Misunderstanding


A new survey on data security and usage identifies challenges for producers looking to use farm management data without compromising the security of their operation. A simple misunderstanding of user agreement terms can suggest a level of security that pr

GOV. RICKETTS COMMENTS ON NEBRASKA'S SUCCESS WITH SUPREME COURT RULING ON REPUBL


Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on Nebraska’s success with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding Republican River water usage. The Court has ordered Nebraska to pay $5.5 million to Kansas, significantly less than the $80 mi

Be Wary Of Door To Door Sales Scams


Attorney General Doug Peterson is urging residents to be wary of uninvited people coming to homes offering door to door sales scams. A current scheme involves the sale and installation of lightning rod systems. Local authorities investigating the scams h

Fremont Teen Set To Be Arraigned In Shooting Death of Roomate


An 18 year old Fremont man is scheduled to be arraigned in the shooting death of his roommate.    Andrew Marty is charged with manslaughter, use of a firearm to commit a felony and other crimes. Officers responded to an apartment on January 25 a

Midwest Medical Transport Has Been Bought Out


An Omaha-based private equity firm has bought a company that serves several communities with ground and aerial ambulances and wheelchair vans. Panorama Point Partners has acquired all of Midwest Medical Transport. Kim and Jill Wolfe founded the company i

Lutheran High School A Possibility in Columbus


Columbus is asking residents if they are interested in a Lutheran High School.   An interest meeting will be held March 22 at 4:00pm at the Peace Lutheran Church to discuss the idea of having a Lutheran High School in Columbus. The first step will

Nebraska Farm Bureau Seeks Extension for Farm Bill Sign-Up


LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The new farm

"Take a Second for Safety" is the Message During Grain Bin Safety Week


LINCOLN, NEB – With on-farm grain storage on the rise—and a record number of grain engulfment deaths across the nation last year—agricultural leaders in Nebraska are placing special emphasis on grain handling safety during Grain Bin Safe

$380,000 awarded for Beginning Farmer/Rancher Trainings


Lyons, NE - Recently, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) announced more than $18 million in Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the n

NCTA hosts District 11 FFA contest


Curtis, Neb. – FFA members representing 12 southwestern Nebraska high schools recently tested individual and team skills in the District 11 Career Development Skills Events at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Two hundred and fifty stu

Chairman Roberts Holds First Senate Ag Hearing


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held the first hearing of his chairmanship and breaking with tradition, first heard the concerns of farmers and ranchers on

Thune Statement on Agreement to End West Coast Ports Dispute


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement to end a West Coast ports labor dispute that has unnecessarily disrupted commerce

Study Quantifies Positive Impacts of U.S. Ethanol Production


The ethanol industry added $52.7 billion to the national GDP in 2014 according to a study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at this year's National Ethanol Conference. "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the Un

Sasse Releases Video "U.S.-Iran Talks: The Real Story"


Lincoln, NE— U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the video “U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks: The Real Story,” outlining his concerns with the dangerous path the Administration is taking toward a nuclear agreement with Iran. Video of the Senator&rsqu

Wisconsin Dairy Grade A Permit Suspended One Month


MADISON, Wisconsin – The owners of a Pepin County dairy, Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, have agreed to penalties stemming from a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened 32 Durand High School students and coaches in September 2014, said food saf

More than 75 agribusiness, commodity, state government leaders to visit Cuba


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) announced today it will lead more than 75 leaders from across the U.S. agriculture industry on a learning journey to Cuba. The visit will take place March 1-4, 2015. “As we continue

Amid Labor Dispute, Congressional Leaders Urge President Obama to Keep Ports Ope


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Chairman Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), S

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE HABITAT CONSERVATION


LINCOLN – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing eligible landowners technical and financial assistance to install wildlife habitat conservation practices on their farm or ranch. Interested landowners have until March 20, 2015,

Center urges a Return to Balanced Taxes in Nebraska


The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee is hearing public testimony on LB 280 and LB 357 - two legislative proposals to make major changes to Nebraska’s tax system.   For years, the Center for Rural Affairs has called for a balance

Study finds invasive weed's resistance to well-known herbicide stems from increa


MANHATTAN — A recent study by a Kansas State University weed scientist finds why the invasive weed kochia is like a cockroach of the plant world. Mithila Jugulam, assistant professor of agronomy, led a study that looked at how kochia — invasi

Five Nebraska School Districts Receive $120,000 to Replace Old Diesel Buses with


(Lenexa, Kan.) - Five rural Nebraska school districts will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $120,000 in rebates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The school districts will receive rebates through

Nebraska Dairy Convention Slated for March 10


LINCOLN, Neb.  – Information about the growth of dairy in Nebraska, transitioning the farm to the next generation and the 100th anniversary of National Dairy Council will headline the 2015 Nebraska Dairy Convention on Tuesday, March 10, at the

Norfolk Man Arrested


Sunday afternoon the Norfolk Police were dispatched to the 500 block of  W. Elm Street for a physical disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and could hear a female screaming from an apartment and a male saying she would die.  Officers arreste

Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production


MANHATTAN — A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

NPPA Regional Meetings Feature Dr. Larry Coleman


Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) President Scott Spilker announced this week that Dr. Larry Coleman will be the featured speaker at the Association’s three Regional Producers Meetings. Supporting NPPA are the Gold and Silver Allied Industr

York High School Bomb Threat Under Investigation


York Police and the Nebraska State Patrol are currently investigating a bomb threat at York High School.   York Police Chief Don Klug says a posting over social media last evening was reported to the police department that was interpreted as a pos

Speeding Stop leads to Marijuana Seizure


(Utica, Neb.)-  A traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 in Seward County led to the seizure of 50 lbs. of marijuana and one arrest. Just after 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 16, a trooper stopped a 2015 Hyundai Elantra for speeding eastbound on

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council joins Soy Transportation Coalition


Ankeny, Iowa— The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council as a member organization. Missouri becomes the 13th state soybean board to join the STC. The thirteen member state

DOMINA TO DISCUSS 'AGRICULTURE'S CHANGING FACE' FRIDAY AT UNL


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 17, 2015 -- David A. Domina, trial lawyer at Domina Law Group in Omaha, will present "Consolidation, Merger, Market Domination and Agriculture's Changing Face" at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Hardin Hall auditorium, 33rd and Hol

USFRA Announces Nine New affiliates


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 17, 2015) – The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA), a consumer-facing organization dedicated to leading the national conversation about how food is grown and raised, has grown to more than 80 organizations wi

USDA Secretary to Keynote Commodity Classic


ST. LOUIS (February 17, 2015) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will make his sixth visit to Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote addre

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine Have Big Impact On Economy


A new study has shown UNMC and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, have a combined $4.2 billion annual impact on Nebraska’s economy. UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says the study shows that the Med Center not only contributes to the stat

Web Sites to help with Farm Bill Decisions


Farmers will be wrapping up their Farm Bill program decisions over the next few weeks.  To help provide information that would be useful with this process, I’d like to highlight a few web sites that would provide excellent information about the

ASI Supports Veterinary Loan Repayment Program


The American Sheep Industry Association joined other organizations urging Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRP). This legislation maximizes every dollar Congress appropriates for veterinary loan repayment

Textile Organization Applauds USTR for Confronting China on Illegal Export Subsi


This week the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) issued a press release applauding U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman's decision to pursue dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China at the World Trade

NCBA Applauds House Efforts to make Permanent Section 179 of Tax Code


On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015.  This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) will make permanent the $500,000 expensing levels for small businesses under Sect

NMPF President Thanks Wisconsin Congressional Leaders for Focusing on Expanded D


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN – The President of the National Milk Producers Federation, in remarks delivered at a dairy cooperative convention here in western Wisconsin, singled out three of the state’s members of Congress for their leadership efforts

House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers' Capital Pu


ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases

Cattle Market Shrugs Off BSE Finding in Canada


Dow Jones reported this morning that the cattle futures are for now shrugging off Canada's first case of BSE since 2011, saying its an isolated case and the meat industry and regulators have gotten better at containing suche diseases in recent years.&

Port Disruptions Causing Challenges for South Dakota Ag Producers and Retailers


A reliable and efficient supply chain is critical to our nation’s global competitiveness. Our ports are a vital link in that chain, but unfortunately, some of the biggest challenges at our ports are self-imposed and are having major repercussio

NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015


WASHINGTON– National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson praised Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on today’s introduction

Landowners Request for Temporary Injunction Granted Against TransCanada


O’NEILL, Neb. – Today Nebraska State District Court Judge Mark Kozisek issued a Temporary Injunction in a landowner lawsuit against TransCanada. The Order halts condemnation cases along the proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline XL route in northern Nebraska.

 The Order followed a hearing in District Court at O'Neill NE, at which, for the first time in Nebraska, the

Norfolk Dog Rescue Group Recieving Donations For Injured Pit Bull


A Norfolk dog rescue group says it's received donations as far away as Australia in treating a pit bull left to die with multiple gunshot wounds.   Furbaby Rescue says Grace the pit bull was found southeast of Stanton and was shot three times.

Counties May Receive Grants For Livestock Development Under New Bill


Counties could receive grants for livestock development projects under a bill heard by the Agriculture Committee. The bill would authorize the state Department of Agriculture to award grants to counties designated as livestock friendly. Grants could be a

State Energy Office May Adopt Integrated State Energy Plan Under New Bill


A new bill has been introduced that would require the state Energy Office to adopt an integrated state energy plan. Senator Ken Schilz says the increase in available forms of renewable energy necessitates a comprehensive plan for the state. The goal of t

4 UNL Students Appear In Court


Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity members accused in the alcohol death of another member have appeared in court. 22-year-old Vance Heyer, 22-year-old Cory Foland, 19-year-old Thomas Trueblood and 22-year-old Ross Reynolds appeared in court W

House Agriculture Committee reviews 2015 agenda for the Commodity Futures Tradin


Today, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review the futures, options, and swaps markets that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) oversees.  Chairman K. Michael Conaway urged CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad to make sure the

NCBA to Host Bull Selection Webinar


DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced the next in its continuing series of educational webinars. The upcoming session, scheduled for Feb. 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MST, focuses on understanding bull selection tools

St. Louis Fed Quarterly Ag Survey: Farm Income Continues To Decline in Midwest a


ST. LOUIS ― Eighth District agricultural bankers reported a continued decline in farm income during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous year, according to latest Agricultural Finance Monitor published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. L

New Bill To Revoke Motorcycle Helmet Law


Motorcyclists in Nebraska would no longer have to wear helmets under a new bill.   The bill would repeal the law that requires a motorcycle or moped operator or passenger to wear a helmet. Violation of the law is an infraction punishable by a $50 f

2 Area Schools To Recieve New Buses


Two local schools will be receiving new school buses from the EPA.   The 2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program Recipients included High Plains Community Schools and Wahoo Public Schools. The EPA announced more than $3 million in rebates to re

Group Fights to Stop Chinese-Controlled Industrial Hog Farms in Nebraska


Billings, Mont. - In a letter hand-delivered yesterday to Nebraska Unicameral Legislature's Agriculture Committee, R-CALF USA urged the rejection of Nebraska Legislative Bill 176 (LB 176). Introduced by Nebraska Senator Ken Schilz, LB 176 would amend

Nebraska Senator Opens Door to Chinese Meat Racket


Senator Ken Schilz is introducing two bills before the Nebraska Ag Committee this week that could turn the State of Nebraska into a massive industrial Chinese hog factory.  Working hand-in-hand with Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods, the largest pork co

Federation of State Beef Councils Takes Action at 2015 Annual Meeting


DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - Jennifer Houston, a livestock market operator from Sweetwater, Tenn., was elected chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Elec

5 Horses Rescued From Boone County Owner


Authorities have rescued five starving horses from their owner in Boone County.   Members of the Nebraska Humane Society equine team took the horses away for veterinary care, food, training and eventual adoption. The owner surrendered the horses. T

3 Injured In Monastery Road Car Accident


Authorities continue to investigate an accident that injured three Saturday night. 29 year old Alex Beiermann and 29 year old Adam Hollinrake were stopped southbound on Monastery Road pulling a vehicle out of the ditch. The Nebraska State Patrol says Bei

Criminal Mischief At Behlen Manufacturing


The Platte County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in finding who is responsible for criminal mischief to vehicles in the Behlen Manufacturing parking lot.   Over the last several months, nails have been placed just off of and along

Protective Order Stops EPA From Releasing Data


WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2015 – A U.S. District Court judge Friday issued a protective order against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stopping it from disclosing to radical environmental and animal-rights groups information on farmers, pe

Millennials Drive A New Set of Animal Welfare Expectations


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 10, 2015) – A recent panel discussion on animal welfare touched on many topics, yet one recurring theme left a lasting imprint on its participants. While the discussion focused on animal care and food safety concerns for

Ag Champions contest announced for Nebraska FFA chapters


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Championing for a cause is as important to Olympian Curt Tomasevicz as preparing for a bobsled race.  But this cause is agriculture. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska FFA, with the help of Curt Tomasevicz, spokesm

WIC Sites To Help Children's Mouth Health


There are now four WIC sites to help with the mouth health of children in Butler, Polk, Seward, and York counties. Children and families in the Four Corners district will be given a screening and tips for good habits that will lead to fewer oral health p

NECC Student Recognized For Work In Theatrical Production


A Northeast Community College student is recognized for his work on a College theatrical production at a regional theatre festival.   Tanner Schwedhelm, of Winside, received a Commendation for Achievement in Sound Design at the Region 5 Kennedy Cen

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Honor Members


The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry honored local chambers of commerce from across the state during their annual meeting.   More than 550 State Chamber members attended the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame banquet, which featured the 2014 S

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional staff selections. “I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agr

Outstanding Students Awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarship


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administ

NCBA Effort Places Renewed Focus on Young Beef Leaders


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS- A new program from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is placing renewed focus on this country’s young beef producers. The NCBA Young Beef Leader (YBL) program, which involves state affiliates from across the country

Call for 2015 ASI Council and Committee Members


The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is accepting nominations for members to its councils and committees for the upcoming year. Council and committee members are instrumental in working for sheep producers by recommending and implementing policy

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials with t


[STAMFORD, UK] – Global animal nutrition leader Alltech has acquired The E-CO2 Project Limited (E-CO2) – a leading provider of on-farm environmental assessments and programmes – to strengthen its service offering to livestock producers

 

 

 

 

All Six Local HS Soccer Teams in Action Thursday


In high school soccer Thursday, the Columbus High boys defeated Norfolk 4-3 in a shootout.  The win at Wilderness Park has the Disccoverers 3-0 on the year.  The Columbus girls moved to 2-1 with a 3-1 victory over the Panthers.  The Lakevi

CHS Boys Golf Team Opens Season


The Columbus High golf team opened its season Thursday by placing fifth in a Lincoln tournament.  The Discoverers shot 366 as a team, 42 strokes behind tourney-winner Papillion-La Vista South.  The Columbus golfers will play in their second to

Huskers, 'Horns Hook Up for 1st Time Since 2011


The Nebraska baseball team hosts the 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns this weekend.  It’s the first meeting between the old rivals since 2011, when both played in the Big 12.  NU is 18-7, 3-0 in the Big Ten, while Texas is 17-8 and has a 5-1 B

CU Series Lid-lifter vs. Hatters on Tap Friday Night


The Creighton baseball team begins a three-game set against the Stetson Hatters Friday night at TD Ameritrade Park.  First pitch Friday is at 6:30 p.m.  The Bluejays are 12-7 and carry a four-game winning streak into the weekend. &nbs

Miles to Coach in All-Star Game


Tim Miles has been selected to coach in a college All-Star game.  The Nebraska coach joined Jim Crews of St. Louis University as coaches for the 2015 Reese’s College All-Star Game, which will be played in conjunction with the Final Four next F

Gregory Admits to Testing Positive for Pot


Defensive end Randy Gregory says he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year.  Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday.

Huskers' Win Streak Halted by Titans


After winning eleven straight baseball games – all at Haymarket Park – the Huskers finally lost Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Cal State Fullerton.  NU, now 18-7, continues its 16-game homestand Friday night, when the Huskers

NU Softball Team Sweeps DH at Iowa


The Nebraska softball team swept a doubleheader from the Hawkeyes in Iowa City Wednesday.  The Huskers took the first game 12-2 and cruised to a 16-7 victory in the nightcap.  NU improved to 17-12 on the year and 5-0 in the Big Ten.  The

Creighton Survives Air Force in 14 Innings


It took 14 innings and four-hours-22 minutes, but Creighton outlasted Air Force 4-3 last night.  The Bluejays had apparently won by that score in the 11th at TD Ameritrade Park, when Landon Lucansky hit a line drive into left field with two outs and

Huskers Top Titans for First Time Ever


The Nebraska baseball team extended its winning streak to 11 games Tuesday night.  The Huskers defeated Cal State Fullerton 7-2.  It was NU’s first-ever win over the perennial college baseball power, as the Titans had won the first e

Scotus Downs Lakeview in Boys/Girls Soccer


The Scotus boys and girls soccer teams both posted wins over Lakeview Tuesday at Wilderness Park.  The Shamrocks boys cruised to an 8-1 victory.  Scotus improved to 2-1, while the Vikings fell to 1-3.  In the girls game, Scotus won 5

Both Scotus Track Teams Win Lincoln Meet


The Scotus boys and girls track and field teams were both champions at yesterday’s Wesleyan Indoor Invitational in Lincoln.  The Shamrocks boys took first place by scoring 143 points, 42 points better than second place Waverly.  The 90 po

Discoverers Doubleheader Done in by Rain


Columbus High postponed its baseball doubleheader with Omaha Skutt, which had been scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, due to the wet weather.  The two teams will now play a single game this Friday at Pawnee Park, with a 5 o’clock first pitch.

NU Softball Twinbill at Iowa Washed Out


Nebraska’s softball team was going to put a six-game winning streak on the line Tuesday with a doubleheader at Iowa.  But, it was rained out.  The two teams will now meet in a twinbill Wednesday and the Huskers game scheduled fo

Bluejays Battle vs. Air Force Shot Down by Rain


Tuesday night's baseball game between Creighton and Air Force at TD Ameritrade Park has been cancelled due to rain.   The contest will not be made up.  Instead the two teams will play the regularly scheduled game on Wedn

Husker Baseball Team Takes On Titans Tuesday


The Nebraska baseball team will be seeking its eleventh straight win Tuesday night.  The Huskers host perennial college baseball power Cal State Fullerton in the opener of a two-game series at Haymarket Park.  The game will be broadcast on New

NU Gymnastics Earns Number-2 Seed


The ninth-ranked Nebraska women’s gymnastics team has earned the number-two seed in the Ames Regional, which will be hosted by Iowa State on Saturday, April 4th.  That regional will also feature top-seeded LSU.  The Tigers are ranked numb

Pierson-El Hauls In Jet Award


De’Mornay Pierson-El is one of three college special teams standouts in the nation who will be honored next month in Omaha.  The Husker punt return star has been selected as the 2014 Jet Award Most Valuable Punter Returner.  Pierson-El jo

Husker Freshman Earns Weekly Honor


Nebraska softball player Laura Barrow was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday.  Barrow went 3-for-6 to help the Huskers to a three-game sweep of Michigan State over the weekend.  She scored six runs in three games, helping NU set a

Huskers Baseball Winning Streak Up to Ten


The Nebraska baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Michigan Sunday with a 6-3 win.  The Huskers are now 17-6 on the year after sweeping their first Big Ten series.  NU has won ten straight games for its longest winning streak since 2008

Bluejays Baseball Squad Beats Stony Brook


After having their first two games wiped out by snow Creighton’s baseball team finally played Stony Brook in New York Sunday. The Bluejays won 8-3 for their third straight victory.  CU, now 11-7 on the season, open a five-game homestand T

CCC Softball Team Plays Two Today


In college softball, Central Community College will host the Hastings College JV in a doubleheader today.  The Raiders are 5-7 on the year entering today’s action.  Yesterday in Lincoln, the Huskers completed a three-game sweep of Michiga

Huskers Open Big Ten Baseball Season


The Nebraska baseball team opens Big Ten play Friday evening. 

The Huskers will try to stretch their winning streak to eight straight when they welcome Michigan to Haymarket Park at 6:35 p.m.  It’s the opener of a three-game series. 

Saturday's game can be heard on News Talk 900 KJSK, with a 2:05 p.m. first pitch.  The pre-game show begins at 1:30.
 

Big Red Battles Orange In Big Dance


Nebraska takes on Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday night.  It will be the first meeting in history between the Big Red and the Orange.  Tipoff tonight is at 6:30 p.m.  The game will be aire

CU Women's Hoops Season Ends


The Creighton women are done with basketball this season.  The Bluejays lost at South Dakota 68-58 in Thursday night’s opening round of the WNIT Tournament.  CU ended the season with a 17-14 record.   

NU Softball Going to the Dogs


The Nebraska softball team opens its conference schedule this weekend.  The Huskers host Michigan State for a three-game set beginning with a 5:30 game Friday evening at Bowlin Stadium.  For Saturday's 1 o’clock contest, fa

Raiders Softball Swept by Iowa Western


Central Community College’s softball team dropped a pair of games at home yesterday.  The Raiders were beaten by Iowa Western 9-2 in the first contest and 19-0 in five innings in the nightcap.  Central, now 5-7, will host Dakota Wesleyan

Three CHS Basketball Players Earn All-GNAC Honors


Three Columbus High basketball players have been selected as All-Conference by the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference.  Senior Nathan Sliva of the boys’ team joined junior Elli McMeekin and senior Shaylynn Meyer of the girls' squad in ear

Spring Sports Are in the Air


The spring sports season gets underway Thursday for two local high school teams.  Columbus High’s baseball team opens its season by hosting Norfolk at Pawnee Park.  The Lakeview boys’ soccer squad plays its season opener by we

Riley Looking for More Accuracy From NU QB's


Following Wednesday's two-hour-plus practice, Nebraska football coach Mike Riley said that he and his staff will spend next week’s spring break studying practice video and paring back the number of plays they’ll work on the rest of th

Spring Game Ticket Sales Heating Up


NU has sold over 51,000 tickets so far for the April 11th spring football game.  Athletic department spokesman Keith Mann said Wednesday that all sections of Memorial Stadium will be open for seating at the game.  The Nebraska record for

Huskers Shade Sycamores Again


The Huskers baseball team hung onto a one-run lead for the second straight day, as they completed a two-game sweep of Indiana State Wednesday with a 3-2 victory.  NU has won seven straight home games to improve to 14-6.  The Huskers continue t

Hiebner Resigns as Boys Basketball Coach at CHS


Columbus High School is searching for a new boys’ basketball coach, following the resignation of Dave Hiebner. The school’s Athletic Director, Mark Brown, said Hiebner informed him of his decision to resign about two weeks ago.  In thre

Huskers Trim Sycamores 4-3


Nebraska’s baseball team held on for a 4-3 win over Indiana State Tuesday at Haymarket Park.  The Sycamores had the tying run on base in the top of the ninth, but Josh Roeder closed out the Huskers’ sixth consecutive victory with a

Bluejays Baseball Team Posts Win


Two RBIs from Creighton’s Kevin Connolly and a dominant final six innings from the Bluejays bullpen led CU to a 4-2 win over South Dakota State Tuesday night.  With the win at TD Ameritrade Park, CU moved to 10-7 on the season.  Creighto

Central Softball Earns Doubleheader Split


The Central Community College softball team split a doubleheader with the Concordia JV Tuesday at Gerrard Park.  The Bulldogs took the opener 6-5, but the Raiders won 10-5 in the nightcap.  Central, now 5-5 on the year, will host Iowa Western

NU Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class


Alex Gordon, Dave Rimmington and Eric Piatkowski are among 22 ex-Huskers in the inaugural class of the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.  The class will be enshrined during the Huskers’ season-opening football weekend in September

NU Women Earn 4th Straight Bid to Big Dance


For the first time in school history, Nebraska has earned in its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.  The Huskers are traveling to Columbia, South Carolina, after being selected last night as a number-9 seed.  N

Creighton Picked for Women's NIT


The Creighton women’s basketball team earned a postseason berth for the eighth straight season, as the Bluejays made the Women’s NIT field. CU will travel to South Dakota to play the Coyotes this Thursday.  Creighton was 17-13 on the yea

Redshirt Freshman CB Impressing Banker


The Nebraska football team completed its sixth spring practice yesterday.  With temps close to 90 degrees, the Huskers practiced outside in Lincoln.  NU defensive coordinator Mark Banker said the new Blackshirt defense has been almost fully ins

Huskers Host Sycamores Today on KJSK


In college baseball, Nebraska welcomes Indiana State to Haymarket Park for the opener of a two-game set this afternoon.  Today’s meeting will be the first ever between the two teams, and the Huskers will look to extend their five-game winning

Big Dance Coming to CenturyLink Center


Wisconsin, Kansas and Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks are among eight teams coming to Omaha this week for the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Games will be played Friday and Sunday at the CenturyLink Center.  In the Midwe

NU Sets New Non-Conference Attendance Mark


The Nebraska baseball team polished off a three-game sweep of Florida Gulf Coast Sunday with a 3-2 victory.  The Huskers improved to 12-6 on the season and 5-0 at home.  NU fans posted a new non-conference series attendance mark at Haymarket P

Creighton Baseball Wins Weekend Series


The Creighton baseball team downed Utah Valley 11-3 yesterday at TD Ameritrade Park.  The Bluejays took three of four contests from the Wolverines over the weekend to improve to 9-7 on the year.  CU will be back in action tomorrow evening, hos

Scotus Drops State Title Game to Winnebago


Scotus fell to Winnebago 66-51 in Saturday’s Class C1 championship game at the boys’ state basketball tourney in Lincoln.  The number-two seed Indians jumped out to a 38-24 lead over the fourth-seeded Shamrocks at halftime.  Scotus

High Plains Storms Back to Win 1st State Hoops Crown


High Plains rallied for a 64-61 win over Humphrey St. Francis in Saturday’s Class D1 championship game at the boys’ state basketball tournament.   St. Francis led 35-26 at halftime and it was still a seven-point advantage for the Flyers

Scotus Avenges Loss, Makes Final


Scotus earned a measure of revenge in the Class C1 boys’ state basketball semifinals on Friday.  The Shamrocks won 51-42 over top-seeded Bishop Neumann, the team that downed Scotus in last week’s district final.  Dalton Taylor score

High Plains Storms Into Title Tilt


High Plains beat Heartland 55-47 in the D1 boys’ state basketball semifinal Friday at the Devaney Sports Center.  Thomas Young scored 17 points and Cale Harless added 15 for the Storm.  High Plains, now 25-2, will take on Humphrey St. Fr

Flyers Punch Ticket to Championship Game


Humphrey St. Francis has advanced to Saturday’s Class D1 Championship Game in the Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln.  The fifth-seeded Flyers defeated top-seeded BDS 55-47 Friday morning at the Devaney Sports Center in a sem

Wahoo Website Apologizes For Firewater Comment


The owner of a sports website has apologized after one of its commentators used the term “firewater” in describing how Winnebago basketball fans would celebrate their win yesterday.  WahooSportsOnline.com co-owner Bryce Cook said the com

CU Hoops Season Over


Creighton’s basketball season ended last night with a 60-55 loss to Georgetown in the Big East tourney quarterfinals.  The Bluejays finish the year at 14-19. 

New NU Hire to Oversee Walk-On Program


The Huskers football team has hired Chris Brasfield to oversee its walk-on program.  Coach Mike Riley announced that Brasfield, as the director of high school relations, will serve as NU’s primary contact for high school coaches.  Brasfie

Huskers Host Fla Gulf Coast on KJSK


The Nebraska baseball team opens a three-game home series with Florida Gulf Coast Friday afternoon.  The Huskers take a 9-6 record into today’s game, which will be the first meeting ever between the two teams.  The series will be aired o

Bluejays Open Series at TD Ameritrade


Creighton opens a four-game weekend series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha tonight.  Utah Valley will visit Omaha.  The Bluejays are 6-6 on the year.  First pitch tonight is at 6:30 p.m.  

Flyers, Storm Both Make D1 Semifinals


Humphrey St. Francis and High Plains both made today’s semifinals in Class D1.  The Flyers used a 24-6 run in the second half to defeat Clearwater/Orchard 62-53.  Damien Baumgart scored 19 of his 21 points for St. Francis following halfti

Scotus Earns Another Shot at Bishop Neumann


Scotus has earned a rematch with Bishop Neumann, the team that beat the Shamrocks in the boys basketball district final.  Grant Lahm scored 21 points and Dalton Taylor added 16 on Thursday, as fourth-seed Scotus held off number-five seed Falls City

Aquinas Ousted in 1st Round of Boys Hoops Tourney


In their first State Basketball Tournament appearance since 2006, when the Aquinas Monarchs were Class C1 state champs, they lost their C2 first-round game to Freeman 47-41 on Thursday.  The second-seeded Falcons used a 10-0 run to end the third per

Scotus Hopes to Fell Falls City at State


Scotus meets Falls City in today’s first round of the Boys Basketball State Championships in Lincoln.  The fourth-seeded Shamrocks are 20-5 on the year, while the number-five seed Tigers are 22-3.  Tipoff at the Devaney Sports Center is a

Huskers Season Ends in Loss to Penn State


The Huskers basketball season ended yesterday in a 68-65 loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Nebraska cut a 16-point deficit to one point in the second half, but Shavon Shields missed a 3 for the Huskers at the buzzer

Bluejays Beat Blue Demons in Big East Tourney


Creighton downed DePaul 78-63 last night in the first round of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The Bluejays, now 14-18, will play second-seeded Georgetown in this evening’s quarterfinals.  Tipoff from Madison Square Gard

NU Football Team Holds First Practice in Pads


The Nebraska football team practiced outside yesterday, with the Huskers in full pads for the first time this spring.  Coach Mike Riley said the pads allowed the team to do its inside run period.  He added that the intensity at practice has bee

Headley Has 2 More Triples In Husker Victory


For the second straight game, Blake Headley roped a pair of triples, helping Nebraska to a 9-2 win over Northern Colorado.  Yesterday’s win hiked the Huskers record to 9-6.  Headley went 3-for-5 on the day and was 5-for-10 in the two-gam

Creighton Baseball Wins at K-State


Behind 13 hits, Creighton evened its baseball record at 6-6 yesterday with a 6-3 victory at Kansas State.  The Bluejays will be back in action tomorrow, as they open a four-game series against Utah Valley at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

NU Softball Wins Home Opener


The Nebraska softball team used a nine-run fifth inning to roll over Omaha 10-1 in the Huskers’ home opener yesterday.  The run-rule win in five innings improved NU’s record to 9-11 and was their 10th consecutive home-opening victory. &n

Huskers, Penn St. Open Big Ten Tournament


The Nebraska men’s basketball team hopes to keep its season alive, as the Huskers face Penn State this afternoon in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Tipoff is set for 3:30 and you can hear the game on News Talk 900 KJSK.  The p

Creighton Opens Big East Tourney Action


Creighton meets DePaul tonight in the first round of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Tipoff at Madison Square Garden is slated for 8:30 Central.  The winner between the tenth-seeded Bluejays and number-7 seed Blue Demons will

Boys State Basketball Tournament Tips Off Thursday


The high school boys’ state basketball tournament gets underway tomorrow in Lincoln.  Scotus takes on Falls City in a Class C1 first-round game.  Tipoff is at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and the game will be aired on KLIR 101.  Two games wil

NU Wins 37th Straight Baseball Home Opener


The Nebraska baseball team won its 37th straight home opener yesterday.  The Huskers downed Northern Colorado 9-3 at Haymarket Park.  Senior Blake Headley had a pair of triples for Nebraska, which moved to 8-6 on the season. The Huskers and Be

Bluejays Lose at K-State


After being no-hit on Sunday, Creighton’s bats came alive for five runs yesterday, but the Bluejays lost 10-5 at Kansas State.  Reagan Fowler, the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, led the Jays with three hits and two RBIs in the loss.&nb

NU Softball's Home Opener On Tap Today


The Nebraska softball team plays its home opener today.  The Huskers will face UNO at 5 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.  Nebraska has won ten straight home games since losing to the Mavericks last April.  The Huskers have also won nine consecutiv

CU Softball Team Extends Win Streak to 5


Creighton’s softball team won both of its games yesterday, on day three of the Rebel Spring Games in Florida.  The Bluejays pounded St. Peter’s 9-2 and defeated Fairfield 4-1.  CU has won five straight games to hike its record to 9

Petteway Makes Third-Team All-Big Ten


Terran Petteway was honored last night, as he was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.  The 6-foot-6 junior guard leads the Huskers and ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.8 points per game.  Petteway was

Huskers, Nittany Lions Open Big Ten Hoops Tourney


Nebraska will play in the first game of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament, starting tomorrow at The United Center in Chicago. The 12th-seeded Huskers face number-13 seed Penn State.  Tipoff is slated for 3:30, with the pre-game beginnin

Nebraska Banking on a 4-3 Defense


Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator Mark Banker told reporters following the Huskers’ second spring practice yesterday that the installation of his defense is going pretty smoothly so far.  He added the team is working more on fundament

Huskers Home Opener at Haymarket Park Today


Following 13 straight games on the road to open the season, Nebraska’s baseball team will play its first home game this afternoon.  Northern Colorado will be the opponent in a two-game series today and tomorrow, with the first pitch at 1:35 bo

American Legion Reds Look to Hire a Coach


The Columbus American Legion Reds baseball team needs a coach.  The Legion baseball season begins in May and ends in July.  Candidates for the paid coaching position must pass a Legion background check and provide a coaching resume.  If i

NU Upset Bid Falls Short, Big Ten Tourney Looms


Shavon Shields’ 3-point attempt in the final seconds was just off the mark and Nebraska’s bid to upset number-10 Maryland fell short in a 64-61 loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena last night.  The Huskers finish the regular season at 13-17, 5-13

Nebraska Football's Spring Practice Gets Going


Mike Riley’s first Nebraska football team returns to the practice field for its second workout today. Spring practice opened Saturday, when the Huskers practiced outside, split into two groups with each practicing for about an hour-and-45-minutes.&

Sweet Deal For Suh


ESPN reports Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Dolphins tomorrow, when the league’s new year officially begins.  It’s reportedly a potential $114-million payday for the former Husker star defender, with $60 million of that total guarantee

Huskers Tamed By Tigers


In college baseball, Nebraska fell to number-7 LSU 4-2 Sunday at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.  Also at the Houston College Classic this weekend, the Huskers beat Hawaii 4-3 Saturday, after losing 2-1 to Texas A&M on Friday.  NU, now 7

Bluejays No-Hit By Gophers


Three Minnesota pitchers combined on a no-hitter yesterday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, as the Gophers completed a two-game sweep of Creighton with a 9-0 win.  The Bluejays, who lost to Minnesota 8-6 in 12 innings Saturday night, fell to 5-5 on the

CU Women's Hoops Season Ends


The Creighton women’s basketball season ended yesterday in a 57-54 loss to number-4 St. John’s in the quarterfinal round of the Big East tournament.  The Jays wound up the regular season at 17-13.

Howells-Dodge Girls Lose in D1 State Semifinal


The Howells-Dodge girls’ basketball team lost to Dundy County-Stratton 58-48 in today’s semifinals of the Class D1 State Basketball Tournament.     Sam Brester led the Jaguars with 24 points in the loss at Lincoln’s Devane

Howells-Dodge Girls Defeated in D1 State Semifinal


The Howells-Dodge girls’ basketball team lost to Dundy County-Stratton 58-48 in today’s semifinals of the Class D1 State Basketball Tournament.     Sam Brester led the Jaguars with 24 points in the loss at Lincoln’s Devane

Creighton Baseball Plays Home Opener Saturday


The Creighton baseball team opens its home schedule Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. contest against Minnesota.  The two clubs will wrap up the series at TD Ameritrade Park with a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Husker Baseball Hits Houston


In college baseball, the Huskers visit Texas for the Houston College Classic this weekend.  Nebraska is facing Texas A&M this afternoon. Tomorrow’s game against Hawaii will be aired on News Talk 900 KJSK, with the pre-game starting at 11:

Husker Football Players Work Out for NFL Scouts


Nebraska football players worked out in front of more than two dozen NFL teams yesterday as the Huskers hosted their Pro Day in Lincoln.  More than 30 NFL scouts and assistant coaches representing 26 NFL teams watched the workouts.  The players

Romeo Ties School Record in NU Women's Tourney Win


Nebraska freshman Natalie Romeo tied a school record with seven 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 26 points to lead the Huskers to an 86-71 win over Illinois.  The NU win in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament puts 7th-seeded Nebraska in

Fullerton Girls Fall in First Round of State


Fullerton lost to Blue Hill 61-46 in yesterday’s first round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Class D1.  Macy Peregrine scored 14 points to lead the Warriors, while Halle Plumbtree added ten points.  Fullerton, which finished

Class D-1 1st Round Recap From State Tournament


The season ended for the Humphrey St. Francis girls’ basketball team in heart-breaking fashion today.  The Flyers suffered a 59-58 loss in overtime to Dundy County Stratton in the first round of the D1 state basketball tournament.  St. Fra

More Homeruns Result From New Baseball In College Ranks


The new flat-seam ball in college baseball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting more home runs so far this season.  The NCAA announced yesterday that teams are hitting a home run about every other game.  Through the 2014 season&rsqu

Armstrong On New Offense


Tommy Armstrong Junior remains Nebraska’s number-one quarterback heading into coach Mike Riley’s first spring practice at NU.  But, the offense will look much different as Riley begins installing a pro-style system when practice begins Sa

Nebraska Loses 7th Straight After Falling At Illinois


Nebraska lost its seventh straight men’s basketball game last night, falling at Illinois 69-57.  The Huskers dropped to 13-16 on the season, 5-12 in the Big Ten and were winless in nine league road contests.  NU hosts number-10 Maryland S

Humphrey St. Francis Girls Fall In State Tournament


The season ended for the Humphrey St. Francis girls’ basketball team in heart-breaking fashion today. The Flyers suffered a 59-58 loss in overtime to Dundy County Stratton in the first round of the D1 state basketball tournament.  Morgan Bender

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines


WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net program

Platte farmer wins $2,500 for Humphrey Public Schools FFA through America's Farm


The Humphrey Public Schools FFA will recieve a donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communites this Saturday during the chapter steak fry and silent auction fundraiser at the Humphrey Community Center. Mrs. Lori Classen of Platte County, NE has b

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort


WASHINGTON, DC — Ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together today to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development

Thune Death Tax Repeal Budget Amendment Passes Senate


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) praised the Senate’s adoption of his amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution to create a deficit neutral reserve fund to eliminate the death tax by issuing the following statement: &

March 31 Deadline for Farm Bill Approaching; Extension Available in FSA Offices


With less than one week until the sign-up deadline, 77 percent of farmers have made their election into the farm bill risk management program, according to USDA Farm Services Agency officials testifying today at a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommi

Nebraska USDA Rural Development Launches New Website


Lincoln – USDA Rural Development has launched a new website in Nebraska to enhance program accessibility and customer service.       The new website (http://www.rd.usda.gov/ne) features quicker and more intuitive access to pro

NSP Carrier Enforcement Webinars Replace Town Hall Meetings


(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division will be changing the format for its Town Hall meetings. This year, the Carrier Enforcement Division will conduct webinars in place of previously held location meetings. The web

Existing Rules Protect Water Quality, Says NPPC


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Existing regulations on agriculture are more than adequate to maintain and improve water quality, the National Pork Producers Council said in written testimony submitted yesterday to the Senate and House agriculture committees, wh

Considerations for Pasture Leases


I do get questions from time to time about pasture leases.  It is appropriate to devote one column to common lease arrangements for pastures.  The more I do education in the area of leases, the more I realize that each ‘neighborhood’

Wheat Growers Express Concern Over IARC Glyphosate Reclassification


Washington, D.C.- The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) expressed concern about the claims of a recent, stand-alone report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that moves to reclassify glyphosate as a probable human carcino

National Corn Growers Association urges Congress to pass the Safe and Accurate F


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2015) --  The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress

House Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Biotechnology Labeling


The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing Tuesday to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Last year - 30 different states introduced 125 bills mandating labeling of biotechnology. A Cornel

NPPC On COOL Law: U.S. Must Avoid Retaliation


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – In congressional testimony today, the National Pork Producers Council said the United States must address its mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. &nbs

NAFB Foundation Scholarships Available


The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation has been investing in the future of farm broadcasting by providing financial support for students pursuing careers in agriculture communications by awarding college scholarships since 1975. The fou

Nebraska Cattlemen Urges Legislature to Oppose HSUS Efforts to Derail Ag Industr


LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) today voiced concern regarding efforts by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to derail public policy initiatives focused on growing livestock agriculture in Nebraska. In a recent email alert, HSUS advise

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax


WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and 25 colleagues in introducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, which will bring tax relief to farmers, ranchers and small business ow

UAS Would Lower Costs and Environmental Impact of Farming


Unmanned Aerial Systems will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact, NCGA Manager of Public Policy Clint Raine told a group of policymakers and reporters today during a panel about the applications of UAS

NFU Urges House Agriculture Committee to Review Recent COOL Study, Allow WTO Pr


WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today presented the findings of a recent econometric study showing that Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) did not have a negative impact on Canadian cattle exports to

Sasse Welcomes Nebraska Producer to Ag Committee WOTUS Hearing


From left to right: Senator Sasse, Dylan Metz, Jeff Metz.     Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse welcomed Jeff Metz from Angora, NE to the Senate Committee on Agriculture to testify on the devastating impact of the

FARMLAND WINS PR Week's Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of The Year


CHESTERFIELD, MO– “Lights, Camera, Farmland! The FARMLAND documentary, produced by award winning director James Moll, took top billing in the PR Week Awards’ Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of the Year category. The national fil

Doane Advisory Services Releases Planting Intentions Survey Results


March 24, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - Doane's 2015 Planting Intentions Survey was released to subscribers and clients Friday, March 20th. Results from this year's survey show a continuation of recent trends toward more soybeans and less corn acreage. L

8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Announced


Lincoln, NE- The eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition is planned for November 4-5 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Hilton Omaha.   “We are excited to bring this convention to the City of Omaha for the first tim

Under Secretary Highlights Forest Restoration Effort in Testimony before Senate


WASHINGTON—In testimony earlier today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase t

Nutrition Scientist, Registered Dietitian Urges Secretaries to Reconsider Flawed


WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture hosted a meeting for public comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report released in February. The recommendations in the report, made

Rural America Weighs In On Murky 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule at Senate Agriculture


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Waters of the Unite

Monsanto Disagrees with IARC Classification for Glyphosate


As consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto. And, we want to be clear: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever comp

Lower Fuel Costs Change 2015 Crop Budgets


   Last fall, when the 2015 Nebraska Crop Budgets were being developed, the cost of fuel for 2015 was estimated to be $3.25 per gallon. A farm supplier reported on March 10, 2015 that the price of fuel delivered to the farm is around $2.40. How

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Elects Officers


(Lincoln, NE) New officers were elected during the March Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Board meeting. Terry Martin from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) was re-elected President. Martin has served 15 years on the URNRD

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Prompt Action Needed on Trade Promotion Authority


LINCOLN, NE – Congress should act quickly to grant the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as Nebraska farmers, ranchers and the state’s broader economy has much to gain, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, March 23. Every

Youth garden safety featured in new resource


The spring air is thick with anticipation as gardeners buy seed packets and dream of bountiful harvests. Many will break new ground, as gardens are growing in popularity and diversity. Whether sponsored by a town, school, church or neighborhood, these gar

AGRICULTURE GROUP HONORS JOHANNS, NAMES NEW MEMBERS


Lincoln, Neb.-- Mike Johanns has been recognized by the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement for his advocacy of agriculture.         The banquet honoring Johanns and 10 new members of NHAA took place March 12 on the University of

Gov. Ricketts Unveils Ag Magazine, Ag Poster Contest Winners


Lincoln – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the new edition of the Nebraska Agriculture and You magazine and highlighted the winners of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) poster contest following his National Ag Week tour across the state

Burke Scholarship Deadline Extended by Upper Big Blue NRD


YORK, NE --The Upper Big Blue NRD is extending the deadline of the 2015 Raymond A. Burke Scholarship to Friday April 24th. The Burke Scholarship will award $2,000 each to two qualified students who reside in the District to be used for their college/unive

Agriculture Committee advances bill to protect producers from duplicative regula


Today, the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 111th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 112th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or n

Tyson reveals $47 million expansion of Nebraska plant


(AP) — Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. has revealed a $47 million expansion of its existing beef processing plant in central Nebraska. Officials with the Tyson Foods, Inc. subsidy announced the plan Tuesday, which will involve construction of an additional

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska


Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame. No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part

University develops detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows


MANHATTAN — Kansas and U.S. dairy producers may avoid some of the billions of dollars lost to mastitis thanks to a Kansas State University technology that is detecting the early stages of the disease in dairy cows. Deryl Troyer, professor of anatom

House Renews Efforts to Repeal the Death Tax


WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015) – Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattlem

Johnson Applauds New #womeninag Mentoring Network, Calls on Women to Take on Lea


Although increasingly more women have pursued careers in agriculture over the past decade, today they still account for just 14 percent of farm operators. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden hopes to change that with a new mentoring initiative a

Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway responds to announcement of short-term DG


At a hearing Tuesday morning of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Under Secretary for Agriculture Kevin Concannon indicated that the Department would grant a short-term 30 day comment period extension for the report of the Dietary Guid

Growth Energy Thanks America's Farmers on National Agriculture Day


WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the abundance of food, feed and fuel that American farmers provide to the world, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:   “American farmers

NCBA and PLC Accepting Fall Internship Applications


WASHINGTON– The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the fall 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an appl

Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pes


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before o

PQA Plus® & TQA? Certification Training Offered in Columbus & Beatrice


The Nebraska Pork Producers Association will be conducting PQA Plus® and TQA™ certification classes on March 31, 2015 at the River’s Edge Convention Center (Ramada Inn), 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus. PQA Plus® and TQA™ Certification

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data


WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data come from the Census of Agricultur

Dallas Tonsager Assumes Position as Member of Farm Credit Administration Board


McLEAN, Va— Dallas P. Tonsager was sworn in as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Mr. Tonsager was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama on Jan. 26, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on March 9. He will serve the

Irish beef now available in U.S. for first time in 15 years


MANHATTAN — For the first in decades, you can enjoy beef imported from Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other

Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry prod


MANHATTAN — A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products. The U.S

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2015


WASHINGTON — Farm banks significantly increased agricultural lending by 13.6 percent in 2014 and held $94.6 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report.

Sasse Introduces Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act


Washington, D.C.— Last night, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse introduced the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act, legislation to ensure that new Social Security Numbers are not issued to illegal aliens receiving deferred action under the President’s unlawf

Latest Land Values and Cash Rental Rates


There are two major surveys of land values and cash rental rates that I use each year when fielding questions from clientele about the subject.  One is done by UNL Ag Economics Department and the other by the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) of

USDA Announces Loan and Grant Dollars Available to Rural Utilities


Lincoln, NE –USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces $38.6 million in loans and $9.2 million in grants are available nationally to promote rural economic development and job creation projects.  Applications for these funds w

AMPI members to review co-op?s performance Dairy farmer-owners will meet March 2


NEW ULM, Minn. — Record dairy markets, milk production increases and rising foodservice sector sales are among the cooperative’s 2014 performance highlights. The dairy farmer-owners of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) will gather to learn

Common Sense Nebraska Coalition Members Oppose Expanded EPA Regulation at U.S. S


LINCOLN – Common Sense Nebraska coalition members today provided testimony at the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works hearing held at Hardin Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The field hearing, coordinated by N

NAM, Reinke Recognize Rep. Smith's Support For Manufacturing


Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Nebraska's Third Congressional District Congressman Adrian Smith with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.  The award was given to Rep. Smith during an event ho

NASCAR® Tops 7 Million Miles of Racing on American Ethanol Blend


Phoenix, Ariz. — Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would surpass a momentous milestone this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 i

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Federal Dietary Guidelines Should Focus on Nutrition,


LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Dietary Guidelines for Americans should continue to focus on nutritional science rather than environmental i

2015 Platte Valley Cattlemen?s Scholarship Winners


At their annual banquet held last month, the Platte Valley Cattlemen awarded scholarships.    Competition for this scholarship was keen this year with 12 applicants.  These applicants rose to the top because of their commitment to retu

Fight for a Fighting Chance at Trade


As corn farmers look to increase demand in the face of abundant supply, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority to U.S. farmers has gained particular importance. By passing TPA, the President gains the necessary means for negotiating the trade agreeme

U.S. Wheat Organizations Join Renewed Call for End to Cuban Embargo


Washington, D.C. — After participating in a “learning journey” to Cuba March 1 to 4, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have joined members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC)

Thune Leads Call for USDA, HHS to Include Lean Red Meat in 2015 Dietary Guidelin


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today led 29 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwe

Elkhorn, Neb., Facility Recognized as Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manuf


(Lenexa, KS)– The Merck Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health facility in Elkhorn, Neb., is one of 70 manufacturing plants that achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. The facility was officially recogniz

Gov. Ricketts: "Nebraska's Farmers and Ranchers Need Property Tax Relief Now"


Lincoln – Today, Governor Ricketts reacted to the Revenue Committee’s decision not to advance a key property tax relief measure:   “I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Gloor and the Revenue Committee as they conside

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding Failure of Ag Land Valuation Bil


LINCOLN, NEB., – “Words cannot describe our extreme disappoint in the Revenue Committee’s decision to not advance legislation to lower the value of agricultural land for tax purposes.”   “The statewide total property

Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, awarded scholarships to five college students who intend to pur

Statement by Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy in Response to the Advanced Biofuels


“By opening up the RFS for legislative changes, you are opening a can of worms that will only create further uncertainty for the industry, which is the last thing biofuel producers of any kind need. This is a shortsighted proposal that would set the

LB 472 crucial for Rural Nebraska


Lyons, NE -  The Unicameral Committee on Health and Human Services advanced LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, that will help create a Nebraska solution for the over 54,000 low-income, working Nebraskans who currently fall into the Medicaid coverage

USDA Reminds Nebraska Producers of March 16 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable


Farm Service Agency (FSA) urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of March 16, 2015.  NAP provides financial assistance to producers of n

New Pork Checkoff Award to Help Build Consumer Trust


DES MOINES - March 9, 2015 - The National Pork Board announced its new America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM award program during its annual Pork Industry Forum meeting in San Antonio last week. The award will honor the U.S. pork producer who best excels

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members


Washington, D.C., March 9, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, March

Pesticide Training on March 26


One last day of Private Pesticide Applicator training in our area is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Thursday March 26th.  This two hour meeting is being held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler. No pre-registration is necessary.  The Pri

MILLIONS OF U.S. STUDENTS ARE MISSING BREAKFAST, DENYING THEMSELVES THE CHANCE T


OMAHA, Neb– Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in school health and wellness program, in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6), launched Fuel Greatness, an effort to elevate the conversation around good nutrition an

Let's Grow Funding Application Available


The application for funding through the Let's Grow Committee to improve production efficiencies is now available. The program is expected to be available for fiscal years 2015-2017. Let's Grow was initiated by the American Sheep Industry Associat

ASI Call to Action - Appropriations and H-2A


This has been a busy week for legislative efforts at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Two Call to Actions have been issued to the leadership to contact House and Senate members as soon as possible. 2016 Appropriations. The House Agriculture

NCTA students learn value of ag cooperatives


Curtis, Neb. - The impact agricultural cooperatives have on rural economic development was highlighted for 19 Nebraska agri-business students last month at the College Conference on Cooperatives at Minneapolis. Six students represented the University of

Survey Says: Pork Producers Optimistic About State of the Industry


Since 2002, the National Pork Board has conducted an annual survey of pork producers to gain insight to the condition of the industry, general attitudes of pig farming and their support of the Checkoff. The most recent survey was conducted in November 201

Windbreak Workshop Hosted by Nebraska Forest Service at Upper Big Blue NRD


The Upper Big Blue NRD and the Nebraska Forest Service will be hosting a free Windbreak Workshop on March 20, 2015, at the Upper Big Blue NRD Office in York from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. The York office is located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue. Workshop speake

Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City


Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City Gage, Taylor <taylor.gage@nebraska.gov> Thu 3/5/2015 4:12 PM To: Gage, Taylor <taylor.gage@nebraska.gov>;   For Immediate Release: March 5, 2015 &nb

Bookmark and Share USDA Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Floc


The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, Minnesota.  This is the fi

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods


Food Safety News By Dan Flynn Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreig

Thune, Klobuchar Requested Report Outlines Rail Service Challenges in Upper Midw


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today commented on a newly released report that they called for from the U.S. Department of Agriculture examining the rail service challenges in the Upper Midwest in 2013 an

Agriculture Under Secretary Scuse Leads USDA Trade Mission to Southeast Asia Mar


WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – Leaders from six state agriculture departments and 21 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse on a trade mission to Southeast Asia from Marc

Chairman Roberts Pledges to Bring Folks to the Table Throughout Child Nutrition


WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Legislative Action Conference for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said he would bring everyone to the

Free NRCS webinar on carbon cycle, soil health, March 10


Find out how cover crops and proper grazing management can improve the carbon cycle and soil health. Jay Fuhrer, nationally-known soil health expert and District Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Bismarck, Nort

Farm Radio Connects with Farmers and Ranchers


PLATTE CITY, Missouri (March 3, 2015) - Farmers and ranchers continue to count on farm radio to keep them informed of current agriculture news and commodity markets. Research conducted by Ipsos Research for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting

FISCHER TO KEYNOTE NEBRASKA LEAD BANQUET MARCH 13


Lincoln, Neb --  U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska will be the keynote speaker at the annual Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program recognition banquet March 13. Fischer’s address will provide insight on leadership dev

Rural Recognition Banquet - March 18


One celebration held each year in honor of our Ag Producers is the Rural Recognition Banquet, which is March 17th.  The Banquet will be held at Ag Park, Columbus.  It is sponsored by the Agri-Business Committee of the Columbus Chamber of Commerc

Soy Checkoff Positions U.S. Soy Industry as Global Leader


ST. LOUIS– When farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) wrote the organization’s current long-range strategic plan, they included their vision that U.S. soybeans will be the leader of the global oilseed industry. This summer, USB will

NMPF/USDEC Endorse Trade Promotion Authority Approval for Trade Agreements


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a P

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield Histo


WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Pri

UNL STUDY CHARACTERIZES GENETIC RESISTANCE TO WHEAT DISEASE


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 26, 2015 -- A new study co-authored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has unearthed the genetic roots of resistance to a wheat disease that has recently devastated crop yields from southern Africa through the Middle East.

USDA Opens Public Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to h

NRD To Hold Public Hearing on New Groundwater Rules


The Lower Loup Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing on proposed modifications and additions to its Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the LLNRD office, 2620 Airport Drive, in Ord.  A copy of the

House Agriculture Committee Begins Full Review of the SNAP


Today the House Committee on Agriculture began a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Committee heard from University of Maryland welfare scholar Doug Besharov on the past, present, and future of the nation's

Survey Reveals Data Security and Transfer Concerns, Misunderstanding


A new survey on data security and usage identifies challenges for producers looking to use farm management data without compromising the security of their operation. A simple misunderstanding of user agreement terms can suggest a level of security that pr

GOV. RICKETTS COMMENTS ON NEBRASKA'S SUCCESS WITH SUPREME COURT RULING ON REPUBL


Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on Nebraska’s success with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding Republican River water usage. The Court has ordered Nebraska to pay $5.5 million to Kansas, significantly less than the $80 mi

New Offerings Dial Deeper Into Plant Nutrition Management


SHOREVIEW, Minn. (Feb. 24, 2015) – Reaching the next yield level will take major management alterations, such as moving crop inputs from pre-plant to in-season. To most effectively implement new strategies, farmers will need the right combination of

Nebraska Farm Bureau Seeks Extension for Farm Bill Sign-Up


LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The new farm

"Take a Second for Safety" is the Message During Grain Bin Safety Week


LINCOLN, NEB – With on-farm grain storage on the rise—and a record number of grain engulfment deaths across the nation last year—agricultural leaders in Nebraska are placing special emphasis on grain handling safety during Grain Bin Safe

$380,000 awarded for Beginning Farmer/Rancher Trainings


Lyons, NE - Recently, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) announced more than $18 million in Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the n

NCTA hosts District 11 FFA contest


Curtis, Neb. – FFA members representing 12 southwestern Nebraska high schools recently tested individual and team skills in the District 11 Career Development Skills Events at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Two hundred and fifty stu

Chairman Roberts Holds First Senate Ag Hearing


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held the first hearing of his chairmanship and breaking with tradition, first heard the concerns of farmers and ranchers on

Thune Statement on Agreement to End West Coast Ports Dispute


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement to end a West Coast ports labor dispute that has unnecessarily disrupted commerce

Study Quantifies Positive Impacts of U.S. Ethanol Production


The ethanol industry added $52.7 billion to the national GDP in 2014 according to a study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at this year's National Ethanol Conference. "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the Un

Wisconsin Dairy Grade A Permit Suspended One Month


MADISON, Wisconsin – The owners of a Pepin County dairy, Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, have agreed to penalties stemming from a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened 32 Durand High School students and coaches in September 2014, said food saf

More than 75 agribusiness, commodity, state government leaders to visit Cuba


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) announced today it will lead more than 75 leaders from across the U.S. agriculture industry on a learning journey to Cuba. The visit will take place March 1-4, 2015. “As we continue

Amid Labor Dispute, Congressional Leaders Urge President Obama to Keep Ports Ope


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Chairman Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), S

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE HABITAT CONSERVATION


LINCOLN – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing eligible landowners technical and financial assistance to install wildlife habitat conservation practices on their farm or ranch. Interested landowners have until March 20, 2015,

Center urges a Return to Balanced Taxes in Nebraska


The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee is hearing public testimony on LB 280 and LB 357 - two legislative proposals to make major changes to Nebraska’s tax system.   For years, the Center for Rural Affairs has called for a balance

Study finds invasive weed's resistance to well-known herbicide stems from increa


MANHATTAN — A recent study by a Kansas State University weed scientist finds why the invasive weed kochia is like a cockroach of the plant world. Mithila Jugulam, assistant professor of agronomy, led a study that looked at how kochia — invasi

Five Nebraska School Districts Receive $120,000 to Replace Old Diesel Buses with


(Lenexa, Kan.) - Five rural Nebraska school districts will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $120,000 in rebates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The school districts will receive rebates through

Nebraska Dairy Convention Slated for March 10


LINCOLN, Neb.  – Information about the growth of dairy in Nebraska, transitioning the farm to the next generation and the 100th anniversary of National Dairy Council will headline the 2015 Nebraska Dairy Convention on Tuesday, March 10, at the

Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production


MANHATTAN — A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

NPPA Regional Meetings Feature Dr. Larry Coleman


Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) President Scott Spilker announced this week that Dr. Larry Coleman will be the featured speaker at the Association’s three Regional Producers Meetings. Supporting NPPA are the Gold and Silver Allied Industr

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council joins Soy Transportation Coalition


Ankeny, Iowa— The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council as a member organization. Missouri becomes the 13th state soybean board to join the STC. The thirteen member state

DOMINA TO DISCUSS 'AGRICULTURE'S CHANGING FACE' FRIDAY AT UNL


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 17, 2015 -- David A. Domina, trial lawyer at Domina Law Group in Omaha, will present "Consolidation, Merger, Market Domination and Agriculture's Changing Face" at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Hardin Hall auditorium, 33rd and Hol

USFRA Announces Nine New affiliates


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 17, 2015) – The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA), a consumer-facing organization dedicated to leading the national conversation about how food is grown and raised, has grown to more than 80 organizations wi

USDA Secretary to Keynote Commodity Classic


ST. LOUIS (February 17, 2015) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will make his sixth visit to Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote addre

Web Sites to help with Farm Bill Decisions


Farmers will be wrapping up their Farm Bill program decisions over the next few weeks.  To help provide information that would be useful with this process, I’d like to highlight a few web sites that would provide excellent information about the

ASI Supports Veterinary Loan Repayment Program


The American Sheep Industry Association joined other organizations urging Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRP). This legislation maximizes every dollar Congress appropriates for veterinary loan repayment

Textile Organization Applauds USTR for Confronting China on Illegal Export Subsi


This week the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) issued a press release applauding U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman's decision to pursue dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China at the World Trade

NCBA Applauds House Efforts to make Permanent Section 179 of Tax Code


On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015.  This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) will make permanent the $500,000 expensing levels for small businesses under Sect

NMPF President Thanks Wisconsin Congressional Leaders for Focusing on Expanded D


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN – The President of the National Milk Producers Federation, in remarks delivered at a dairy cooperative convention here in western Wisconsin, singled out three of the state’s members of Congress for their leadership efforts

House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers' Capital Pu


ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases

Cattle Market Shrugs Off BSE Finding in Canada


Dow Jones reported this morning that the cattle futures are for now shrugging off Canada's first case of BSE since 2011, saying its an isolated case and the meat industry and regulators have gotten better at containing suche diseases in recent years.&

Port Disruptions Causing Challenges for South Dakota Ag Producers and Retailers


A reliable and efficient supply chain is critical to our nation’s global competitiveness. Our ports are a vital link in that chain, but unfortunately, some of the biggest challenges at our ports are self-imposed and are having major repercussio

NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015


WASHINGTON– National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson praised Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on today’s introduction

Landowners Request for Temporary Injunction Granted Against TransCanada


O’NEILL, Neb. – Today Nebraska State District Court Judge Mark Kozisek issued a Temporary Injunction in a landowner lawsuit against TransCanada. The Order halts condemnation cases along the proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline XL route in northern Nebraska.

 The Order followed a hearing in District Court at O'Neill NE, at which, for the first time in Nebraska, the

House Agriculture Committee reviews 2015 agenda for the Commodity Futures Tradin


Today, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review the futures, options, and swaps markets that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) oversees.  Chairman K. Michael Conaway urged CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad to make sure the

NCBA to Host Bull Selection Webinar


DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced the next in its continuing series of educational webinars. The upcoming session, scheduled for Feb. 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MST, focuses on understanding bull selection tools

St. Louis Fed Quarterly Ag Survey: Farm Income Continues To Decline in Midwest a


ST. LOUIS ― Eighth District agricultural bankers reported a continued decline in farm income during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous year, according to latest Agricultural Finance Monitor published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. L

Group Fights to Stop Chinese-Controlled Industrial Hog Farms in Nebraska


Billings, Mont. - In a letter hand-delivered yesterday to Nebraska Unicameral Legislature's Agriculture Committee, R-CALF USA urged the rejection of Nebraska Legislative Bill 176 (LB 176). Introduced by Nebraska Senator Ken Schilz, LB 176 would amend

Nebraska Senator Opens Door to Chinese Meat Racket


Senator Ken Schilz is introducing two bills before the Nebraska Ag Committee this week that could turn the State of Nebraska into a massive industrial Chinese hog factory.  Working hand-in-hand with Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods, the largest pork co

Federation of State Beef Councils Takes Action at 2015 Annual Meeting


DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - Jennifer Houston, a livestock market operator from Sweetwater, Tenn., was elected chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Elec

Protective Order Stops EPA From Releasing Data


WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2015 – A U.S. District Court judge Friday issued a protective order against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stopping it from disclosing to radical environmental and animal-rights groups information on farmers, pe

Millennials Drive A New Set of Animal Welfare Expectations


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 10, 2015) – A recent panel discussion on animal welfare touched on many topics, yet one recurring theme left a lasting imprint on its participants. While the discussion focused on animal care and food safety concerns for

Ag Champions contest announced for Nebraska FFA chapters


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Championing for a cause is as important to Olympian Curt Tomasevicz as preparing for a bobsled race.  But this cause is agriculture. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska FFA, with the help of Curt Tomasevicz, spokesm

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional staff selections. “I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agr

Outstanding Students Awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarship


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administ

NCBA Effort Places Renewed Focus on Young Beef Leaders


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS- A new program from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is placing renewed focus on this country’s young beef producers. The NCBA Young Beef Leader (YBL) program, which involves state affiliates from across the country

Call for 2015 ASI Council and Committee Members


The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is accepting nominations for members to its councils and committees for the upcoming year. Council and committee members are instrumental in working for sheep producers by recommending and implementing policy

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials with t


[STAMFORD, UK] – Global animal nutrition leader Alltech has acquired The E-CO2 Project Limited (E-CO2) – a leading provider of on-farm environmental assessments and programmes – to strengthen its service offering to livestock producers

Refuge Compliance Report Shows Increased Compliance in 2014


ST. LOUIS) Feb. 3, 2015 – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program (CAP), which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey, and IRM education and awareness, is seei

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal


WASHINGTON, February 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget: "President Obama's 2016 Budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st century. The bu

EPA Withdraws Water Guidance as Result of NMPF Objections


ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – As the result of objections raised by the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a regulatory guidance issued last year concerning when farmers must seek Clean Water Act

Nebraska Cattlemen Announces Legislative Priorities


LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) announced its priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session. In addition to LB 85 and LB 623 (previously announced), NC will support LB 106 and monitor various tax bills related to property tax relief. “Nebrask

Gov. Ricketts Announces the 27th Annual Governor's Ag Conference


Lincoln – Gov. Pete Ricketts today announced the schedule for his inaugural Governor’s Ag Conference.  The 2015 event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 4th-5th at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney.  This yea

25x'25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production


A report released by the World Resources Institute would seem to demonstrate the old adage: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The "change" in this instance is a massive amount of research showing the overall benefi

114th Congress Will Include a Large, Bipartisan Dairy Farmer Caucus


RLINGTON, VA – The new 114th Congress will feature a large and active group of House members looking out for the interests of dairy farmers, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. A bipartisan group of legislators is reestablishing th

Dispute Must Be Resolved Now To Protect U.S. Exports


WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council and 92 other food, agricultural and allied industry groups today urged the parties involved in a labor dispute that’s affecting food exports that ship out of West Coast port

Nebraskans Speak on Wind


Cortland, Nebraska - Approximately 100 residents from Cortland, Hallam and surrounding communities and from as far away as Gretna and Nebraska City met at the Cortland Community Center last night, Tuesday, January 27th to discuss the proposed development

New Leaders Program Takes Place in Des Moines


The participants of the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program kicked off their involvement this week in Des Moines, where they learned how to better tell their ag story and got a deeper education in industry involvement.   "I was r

Nebraska Farm Bureau Names 2015 Leadership Academy Members


Ten farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2015 Leadership Academy. The selected farmers and ranchers will begin the program Jan. 29-30 in Kearney. “The goal of the academy is to ignite the ta

Nebraska Cattlemen Voices Support for LB 85, Encourage Amended Fee Structure


LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) testified in support of LB 85, a bill regarding fees for the Nebraska Brand Committee, sponsored by Sen. Al Davis of Legislative District 43. In addition to voicing support for the bill, NC encouraged the Nebraska B

Chairman Conaway Announces Subcommittee Assignments


Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman, K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), announced subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress. “I look forward to working with this very talented team of proven leaders,” Conaway said. “Their diverse backg

We Must Cut Taxes


By Governor Pete Ricketts   On January 22nd, I presented my budget recommendations and announced key initiatives in my first State of the State address to the Unicameral. Gerry Oligmueller, the State Budget Administrator, and I took our message on th

Late Winter Nutrition Tips


Can you feed your pregnant cows so their calves gain more weight and more heifers get pregnant?  Recent research suggests that proper supplementation pays off.                As w

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples


WASHINGTON- This weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached agreement with Chinese officials to allow all U.S. grown apples to gain access to the Chinese market. This will allow a greater share of U.S. apple exports to China in the coming months

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Efforts by Agricultural Producers to Urge th


WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding efforts by the National Pork Producers Council, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to urge the renewa

2015 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available


LINCOLN - In partnership with Sand County Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) today announced the application period is open for the Nebraska 2015 Leopold Conservation Award. Leopold Conservation Award winners are recognized for extraordinary achievement

NPPC Will Lead Effort To Pass Legislation Essential For Closing Global Trade Dea


WASHINGTON, D.C.– With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council today threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the curren

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline


Livestock producers are reminded that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.  Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disa

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture Committee


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional senior staff selections. “I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and

ASI Market App Gets an Update


If you are not one of the more than 2,050 people who have downloaded the ASI Market App that was launched in August of last year, there are now more reasons to do so. Additional information is now available through the app. A Breakeven Calculator has bee

Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Commercial Turkey Flock in


WASHINGTON— The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County,

COLUMBUS LAWN, GARDEN AND TREE CLASSES in FEBRUARY


A number of lawn, garden and tree care classes are scheduled for February in Columbus. These classes are offered by Nebraska Extension and held at the Platte County courthouse at 2610 14th street. A variety of classes will be held Tuesday evenings and Thu

Nebraska Farmers Examine Export Markets in South America


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. – Corn Board member and district two representative, John Greer from Edgar, Nebraska recently had the unique opportunity to experience a global market in South America from both the eyes of a customer and competitor.  Gr

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backs Bills Providing a "Foundation" for Property Tax Relie


LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farm and ranch families seeking relief from a property tax burden that has skyrocketed over the last decade and left agriculture landowners to shoulder a disproportionate share of the property tax burden statewide, would find

Reminders on Feeding Alfalfa as Protein to Cattle


Feeding more alfalfa hay than cattle need gets expensive.  Save money by feeding just enough alfalfa to provide the protein your animals need.                Cattle often need extr

USFRA TO BRING ANIMAL CARE TO CENTER STAGE DURING THE FOOD DIALOGUES AT THE DAIR


CHESTERFIELD, MO. – The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will assemble a range of voices to discuss animal care and animal care standards during The Food Dialogues®: Dairy Forum; Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Ex

American Agri-Women's Doris Mold appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commissi


Doris Mold, First Vice-President for Resolutions and Vital Issues for American Agri-Women, was recently appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Agricultural Advisory Committee.   Mold owns and operates a dairy farm in Wisconsin

BASF wins two 'Product of the Year' awards by No-Till Farmer magazine


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 16, 2015 – BASF was recognized as the winner of two ‘Product of the Year’ awards at the 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Cincinnati. Headline AMP® fungicide won for the ninth consecu

Nebraska Farm Bureau Offers Help with Farm Bill Decision Making


LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farmers looking for assistance in evaluating how their operations might fair under different options offered through the 2014 Farm Bill can get direct one-on-one assistance thanks to a new service offered by the Nebraska Farm

Peterson Statement on Introduction of Free Trade with Cuba Act


WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today made the following statement after the introduction of the “Free Trade with Cuba Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Peterson is an original co-sponsor

NCGA Priority and Policy Conference Yields Insight into Top Issues


The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on NCGA policies and state and national priorities for 2016.   "This meeting consistently prov

Higher Protein Content Boosts Value of Crop


ST. LOUIS (Jan. 15, 2015) – Farmers have often heard that higher-quality soybeans could generate more value. Now, a new soy-checkoff-funded study shows how much more. The price of soybeans is driven by the combined value of soybean meal, oil and hu

U.S. Wheat Associates Leadership Changes in Asia


ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announces changes to its leadership team in Asia following the departure of Regional Vice President Mike Spier who recently joined Columbia Grain as Southeast Asia Representative. Matt Weimar is na

Ansley Mick to Serve as Smith's Agriculture Liaison


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced Ansley Mick, a native of Bayard, has been promoted to Agriculture Liaison in his Scottsbluff district office.  In her new role, Mick will be actively engaged in statewide agriculture

Iowa Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens


WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2015 – Agri Star Meat & Poultry, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 1,690 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety a

House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration


(AP) House Republicans are taking broad steps to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. Votes were set Wednesday on legislation worth nearly $40 billion t

Renowned Agriculture Ethicist to discuss Farm and Food Issues


Lyons, NE - A nationally renowned agriculture ethicist and philosopher will speak about farm and ranch issues at an event on February 5th in Omaha sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and Humanities Nebraska.   Dr. Paul B. Thompson will p

New Officers Elected for Nebraska Beef Council


Kearney, NE (January 13, 2015) – New officers for the Nebraska Beef Council were elected January 12, 2015 at the Nebraska Beef Council office in Kearney, NE.   Election results are as follows:  William “Buck” Wehrbein, a f

ADM to Release Fourth Quarter Financial Results on Feb. 3, 2015


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) will release financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014 before the market opens on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The company will host a conference call and audio webcast at 8 a.m. Centr

Farmers Gather for NCGA Priority and Policy Conference


The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2015 fisc

Nearly $190 Million Invested in Rural Nebraska in 2014


Lincoln, Nebraska--Nebraska’s rural communities received nearly $190 million in USDA Rural Development funding in federal fiscal year 2014, completed on September 30. In five years, USDA has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, according to Rur

U.S. Corn Crop Remains Strong Despite Yield Reduction


The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered projected national average corn yield and planted acreage estimates this month, while leaving harvested acreage the same. Although projected demand from the feed and residual markets fell, projected demand from t

2015 NCBA Trade Show Breaks another Record


DENVER (Jan. 12, 2015) – 2015 Cattle Industry Convention-goers will not want to miss the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7. With 337 companies in attendance, this is the largest, most advan

More than Half of Nation's Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Progr


WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 23,000 of the nation's dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new safet

Finalists for Excellence in Ag & Top 4 Discussion Meet Winners


The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership abilit

Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to be held in February


LINCOLN, NEB.—The Nebraska Tourism Commission is accepting registrations for its annual Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop. The event is designed for those who want to learn more about the agri/eco-tourism industry. It will be held February 23-25, 2015 at th

GOVERNOR RICKETTS COMMENTS ON KEYSTONE XL DECISION


Lincoln – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after the Nebraska Supreme Court announced their decision to uphold the state law used to route Keystone XL through Nebraska:  “Today’s decision by the N
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Chairman Roberts Announces Selection of Key Agriculture Committee Staff


WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced his senior staff selections. “We have a great, hard-working team in place with experience in the Senate, in farm

Nebraska Farm Bureau's Ag Edge Conference focuses on Farm Technology, Ag Markets


LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farmers and ranchers can’t control the weather, but there are other areas where decision making can dramatically affect their operation’s profitability in 2015 and beyond. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’

Corn Growers Joins Cuba Coalition in Call for Level Playing Field on Trade


WASHINGTON (Jan. 8, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trad

Money-Saving Early Registration for 20th Commodity Classic Ends January 15


ST. LOUIS (January 8, 2015) —The deadline for saving on registration fees to the 20th Commodity Classic is approaching quickly. Early bird registration ends Thursday, Jan. 15, for the event, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 26-28. &nb

Pesticide Training Starts January 28


    The first Pesticide Training sessions of the new year are Wednesday and Thursday January 28 and 29 at the Farm Show, Club Room, Agricultural Park, Columbus.  On the 28th, the session starts at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 2

Mike Johanns joins Deere board


MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns joined Deere & Co.'s corporate board this week just days after leaving the U.S. Senate. Deere announced the election of the former Nebraska governor on Wednesday. Joha

America?s 1st High-Speed Rail System to Be Constructed Using World's Cleanest &


Fresno, CA - As the California High Speed Rail Authority breaks ground today on the nation’s first high-speed rail system, additional attention is being focused on the fact that some of the world’s most advanced and cleanest diesel equipment w

MONSANTO SHOWCASES AG INNOVATIONS TO SUPPORT THE DEMANDS OF A GROWING POPULATION


ST. LOUIS (Jan. 7, 2015) – The role of the farmer has never been more important. In the coming decades, agriculture’s ability to meet the demands of our growing global population in an increasingly sustainable way will be vitally important. Fa

Crop Protection Helps Growers Produce Nutritious Food


WASHINGTON, DC – A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that over 99 percent of fresh and processed food available to consumers tested below allowable pesticide residue levels, allowing for continued access to affo

See For Yourself ? To Soybeans and Beyond


ST. LOUIS (Jan. 6, 2015) – Many soybeans have been delivered to the elevator, but where will they go next? The soy checkoff invites farmers to find the answer to this question and learn about the impact that U.S. soy’s biggest customers make o

REGISTER TODAY FOR WOMEN IN DENIM


Storm Lake, IA - Ladies, it's time to register for the 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference!  Women in Denim, a conference dedicated to women in agriculture, is set for January 16-17, 2015.  The 2015 conference will take place at Buena Vist

Thune Calls on Obama EPA to Withdraw Backdoor National Energy Tax


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy calling on the EPA to withdraw its proposed regulations on exiting power plants, citing the significant financial

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the month of December 2014, temperatures averaged 0 to 4 degrees above normal in central and western parts of the State, and 4 to 6 degrees above normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher Workshops Coming to Southeast Nebraska


Lyons, Nebraska -The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a 12-week series of Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher workshops in Crete, Nebraska. The sessions will be held every Saturday from January 17 to April 25, 2015.   “These in-depth work

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for January 2015


WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for January 2015. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for January is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 percent in

Elanco, Novartis combination brings value, more innovation to customers


GREENFIELD, Ind.— Elanco today announced it has finalized the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, creating a new global leader in animal health focused on delivering increased value and innovation to the industry. The acquisition, announced in A