Agriculture

Wed
10
Feb
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NCTA Livestock Judging Team Earns Honors

Our competition teams at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are starting their winter and spring travel season. This means they put in many hours of hard work on campus, in addition to offcampus team workouts and miles on the road. 

 

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Wed
03
Feb
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JENNY’S REESources

by Jenny Rees
 
One of my favorite series of meetings each winter are the Nebraska On-Farm Research updates which will be held next week February 8, 9, 11, and 12th at North Platte, Grand Island, Norfolk, and ARDC near Mead respectively. I enjoy them because of the discussion, ideas, and because your farmer-peers share their research-why they did the studies they did and what they learned. There are numerous meetings right now and through meetings, farm magazines, social media, and the internet, you’re learning about various products and production practices.
 
Wed
27
Jan
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JENNY’S REESources

by Jenny Rees 

Master Gardeners: Over the past few years, we’ve received inquiries from our area regarding the Master Gardener program from UNL. The Nebraska Master Gardener program extends the outreach of UNL by  providing volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with citizens of the state.

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Wed
20
Jan
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Big Sale Brings over 1,000 Head...

Auctioneer Colt Pope calls out to buyers as cattle go on the auction block at the Sutton Sale Barn on Friday. Ed and Kim Kimminau recently purchased the Sutton Sale Barn, with Friday’s sale being one of their biggest sales since taking over the sale barn late last year.
 
 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Cow/Calf College set for Jan. 20, at USMARC

The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College Beef Seminar is set for Jan. 20, at the US-MARC in Clay Center. Registration and refreshments will run from 9-9:30 a.m., in the MARC Conference Room. At 9:30 a.m., attendees will move to the MARC Auditorium for introductions and instructions from Dewey Lienemann. This will be followed by a welcome to MARC and the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center by the MARC and GPVEC directors, John Pollak and Dale Grotelueschen. 

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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CRP Sign-Up Informational Meetings Set for New Year

Clay Center, NE – Pheasants Forever, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, will be hosting a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) informational meeting in Clay Center. This general CRP sign-up began on Dec. 1, 2015 and will continue through Feb. 26, 2016.

 

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Wed
30
Dec
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Producers Have Until Jan. 15 to Apply for Grassland Bird Habitat Funding

Producers in south central and southeastern Nebraska have until Jan. 15, to apply for funding to help improve grasslands for grazing and wildlife. A partnership has been formed among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants Forever, Audubon Nebraska and other entities, through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Grassland Bird Initiative will provide RCPP funding to 15 counties.

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Wed
23
Dec
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THE CORN-SHUCKING BEAR

On Jan. 12, 1884, the North Loup Herald ran a story headlined, “Bearly Possible,” in which editor N. H. Parks reported a visit to a local farmer who had a black bear that had been taught to shuck corn. While the story’s conclusion suggests that Parks had crafted a tall tale, keeping a country newspaper going was often a daunting challenge. Journalists can be forgiven for thinking up ways to enliven their papers’ otherwise generally bland fare of local news and patent insides. Offbeat stories were sometimes picked up by other state papers, providing an extra measure of publicity for the originating sheet. In this case, the Nebraska State Journal reprinted the bear story in its Jan. 17 issue.

 

Wed
16
Dec
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UNL Extension Offers Training for Commercial, Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Nebraska’s commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides in 2016, can get training through the Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program.

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Wed
09
Dec
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USDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program

Clay Center, NE 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015, also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

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