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

High Voltage Power Line

Nebraska Public Power District has settled on a final route for a new high-voltage power line that will cross several counties in the Sandhills region. The district announced the decision by sending letters last week to landowners along the route as part

Stenberg Elected President of NAUPA

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg has been elected president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators for 2015. Stenberg succeeds Walter Graham, chief of unclaimed property for the Florida Department of Financial Services. Ste

NECC President On Tax Levy

The president of Northeast Community College has told lawmakers that a legislative bill designed to lower a property tax levy lid would be detrimental to the work of the state’s community colleges.   Dr. Michael Chipps says LB 144 is an affo

Bar Closing Times

The bill eliminating bar closing times is drawing stiff opposition from cities as well as advocates who fight against drunken driving and binge drinking.   No one testified in favor of the bill Monday during a hearing of the Legislature's Gene

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,


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

Live Video Streaming On

KZ-100, KLIR-101, and 93.5 The Hawk continue to expand how we offer you local high school sports with the addition of live video streaming of area games through MyCentralNebraska.comTV.  Log on to and click on the MyCentra

UNMC College of Nursing To Provide Early Admission IN RN To BSN Program

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing will provide early, guaranteed admission in the RN to BSN program. The program is for qualified students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs at the six community colleges in the state

Norfolk Man Accused Of Communicating With Robbery Suspects

A 22 year old Norfolk man has been accused of communicating with robbery suspects. Norfolk Police identified Taylor Pentland had communicated with robbery suspects by text message. Text messages on Pentland's cell phone contained information about th

Lincoln Man In Custody After Short Pursuit

A 31 year old Lincoln man is in custody after a short pursuit.   Late Monday night the Nebraska State Patrol attempted to stop a stolen vehicle that was spotted by an NSP helicopter. The car driven by Michael Nielson failed to stop and a short purs

Central Community College Budgets For Improvements To Facilities

The Central Community College Board of Governors has given tentative approval for three budgets for maintenance and improvements to college facilities in 2015 through 16.   Included are the $8,863,257 capital improvement budget and the $2,238,00

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


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

State Patrol At Midlands International Auto Show

The Nebraska State Patrol will focus on the lifesaving benefits of seat belt usage during the upcoming Midlands International Auto Show. The event runs January 22 through the 25, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Visitors will have the opportunity to e

Bill Introduced Gives Opporunities To High School Students

A Bill has been introduced that would bring college and career opportunities to high school students across the state while also holding school districts accountable for the success of the students. The Bill introduced by Senator Rick Kolowski would supp

Candidates For Director Of The Nebraska Department of Corrections

Governor Pete Ricketts has announced the candidates for Director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections.   Previously, Ricketts had announced a national search for a transformational leader for the department. Bryan Brandenburg of Palmer, Alask


Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts named Brenda Hicks-Sorensen as the new Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Her appointment comes at the conclusion of the national search for an innovative leader to lead the departmen

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

Death Penalty

A longtime Nebraska senator is trying to eliminate the death penalty. Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced a repeal measure for the 38th time on Wednesday. Chambers measure would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life without the possibi

Lincoln's Finest 2015

The Nebraska Democratic Party will be honoring State Senators this evening at Lincoln's Finest 2015. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at the Grand Manse in Lincoln. Honorees include Senators Bill Avery, Danielle Conrad, Annette Dubas, Ru

Newly Elected Nebraska Board of Education Member Denounced

The Nebraska State Education Association has denounced newly elected Nebraska Board of Education member Pat McPherson.   At least four separate racist posts on McPherson’s “Objective Conservative” blog described President Barack

UNMC Welcomes Special Visitor

The Nebraska Medical Center is welcoming a special visitor today during their pet therapy session.   Miss Nebraska USA, Hoang-Kim Cung, will participate in the activity after going room-to-room, distributing blankets to pediatric patients. Cung wi

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

Nebraska Science Festival

Science fans can share their love of science by participating in the third annual Nebraska Science Festival.  The expos will be April 16 and 17 at The Durham Museum in Omaha and the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland for registered school g

State Patrol Seat Belt Initiative

The Nebraska State Patrol will begin a six-month long initiative focusing on teen drivers and seat belt usage. Beginning mid-January and continuing through June, the State Patrol will provide educational programs utilizing Rollover Simulators, Seat Belt

CHI Health Layoffs

CHI Health has laid off 156 workers across Nebraska and Iowa.   About 1 percent of it’s workforce in the area were notified on Tuesday that they no longer were employed. In its explanation for the layoffs, CHI Health didn't discuss its c

Smith Votes to Defund President's Amnesty Actions

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted in favor of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill which defunds the President’s attempt to bypass Congress to grant amnesty to millions who are illegally in the U.S. “T

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

Educational Efforts to Focus on Teen Drivers & Seat Belts

(Lincoln, Neb.)- As part of its continuing effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatality crashes on state roadways, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), will begin a six-month long initiative focusing on teen drivers and seat belt usage. Beginni

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

Columbus Officials Have New Way To Battle Snowpacked Roads

City officials have a new weapon to battle winter weather in Columbus, and it's made by a local company.   The salt brine production system is built by Duo Lift Manufacturing. Officials say it provides a brine that melts snow and ice faster th

Nebraska Helmet Law

Health Care, Traffic Safety and Insurance Groups are fighting to keep the state helmet law. Another attempt is being made to repeal the state’s all-rider helmet law with LB31 introduced by Senator Bloomfield of Hoskins. A group of health care agenc

University of Nebraska Announces New President

The University of Nebraska has announced it’s seventh President.   The Board of Regents has chosen Hank Bounds, who has led Mississippi's eight public universities since 2009. Bounds is a former state school superintendent in Mississippi

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

Fuel Price Drop

Fuel Prices in Nebraska have dropped 60 cents during the past month alone.   AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows the state average for regular unleaded fuel is $2.01 per gallon which is down from $2.61 from December 12. A year ago, the same 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


Lincoln – Governor Ricketts issued the following statement upon hearing about the announcement of the selection of Dr. Hank Bounds as the next President of the University of Nebraska:   “My heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Hank Bounds o

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

Fortenberry Named Co-Chair of Religious Minorities Caucus

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced today that he will serve as the new Co-Chair of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus with Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Co-Chair and co-founder of the Caucus. Fortenberry

Fortenberry Named Co-Chair of Religious Minorities Caucus

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced today that he will serve as the new Co-Chair of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus with Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Co-Chair and co-founder of the Caucus. Fortenberry

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

?Why I Want to Go to College? Writing Contest

The 13th Annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest for seventh and eighth graders is set to begin. The contest is put on by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers. Twelve winners will be recognized

Soup 'R Art

Soup ’R Art has become a winter tradition in Northeast Nebraska. This event brings local artists, restaurants, musicians and silent auction and raffle items to Norfolk each year and for six years, Soup ‘R Art has served as the only annual fun

Stolen Dogs

Nebraska residents and authorities suspect someone or some people have been stealing dogs.   Howard County Sheriff Tom Busch says reports to his department started around Dec. 1 and that so far 11 dogs have been reported missing. Law enforcement in

"Enterprise Zone"

Nebraska's local and tribal governments can now apply for a state designation as an "enterprise zone" for economic development.   The 180-day application period opened on Tuesday and the Department of Economic Development will accept

Waverly Man Charged with DUI and Possession of Marijuana

A 30 year old Waverly man has been arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Marijuana. Sunday morning the Nebraska State Patrol responded to a crash on Highway 6, near Waverly where an Envoy ran a red light and struck a delivery van. Ma

Grand Island Man Killed In Car Accient

A 58 year old Grand Island man has been killed in a Grand Island car accident. Grand Island Police Department responded to a 2 vehicle accident in front of Casey’s General Store near Highway 30. A stopped trash truck driven by Ronald Kula of Centra

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

Treasurer Stenberg, Omaha Storm Chasers Announce 13th Annual 'Why I Want to Go

Lincoln, Neb. (Jan. 12, 2015) - While a Sunday afternoon at the ball park may seem far away, the time is here for seventh and eighth graders to enter the 13th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest sponsored by the Nebraska State

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

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. The workshop will be held February 23 through the 25 at the

Norfolk Man Arrested On Several Charges

A 36 year old Norfolk man has been arrested on several charges.   Norfolk Police were dispatched to a disturbance between a male and female at 209 N 11th Street Thursday night. The victim at the house informed police that Shannon Vowell was upset

Nebraska Farmers Union To Begin Crop Producer Workshops

The Nebraska Farmers Union is set to begin a series of five one-day specialty crop producer workshops.   The first week of workshops begin January 13 in Grand Island at the Stuhr Museum, January 14 in Norfolk at the Lifelong Learning Center, Janua

Peterson Sworn In As 32nd Attorney General

Doug Peterson has been was sworn in as the 32nd Attorney General of Nebraska. Peterson was born in Columbus and grew up in Lincoln and also received his Business Degree from the University of Nebraska and Pepperdine University School of Law. Peterson has

Supreme Court Tosses Keystone XL Lawsuit

Nebraska's Supreme Court has tossed the lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The State Supreme Court’s decision upholds a 2012 state law that empowered TransCanada to force landowners to sell their property for

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


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

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’

Forty Hours Is Full Time Act

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer has cosponsored the Forty Hours is Full Time Act.    The Act restores the traditional definition of “full-time employee” to a 40-hour work week under the Affordable Care Act. The goal for the act is to resto

Seward Man Dies After Incident With Officer

A 42 year old Seward man has died after an incident with a police officer at a Norfolk Motel.   Norfolk Police where called to a Super 8 motel Wednesday morning were during the incident one officer attempted to deploy a Taser on Andre Murphy. Murp

Former Offutt Air Force Base Director Now Apart Of New Command

A former Director of global operations at Offutt Air Force Base will now be apart of the Navy command responsible for training Naval Air Force Atlantic. Rear Admiral John Haley will become the new commander during a change of command ceremony today to re

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

Fischer Cosponsors Resolution to Limit Congressional Terms

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement this afternoon, joining her colleagues in supporting Senator David Vitter’s (R-La.) legislation to limit Congressional terms:   “Once again, I&r

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

Ben Sasse Sworn Into Office

Ben Sasse has been sworn into office as Nebraska's newest U.S. senator. The Republican officially took office yesterday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sasse defeated Democrat Dave Domina in the November general election.

Nebraska Legislature Begins 2015 Session

The Nebraska Legislature has began its 2015 session with an expected focus on property taxes and the prison system. The session will be the first for 18 new state senators, accounting for more than one-third of the Legislature. Prison reform will be a to

Wind Chill Warnings Across Northeast Nebraska

Several schools and businesses across the state have canceled classes because of the subzero temperatures and winds. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for northeast Nebraska. In South Sioux City, the temperature of minus 2 and

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


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

Education Plan for State Wards Implemented

Lincoln – Several initiatives addressing the educational needs of state wards have begun as part of a five-year plan recently completed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), said Children and Family Services (CFS) Director Thomas Pr

Fortenberry Sworn into 114th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today was sworn in to the 114th Congress as Nebraska's First Congressional District Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Fortenberry took the oath of office with his colleagues on the

McConnell Names Sen. Fischer as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has appointed Sen. Deb Fischer, (R-NE), to serve as a counsel to the Majority Leader in the 114th Congress.   “As a member of the Senate Republican le

Application To Begin For Nebraska Enterpise Zone Act

A 180-day application period is set to begin today for the Nebraska Enterprise Zone Act.    The Nebraska Department of Economic Development will accept applications through July 6 from areas interested in having an eligible area within the juris

Platte County Sheriff's Office To Donate To Sammy's Superheroes

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Platte County Detention Facility, along with other surrounding law enforcement agencies are growing beards to raise cancer awareness.  Deputies and Correction Officers will be growing facial hair in an at

City Council Letting Staffers Help Improve Council Chambers

The Columbus City Council has agreed to let staffers develop a long-term, big-picture plan for improving the council chambers.   Council members agreed to seek a construction and financing plan that would be put to a council vote. Some ideas inclu

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


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


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

LiveWell Team Challenge Opens Registration

The 2015 LiveWell Team Challenge has opened its registration. The Nebraska Sports Council says the registration will run February 1st through May 1st. The three different activity divisions will be Fresh Start, Total Fit, and Family. Cost is $16 per pers

New Report Says Rural Nebraskans Pay More Taxes Then Urban Residents

A new report says Nebraskans in rural areas generally paid more in property and state income taxes in recent years than city residents. The OpenSky Policy Institute says Nebraskans in regions with lots of agricultural land paid more on both a per-capita

Nebraska Poll Worker Hall of Fame Announces Poll Worker Hall of Fame

Secretary of State John Gale has recognized 95 poll workers who have 20 years or more of service following the 2014 general election. Inductees into the Nebraska Poll Worker Hall of Fame included workers from Buffalo, Cass, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Hall,

23rd Street In Columbus Closed

Columbus officials are closing down a section of traffic this week. The eastbound outside lane of 23rd Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues is scheduled to be closed starting today to allow for utility construction for the adjacent development. Weather p

"You Drink & Drive You Lose" Campaign Wraps Up

The Nebraska State Patrol has wrapped up its two week long “You Drink & Drive You Lose” campaign that saw the arrest of 71 impaired drivers.    The campaign ran from December 12 through January 1st. Troopers also issued ove

Possible Salmonella contamination prompts pet food recall

Due to possible Salmonella contamination, Florida based, Jump Your Bones, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes). The pet treats were distributed nationwide and through online retailers. To date, there are no reported i

You Drink & Drive, You Lose Enforcement Stats

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested 71 impaired drivers during the two-week long “You Drink & Drive You Lose” national enforcement campaign Dec. 12-Jan. 1, 2015. In addition to the 71 impaired driving arrests

Nebraska man faces 13 counts of livestock neglect

More than a dozen counts of livestock neglect have been filed against the owner of a Boone County property from which several malnourished horses were removed last month.   Two felony and 11 misdemeanor counts have been filed against 66-year-old Jame

Report shows improved Midwest economic outlook

A monthly report shows an improved economic outlook over the next three to six months for nine Midwestern and Plains states.   A survey report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 54.4 in December from 51.3 i

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

A Nebraska State Patrol Captain Graduates from FBI National Academy

The Nebraska State Patrol has announced the graduation of a Captain from the FBI National Academy in Virginia. Headquarters Troop-Lincoln Commander Captain Lance Rogers is a 19 year veteran of the agency who was among 215 men and women from 49 states, th

Attoney General-Elect Annouces Senior Staff Members

Attorney General-Elect Doug Peterson has announced his senior staff members.   Former Policy Director for Nebraska Family Alliance Dave Bydalek will be Chief Deputy Attorney General. Former executive director of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese

Columbus Woman Waives Hearing

A 20-year-old Columbus woman has waived a preliminary hearing and has been held over for trial on charges connected to a three-county chase.   Monday Malory Smith’s arraignment was set for January 9. Back on November 16 Smith was accused of

Nebraska Agribusiness Club Recognizes Three Honorees

Lincoln, NE - Three Nebraskans were honored for their service and dedication to agriculture at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s 48th annual awards banquet November 6th at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. The 2014 honorees for Public Service to Ag


LINCOLN, NE, December 30, 2014 -- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for December 2014 averaged $6.10 per bushel, an increase of 73 cents from the November price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Tennessee Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allerg

WASHINGTON, December 31, 2014 – Campos Foods, LLC, a Caryville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,300 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and

Norfolk Area Economic Development Council Receives Two Awards

The Norfolk Area Economic Development Council received two awards at the 2014 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum held in Chicago. The Council won third place in "Business Retention and Expansion" in the small market

Central Community College To Host Tax Workshop

Central Community College Columbus Campus and the Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund will host tax and legal considerations for your estate planning. The even will be Wednesday January 7 at 10 am at the West Education Center. People will have the op

2 Injured In Highway 81 Collision

2 Nebraska residents have been sent to the hospital with injuries from a collision with a semi yesterday afternoon.    Polk County Sherriff Dwaine Ladwig says 79 year old Harold Bremer of Scotia and his wife 75 year old Shirley Bremer where tra

HQ Troop Commander Rogers Graduates from FBI National Academy

(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol is proud to announce the recent graduation of Headquarters Troop-Lincoln Commander Captain Lance Rogers from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Captain Rogers, a 19-year veteran of the agency was am

Agriculture industry group releases 2015 safety fact sheet

A snapshot of the agriculture workforce, the economic toll of worker injuries and the benefits of investing in safety are included in a new graphics-driven fact sheet released by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA). The annual c

Balancing Access to Markets, Technology Plays Key Role in Team Discussions

This December, the National Corn Growers Association's Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met in St. Louis to review the organization's policy in their area of expertise, discuss progress on several ongoing programs and hear from industry

USDA Report Reaffirms Food Safety in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Pesticide residues detected on a variety of recently sampled food products are below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and “do not pose a safety concern,” according to data release

Colfax County To Receive 911 Text Messages

Dispatchers in Colfax County will soon be able to receive text messages for 911 emergencies. The county Board of Commissioners recently approved a measure to spend more than $100,000 on the new text-to-911 system. The system will give emergency dispatch

Elkhorn Valley History Museum To Host Hands-On History Saturdays

The Elkhorn Valley History Museum will be hosting its winter round of Hands-On History Saturdays. The event will focus on textiles sewing, clothes, handiwork, quilting, knitting and much more. During Hands-On History hour, museum staff will showcase arti

Three-State Beef Conference To Begin Next Month

The second annual Three-State Beef Conference will begin next month in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. On January 15th there will be two sessions in Nebraska.  The first will be at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice. An evening session wi

A Norfolk Man Has Been Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana

A 22 year old Norfolk man has been arrested for possession of marijuana.   Norfolk Police stopped at 905 South 13th Street early Thursday morning where they found Lavante Sims parked. When police approached Sims vehicle they smelled the burning mar

Rural Housing Funding is More Than $114 Million through USDA Rural Development

Lincoln, Nebraska  December 29, 2014—More than $114 million was delivered in federal fiscal year 2014 by USDA Rural Development to achieve homeownership, complete home repairs and to provide rental assistance to rural Nebraska families.  U

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Launches HOW-TO Video Series about Farming and

Chesterfield, Mo.– 1,200 cows milked. 50,000 eggs gathered.  Clean barns for 7,000 pigs. One day’s work for America’s farmers! People can now learn how they do it through U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s® (USFRA®

Farm Bill Help Available

Signing up for the 2014 Farm Bill will continue into 2015 with the deadlines of February 27 or March 31 looming.  By February 27, landlords and producers will need to finish their yield updates and base acre allocations.  The program selection d

Influenza Considered "Widespread" In Nebraska

Health officials in Nebraska say they are seeing more cases of the flu across the state in the past two weeks. Cases of influenza are now considered widespread in Nebraska. State epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Safranek says the flu season appears to be hittin

Three Missing Dogs Found Dead In Hastings

A local animal shelter has put up a reward for information after three missing dogs were found dead near railroad tracks in Hastings on Tuesday. Start Over Rover says there's no evidence that there was any foul play involved, but the company is suspi

Stanton County Semi Accident

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate a crash between to semis Wednesday morning. The accident occurred when a westbound semi pulling a load of pigs that was struck by a southbound semi and trailer hauling grain. 55 year

Two Men Have Been Arrested For Fleeing Columbus Police

Two men have been arrested for fleeing Columbus Police.   Early Tuesday morning Police attempted to pull over a 1994 Dodge pickup when the driver and passenger fled the scene on a short pursuit before Deputies where able to make the arrest. The Dri

Ag Park to Recycle Christmas Trees

Ag Park in Columbus will be providing a collection site for accepting Christmas Trees to recycle this year.   Trees will be accepted from December 26 till January 12 and will be used for an archery competition at Ag Park in late January. City

Central Nebraska Veterans' Home receives notification of federal funds

Lincoln – John Hilgert, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Veterans’ Homes announced Nebraska has been notified it will receive federal funding for the new Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney.

ALB Is Gearing Up For Lamb Lovers Month

This year’s Lamb Lovers Month Recipes for Romance campaign and contest is a Facebook-based contest designed to inspire consumers to cook American Lamb in February. Just like Sunday Funday, consumers will be led to a contest landing page/”app&r

UNMC 2014 Scientist Laureate Has Been Announced

A University of Nebraska Medical Center Professor has been named UNMC 2014 Scientist Laureate. A Professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Tatiana Bronich will be UNMC’s ninth Scientist Laureate. The award is the highest honor UNMC bestows to researche

Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team Serve Columbus Warrant

The Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team has recovered a large amount of currency, drugs, and firearms.   NSP Captain Paul Hattan confirmed the SWAT team served a high-risk warrant at Silver Park Trailer Court in Columbus Thursday morning. Hattan

UNL To Offer Ag Workshops

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will offer workshops across the state that will provide information to livestock and crop farmers.   The goal is to give information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the env

USDA Invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Dairy Import Licensing Progra

WASHINGTON, Dec.23, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a public comment period on proposed changes to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer t

FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage

NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program Announces Second Class

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the participants of the 2015 class of its NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its second year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators and leaders. Thirty-five p

Nebraska Top 10 Healthiest States

Nebraska has moved into the top 10 among the healthiest states in the country. In a report issued by the United Health Foundation earlier this month, Nebraska moved up one notch after ranking No. 11 last year. The five states surrounding Nebraska ranked

Project Includes Temporary Closure of N-14 underpass in Aurora

According to the Nebraska Department of Roads a rail improvement project will include the temporary closure of the N-14 underpass in Aurora.   The closure will allow SEMA Construction, the contractor for BNSF Railway, to drive piling for the new br

Human Trafficking Awareness Vigil

A Human Trafficking Awareness Vigil will be held at the State Capitol in Lincoln. The public is invited to attend the event that will be held in observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Sunday January 11 at 4:30pm. The vigil will include

Estate Planning Workshop - January 7

A free Estate Planning Workshop will be held in Columbus on Wednesday, January 7, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the Central Community College Campus.  The workshop is free, but you do need to register with Amanda Polacek at 402-563-6255, or e-m


LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.55 million cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 5 percent from last year. Placements

DuPont Pioneer to Sell Alfalfa Research and Production Assets to S&W Seed Compan

DES MOINES, Iowa & FIVE POINTS, Calif.– DuPont Pioneer and S&W Seed Company today announced an agreement for S&W Seed Company to acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa germplasm, as well as alfalfa production and research facility assets for a

Senate Ag Committee Members Announced

Senate majority leadership announced assignments to the Senate Committee on Agriculture. Republicans who will accompany incoming Chairman Pat Roberts (Kan.) on the Senate Agriculture Committee include John Boozman (Ark.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Joni Ernst

A Finalist for The University of Nebraska Presidency Is Visiting Nebraska

Dr. Sally Rockey, one of four finalists for the University of Nebraska presidency, is visiting Nebraska this week. Rockey shared what she would like to focus on as the new president.     “This is a magnificent institute of higher educatio

Northeast Community College Faculty Recieves Funding

A member of the Northeast Community College faculty has received funding from a statewide organization. Agriculture instructor/livestock judging coach Mike Roeber is one of three educators in the state to receive grants from the Nebraska Cattlemen Founda

Former Owners of Nebraska Gun Shop Caught for Tax Evasion

Former owners of a southeast Nebraska gun shop are going to prison for sales and income tax evasion. Robert and Hope Androyna were sentenced Thursday in Lancaster County District Court where Robert Androyna was given two consecutive 18- to 36-month priso

Nebraska Man Pleades Guilty to Exposing Himself

A 22 year old Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to exposing himself to 17 year old girls at a Columbus Library.   Police were called to the library on Oct. 27 by the high school students where Mitchell Ryan fled from the scene but was later found hid

Death Penalty Year End Review

The Death Penalty Information Center has released its year-end report US trends regarding death sentences, executions and exonerations.   The review shows that there where 72 death sentences this year which is a record low. There where 35 executions

Jon Doggett Named NCGA Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2014) – The National Corn Growers Association today announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to Executive Vice President, effective January 1. In his new role, Doggett will lead efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and


LINCOLN, NE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners will begin receiving forms for th

NCGA Announces 2014 Yield Contest Winners

ST. LOUIS (December 19, 2014) -- Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued t

USDA Chief Pulls Back Beef Checkoff Proposal

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (Dec. 19, 2014) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack scrapped a proposal to establish another beef checkoff on top of the existing Beef Checkoff Program. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) is pleased

ADM Participates in U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Meeting

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) this week joined with business leaders and policymakers from the U.S. and China to support and strengthen ties between the two countries at the first-ever Chicago meeting of the U.S.-Ch

USDA in Nebraska Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Finance Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul announced that USDA is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants. The program provides grants to establish essential broa

Corn and Soybean Checkoff Tour Coming to Four Districts

LINCOLN, Neb. (December 18, 2014) – The Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board are teaming up and hitting the road for their first ever Checkoff Tour. The tour, which will take place over the course of two days – January 6 and 8

Don?t Miss the Opportunity to Apply for the CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship

DENVER (Dec. 18, 2014) – Friday, Dec. 19, marks the application deadline for the 2015-16 Beef Industry Scholarship, sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef indu

4 Lanes 4 Nebraska Program

A coalition in northeast Nebraska has announced the organization of 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska.   The program is a trade and advocacy organization promoting the modernization of Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure. This group will immediately fo

Northeast Community College Adds 2 Athletic Programs

Northeast Community College in Norfolk has announced it will add 2 new athletic programs to its growing number of sports. Women's softball and men's soccer will begin at the College in Fall 2015. The decision by the college comes 2 years after re

Kearney Manufacturing Plant Cited for Safety Violations

A Kearney manufacturing plant has been cited for workplace safety violations.   Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for a July incident that federal regulators say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.  A federal Occupational Safety and

Loup Power District Phone Scams

Loup Power District has received an increased number of phone scam incidents. This has prompted Loup to advise all electric customers to be wary of suspicious calls. Customers have reported receiving scam calls from individuals stating that they are with

Flags Will Be Presented to Town of Pilger

Lt. Gov. John Nelson will make the trip to Pilger on Friday when 50 U.S. flags and 10 flag cases will be presented to replace flags that where damaged or destroyed during last years June Tornado. Representatives of Woodmen of the World will also be takin

American Red Cross Coming To Columbus

The American Red Cross is encouraging eligible blood donors to give at one of the upcoming blood drives in Columbus. The Christian Center at Northtown Mall will host blood drives on December 18 and the 23, while Immanuel Lutheran Church will host theirs

U.S. Wheat Farmers Anticipate Increased Trade Opportunities with Cuba

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud President Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin discussions to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba, which will mak

Senate Approves Short-Term Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Credits, But Congr

The Senate Tuesday night finally approved a package of tax credit extensions, including many aimed at benefiting renewable energy, and has sent the measure to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. However, the 25x'25 Alliance joins tho

Pilger Residents Donate Christmas Decorations

Pilger, NE (AP) - Pilger residents have donated outdoor Christmas decorations after much of the town's holiday lights were destroyed in a tornado earlier this year.   Pilger's decorations were stored at a resident's home, which was levele

Midland University Has Announced It's New President

The 16th President of Midland University has been announced.   Jody Horner will become the new president and brings decades of experience in leadership of one of America’s largest business enterprises, higher education, and nonprofit organiza

Lincoln Woman Senenced to 5 Years Probation

U.S District Court has sentenced a 68 year old Lincoln woman to a 5 year term of probation.   Karen Gagner who worked with Gagner Restoration, Inc; was sentenced Tuesday following her conviction for embezzlement and theft from the companies 401(k) e

Saunders County Latest Livestock Friendly County

Governor Dave Heineman has announced Saunders County as Nerbaska’s newest county to receive Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. This announcement is the final Livestock Friendly County designation H

Merrick County Single Vehicle Accident

A Central City man has been killed in a single vehicle accident in Merrick County. Merrick County Sheriff Kevin Campbell says late last week 53 year old Ernest Heskett was driving east near Archer on Highway 92 when he lost control and was sent into the

Governor Heineman Announces Saunders County Designated Livestock Friendly

(Wahoo, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman announced the official designation of Saunders County as Nebraska’s newest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Today’s announcement marks

NMPF Thanks House and Senate for Sending Section 179 Extension to the White Hous

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The National Milk Producers Federation today thanked Congress for passing and sending to the White House legislation extending the ability of farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases immediately instead of ov

ASA Hails Senate Passage of One-Year Tax Extenders Package, Renews Call for Long

WASHINGTON– Tuesday evening, the Senate passed a one-year extension of multiple tax incentives and credits, including several that have direct impacts on soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed passage of the bill, which wou

Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Winners Announced

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced 12 Winners in the Draw Your Dreams scholarship contest. 5th Grader Kennady Schmidt of Dodge and 11 other Nebraska students each will receive $1,000 deposited into a (NEST) College Savings Plan scholarship a

ACLU of Nebraska is Suing State Prison Officals

Lincoln, NE (AP) - The ACLU of Nebraska is suing state prison officials on behalf of an inmate who says he was repeatedly attacked by fellow inmates, including a member of a white supremacist gang.   The lawsuit alleges that prison officials knowingl

Columbus Man Under Arrest for Numerous Charges

A 19 year old Columbus man has been charged with unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy to distribute a counterfeit controlled substance (K2) and escape.   Louis Loarca schemed to make multiple unau

Columbus Man Charged With Unauthorized Use of Financial Transaction

A Columbus man has pleaded no contest to creating a scheme to steal cash from a woman’s bank card to buy drugs. 19 year old Efraim Trevino was charged with unauthorized use of a financial transaction device $500-$1,500 in connection with several th

National Blood Donor Month Begins January 1st

National Blood Donor Month Begins January 1st.   National Blood Donor Month has been observed during January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Congress

LINCOLN, NEB., – “We are appreciative of the Senate’s action Dec. 13 and the House’s action last week in passing an omnibus spending package that addresses many of the key issues of interest to Nebraska farmers and ranchers.”

FMD Outbreaks Persist in South Korea Despite Wishful Thinking by Ag Secretary an

Billings, Mont. - Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is perhaps the most contagious disease known to cloven-footed animals like cattle, hogs, sheep, deer and elk. Argentina and Brazil are countries where the FMD virus is known to exist. Nevertheless, United Sta

24 Year Old Killed in Polk County Accident

A 24 year old Lincoln man was killed in a two vehicle accident in Polk County Friday night. The Nebraska State Patrol says 28 year old Juan Carlos Tristan-Torres of Lincoln was driving southbound on Highway 39 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and s

Replica of Higgins Mermorial Set for Normandy Beach

An effort has begun to bring the Higgins Memorial to Normandy Beach. Andrew Jackson Higgins was born in Columbus before eventually designing and building landing craft used in every major invasion of World War I including the D-Day landings on the beache

Woman Injured in Accident With Son

Grand Island, NE (AP) - Police say a Nebraska woman was injured after her son accidently pinned her against a church with their family's truck.   43-year-old Maria Atjun was taken to an area hospital Sunday night and released. Sgt. Todd Dvorak sa

New Chairman Elected to Keep Moving Checkoff Forward

ST. LOUIS (Dec. 15, 2014) – Bob Haselwood, soybean farmer from Berryton, Kansas, has been elected by his fellow United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-directors to lead the board in investing soy checkoff funds for the next year. In addition to the suppo

Nebraska Cattlemen Announce 2014 Industry Service Awards and Hall of Fame Honore

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC)  announced the winners of the 2014 Industry Service Awards and Hall of Fame honoree. Awards were presented at the Annual Convention and Trade Show held last week in Kearney, Nebraska. Industry Service Awar

Joint Statement by NCBA and PLC on Senate Passage of Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- The $1.1 trillion omnibus package passed by the Senate  held several strong wins for the cattle industry. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan and Public Lands Council President Brenda Richards remarked on Senat


Storm Lake, IA - Ladies, the 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference not only features Jolene Brown as the keynote speaker, but also offers several other nationally acclaimed speakers as well!  This year sessions will include the following nationally a

Nebraska Deer Harvest Is Up Slightly

The Nebraska deer harvest is up slightly from 2013. As of Dec. 5, over 44 thousand deer have been taken in all seasons, compared to 42.5 thousand by the same date last year. The biggest change from last year is the mule deer buck harvest, which is up (9

Commodity Classic Releases Updated Mobile App

ST. LOUIS (December 12, 2014)—The newest version of the Commodity Classic app for smartphones and tablets has been released, well in advance of the 20th Commodity Classic, to be held Feb. 26-28 in Phoenix, Ariz.  The new app, which can be dow

Rural Futures Institute Helping Rural Communities

Kearney, NE (AP) - A leader of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Rural Futures Institute is pulling together resources from the school and other higher education centers, nonprofits and government entities to help rural communities.   The Rura

Ricketts Announces Replacement in State Legislature

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has announced that a Dodge County cattleman will be replacing Sen. Charlie Janssen in the state Legislature.   Ricketts said Thursday night in Kearney, during the Nebraska Cattlemen's annual banquet, th

Groundwater Contaminated in Grand Island

Grand Island, NE (AP) - Groundwater contaminated with unsafe levels of chemical compounds used for explosives has been removed from beneath Grand Island city limits.    The contaminated groundwater was discovered in 1981 underneath the former Co

UNMC Professor and Chairman Receives 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor and Chairman of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology Steven Hinrichs received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Association of Public Health Laboratories presented the award that recognizes i

Northeast Community College Receives Donationi

Members of the Hot Summer Nites Rod Run have made a financial contribution to Northeast Community College. The former area classic car club presented a $12,000 check to Northeast President Dr. Michael Chipps and Chair of the College Board of Governors Jo

The Buy-A-Brick Paver Campaign Is Underway

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to help build the Rain Garden Patio. This past summer a Rain Garden was installed and now the Chamber is ready to create the patio area using pavers engraved with the names of members and other

Discussion Has Been Tabled on Pilger Middle School Rebuild

Wisner, NE (AP) - Residents jammed a school board meeting for a discussion on how and where to build a replacement for a middle school damaged by a tornado in northeast Nebraska.   On June 16 an EF4 twister destroyed or damaged more than half the tow

Nebraska Corn Growers Association Elects New Officers Also Gives Golden Ear Awar

YORK, NEBRASKA—The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) held its annual meeting at the Holthus Convention Center in York on December 4, 2014.   The meeting was attended by one of the largest contingencies of grower delegates in recent

ASA Announces 2015 Officers and Committee Assignments

ST. LOUIS MO (Dec. 11, 2014) The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, as its newest President and moved outgoing President Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa, to the position of Cha

House Passes Trillion Dollar Funding Package for 2015

WASHINGTON-With a vote of 219 to 206 the House passed a trillion dollar omnibus spending package to fund the government through the next year. The Senate is expected to take up the measure on soon and with large bipartisan support in the House,

Norfolk Man Arrested On Numerous Charges

A Norfolk man has been arrested on numerous charges. Norfolk Police pulled over a man for violating a stop sign Wednesday evening. When asked for his license the man said he didn’t have it with him but that he held a California driver’s Licen

Three Local Nominations for Judgeship Opening

Grand Island, NE. (AP) - The names of three people have been forwarded to the governor for his consideration in filling a judgeship opening in south-central Nebraska.   A judicial nominating commission has nominated Thomas Klein, of Wahoo; John Marsh

Congressman Introduces Legislation on Alien Minors to Subcommittee

Congressman Adrian Smith testified during a House Judiciary Subcommittee that focused on the impact of alien minors on local communities and the need for consultation and notification. Smith introduced legislation that would require the Department of Heal

TierOne Bank Fraud Allegations

Lincoln, NE. (AP) - The former chairman and CEO of TierOne Bank has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud allegations connected to the Lincoln-based bank's collapse.   73-year-old Gilbert Lundstrom entered the pleas to 15 counts on Wednesday

Keyston XL Pipeline in Jeopardy?

Is the Keystone XL pipeline in jeopardy?   TransCanada is downplaying any thoughts that plunging gas prices are affecting the pipeline. Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb who has been fighting the pipeline says lower pump prices are a big deal. Trans

ADM to Establish Tech Center in Erlanger, Kentucky

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has selected Erlanger, Kentucky, as the site for its new information technology and support center. The center, which will open in the second half of 2015, will


ST. LOUIS (December 10, 2014) – Monsanto has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the 50 Best Places to Work in 2015. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its seventh year, relies solely on the input


LINCOLN, NEB. (December 11, 2014) - To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Nebraska, AARP names State Senators Kate Bolz of Lincoln and Sue Crawford of Bellevue as 2014 "Capitol Caregivers," a bipartisan group of 46 state legisl

Federal Spending Bill Catastrophic for Rural Priorities

Lyons, Nebraska -Tuesday, appropriators in the House and Senate emerged from weeks of backroom talks and 24 hours of tense, final negotiations among top Congressional leaders having penciled out an agreement on a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill tha

EPA Approves Bayer CropScience's Registration Application for ILeVO®

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-Bayer CropScience announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO®, the only seed treatment that protects the root system against infections caused b

Two Nebraska Recipients of USDA Awards for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels.        Ag

Nebrask Employment Expecting Record High

Lincoln, NE (AP) - The governor says Nebraska employment is expected to top 1.1 million next year, a record high.    Gov. Dave Heineman said in making the announcement Wednesday that the state has had continued growth in a number of industries.

NAMA Executive Director Philip H. Kimball steps down

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) and Executive Director Philip H. Kimball announced that he has stepped down after eight years of service to the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) and NAMA.  

Nebraska Farm Bureau Delegates Outline Positions on Taxes, Beef Checkoff; Elect

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau’s voting delegates reinforced the need for property tax relief, adopting a handful of resolutions targeted to lessening the property tax burden on Nebraska farm and ranch families as part of the organizatio

Deadline Aproaching for Health Insurance

The Deadline for Health Care Insurance before the New Year is coming shortly. Rebecca Rayman shares how you can apply. Rayman says "You need to get in by December 15. You can go online and enroll in the program. You can also

Battle Creek Man Pleaded Guilty to Motor Vehicle Homicide

A Battle Creek man has pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says 26 year old Trey Finkral was charged with the misdemeanor in Stanton County Court following an investigation into a September collision that claimed t

Local farmers, citizens and businesses deserve praise for sustaining our natural

On behalf of Nebraska’s 23 natural resources districts (NRDs), the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) would like to praise the efforts made by our local farmers, citizens and businesses that will result in sustaining our natural reso

Johanns Delivers Farewell Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor. Excerpts of his remarks are below:   “From my first day as a county commissioner, throughout my service as a Lincoln City Council Member,

Fortenberry Legislation to Designate Chief Standing Bear Trail Passes House of R

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives today passed his legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear

BASF helps fight hunger with $75,000 donation to Feeding America

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.– BASF is donating $75,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, to help feed struggling families and individuals throughout the U.S.   “Hunger is a very real problem for te

EPA Announces New ENERGY STAR Tool for Homeowners to Save Money, Energy This Win

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching its ENERGY STAR Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through recommended custo

Gov. Heineman: Nebraska Named Top Five Best Run State

(Lincoln, Neb.) Governor Dave Heineman today announced that Nebraska has been named one of the best run states in America by the online publication 24/7 Wall Street. The rankings, available on the financial news site, were determined using f

Transfer Station Ribbon Cutting

Columbus has a new waste Transfer Station. Earlier today the city hosted a ribbon cutting for the new station at the new site located at 570 South 14th Avenue. The new station is scheduled to go on-line Monday with all solid waste including trees/branche

Wayne State College President Set to Retire Next Year

 Wayne, NE (AP) - The president of Wayne State College in northeast Nebraska intends to retire at the end of June next year.   Curt Frye was appointed to the post in June 2011 after spending a year as interim president, following the depart

Nebraska State Patrol Working Overtime During Holiday Season

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will work overtime this holiday season. The “You Drink and Drive You Lose” campaign has been created to try to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatal crashes by removing impaired drivers from

Semi Struck By Train Near David City

A semi has struck a train near David City. Late Monday night a Mark Services Inc Semi driven by 38 year old Brandon Bjorkman was westbound on Nebraska 92 when his truck hit a southbound train on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Butler Cou


Kearney – Last night, Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced during his remarks at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Annual Dinner that Greg Ibach would lead the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Greg Ibach of Sumner has served

Fischer Releases Highlights of 113th Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today released a digital booklet entitled “Working For You: A Look Back on My Work in the 113th Congress.” The booklet highlights the Senator’s accomplishments over her first two years

Dec. 15 PIN Tag Requirement Nears for Free SECD Testing

Monday, Dec. 15, is a key date for pork producers who wish to continue getting free laboratory testing of samples when a Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) is suspected, which includes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). That's when the Vete

Kansas State University epidemiologist publishes model on the impact of a region

MANHATTAN — A research project in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine presents the largest model to date for evaluating the impact and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock. Mike Sanderson, pr

Shane Greckel and Ben and Jamie Keep Take Home Young Farmer and Rancher Awards

Kearney, Neb. – Shane Greckle of Bloomfield was selected as the winner of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet, and Ben and Jamie Keep of Cotesfield was named the recipient of the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranche

NFBF Selects Hruby Family as 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Winners

Tim and Stephanie Hruby were honored as the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award recipients during the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Fundraising and Auction Dinner on Mon., Dec. 8. The coupl

Impaired Drivers Focus of Holiday Enforcement

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will work overtime hours during the holiday season in an effort to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes by removing impaired drivers from our roadways. The “You Drink

Grants Announced to Encourage Students to Seek Careers in Agriculture and Apicul

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 9, 2014) – Next year, Bayer CropScience, in partnership with the National FFA Organization, will provide grants to inspire interest in agriculture and apiculture professions among America’s youth. The gra

Last Call! Deadline for College Ag Scholarship Applications Fast Approaching

With only days remaining, The National Corn Growers Association reminds interested students applications for ag college scholarships must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 12. NCGA and BASF Corporation offer these five $1,000 scholarships to und


Lincoln –Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced two search firms that will assist with the national search for three key department heads in his administration. Last week, Ricketts announced a new initiative to conduct a national search for the Dir

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Says Nebraska Tax Structure and School Funding Sy

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) President Steve Nelson told more than 300 farmers and ranchers from across the state that Nebraska’s tax structure and school funding system is broken and a fix is needed. The remarks were

Ricketts Announces Four Appointments for State Government Jobs

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has announced four appointments for state government jobs once he takes office.   Ricketts said Friday he will re-appoint Ronnie Mitchell as director of the Department of Aeronautics, Jim Heine as

Wayne State College Suspends Fraternity

Wayne, NE (AP) - Wayne State College has indefinitely suspended a fraternity after two people suffered alcohol poisoning and police began investigating whether drinks at house parties were spiked with drugs.    Wayne State officials said in a pr

Nebraska State Fair Looking To Improve In 2015

Grand Island, NE (AP) - Nebraska State Fair officials are reviewing the successes of this year's fair and looking for ways to improve it in 2015.   The State Fair Board convened on Friday to discuss a new website and additions planned for the Rai

Norfolk Man Arrested on Several Warrants

A Norfolk man has been arrested for several warrants.   21 year old Harley McGraw was stopped by Norfolk Police for a suspended Nebraska Operator’s License and several warrants. While searching McGraw and his vehicle, officers found a large a

Missing Woman's Body Found in Lincoln

The body of a former Lakeview High School Student has been found in Lincoln and her husband has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife on November 22nd.  Lincoln Police Chief, Jim Peschong, said this morning, 28-year-old Kelsey Miller&rsq

The Honor of a Lifetime

By: Senator Mike Johanns As my Senate term comes to a close, I want to express my deep appreciation for the incredible privilege of serving you in public office. I’m honored by the trust you’ve have placed in me over the past 32 years. If I c
California Drought
Feb 2, 2014 - Cachuma Lake, California, U.S. - Dry cracked mud left high and dry as the water recedes. Cachuma Lake, the main source of drinking water for 200,000 people on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County is disappearing. The Lake is one of the

Data-driven Insights on the California Drought

A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources. Drought coverage of Ca

Local Board Guides Programming

The Land Grant Universities, like the University of Nebraska are unique in that they have three purposes.  We all know about a University’s teaching and research purpose, but the third purpose is Extension.  The Extension Division ‘e

Nebraska Cattlemen Announce 2015 Class of Young Cattlemen's Conference

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen announced the 2015 class of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). YCC nominees were accepted from Nebraska Cattlemen affiliate organizations throughout the state and selected by committee to participate in the two-year leadership program. Each class is limited to 10 individuals.

“The next generation of Nebraska Cattlemen will ensure Nebraska

Congressional Letter on Bighorn Gets USDA Response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) replied to the June bi-cameral letter from 37 U.S. Senators and Representatives. The letter, sent to Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, and Sally Jewell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, asked for clarifica

Columbus Man Pleads Guilty fo Assaulting Area Man

A 37 year old Columbus man has pleaded guilty to assaulting an area man and no contest to spitting in the face of a sheriff’s deputy. Anthony Buggi is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 30 for third-degree assault and assault of an officer with bodily fl

There are Five Local Applicants to Replace Charlie Janssen

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Five people have applied to replace Charlie Janssen in the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 15th Legislative District.    The applicants all hail from Dodge County. They include Paul Von Behren of Ames, a retired veterin

Possible Arson Case in Grand Island Fire

An investigation into a Grand Island fire is underway. Grand Island Police are looking into a fire at 415 South Cherry where shortly after 8am Thursday a fire in an apartment complex was believed to have been a result of arson. Suspects gained entry into

Nebraska Firm Recalls Pork Belly Product Produced Without Import Inspection

WASHINGTON – Quality Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb., establishment, is recalling approximately 44,372 pounds of frozen pork belly product because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture&

Nebraska's New Health Insurance Marketplace

Lincoln, NE (AP) - A commission created to monitor Nebraska's new health insurance marketplace is recommending that the state continue to let the federal government run the operation.   The Nebraska Exchange Stakeholder Commission said in a repor

Nebraskan Elected to CoOportunity Health Governing Board of Directors

A Nebraskan has been elected to the CoOportunity Health governing board of directors by its members.   Director of the East Central District Health Department Rebecca Rayman along with two Iowa members have been elected and insured by the company and

Nebraska Football Announces New Head Coach

Nebraska Football has announced it’s new head coach. The University has chosen former Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley to lead the program in the coming years. Riley recorded 93 wins in 14 years as head coach at Oregon State and had a 6-2 record i

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to Decembe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Fa

Three Suspects In Custody For Norfolk Robbery

Three Suspects have been taken into custody for a Monday Norfolk Robbery. Stolen items from the 108 W. Madison robbery were recovered during a search warrant. In addition, clothing matching the description that the suspects were wearing was located as we

UNL Collegiate Farm Bureau Organizes Coalition Effort Against Meatless Mondays C

LINCOLN, NEB. – Students that are in favor of agriculture organized to become one voice at the Association for Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (ASUN) senate meeting on Wednesday evening, according to the vice president of programming,

ASA Hails Barge Fuel Increase to Fund Waterways

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2014) – As part of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 404-17, a provision to increase the barge fuel fee to fund needed waterways infrastruc

With Passage of Tax Extenders Stopgap, ASA Callsfor Longer-Term Solution

WASHINGTON – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment

Fortenberry Cosponsored ABLE Act Passes House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry Wednesday announced that the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which he cosponsored, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 404-17. The Fortenberry-cosponsored legislation h

Nebraska Joins 16 States in Challenge of President?s Unconstitutional Abuse of P

Nebraska joined 16 states in a legal action challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.    The States legal challenge to the President includes The Take Care Clause. Attorney General Jon Bruning says the President&rs

Police Investigate Wire Theft

Police continue to investigate theft of industrial wire from an area construction site. Columbus Police Captain Todd Thalken said a call came in around 10:30 am Tuesday about missing industrial wire at a local construction site. Approximately 255 feet o

Crash Injures Thurston County Deputy

(Pender, Neb.)- A Tuesday, Dec. 2, crash between a semi and a pickup injured a Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy. The crash occurred at the crest of a hill on Highway 94 about three miles east of Pender in Thurston County. Around 4:15 p.m., Tuesday,

Bayer CropScience Looking for the Best Young Sustainable Farmers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Bayer CropScience is seeking young agricultural producers that are demonstrating leadership and excellence in the areas of business and environmental sustainability through the 2015 Young Farmer Sustaina

USDA Announces $9.7 Million in Dedicated Outreach and Technical Assistance to Di

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 – Today, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $9.7 million in grants to 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers. These awards are distributed through the Outreach and

Union Pacific Dispute

Omaha. NE (AP) - Asarco is appealing to federal regulators in its dispute with Union Pacific over lead pollution along railroad lines because it wants to make sure the $1.8 billion it has paid for cleanups is effective.   The Tucson, Arizona, based l

Tune In For High School Basketball Friday On KZ-100

Join KZ-100 for coverage of High School Basketball as Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family plays host to Clarkson/Leigh Friday night.  Coverage begins at 5:30pm on KZ-100.

Click Here To Listen Live!

Tune In For High School Basketball Friday On 93.5 The Hawk

Join 93.5 The Hawk for coverage of High School Basketball as Cross County goes on the road to face off againstShelby-Rising City Friday.

Coverage begins at 6:15pm on 93.5 The Hawk.

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Clear Creek Home Intruder

Polk County Police are in search of a home intruder. Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig stated that authorities continue to look for a male suspect who entered a Clear Creek home this past weekend. Ladwig said deputies responded to a 911 call about 8:30pm Friday wher

Norfolk Cigarettes & More Robbery

Norfolk Police responded to a robbery around 6:45pm last night.   Police where called to the Cigarettes and More located at 1303 Center Drive where a white male in his 20s had entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money. He left on foo

Norfolk Robbery

Norfolk Police where called to a robbery last night. Around 8:30pm Monday Police responded to a reported robbery at 108 West Madison Avenue. 3-4 males entered the residence where they brandished handguns and demanded money and drugs. The males left the r

Boys Town Columbus Ribbon Cutting

Boys Town Columbus opened the doors to their new facility Tuesday. Boys Town Columbus opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Site operations Director of Central Nebraska Dave Reed said the new offices will be used for baries functions. "Right now

Columbus is recertified until October 2019

DECEMBER 2, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—Columbus, Neb. (pop. 22,533), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in May 2009 and just recertified this past October.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

"Producing advanced biofuel

NCBA and PLC Accepting Summer Internship Applications

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s and the Public Lands Council's government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the summer 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 9, 2015.

“NCBA and PLC provide opportunities that very few other internships can offer,” said John Weber, South Dakota

Vote for Your Favorite Entries in Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

With entries now closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association invites everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 400 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on

Sign-Up Deadline for the New Dairy Safety Net Is End of This Week

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers have only a few more days to go to their county Farm Service Agency office and sign up for the new dairy safety net included in the 2014 farm bill. The deadline is Friday, December 5 for enrolling in the new Margin Protection Program, for the remainder of 2014, for all of 2015, or for both.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers

Norfolk Man Arrested For Felony Assault

Norfolk, NE (AP) - A 20 year old Norfolk man is under arrest for felony assault following an early Saturday morning dispute. Police where called to Faith Regional West after a 28 year old man claimed he had been struck in the chin with a wooden baseball

Norfolk Propane Fire

Authorities in northeast Nebraska say an unattended propane turkey fryer ignited a fire that caused about $30,000 worth of damage to a garage. The Norfolk Fire Division responded to the home on Sunday and found smoke billowing out of the windows and roof

Stenberg Says Dec. 10 Deadline Approaching to Enter iPad Sweepstakes While Learn

Lincoln, Nebraska (Dec. 1, 2014) –The Dec. 10 deadline for entering the NEST iPad Sweepstakes is quickly approaching, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today. One iPad Air 2 will be given away in December as part of a statewide campaign to promote awareness of a free, online tutorial to learn more about saving for college.

Nebraskans can access the tutorial at Users

Body Found At Columbus Truck Stop

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - The body of a trucker has been found inside his semitrailer at a convenience store in Columbus.        Columbus police had been contacted by the Platte County Sheriff's Office about finding the driver, wh

Children and grain handling don't mix: here's why

Working in and around grain is extremely hazardous even for trained adults. Under no circumstances should young children be in the grain-handling worksite.

 And still, this harvest season has brought tragic fatalities and close-calls, such as:

 A 5-year-old North Carolina boy suffocates in a grain cart that is being loaded.

An 8-year-old South Dakota boy narrowly

Animal Scientist Funston Gets Regional Extension Award

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproduction specialist Rick Funston has been honored for his beef and heifer management work.

Funston won the 2014 Regional Excellence in Extension award for the North Central Region from Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.Funston, also a professor in the University

Nebraska Fires Pelini

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Bo Pelini has been fired as Nebraska's football coach after a seven-year stint marked by his inability to restore the program to sustained national prominence and a number of embarrassing losses in big games.   Pelini extended

Pilger Bank President To Be Honored

Pilger, NE ~~ A Pilger bank president will be honored Friday during the Nebraska-Iowa football game.  Midwest Bank President Gene Willers will represent Nebraska as a citizen hero during the annual Heroes Game between the two schools.  Willers put the lives of his bank family first when a large tornado ripped through the small town of Pilger. 

After storm spotters called the

Flood Warning For Hall County

Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Hall County in south-central Nebraska.   The service says an ice jam has formed in a channel of the Platte River south of Interstate 80 near Grand Island. The servic

Livestock On 2 Nebraska Farms Quarantined

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say livestock have been quarantined on two north-central Nebraska farms following diagnoses of a disease that can hamper an animal's ability to eat and drink.
The Nebraska Agriculture Department says a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory confirmed the diagnoses of vesicular stomatitis. The samples were taken from infected cattle on two farms in

Lincoln Man Convicted Of Recording Employees

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A former Lincoln restaurant manager has been convicted of recording images of women changing clothes in an employee locker room.
29-year-old Dustin Lindgren took a plea deal with prosecutors on Monday. He entered no contest pleas to two counts of unlawful intrusion and a judge found him guilty. A third count was dropped in the deal.
Authorities say Lindgren

Soil Health Partnership Field Days Generate Farmer Discussions

There were more than snow flurries sprinkling the Midwest over the past few weeks. In Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana, the Soil Health Partnership was busy holding field days.

In Shelby, Nebraska, SHP demonstration farmer Greg Whitmore told farmers that he approaches soil health by asking himself, "What do I want to happen in specific field? Farmers should consider both the

NCGA Statement Regarding EPA RFS Announcement

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today's EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard:

"Today's announcement by EPA shows the Administration recognizes the proposed rule was inherently flawed and based on an unworkable methodology.  We will continue to

Department of Natural Resources Director Resigns

(Lincoln, NE)  Director Brian Dunnigan of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources resigned on Thursday. Director Dunnigan was appointed by Governor Heineman to the position in 2008 after serving in the Department for over 30 years. Director Dunnigan said, “It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of the state and I will miss all of the wonderful people that I have

Semi Crash Sends One to Hospital

A Wednesday afternoon crash sends one to the hospital.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Department along with the Shelby Fire Department were called to a semi accident at highway 81/92.
Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig stated that a west bound 2002 Kenworth owned by JP Trucking of Columbus and driven by Jerod Haschke lost a set of tandem wheels on the tractor.  The wheels proceeded east

Department of Correctional Services Continues Progress on "Good Time" Miscalcula

(Lincoln, Neb.) The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), working closely with the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, continues to make progress in resolving any remaining issues stemming from the mandatory minimum sentence miscalculations identified in June. Since last summer, NDCS has reviewed hundreds of inmate criminal records to determine if additional crimes have been

Johanns Statement on President's Overreaching Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) issued the following statement on the President’s decision to circumvent Congress to act on immigration:

 “What the President is doing is wrong. His decision to act unilaterally undermines our legal system and ignores the clear message of the American people in the recent elections, rejecting his go-it-alone strategy and his

Nebraska State Patrol Recognized for Highway Safety Efforts

(Lincoln, Neb.)- The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has selected the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) as its 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) award recipient for State Police/Highway Patrol agencies its size.

The award honors NSP for having the best overall traffic safety program for State Police/Highway Patrol Agencies with 1-500 sworn personnel. The Nebraska

Fortenberry Legislation to Designate Standing Bear Trail Passes Committee

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced that the House Natural Resources Committee today passed his legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail (H.R. 5806). Fortenberry previously testified before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation in

Gov. Heineman & Randolph Elementary Celebrate National Academic Achievement

(Randolph, Neb.) Governor Dave Heineman was in Randolph to celebrate a major educational achievement. Students, teachers and community members gathered with state officials to celebrate Randolph Elementary School being selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

“You are one of America’s most outstanding schools relative to your

NCYC Online Harvest Form Will Remain Open until December 5

The National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline for online harvest form submission for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Due to the high volume of calls requesting  additional time in light of late harvest conditions in northern states, online submission will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 5.  All harvest forms that will be submitted via the

Cooperative Water Agreement Signed with Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska

(Manhattan, Kan.) Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration. Representatives of the States have signed a resolution, approving operational adjustments in 2014 and 2015 under the Republican River Compact that will benefit water users throughout the Basin and

OSHA cites company after worker death in Nebraska

SHELBY, Neb.- Federal officials have cited a company for safety violations following a worker's death in Nebraska.
     The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Wisconsin-based Double Dutch Dairy has four serious safety violations. Officials issued $22,500 in fines.
     A worker in the

National Pork Board Funds New Swine Health Information Center

DES MOINES - Nov. 19, 2014 - At its regularly scheduled November meeting, the National Pork Board's board of directors approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center. The new, autonomous venture will focus its efforts on implementing industry preparedness for disease challenges that could affect U.S. swine herds.

According to Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science

NCGA, Allies Ask Congress to Renew Tax Provisions

In a letter sent Monday, the National Corn Growers Association joined more than 40 agricultural groups asking Senate and House leaders to renew important tax provisions during the lame-duck session.

The letter (available at this link) specifically focuses on Section 179, an expired tax provision relating to capital expenditures and bonus depreciation.

"Farmers and

2014 Silver Eagle Award to Honor Clayton Yeutter

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Dr. Clayton Yeutter of Eustis, Neb., as the 2014 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Yeutter on Dec. 9 at the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Convention in Kearney.

Dr. Clayton Yeutter served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1989-91, under George H.W. Bush. He and his United States

UPDATED: Pennsylvania Firm Expands Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbrand

City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, Pa., establishment is expanding their recall to include an additional 12,282 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. This brings the total pounds of product recalled to 1,208,951 pounds. The products

NSP Supports Red Ribbon Campaign

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) vehicles will once again fly red ribbons this holiday season in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) efforts to encourage motorists to never drive impaired.

Presenting a united front in the statewide effort to remove impaired drivers from Nebraska roads, the Nebraska State Patrol joined Nebraska’s Governor, First Lady, MADD, local

Two Businesses Cited during Weekend Compliance Checks

(Grand Island, Neb.)- On Friday, Nov. 14, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), in conjunction with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Aurora Police Department, conducted compliance checks at 36 businesses in Hamilton and Merrick Counties.

During the effort, checks were conducted at 14 businesses in Hamilton County and 22 businesses in Merrick County. Of the 14 businesses checked in

NMPF Joins 41 Other Ag Groups in Urging Restoration of Section 179 Tax Provision

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today joined 41 other agricultural organizations in urging Congress to restore a tax code provision that allows small businesses, including farms, to write off capital purchases such as equipment immediately, instead of over time.

The provision, known as Section 179, is one of more than 50 expired tax policies the House and Senate

Commodity Classic Housing and Registration Open Today

Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.

The 20th annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The convention center

USDA and Partners Complete First-of-Its-Kind Sale of Carbon Credits from Working

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands

Gov. Heineman Announces Members of 2015 Nebraska Ag Youth Council

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman and Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced the selection of the members of the 2014-2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The council is comprised of college-aged students from throughout the state who exhibit a passion for agriculture and promote the industry through educating others.

“It’s an exciting time to

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared

City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, PA. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,196,669 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. 

Farm Bill Education Meeting – Tuesday, November 18

University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), are teaming up to provide educational meetings about the 2014 Farm Bill.  The local meeting is set for Tuesday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and will be held at the Saunders Co. Extension Office located at the Agricultural Research & Development Center near

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine Partner With Madonna

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ The University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, will provide physician and academic services to the new Madonna rehabilitation and long-term care hospital being built in west Omaha.   Under the

Hunters Can Help Hungry

Omaha, NE ~~ Nebraska Game and Parks officials are reminding hunters they can donate deer meat during the upcoming firearms hunting season. They can help the needy through the programs Hunters Helping the Hungry and Deer Exchange.   Game and Parks Sp

Central City Creates Nebraska's First Community Solar Project

Central City, NE ~~ Central City has been approved to build the state’s first community solar project.  The 100 panel system will allow residents save money with solar energy. It will be constructed along side an existing system that is owned b

Wakefield Schools On Lockdown After Body Is Discovered

Wakefield, NE ~~ Wakefield Community School is lockdown this afternoon after a body was discovered at the school.  The Dixon County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any information about the person found dead. 

School officials say the deceased is not a current student and student safety is not a concern.  The school is running a regular schedule at this time, however no

Red Cross Offers Tips In Cold Weather

Omaha, NE ~~ The American Red Cross is reminding people to take steps and prepare for frigid temperatures.  Region Executive Jill Orton says extreme cold can be dangerous but there are ways to combat it the American Red Cross wants everyone to know how to safely ride out these winter conditions.  Orton says individuals should wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm, gloves, and

C-P-D Warns Residents About Phone Scam

Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Police are warning residents about a phone scam.  The Columbus Police Department is receiving calls from residents who have been contacted by persons claiming to be with the I-R-S. 

The caller says there is a fee, and if it is not paid, the I-R-S will take legal action.  Police say these calls are a scam and C-P-D advises residents to ignore these

Blue Cross OKs 5 Hospitals Despite Contract Fight

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A major health insurer is trying to help customers in rural Nebraska deal with the fact that it has been unable to agree a new contract with one of the biggest medical networks in the state.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska said Wednesday that in January it will treat five CHI Health hospitals mostly as if they were part of the network, even though a new overall

Area Veterans Honored

Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus area Veterans were recognized this morning during a ceremony held at Lakeview High School.  Guest Speaker State Veterans of Foreign Wars Jr. Vice Commander Doug Whitaker says Veterans Day is a day to remember all who served.
Whitaker says “it is this day each year, November the 11th, that Americans pause to remember the millions of brave men and women

Ruling Could Open Door To More Petition Drives

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A ruling by a federal judge in Nebraska could make it easier for petition-drive organizers to place statewide initiatives on the ballot.
U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon struck down a state constitutional requirement Monday that had forced petition circulators to travel outside of large urban areas for signatures.
To qualify for the ballot, petition

Corn Harvest Progressing

Lincoln, NE ~~ Cooperative weather has helped Nebraska farmers catch up on their harvest of corn.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its report for the weekend ending Sunday that relatively warm weather and limited rainfall made for excellent harvest conditions.
The USDA says 79 percent of the state's corn had been harvested by Sunday, equaling the five-year average

One Week Remains for Awards Nominations

As a reminder, Nov. 15 marks the deadline for the submission of nominations for the annual American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) awards program.

Three award categories are available for nomination -- the McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award and the Distinguished Producer Award. Please note that past award recipients are not eligible. Awards will be presented at the ASI

USMEF Elects New Officer Team

On Nov. 7, 2014, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with election of new officers. Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, is USMEF chair, succeeding Mark Jagels of Davenport, Nebraska.

Leann Saunders

Saunders is co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, an agricultural and food verification

UNL and FSA Delivering 2014 Farm Bill Education Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency are joining to provide educational meetings across Nebraska on the 2014 Farm Bill.

 "The new farm bill provides producers a new, updated safety net for crop producers, but also provides a new, complex set of decisions," said Brad Lubben, UNL extension policy specialist. "It's

Laurel Woman Killed In ATV Accident

Laurel, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 67-year-old woman has died after an ATV collision in northeast Nebraska.
The Cedar County Sheriff's office says the accident happened in Laurel shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.
The sheriff's office says 67-year-old Sharon Bose was driving an all-terrain vehicle that collided with an ATV driven by 68-year-old Herbert Bose.

Seward County Crash Victim Taken Off Life Support

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ The Seward County Sheriff's Office says a woman has been taken off of life support after being critically injured in a two-vehicle crash that killed another woman.
Deputies say 30-year-old Antoinette Hruby of Milford died Saturday after she wasn't able to recover from the Nov. 2 crash on Highway 6. They say 45-year-old Kimberly Hawthorne of Lincoln crossed the

Ag Allies Ask President to Reign in EPA on Biofuels Cuts

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2014) – In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s

USDA Seeks Input on New Beef Promotion Order

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input from the public to guide its development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order (also known as a "checkoff program") for beef and beef products. The new order would be in addition to the existing beef checkoff program, providing American

Soil Health Partnership Field Day Comes to Nebraska

ST. LOUIS– The Soil Health Partnership holds its first Nebraska field day on Wednesday, November 12.  Corn farmer Greg Whitmore will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Central Valley Ag, 340 Oak Street in Shelby, Nebraska.

The morning agenda includes an update of Nebraska Corn Growers Association research and programs pertaining to soil health.

Ricketts and Heineman Talk

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ With the election over, Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts is preparing to make the transition to office.
Ricketts met with outgoing Gov. Dave Heineman on Thursday to talk about the state budget process, personnel issues and other matters related to the office's day-to-day operations.
Ricketts also announced he will appoint Matt Miltenberger, his campaign

NSP Encourages Winter Weather Preparedness

(Lincoln, Neb.)- November 6, is Winter Weather Awareness Day and the Nebraska State Patrol is encouraging motorists to prepare themselves and their vehicle for winter time travel.

“Awareness and preparation are keys when planning your travel during the winter months,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We encourage all motorists to have a

September Results Solid for U.S. Beef, Pork Exports

With September being another strong month for red meat export value, both U.S. beef and U.S. pork exports broke the $5 billion dollar mark for the first three quarters of the year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

September beef exports increased 6 percent from a year ago in volume to 100,068 metric tons (mt), and


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (November 6, 2014) – The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will bring the voices of farmers and ranchers to the New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference when it will host a breakfast and panel discussion, “Big Ag, Big Food: How Being Good for the Environment Is Not about Size” on Wednesday, November 12 at the Stone Barns Center for Food and

World Champion Team Roper to NCTA

Curtis, Neb. - Two-time world champion team roper Walt Woodard is coming to Nebraska for three days of heading, heeling and horsemanship.

The Stephenville, Texas professional team roper and instructor won world team roping championships in heeling in 1981 and 2007.

Woodard’s instruction for team ropers will span November 7, 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the indoor arena on

Gov. Heineman Statement on Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman made the following statement regarding the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska:

“Throughout his 16 years of service in Congress, Lee has been a tireless advocate for fiscal responsibility and energy independence. I’ve worked with him on a variety of issues to help serve Nebraskans - everything from transportation to education, and his

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2014 U.S. Agricultural Expor

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year's record of $141 billion).

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the record-setting year:


"American farmers and

USDA Seeks Comments on New Conservation Stewardship Rule

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 –As the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. 

“Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial forestland

Jury Awards $900K To Former Train Conductor

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A jury has awarded $900,000 to an ex-Union Pacific train conductor who sued the railroad after suffering injuries in a 2010 derailment in Columbus.
The Omaha World-Herald reports a Douglas County District Court jury deliberated for more than four hours on Oct. 30 before awarding the money to 68-year-old Loren Sweley of North Platte.
Sweley's lawsuit

Union Pacific Train Collides With Car In Colfax County

Rogers, NE ~~  Authorities continue to investigate a Tuesday night collision between a car and a Union Pacific Train near Rogers.  Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl says 38-year-old Jessie Fujan of Colon was injured after the car he was driving was struck by a U-P Train around 11:30pm Tuesday night. 

Officials say Fujan was attempting to cross the tracks on a private railroad

Winter Weather Awareness Day

Hastings, NE ~~ Thursday is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska.  The National Weather Service says it is an opportunity for everyone to become winter-ready and prepare for potential winter storms. 

The NWS has developed a packet of winter weather information to help in the preparation.  Information includes road reports contacts, winter weather facts, winter weather terms,

Nebraska Legislative Races Decided

Columbus, NE ~~ Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus has been elected to serve another term in the Unicameral.  Schumacher won the District 22 Legislative race over challenger Doug Liewer. 

Incumbent Lydia Brasch was re-elected in District 16 as she defeated Scott Japp. 

In District 24, Mark Kolterman defeated Kirk Tesar.  Curt Friesen was elected to serve District 34 as

Siebken to Continue as Butler County Sheriff

Butler County Sheriff Marcus Siebken has been elected by almost a 59 percent margin in yesterday's general election.  Siebken was appointed Sheriff in August after Mark Hecker died from a massive heart attack.  Siebken had previously been a deputy the past 5 years in the county will continue to focus on the departments community involvement along with implementing new programs

Columbus Police Searching For Suspect

Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Police continue to investigate an armed robbery in Columbus Tuesday evening.  Police were called to the area of 18th Avenue and 7th Street around 6:30pm after a man reported his pickup had been stolen at gun point. 
Authorities later located the pickup, abandoned near 6th Street and 29th Avenue. 
The victim of the robbery has not been

Sasse Elected To Senate

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska voters have overwhelmingly elected Republican Ben Sasse to the U.S. Senate over Democrat David Domina.
Sasse easily won election Tuesday, replacing Republican Mike Johanns, who didn't seek re-election.
Sasse is president of Midland University in Fremont and previously worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and

Ricketts Elected Governor

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Republican Pete Ricketts, a multimillionaire former executive at TD Ameritrade, has been elected governor of Nebraska.
Voters on Tuesday chose Ricketts, of Omaha, over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who for decades headed a center in Lyons that advocated for family farms and rural communities.
Ricketts will replace Republican Dave Heineman, who served nine years

TPPCF Congratulates Ben Sasse on Nebraska Win

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund (TPPCF) congratulated Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse on his election to the U.S. Senate. “We endorsed Ben Sasse because of his commitment to personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future,” TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said. “His win is a victory for Nebraska, and for freedom.”

Sasse, an up-and-comer in the conservative

Lakeview Community Schools update technology

COLUMBUS, Neb. (Nov. 4, 2014) – Lakeview Community Schools has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to purchase new Vernier lab technology, including digital data collection sensors to help students at Lakeview Jr. /Sr. High School understand the importance of data in decision

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Corn Board

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2016 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization's leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.

"Through my years on

Group Informs Ag Secretary of Its Members' Checkoff Policies

Billings, Mont. - In a letter sent today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, R-CALF USA provided a list of primary and secondary elements to be included in any future beef checkoff program. The letter is intended to address the Secretary's recent announcement that he plans to establish a new beef checkoff program under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of

Start to New Month Marred by Fatalities

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Four people lost their lives in four crashes on Nebraska roads over the weekend, making for a deadly start to the month of November.

Fatality crashes occurred in Douglas, Hall, Richardson and Seward Counties resulting in the deaths of three drivers and one passenger.  Authorities were able to determine that of the four people killed, one was wearing a seat

DuPont Pioneer and Raven Industries Enable Wireless Data Transfer

DES MOINES, Iowa, and SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 3, 2014 -- DuPont Pioneer and Raven Industries today announced a collaboration to allow for the seamless flow of information generated through Pioneer Encirca℠ services to Raven Viper® 4 and other compatible field computers by leveraging Raven’s Slingshot® wireless connectivity solution. Encirca℠ services are whole-farm decision

Gov. Heineman Comments on Economic Forecasting Board's Increased Revisions

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman issued a statement following the projected increases by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board updating the forecast for Fiscal Years 15, 16 and 17.

 “This is further evidence of the strength of Nebraska’s economy. In the 2015 Legislative Session, the new Legislature and the new Governor should provide additional property and

FSA County Committee Elections to Begin Today

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA

Research on Lambs Could Lead to Treatment in Human Infants

Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are hoping to contribute to future human treatments for a respiratory virus in infants.

Mark Ackermann, professor in the department of veterinary pathology at ISU, has spent the last 15 years working with lambs to test the effects of two medications for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a virus that creates the common cold in human adults but could

Update: Nebraska StateTrooper says 8 people injured in Nebraska pileup

COLUMBUS, Neb - The Nebraska State Patrol says eight people have been taken to the Columbus Community Hospital after a five-car pileup eight and a half miles south of Columbus.

Sgt. Tim Salmen said a crash caused a chain reaction on Sunday evening on Highway 81. He says a car was stopped and waiting to turn when another vehicle rear-ended it. All of the vehicles involved were traveling

Man dies, woman hurt in crash near Waterloo

WATERLOO, Neb. (AP) - A 27-year-old Fremont man has been killed in a rollover crash in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County.
     The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 275 and West Maple Road on the north side of Waterloo. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a westbound car went out of control on a curve, crossed

41-Year-Old Man Charged Following Attempted Murder Suicide In Schuyler

Schuyler, NE ~~ A 41-year-old man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he stabbed a woman in Schuyler early Sunday morning and then tried to kill himself. 

Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl says the incident was discovered around 2:15 a.m. Sunday in Schuyler.

Officers encountered a 41-year-old Amauri Herrera-Alvarez trying to hang himself from a tree outside an

Multi-vehicle Accident Closes Highway 81

Columbus, NE ~~ A mutlti-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 81 and Highway 64 has caused the closure of Highway 81 from Highway 92 to Highway 64.

Emergency responders were called to the scene for a multiu-vehicle accident shortly after 6:00pm.  Rescue crews from several agencies responded to the scene.

Look for further updates on

4 Arrests Made In Norfolk Robbery And Assault

Norfolk, NE ~~ Four arrests have been made in the assault and robbery of a 57-year-old man in Norfolk.  Norfolk Police and Rescue were called to the area of Whitney Avenue and Hendricks Street at 5:20pm Wednesday afternoon. 

Witnesses say several individuals assaulted a man and stole his wallet and checkbook.  The victim suffered head and face injuries from the robbery.

Winnebago Man Convicted Of Assault

Winnebago, NE ~~ A Winnebago man has been convicted on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.  
40-year-old Verlyn Grant was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 57 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Officials say on February 20th, Grant was drinking at his residence on the Omaha Indian Reservation with his girlfriend and another

CCC Student To Serve Lunch To Local Veterans

Columbus, NE ~~ Central Community College-Columbus will observe Veterans Day by serving lunch to local veterans.
The campus’ Student Veterans of America is collaborating with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to provide lunch for local veterans from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Veterans Day at the Ag Park in

DuPont Awarded Best Crop Protection R&D Pipeline for Second Straight Year

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 31, 2014 –DuPont received three prestigious Agrow Awards for its R&D pipeline, public outreach efforts and formulation innovation at the annual awards ceremony held in Amsterdam on October 29.  Agrow is a leading provider of news, analysis and data to the global agriculture industry.

The Agrow Awards were developed to recognize excellence in the crop

American Ethanol Gets Loud and Proud in Texas

Corn farmers in the Lone Star State are bringing their message about the benefits of American Ethanol to NASCAR fans at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with one of the largest E15 promotions of the year.

"We have done 12 major promotions this year and have exposed millions of NASCAR fans to the performance and environmental benefits of Sunoco Green E15, but there is a lot of

Columbus Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Pierce County

Pierce, NE ~~ A 23-year-old Columbus man now faces up to 25 years in prison during after pleading guilty to manslaughter in Pierce County.  Daniel Hofman was charged with felony manslaughter in the shooting death of 18-year-old Wesley Kuester of Norfolk in 2011. 

Hofman entered his guilty plea Thursday morning in Pierce County District Court.  Hofman shot Kuester while the two

Man Assaulted And Robbed In Norfolk

Norfolk, NE ~~ Norfolk Police continue to look for suspects after a man was assaulted and robbed by four people.  Norfolk Police and Rescue were called to the area of Whitney Avenue and Hendricks Street at 5:20pm Wednesday afternoon. 

Witnesses say several individuals assaulted a man and stole his wallet.  The victim suffered head and face injuries from the robbery. The man was

NMPF Welcomes Four New Co-ops as Members as 2014 Annual Meeting Closes

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday.

Also at the meeting, guest speaker Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, told attendees that the USDA is extending by one week the deadline for farmers to

Former Employee Sues Merrick County Sheriff

Central City, NE (AP) ~~ A former office manager at the Merrick County Sheriff's Office is suing the sheriff after she was acquitted of a theft charge.
Lori Sautter and her attorneys announced the lawsuit on Wednesday.
Sautter alleges that Merrick County Sheriff Kevin Campbell invaded her privacy and painted her in a false light within the community. She appeared a


ST. LOUIS– With a growing global population and increased pressures on agriculture due to climate change, farmers around the world will increasingly require a broad range of agricultural solutions to improve the on-farm potential of crops on our world’s finite farmland. Today, Monsanto Company reinforced its commitment to further improve the genetic potential of seeds by announcing a

Heineman Tesifies

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program.
The program was revealed at a hearing Wednesday as the chairman, Sen. Steve Lathrop, questioned Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation into miscalculated prison sentences and

Bayer CropScience Acquires Certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management Busine

MONHEIM, Germany, and WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 29, 2014 – Bayer CropScience (Bayer) and DuPont Crop Protection (DuPont) announced today the signing of an agreement for Bayer to purchase certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.  Closing of the transaction is expected in the fourth quarter 2014, subject to

USDA Issues Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE)

Lincoln, NE, Oct.27, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Nebraska. Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue

Hastings Mother Sent To Prison

Hastings, NE (AP) ~~ A 30-year-old Nebraska woman whose oldest son is charged with killing his little brother has been sentenced to prison.
On Tuesday in Adams County District Court in Hastings, the woman was given 59 to 60 months. She'd been convicted of felony negligent child abuse resulting in injury. Her 31-year-old boyfriend was given the same sentence last month on the same

Ricketts Makes Campaign Push Across Nebraska

Columbus, NE ~~ The Pete Ricketts for Governor Campaign stopped in Columbus Tuesday afternoon at the Columbus airport. 

Arriving in two planes, Ricketts brought with him Lt. Governor Candidate Mike Foley, Senate Candidate Ben Sasse, State Auditor Candidate Charlie Janssen, Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and Congressman Adrian Smith. 

Each candidate spoke in

Hassebrook Focuses On Business Leaders

Columbus, NE ~~ Democratic candidate Chuck Hassebrook was in Columbus Tuesday afternoon to meet with small business leaders.

Hassebrook says helping farmers and small businesses is critical to the future of the state and his experience leading the Center for Rural Affairs gives him the knowledge of how to create more small businesses.  Hassebrook says he helped 10,000

Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings Coming Across Nebraska in November

The 10th annual Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will be held at five locations across the state in November and will focus on Ag outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers.  Locally, the meeting will be November 18, 9:00 a.m., Room 205, West Education Center, Central Community College, Columbus.  The annual meeting series is offered by University of

On-Farm Research Helps Growers Generate Results

LINCOLN, Neb. — As corn and soybean growers work to get crops out of the fields this fall, next year's growing season may not be the first thing on their minds.  However, Laura Thompson, UNL Extension educator, said harvest is the ideal time to consider how on-farm research could benefit their operations."Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related


LINCOLN– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rock County rancher Roy Stewart are inviting the public to tour a wetland restoration project on his property Nov. 6 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. NRCS Area Engineer Bob Atkeson said this project is special and something to be proud of.

“Roy worked long and hard with NRCS and our partnering agencies to get this

Gov. Heineman Announces Knox County Designated Livestock Friendly

(Pawnee City, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman announced the official designation of Knox County as Nebraska’s newest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

“The designation of Knox County as Livestock Friendly is another reason why Nebraska is the number one cattle feeding state in America,” said Gov. Heineman.

NMPF Leaders Set Sights on Immigration, Trade & Other Issues In Wake of 2014 Vi

GRAPEVINE, Texas – With a major reform of the federal dairy safety net now complete, the leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation pledged today to step up efforts on other key issues, including the fight for meaningful immigration reform, and opening more foreign markets to U.S. dairy products.

Speaking at the organization’s two-day annual meeting here, Board Chairman

NDCS Releases Capital Facilities Master Plan

(Lincoln, NE) – Director Mike Kenney released the NDCS Capital Facilities Master Plan today.  In 2013, the Nebraska Legislature authorized the department to develop a comprehensive and updated long-range capital construction master plan for all state correctional facilities.  “This has been a long and intensive process during which the NDCS inmate population has continued to

Police Arrest Man For Exposing Himself At Library

Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Police arrested a 22-year-old man after he apparently exposed himself Monday afternoon at the Columbus Public Library. 

Columbus Police say they responded to a call at the library at 2:30pm after library officials say Mitchell Ryan exposed himself to minors in the library.  Police say Ryan fled the scene and tried to hide in a dumpster just before being taken