Agriculture

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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Wed
02
Dec
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Clay County, Area Touched by Winter Weather

With the holiday season in full swing in Clay County and beyond, the area received its first real blast of bitter cold and moisture over the Thanksgiving holiday week, and on into Monday. Much of Clay County, south central Nebraska and a large share of eastern Nebraska was under either a winter weather advisory or a winter storm warning, with much of the area east of Clay County taking on the stronger brunt of the latest storm.
 
Wed
25
Nov
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The Grass is Greener on the Inside Sandy Creek FFA is Wetting their Plants with a New Greenhouse

By Jacob Schlick

 

A 900 square foot Stuppy greenhouse, complete with a concrete base and walkway, is being built at Sandy Creek High School. While the greenhouse will benefit all students, the local FFA chapter will be at the forefront. “This state-of-the-art facility is a tremendous opportunity,” said Dr. Randall Gilson, superintendent.
 
Wed
18
Nov
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JENNY’S REESources

by Jenny Rees

This week, I wish to share more detail on two upcoming programs that may be of interest to you. With the amount of grain in storage, or that has yet to be marketed, along with the push from industry and consumers to reduce environmental footprints while being more “sustainable,” the following two programs hopefully are of interest to you. Post-Harvest Grain Marketing Workshop: Post-Harvest Grain Marketing workshops will be offered at ten sites across Nebraska In November and December to assist grain farmers in creating a written post-harvest marketing plan that is right for them.

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