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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

$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


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


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