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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

USDA TO GAUGE FARMLAND OWNERSHIP AND FARM ECONOMICS


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

WOMEN IN DENIM FEATURES NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SPEAKERS


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

MONSANTO HONORED AS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN 2015, A GLASSDOOR EMPLOYEE


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

NEBRASKA STATE SENATORS MAKE INAUGURAL LIST OF "CAPITOL CAREGIVERS"


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 healthcare.gov 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 247wallst.com, 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

IBACH TO LEAD DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


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

SEARCH FIRMS SELECTED


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 www.treasurer.org. 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. 
The

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.
 
Sharon

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

USFRA TO LEAD SUSTAINABILITY CONVERSATION AT NEW YORK TIMES "FOOD FOR TOMORROW"


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 mycentralnebraska.com
 

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

MONSANTO INVESTS TO TRANSFORM PLANT BREEDING AND DELIVER IMPROVED AG SOLUTIONS T


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

NRCS TOUR TO SHOWCASE WETLAND RESTORATION


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

Mayor To Host Roundtable


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Mayor Mike Moser will host another roundtable Tuesday night.   Levi Abbott and Dennis Kresha, candidates for Second Ward Council Seat, will be Mayor Moser's special guests at the roundtable. 

The Mayor's "Roundtable Discussion" will held in the City Council Chambers at 6:30pm. 

If you have any questions you would like

51 Days Of Live Horse Racing To Be Held in 2015


Columbus, NE ~~ The Nebraska Racing Commission has approved 51 days of live horse racing at Nebraska tracks in 2015.  

Columbus Exposition and Racing will host 16 days of live racing at Ag Park in Columbus.  Live horse races will start on August 7th and end on Labor Day September 7th. 

The racing season will start at Fonner Park in Grand Island on February 20th, as

UNL Students Face Felony Charges After Freshman's Death


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say several University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in a fraternity face felony charges in the alcohol-related death of a freshman.
 
University police say four FarmHouse Fraternity members were arrested Thursday on suspicion of procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Three other students, including another fraternity member, face

Nebraska and Kansas Work Together On Water Issue


Imperial, Neb. – An agreement reached Wednesday gives Nebraska 100 percent credit for augmentation water NRDs are pumping this year to maintain compliance with the Republican River Compact, and ensures water being stored in Harlan County Reservoir for compliance purposes won’t go to waste.

The agreement approved by the Republican River Compact Administration in Denver could be a

Nebraska Farm to School Summit held in Aurora


Lyons, NE - Over 100 people from across Nebraska attended the Center for Rural Affairs’ second annual Nebraska Farm to School Summit on Wednesday, October 22, at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. The summit was a free conference for farmers, ranchers, school food service staff, parents, students, and community members interested in Farm to School programs.


 

Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform in 2014


Washington, DC—The Tax Foundation is honoring six individuals with the second annual award for Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform. As the award’s name suggests, the honorees were selected due to their extraordinary efforts to advance the cause of simpler, smarter tax policy in the previous year.

“Working for better tax policy is not easy, and I know a small glass

FARM Program Report Shows Continued Widespread Adoption of Animal Care Practices


ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers nationwide continue to demonstrate widespread adoption of industry standards that assure high-quality care for their animals, according to a report released today by the National Milk Producers Federation.

The summary report, issued annually, quantifies practices by farmers participating in the industry’s responsible care program, known as the National

Pork Industry Launches New Common Audit to Ensure Animal Care and Food Safety


DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 23, 2014 - After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public. The new audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus

Treasurer Stenberg Comments on New Morningstar Ratings of Nebraska’s College S


Lincoln, Neb. (Oct. 23, 2014) –For the second consecutive year, two plans in the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust earned bronze ratings in the annual review of the largest 529 college savings plans in the nation by Morningstar, an independent investment research firm in Chicago, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reported today.
 
The NEST Direct college savings plan and the

Car Hit By Train In Downtown Columbus


Columbus, NE ~~ No serious injuries were reported after a car was hit by a train in downtown Columbus Thursday morning.  Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken says a car was struck on the tracks near 17th Avenue just after 6:30am. 
Investigators say the 66-year-old driver was attempting to cross the tracks near a pedestrian crossing at 17th Ave. when the southbound car was hit by an

First Ponca Financial, Inc. in Nebraska Receives $96,185 USDA Invests in Small a


WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing $96,185 in Nebraska to support small and emerging rural businesses projects.

First Ponca Financial, Inc. of Grand Island, Nebraska will utilize the USDA dollars to implement an Economic Gardening program that provides training and customized technical assistance for up to 10 start-up and existing Native

Group Says NCBA's Claims Against COOL Are Baloney


Billings, Mont. - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), which receives 82 percent of its annual revenues from government-mandated producer assessments under the national Beef Checkoff Program, is most likely using those government payments to offset the costs of its three-prong campaign to defeat country of origin labeling (COOL), that according to R-CALF USA CEO Bill

Scotus Journalism Students Receive Awards


The 2013-2014 Scotus Central Catholic yearbook and newspaper staffs have received two awards from the Nebraska High School Press Association. The newspaper received a Superior rating, and the yearbook received a Cornhusker Award, the association’s highest award.  Advisor Angie Rusher said that it’s quite an honor for the students and she is proud of the work and hours they put in

Lakeview Receives Large Grant


Columbus, NE ~~ Lakeview Community Schools has been named a recipient of a large grant.  Lakeview has been named a $10,000 grant recipient for America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.  The grant is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Representatives from the school and from Monsanto will participate in a check presentation to celebrate the grant Friday night. Local farmers who

Norfolk Man Killed In Pierce County Accident


Foster, NE ~~ A 29-year-old Norfolk man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Pierce County.  The Nebraska State Patrol says Joshua Petersen was killed in the accident that happened just after 1:30pm Tuesday. 

Authorities say Petersen was southbound on Route 13 near Foster when he overcorrected and lost control of his vehicle.  Petersen’s vehicle rolled several

Deadline to Serve on Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Nears


DES MOINES, IOWA -The Pork Checkoff's Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms and one two-year term commencing in July 2015. Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers.

A minimum of nine candidates must be ranked by Pork Act

Johnson Represents NCGA at White House Event on Women in Ag


National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden at the White House Monday for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture. More than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education participated in the event, including the first women to lead each of the

Final Minimum Wage Hearing Held


Lincoln, NE ~~ In less then two weeks, voters will decide on whether or not to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska.  The final public hearing on Measure 425 was held Tuesday night at the Capitol in Lincoln. 

People who attended the hearing heard from people in favor and against the increase in minimum wage. 

If voters approve the increase, the minimum wage would raise to

Nebraska Health Care Cost Dispute Still Unresolved


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A letter from one of Nebraska's biggest medical networks suggests a costs dispute with a major insurer likely will continue into next year.
 
UniNet Healthcare Network, the CHI Health entity that negotiates contracts with doctors and insurers, has told insurance brokers in letters that CHI Health does not expect to be in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network in

Ebola Patient To Be Released From UNMC


Omaha, NE ~~ The second patient with the Ebola virus to be treated at Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center is going home.  A CDC-confirmed negative blood test showed that Ashoka Mukpo no longer has the virus in his bloodstream and is free to head back to his home state of Rhode Island.

Mukpo says "recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling", and "too many

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected


WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe

Added Enforcement Continues for Remaining Husker Home Games


(Lincoln, Neb.)- An increased Nebraska State Patrol presence will continue for the remaining Husker home football games.

Troopers and communication specialists with the Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop-Lincoln and Troop A- Omaha will work overtime hours during the remaining three home games (Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 22) thanks in part to a $9,870 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway

Pursuit Ends in Arrest


(Omaha, Neb.)- One person is in custody following a pursuit which stemmed from domestic disturbance in Scribner.

Just before 12:30 p.m., troopers responded to reports of a possible assault and kidnapping in the Dodge County town of Scribner. Troopers encountered a Dodge County Deputy with a blue, 2005 Jeep Liberty stopped near Hooper on Highway 275. The vehicle took off from the traffic stop

Slow Corn Harvest Continues, Quality Remains High


Corn harvest progress fell further behind the five-year average according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While only 31 percent of the crop was harvested as of October 19, the forecast of a high quality crop remains unchanged.

"While farmers are eager to get into their fields, wet conditions have made it difficult to do so in many areas," said

Land Aquisitions Begin On Viaduct Project


Columbus, NE ~~  The Columbus City Council began the approval process last night on land acquisitions needed for construction of the 3rd Avenue viaduct and 18th Avenue pedestrian overpass projects.  The Council approved an acquisition contract and temporary easement of four properties.  Construction on the project was expected to in the spring of 2015. 

City officials

Dodge County High Speed Chase Leads To Arrest Of Omaha Man


Scribner, NE ~~ An Omaha man is under arrest following a pursuit which stemmed from a domestic disturbance in Scribner. 

Nebraska State Patrol Troopers responded to reports of possible assault and kidnapping in Scribner just before 12:30pm Monday.  When troopers encountered a Dodge County Deputy with an SUV stopped on Highway 275, the SUV took off. 

The over 30 minute chase

Nebraska Receives $3.6 Million Suicide Prevention Grant for Youth


Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has received a five-year grant for $3,646,939 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce the numbers of suicides and suicide attempts among youths and young adults age 10-24 in Nebraska. 
 
“Young people face pressures and experience mental illness and substance

Crop storage issues may be less severe than anticipated


URBANA, Ill. – The large size of fall-harvested crops in the United States has raised very real concerns about the ability to readily store the record supply of crops available this year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, supplies that exceed permanent storage capacity require the use of temporary storage facilities or may require delayed harvest in some

NEW AMERICAN LAMB BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED


Tammy Doughty, David Quam and Elizabeth Dressler have been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the American Lamb Board.  Each appointee will serve a three-year term, effective January 2015.  

The Board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints one third of

Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision


WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) - Statement by National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from

Train Derailment In York County


Waco, NE (AP) ~~ BNSF Railway officials are working to determine what caused a coal train to partially derail in York County.
 
Mounds of spilled coal shut down two tracks and a street in Waco on Sunday. A railway spokesman says the train was headed east when 28 of its 119 cars derailed. All but one of the derailed cars landed on their sides.
 
No injuries were

Two Nebraskans Killed In Separate Rollover Accidents


Emerson, NE ~~ It was a deadly weekend on Nebraska roads as two people were killed in separate rollover accidents in northeast Nebraska.
 
The Nebraska State Patrol says 21-year-old Chase Miller of Hubbard was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on First Avenue near Emerson early Saturday morning. Five other people in the vehicle were taken to Mercy Medical in Sioux City.

Five Myths of Ag Landlord Rights


By: Allan Vyhnalek

More than half of Nebraska's farmland is leased, and much of that with only a handshake agreement. At one time, that might have been enough, but now a written agreement allows both parties — landlord and tenant — the opportunity to spell out rights and responsibilities before issues arise.  A written lease gives both parties an opportunity to discuss

First Flu Cases Confirmed in Nebraska


Lincoln – Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County.

“Several viruses are in the news right now including Ebola and enterovirus, but it’s also important to remember that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical

"AgroFuture" Conference Coming to Curtis


CURTIS, Neb. — Agriculture producers, students, agribusinesses and policy leaders are invited to the first "AgriFuture" conference in Nebraska on Oct. 28-30 in Kearney. 

Students and faculty from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, Neb., will be among participants in the multi-state event, said Paul Clark, NCTA agribusiness management systems professor

Fortenberry Calls for Stringent Travel Restrictions for Countries Affected by Eb


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry made the following statement about the Ebola crisis:
 
“It’s time for the President and Congress to implement stringent travel restrictions to and from countries stricken by Ebola. This is an unprecedented epidemic and the first response needs to build confidence. This is not a political issue, it’s a public safety issue.

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting Near Central Community College


Columbus, NE ~~ The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continue to investigate an unconfirmed report of a mountain lion near Central Community College in Columbus.  The Sheriff’s Office received a report from citizens indicating a mountain in the area northwest of CCC around 9:00am Friday. 
 
The Platte County Sheriff’s

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Announces Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarshi


The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the “Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship” that will award an annual $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding junior, senior or graduate level student.  Eligible students must be a resident of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry related degree. 

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean


Washington --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean

Two injured in east Nebraska tractor crash


RICHLAND, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Nebraska say two people have been hospitalized after a car collided with a tractor pulling a grain wagon.
 
The Colfax County Attorney's Office says an 18-year-old woman was driving on U.S. Highway 30 near Richland on Thursday. Authorities say she struck the wagon from behind and her car rolled on top of it.
 
Both drivers were

Fortenberry Announces Brigadier General Donald Bacon Joins Staff


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced that Brigadier General Donald Bacon has joined his staff upon retirement from the United States Air Force. Bacon will be based in the Bellevue area as an advisor on military issues and constituent outreach.
 
“I am pleased to welcome Brigadier General Bacon to my staff,” Fortenberry said. “Don has an extensive

Gov. Heineman Welcomes Opportunity to Discuss Corrections


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman commented on the opportunity to appear before the Legislature’s committee regarding the Department of Correctional Services.
 
The Governor stated, “I look forward to the opportunity to answer any questions and clear up any miscommunications. The Department of Correctional Services, specifically former legal counsel George Green, made a

Prisons Panel Votes To Subpoena Nebraska Governor


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A legislative committee investigating Nebraska's prison problems has voted unanimously to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify in a hearing later this month.
 
Panel members voted 7-0 on Thursday to summon the governor to their next hearing on Oct. 29.
 
The committee is looking into hundreds of prison sentences that were miscalculated, as well as a

Gas Prices Continue To Fall


Columbus, NE ~~ Gas prices continue to decline across Nebraska.  According to gasbuddy.com, the statewide price for a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen to $3.12 compared with $3.32 a gallon a year ago. 

The national average for a gallon of gas is down to $3.17. 

Gas in Columbus averages $2.99 a gallon.  Prices can be found as low as $2.97 in

Early Voting Off To Quick Start In Nebraska


Lincoln, NE ~~ Secretary of State John Gale says that 33 percent of early voting ballots have been returned or cast in person at county election offices. “This rate of return is higher than it was at the same point in the last non-presidential election, which was 24 percent”, Gale said he was pleased to report. 

 

Early voters include those who have returned a ballot

Scholarships for College Ag Students Available


The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year.

"NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag," said Tom

NCGA Applauds EPA Deregulation of Enlist Duo Herbicide


The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D herbicide, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which follows USDA's September approval of corn and soybean varieties designed to tolerate this herbicide, will provide farmers with a valuable tool to combat instances of weed resistance.

 

"The

USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

"Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the

Columbus Home Robbed and Vandalized


Sometime on Monday a home in North Central Columbus was broke into.  The Columbus Police Department said that entrance into the home was made by breaking a window.

Once inside the person or persons ransacked the home, spray painted walls and stole two handguns.  They made an attempt to break into the safe but could not gain access. 

Estimates on damage to the home and items

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill To Be Held Thursday


Lincoln, NE ~~ The Great Shakeout Earthquake drill will take place tomorrow.  At 10:16am, people will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on.  The drill is designed to practice on what to do in the event of an earthquake in Nebraska. 

NEMA Assistant Director Bian Tuma says while rarer in Nebraska in some places, earthquakes are still a potential risk, and it is one of the

Columbus Man Arrested After Spitting on Deputy


Tarnov, NE ~~ A 37-year-old Columbus man is under arrest after spitting on a Platte County Sheriff Deputy.  Anthony Buggi was arrested Tuesday evening in Tarnov. 

Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff says law enforcement was called to 107 1st Street in Tarnov at 7:41pm Tuesday following an altercation between subjects within the residence.  Wemhoff says shortly after investigating

Web Application To Help Nebraska Voters


Lincoln, NE ~~ An enhanced web application on the Secretary of State’s website may help provide Nebraska voters with critical information, in the weeks leading up to the general election. Secretary of State John Gale it is part of Voter View, which is a system that allows voters to check their registration, request an early ballot, find the location of their polling place and check the

Alternative Response Pilot Project Launched


Lincoln – Parents of the children in five counties who are reported to the State as possible victims of abuse and neglect may be offered an alternative to law enforcement and the courts starting Oct. 1, if there is a low risk of harm to the children, said Thomas Pristow, director of the Children and Family Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Alternative

Newman Grove receives support to build greenhouse learning lab


Newman Grove has received a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to construct a greenhouse learning lab.A total of seventy five students from grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to use the greenhouse facilities, through science or agriculture coursework or through individual projects. Students will

A-FAN's Annual Stakeholders' Meeting Set for November 24 in Lincoln


Lincoln, NE—The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) has scheduled its 2014 annual stakeholders’ meeting for Monday, November 24 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln.

All A-FAN partners and stakeholders are invited to the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m. A buffet luncheon,

Nebraska Cattlemen Association Supports Sasse


The Nebraska Cattlemen Association announced its support for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.
 
“I’m honored to have the support of the Nebraska Cattlemen who work hard to make Nebraska the largest cattle feeding state in the nation,” said Sasse. “Nebraskans deserve a leader who will take that same determination, hard-work, and common-sense approach to the

USGS Announces Grants for Water Studies


The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded nearly $1 million to four university programs across the country, through the National Competitive Grants Program.

Proposals from Purdue University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, and the University of Nebraska won the grants this year.

Purdue University’s project will address the need to improve the

Nebraska Cattlemen Tells USDA: Don't Hijack the Checkoff


Nebraska Cattlemen along with National Cattlemen's Beef Association as well as 42 state cattlemens’ associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Nebraska Cattlemen President Jeff Rudolph, Cozad, says cattle producers in

Don Hutchens to Receive USMEF Distinguished Service Award


Don Hutchens, who recently concluded a long career as executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, has been named the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Distinguished Service Award.

Established in 1991, USMEF’s Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in the red meat industry who exemplifies the exceptional dedication and outstanding

Gov. Heineman Attends Salute to Nebraska Manufacturing Tour


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry on the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing Tour. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and business leaders, manufacturing employees, and students to celebrate October as Nebraska Manufacturing Month at events in four locations. Gov. Heineman today also

Nebraska Wesleyan Student Killed After Leaving Party Bus


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 22-year-old college student who was fatally struck while walking along Interstate 80 on the west side of Lincoln had been a passenger on a party bus.
 
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says Maury Lorence, of Doniphan, was hit repeatedly around 12:15 a.m. Sunday by eastbound vehicles. Investigators are still looking for the first truck that

Election Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching


Columbus, NE ~~ The 2014 general election is just three weeks away.  Platte County Election Commissioner Diane Olmer says voter registration continues via mail until Friday October 17th.  In office registration runs through October 24th at 6pm. 
 
New county residents, people with an address change, or those who have just turned 18 do need to register. 

Early voting

GIPD Investigates Fatal Accident


Grand Island, NE ~~ The Grand Island Police Department continues to investigate a fatal single vehicle accident where an SUV ended up in a water detention pond.  Emergency crews responded to the scene just north of Diers Avenue and Concord Ave at 11:49 Sunday night. 

Investigators say the SUV had been southbound in the parking lot  and left the parking lot, before driving

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska


Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North NRD (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame.

No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part of a project to map groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the district.

Beginning in mid-October and lasting up to 3 weeks, instruments mounted below a

Expert Analysis Says EPA Water Rule Would Harm Nebraska Agriculture


LINCOLN, NEB. – The impact of EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule would be “significant” and “cause cost increases, confusion and uncertainty to agricultural producers” according to a new analysis conducted by the former director of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Mike Linder. Agriculture members of the Common Sense

USDA Announces 19 USB Farmer-Director Appointments


ST. LOUIS (October 14, 2014) - Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) in December, after their recent appointments by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The 19 soybean farmers from across the United States include five new appointees and 14 returning directors. These volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean

Nebraska farmers return from trade missions in Asia


LINCOLN, NEB. - Two members of the Nebraska Corn Board recently returned from trade missions in Asia promoting U.S. corn and red meat. Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer from Giltner, Neb. and district 3 director on the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) participated in the U.S. producer’s mission to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). David Bruntz, farmer from Friend, Neb. and district

Nebraska Chamber endorses Pete Ricketts for governor


The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry has endorsed Pete Ricketts in Nebraska's race for governor. 

In early September, Ricketts appeared before the Nebraska Chamber board of directors.  He demonstrated his knowledge of business issues, and he shared his plans to grow Nebraska's economy and lessen the tax burden.  He also expressed a strong desire to grow

ADM to Acquire Specialty Commodities Inc.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc. (SCI), a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for US$170 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

“One of the ways we are improving returns and

Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians Become Nebr


Omaha, NE ~~ The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians – once three separate but interconnected organizations – are now one operating under one name: Nebraska Medicine.

Nebraska Medicine will continue to deliver the same familiar promise of “Serious Medicine. Extraordinary Care,” and will provide it to all of its patients wherever they may

Criminal Mischief Reported At Behlen Manufacturing


Columbus, NE ~~ The Platte County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate criminal mischief to vehicles in the Behlen Manufacturing parking lot.  The Sheriff’s Office says over the last couple months, nails have been placed just off Highway 30 near the entrance to, as well as in the parking lot area of, Behlen Mfg.  The nails have caused damage to the tires of unsuspecting

Farm Bill Base Acre and Yield Update


Cropland owners will have an opportunity to reallocate base acres and update yields by Feb. 27, 2015, under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Updating base acres will be a critical decision under the 2014 Farm Bill. Landowners will have two choices. They can either retain the farm’s 2013 base acres or reallocate base acres based on planting history from 2009-2013. Producers will not be able to add

HungerU Coming to UNL Oct. 16-17 to Educate Students on World Hunger


LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln students soon will have an opportunity to learn about one of the most pressing global challenges their generation will be charged with solving – world hunger – as the HungerU® Tour comes to campus.

 Hunger and malnutrition are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other cause. Even in the U.S., one in six

NDA DIRECTOR IBACH PROVIDES UPDATE ON TRI-NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL ACCORD MEETING


LINCOLN - Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach yesterday wrapped up two days of agricultural trade discussion and negotiation as part of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago.  Ibach was head of the U.S. delegation at the event, which included agriculture leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
"Canada and Mexico are two of our top trade partners, and

Trout Stocked In Pawnee Park Lake


Columbus, NE ~~ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stocking trout in area lakes this month. Columbus Public Property Director Doug Moore says 1,500 trout were released into Pawnee Park West Pond in Columbus on Wednesday. 

Game and Parks officials say 1,500 trout were also released into TaHaZouka Park Lake in Norfolk on Wednesday. 

600 fish will be put in both the David City

Farmers and Ag Professionals Collaborate on Sharing Farmland


Have you seen the documentary “FARMLAND”? Chances are, if you work in agriculture, it was on your radar screen, even with its limited engagement. The ultimate goal was for many consumers to see it as well. That’s where you can get involved.

In agriculture, we see a lot of pushback from consumers who are more and more removed from the farm. If you’ve not put yourself out

DEADLINES FOR NDA'S NextGen PROGRAM APPROACHING


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is reminding beginning farmers of upcoming application deadlines for NDA’s NextGen program.
 
According to Ibach, NextGen has two parts, the personal property tax exemption for beginning farmers, and the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program that offers tax credits to existing farmers or ranchers who own

Bruning Leads 14 States in Opposing EPA Expansion Over Waters of the United Stat


Lincoln, NE ~~ Attorney General Jon Bruning along with 14 other states filed comments expressing grave concern with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of regulatory authority over waters of the United States.  EPA’s Rule would require unnecessary and costly permitting and regulation of activities that have long been properly managed by

Hundreds Attend Highway 30 Meeting


North Bend, NE ~~ Residents in Colfax and Dodge Counties gathered at the North Bend Auditorium Wednesday afternoon to get a closer look at the latest update on the Highway 30 expressway project.  Over 200 people were on hand to gain new information and ask questions about the construction project. 

The project will expand a 26 mile stretch of the highway from Schuyler to Fremont from

Coalition Acknowledges Comment Extension, Again Calls for EPA to Withdraw Rule


Members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition acknowledged Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement to provide additional time for public comment on the agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposal, but coalition partners again called for EPA to withdraw the proposal in its entirety.
 
EPA announced Oct. 6 it would extend the official public comment

Sheep Producers Host Roll-Over Auction Fundraiser


Billings, Mont. - Recently, R-CALF USA had its first ever sheep roll-over auction fundraiser. This milestone event occurred during the 69th annual Newell Ram Show & Sale. R-CALF USA member Keith Franke of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, donated a yearling ewe to be auctioned in the roll-over sale that raised thousands in support of R-CALF USA. In addition to the fundraiser, Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA

Protect Yourself and Your Pigs this Flu Season


DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 9, 2014 - In anticipation of this flu season, the Pork Checkoff is reminding producers, farm personnel, veterinarians and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. The flu season can start as early as October and can last through May.

"It's always wise for producers and swine

Harvested Biotech Crops Top 4 Billion Acres


Des Moines, Iowa – When the sixteen farmers representing agriculture around the globe gather in Des Moines next week for the Global Farmer Roundtable, they can celebrate a milestone. Since 1996 until now, over 4 billion acres of biotech crops will have been harvested. That’s billion with a B.
 
Four billion acres is 1.5 times the size of Europe. It’s nearly as big as

Milford, Norris, East Butler, and Raymond Central Teams Qualify for State Land J


David City, NE – Hundreds of students are more equipped to take on life’s daily challenges in the world of natural resources now that they’ve competed in the 2014 East Central Land Judging competition in Butler County Wednesday. The competition tested nearly 200 students’ knowledge of soil types, proper land use practices, and other important topics.

The Lower Platte

Thune Applauds New STB Transparency Reporting Requirements For Railroads


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, made the following statement today regarding the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) new data reporting requirements:
 
“I welcome the additional transparency the STB is seeking from the nation’s largest freight railroads as

Highway Worker Killed In Antelope County


Tilden, NE (AP) ~~ A 55-year-old man has been killed while working on a highway project in northeast Nebraska.
 
The Antelope County Sheriff's Department says in a news release that the accident occurred around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday along Nebraska Highway 45, about 3 1/2 miles south of Tilden. Authorities say the worker was struck by a vehicle driven by 66-year-old Roger Wynn, of Meadow

Heineman Renews Call For Action On "Good Time"


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is renewing his call to eliminate automatic "good time" credit for violent prisoners.
 
Heineman argued Wednesday that lawmakers should have passed a bill introduced at his request in response to the Nikko Jenkins case. Jenkins killed four people in Omaha last year shortly after he was released, despite violent behavior and signs of

Highway 30 Open House Being Held Today


North Bend, NE ~~ The Nebraska Department of Roads will be holding an open house today regarding proposed improvements on Highway 30 between Schuyler and Fremont. 

The open house runs 4pm to 6pm at the North Bend Auditorium.  The project identified as Schuyler to Rogers, Rogers to North Bend and North Bend to Fremont, would expand the 26‑mile stretch of highway between

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will extend the comment period on its proposed rule to redefine U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to comment has been extended from October 20 to November 14, 2014.

“Though today’s announcement

Corn Harvest Continues Slowly


The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only five percentage points in the last week, standing now at 17 percent, compared to a five-year average of 32 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. 

Crop quality continues virtually unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.

"This is a very busy season for our growers as they

R-CALF USA Commends 32 Senators for Defending COOL


Billings, Mont. - In early September Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) reached out to Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to draft a bipartisan letter to demonstrate the U.S. Senate's resolve to defend the nation's 2002 country of origin labeling (COOL) law. Today, with the signatures of 32 Senators, their bipartisan, pro-COOL letter was sent to the chair and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee

Norfolk Man Killed By Falling Tree


Plattsmouth, NE (AP) ~~ A 76-year-old Norfolk man has died after being struck by falling tree branch in Cass County.
 
The accident was reported at 10:10 a.m. Saturday at a property in rural Plattsmouth. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says Lon Marotz died at the scene before he could be flown to a hospital.
 
The accident occurred as Marotz trimmed a tree at his daughter's

Confirmed Mountain Lion Sighting At Wagner Lakes


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Police have confirmed a mountain lion sighting late last month at Wagner Lakes.  On Friday September, 26th a police officer spotted a mountain lion by a wood line around 4:00am near a residence on Lottie Lane.  The officer stated it was definitely a mountain lion as he watched the lion walk back into the trees just north of the dike. 

Nebraska Game and

Second Ebola Patient Arrives In Omaha


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated.
 
The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center's on Monday. The area isn't visible from the street, but the driver was wearing head-to-toe protective gear as the

Lincoln Man Injured In Platte County Accident


Humphrey, NE ~~ A Lincoln man was critically injured in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon near Humphrey.  The Platte County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the accident at 3:15 Friday afternoon near the intersection of 415th St. and 310th Ave. 

Investigators say an eastbound vehicle driven by Ben Ramirez of Madison was passing through the intersection when a

West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed In Area


Columbus, NE ~~ The East Central Health District says confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the area.  Officials say they now have seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the district. 

One case was confirmed in late August, while four West Nile Fever cases were reported in September.  Two West Nile, Encephalitis/meningitis cases were also reported in

Creighton Man Killed In Rollover Accident


Coleridge, NE ~~ A 52-year-old Creighton man has dead in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Cedar County. 

The Cedar County Sheriff’s office says Mark Eisenhauer was traveling east on County Road 827 about three miles east of Coleridge just after 7:00am Friday morning when he lost control of his vehicle.  The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled, ejecting

Farmland Now Available on HULU


Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks - providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and

Nebraska Governor Candidates Clash In Debate


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska's candidates for governor are accusing one another of supporting proposals that could have hurt farmers.
 
Republican Pete Ricketts and Chuck Hassebrook clashed Thursday in what could be their final debate of the race.
 
Ricketts accused Hassebrook of supporting restrictions on farm exports. He pointed to a 1990 paper that Hassebrook co-authored,

As New Fiscal Year Begins, Chairman Barbre Offers Ways to Build Upon Prior Succe


As the new fiscal year begins, the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board seated new members and officers Wednesday.  Among the changes: former NCGA President Martin Barbre, of Illinois, became Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to Chip Bowling, of Maryland.

The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Barbre to discuss the Corn

Soy Buyers Prefer Predictability of U.S. Shipments


ST. LOUIS (October 2, 2014) - Some international buyers prefer U.S. soy to that from top competitors Brazil and Argentina because they can count on it reaching them in a timely manner, according to a new soy-checkoff-funded study.
In fact, foreign soy buyers often pay as much attention to the timeliness of a shipment delivery as they do to the price. That’s because late shipments can be

Dirt is Moving


Work has begun on the $49.9 million dollar project for the new Columbus Public Schools state of the art high school.  During the official ground breaking yesterday words like future, STEM, community partnerships and an honor of past, current and future students. 

Chamber of Commerce President K.C. Belitz says as a business community there was a need for new facilities and it can

Governor Proclaims October Nebraska Manufacturing Month


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry and previewed the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing tour to be held later this month. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and 2014 Chamber Chairman Chris Roth, President and CEO of Reinke Manufacturing Company in Deshler. During the event, Gov.

Officers Cleared By Colfax County Grand Jury


Schuyler, NE ~~ Law enforcement officers involved in a fatal June shooting have been cleared by a grand jury.  Officers involved in the June 20th shooting of 32-year-old Jason Van Buskirk of Columbus were cleared by a Colfax County District Court grand jury. 

Van Buskirk was shot to death after trying to ram through cruisers following a lengthy chase in Platte and Colfax

Trout To Be Stocked In Area Lakes


Lincoln, NE ~~ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be stocking rainbow trout in area lakes this month. The reason behind the stocking is to enhance fishing during the fall and winter months. 

Around 1,500 trout will be stocked in Pawnee Park West Pond in Columbus on October 8th.  TaHaZouka Park Lake in Norfolk will also be stocked with 1,500 trout on the 8th. 

600

Fortenberry Calls for Congress to Return to Washington


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today called for Congress to return to Washington to debate the circumstances and authority for military action in the Middle East.

“The dynamics of the situation in the Middle East continue to shift rapidly,” Fortenberry said. “While I am supportive of the President’s use of airstrikes within the

Governor Issues Disaster Declaration


Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a state disaster declaration for Dakota City in the wake of a severe storm that occurred Aug. 31. The storm produced large hail, damaging winds, heavy rains and localized flooding across the entire community and caused significant damage and destruction to public infrastructure.

“This was a short-lived, localized event and in issuing this

HHS pursues detection tests for influenza


Potential tests to help doctors diagnose influenza sooner and more accurately will advance in development under contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The tests could help boost influenza pandemic preparedness by increasing diagnostic capabilities in near-patient care settings such as

Beef Checkoff Teams Up With Ibotta App


In cooperation with Ibotta, the 16th most frequently used app in the United States, the beef checkoff recently encouraged customers at two national retailers to choose beef at the meat case. Ibotta shared educational information about freezing beef and about beef nutrition, in addition to sharing the checkoff's Easy Lean Beef Burger and DIY Taco videos. By engaging with the content, Ibotta

NEBRASKA 2014 SMALL GRAIN ACREAGE AND PRODUCTION


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 – Winter wheat production is estimated at 71.1 million bushels, up 78 percent from last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acreage totaled 1.55 million acres, up 5 percent from a year earlier. Acres harvested for grain totaled 1.45 million acres, 27 percent above 2013. Yield at 49 bushels per acre, is up 14

NEBRASKA SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 GRAIN STOCKS


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 -- Nebraska old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 141 million bushels, up 77 percent from 2013, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 48.0 million bushels are stored on farms, up 118 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 93.3 million bushels, are up 63 percent from last year.

Old

U.S. Biodiesel industry Challenges EU Trade Barriers


WASHINGTON -The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.

NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has changed dramatically since

Former Pierce Chevy Dealer Dies At 96


Pierce, NE (AP) ~~ Ray Lambrecht, the former Chevy dealer from Pierce who collected a lifetime of cars that sold for $2.8 million last year, has died at the age of 96.
 
Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt confirmed Lambrecht died at his home Sept. 22.
 
During one weekend last year, Lambrecht's sale of his car collection drew 30,000 people to Pierce. The History

Nation's Ag Co-ops Set Record for Annual Sales and Income


WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain. U.S. co-ops also enjoyed robust job growth over the previous year.

This third

New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions


ST. LOUIS (September 30, 2014) - Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started.

U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help

Gov. Heineman Presents 2014 'Be Prepared' Awards


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Governor Dave Heineman announced the recipients of this year’s ‘Be Prepared’ awards, recognizing volunteers and community organizations for excellence in emergency preparedness and disaster response. The Governor was joined by Lt. Gov. John Nelson who serves as Homeland Security Director of the State, Nebraska National Guard Deputy Adjutant General

NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL PRICES


LINCOLN, NE-- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for September 2014 averaged $5.45 per bushel, a decrease of 37 cents from the August price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary September corn price, at $3.30 per bushel, decreased 38 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary September sorghum price averaged

Nebraska Farm Bureau Reminds Farmers, Ranchers of Sales Tax Change


LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is reminding farmers and ranchers that repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment will no longer be subject to Nebraska sales and use taxes, effective Oct. 1. The change in Nebraska state law is the result of the passage of Nebraska Farm Bureau supported legislation during the 2014 session of the

Keep waterhemp control top of mind


INDIANAPOLIS — Sept. 30, 2014 — Waterhemp continues to top the list of challenging weeds to control in cornfields and ignoring it can be costly.

Waterhemp is one of the most common weeds for Midwest growers and has been especially difficult to control this growing season, says Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“There were frequent weed escapes this

Columbus High School Groundbreaking Set For Wednesday


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Public Schools will break ground on their new High School Wednesday afternoon.  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 4pm at the Southwest Corner of the intersection of Lost Creek Parkway and 33rd Avenue. 

The entire community is welcome to attend the event.  Voters in May approved a bond of over $49 million to build the new high

Lower Prices At The Pump


Omaha, NE ~~ Several factors are leading to lower prices at the pump.  Falling commodity prices for crude and processed fuel, an increase in U.S. oil production, seasonal switch to lower-priced winter grade fuels, low Ethanol prices, and the end of the summer travel season, are all contributing factors to lower pump prices at the retail level. 

Fuel currently averages $3.33 a

Traffic Fatalities On Rural Roads Are On The Rise


Omaha, NE ~~ Traffic fatalities on rural roads are on the rise in Nebraska.  So far in 2014, 132 people have lost their lives in crashes on rural area roads. 

During the first nine months of 2011, 97 people died on rural area roads in Nebraska.  The following year, 118 people died in crashes.  In 2013, the death toll climbed to 124 men, women and children. 

In many

Platte County Enforcement Stats


(Columbus, Neb.)-  The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, made contact with 227 motorists during a night of special enforcement on Friday, Sept. 26.

The special enforcement effort which included a vehicle check resulted in citations and warnings for Driving Under Suspension (2), Speeding (3), No Operator’s License (7), and No Seat

Haulers Reminded Proper Permits Needed during Harvest Season


(Lincoln, Neb.)- With the arrival of harvest season in Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division would like to remind haulers to obtain the proper permits and make sure their equipment has been inspected and is safe for use.

Haulers are reminded that the Seasonal Harvest Permit or farmer issued statement are not valid on any part of the Interstate System, to

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Cons


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers  and Fish and Wildlife Service pressing for answers about private land acquisitions and habitat construction along the Missouri River in Northeast Nebraska. The letter questions the federal government’s strategy

Gov. Heineman Names John E. Nelson Nebraska's 40th Lieutenant Governor


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of State Senator John E. Nelson of Omaha to be the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Nelson will officially become the Lieutenant Governor at a swearing-in ceremony with Secretary of State John Gale and Gov. Heineman today at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Hearing Room of the State Capitol.
 
“I am pleased that

Cedar Rapids, Newcastle farmers win grain rescue tubes for local fire department


Hundreds of Nebraska farmers selflessly signed up their local fire departments to win a grain rescue tube during the recent Husker Harvest Days event. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) are proud to announce that two Nebraska farmers’ names were drawn this week to win a rescue tube for each of their local fire departments.

Bob Ziemba, Cedar

USDA Announces Close and Findings of Investigation into the Detection of Genetic


WASHINGTON— After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of the GE wheat appears to be an isolated incident. The GE wheat found

State High School Students Attend World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute


LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska high school students attended the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sept. 19.
 
Food security – people's ability to not live in hunger or fear of starvation – is the focus of the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute. This also is the focus of the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des

November 15 Deadline for Annual ASI Awards


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 is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in

Sheep Industry Improvement Survey


An online survey on the topic of Improving the Quality of the U.S. Sheep Flock is being conducted. The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of sheep and goats, is managing the survey.

"We need the industries perspective on genetic improvement," said Reid Redden, Ph.D., NSIP chairman. "The American Lamb Industry Roadmap stated

USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands


WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship,

Child agricultural safety grants offered – up to $20,000


The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is offering three mini-grants of up to $20,000 each to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:

Address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping

Smoking War Continues For Cigar And Tobacco Shops


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Several cigar bars and tobacco shops will get a shot at making the case to the Nebraska Supreme Court for why their businesses should be exempt from the state's public smoking ban.
 
The move comes after the state's high court last month struck down the exceptions as unconstitutional, leading the Nebraska Attorney General's Office to file a motion earlier

Student Arrested For Threat At U-N-K


Kearney, NE (AP) ~~ Campus police have arrested a 19-year-old student suspected of posting a threat to use explosives at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
 
The university's library was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after the anonymous threat was posted on a social media app. The university says the social network Yik Yak cooperated with university police in tracking the

Early Voting Begins Next Week


Lincoln, NE ~~ Early voting for the November general election starts next week in Nebraska.  Secretary of State John Gale says county election officials will begin mailing ballots to early voters starting on Monday, September 29.

Gale says ballots will be sent to people who have already completed early voting ballot requests.  Early voting at county election offices will start on

LOWER PLATTE NORTH MULTI-JURISDICTION HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE


Wahoo, Nebraska – In January 2014 the Lower Platte North NRD began the process of updating the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan originally developed and approved in 2010. Communities are encouraged by FEMA to have pre-disaster mitigation plans in an effort to reduce impacts and cost associated with natural disasters. FEMA requires that these plans be updated and approved on a five year

USDA Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Loans and Grants to Nebraska to Increas


Lincoln, Nebraska Sept. 25, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien announced the selection of five Nebraska utilities and development organizations for more than $1.5 million in loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities. 

 In Nebraska, the Perennial Public Power District received

Ebola Patient Released From UNMC


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ The third American aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa has been released from a Nebraska hospital.
 
Dr. Rick Sacra said he has been released from the Nebraska Medical Center at Thursday's news conference.
 
The 51-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, began improving shortly after he arrived in Omaha on Sept. 5. He contracted Ebola while working at a

Four Corners Health Department Discusses Enterovirus


The Four Corners Health Department would like to remind you that cases of enterovirus D68 have been found in Nebraska, as well as in most bordering states.    “Enteroviruses are common this time of year” said Vicki L. Duey, Executive Director, “as are other types of viruses that may cause colds and respiratory illnesses, especially among children that are in close

Fatal Accident In Madison County


Norfolk, NE (AP) ~~ A 47-year-old man has died after his vehicle ran off a highway in northeast Nebraska's Madison County.
 
The accident occurred a little before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 275 west of Norfolk. The Nebraska State Patrol says Brian Gillmore, of Norfolk, was eastbound when his vehicle veered north across the westbound lanes and rammed into a

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk


WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net

HHS announces nearly $212 million in grants to prevent chronic diseases


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases,

Nebraska Farm Bureau Highlights Key Agriculture Issues in Supporting Ricketts, T


LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation has reiterated its support for Republican Party candidate Pete Ricketts for Governor, while thanking Gov. Dave Heineman for his years of service to Nebraska farm and ranch families. Nebraska Farm Bureau hosted an event Thur. Sept. 25 where Gov. Heineman, Ricketts and Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson shared perspectives on key

NMPF Provides Narrated Slide Presentation Explaining How Farmers Can Take Advant


ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation has posted a slide presentation on YouTube to help dairy farmers understand the new federal dairy safety net, known as the Margin Protection Program (MPP), as part of its ongoing effort to educate farmers about the new program.
 
There are links to the narrated presentation on both the NMPF website, and the Future for Dairy

Platte Center Man Makes Plea Deal


Columbus, NE ~~ A Platte Center man who authorities say fired a BB gun into a neighbor's cornfield while driving drunk on an ATV has taken a plea deal.  34-year-old Matthew Jacobsen has pleaded no contest to a felony count of fourth-offense DUI and to operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Jacobsen avoided a jury trial set to begin Monday by pleading. The Platte

Family Safety Day Is Saturday


Columbus, NE ~~ Family Safety Day is Saturday in Columbus.  The annual event will be held from 10am to 2pm at Mike’s Auto Sales.  Mike Fleming says kid’s safety seat installation was the focus for starting the annual event year’s ago.
 
Representatives from Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Fire, Columbus Police, Nebraska State Patrol, East Central Health

U-N-K Library Evacuated After Threat


Kearney, NE (AP) ~~ The University of Nebraska at Kearney's library and another building were briefly evacuated because of an anonymous threat sent by social media.
 
The Calvin T. Ryan Library and the university's Mitchell Building were both closed after the threats were received around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The buildings have since reopened after authorities determined that

Gov. Heineman Recognizes 2014 Governor's Wellness Award Recipients


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced the 2014 recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award. This year, 50 Nebraska employers will be honored for successful efforts in promoting workplace wellness. A total of 252 awards have been given since the program began seven years ago. Nebraska is one of only a handful of states nationwide honoring wellness efforts of

Gov. Heineman Praises Nebraska's Highway System


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted the 21st Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation that ranks Nebraska 2nd in the nation for overall highway performance and cost effectiveness. The report named Nebraska among the very best in the country based on pavement condition and cost effectiveness.
 
“I am proud of our highway system and of the support Nebraskans show

Ricketts Opens Columbus Office


Columbus, NE ~~ Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts has opened a campaign office in Columbus. 

Ricketts opened his Columbus campaign office Tuesday afternoon along side his running mate Mike Foley, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and several community leaders.  The office is located in the Becher-Curry Building on 23rd Street in Columbus.  The office will be

Improvements Approved For Hall County Courthouse


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ The Hall County Board of Supervisors has voted to make heating, air-conditioning and other improvements at the courthouse in Grand Island.
 
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to proceed with the project. Construction is expected to begin in March.
 
A new soundproof door between the county court jury deliberation room and the mental health hearing room

Motorcyclist Killed In Waverly Accident


Waverly, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 21-year-old man has died in a crash after losing control of his motorcycle in Waverly.
 
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 11 p.m. Tuesday just south of Jamestown Street in Waverly. The office says Benjamin White, of Waverly, was speeding north on Canongate Road when he lost control of his motorcycle

Two Arrested In High Speed Chase


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ Two people from South Dakota were arrested in Nebraska after a high speed chase through Howard and Hall counties.
 
30-year-old Lucas Johnson of Mitchell, South Dakota, was arrested in Hall County on Tuesday. He is charged with operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a drug test.
 
A female passenger in the

NCBA's 2015 Record Books Available for Purchase


DENVER (September 24, 2014) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing U.S. cattle producers, has published the 2015 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record their production records in order to enhance profitability of their operations.

For more than 30 years,

AZA Grants Accreditation to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium


Silver Spring, Maryland (September 23, 2014) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
“By meeting the highest standards, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is ranked among the best zoos and aquarium in the world,” said

Gov. Heineman Announces Nebraska's Four Veterans Homes Receive Perfect Scores


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that all four of Nebraska’s veterans homes have received perfect scores on their most recent annual Health Care System Surveys from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The four homes, administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), include the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue, the Grand

2014's Most and Least Happy States in America Nebraska #5


by Richie Bernardo

The question of whether money can buy happiness has continually baffled humanity. The ideal, morally principled response might be “no.” But money can indeed buy happiness — that is, up to a certain dollar amount. A comprehensive study on the topic suggests that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness besides emotional

National FFA Organization membership explodes to 610,240 students


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Today's students are

Lincoln Bicyclist Killed By Car


Lincoln, NE ~~ Nebraska authorities say a drunk driver has fatally struck a 57-year-old cyclist.
 
Lancaster County Authorities say Douglas Dalke of Lincoln was attempting to turn when a car hit him from behind.
 
26-year-old Everett Hoesing of Olathe, Kansas was arrested and faces a felony charge of motor vehicle homicide and a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Weeping Water Woman Killed In Cass County Accident


Manley, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska authorities say a woman has been killed and a man has been injured in a highway crash near Manly.
 
Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann says deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash on Monday. He says 22-year-old Amanda Hauschild of Weeping Water was driving on Highway 50 when she lost control of her car. They say her car turned 180 degrees and was hit by

Emergency Landing At Eppley


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Officials say a commercial airplane traveling from Boston to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Omaha.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration says the Virgin America flight made the unscheduled landing Monday morning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.
 
The agency says the flight crew requested a diversion

Nebraska Doctors ID Experimental Ebola Drug Used


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola have identified the experimental drug they used.
 
Dr. Phil Smith of the Nebraska Medical Center says Dr. Rick Sacra received a Tekmira Pharmaceuticals drug called TKM-Ebola for a week after he arrived in Omaha on Sept. 5.
 
Sacra continues to improve, and doctors said Monday that he may be well




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