Agriculture

Wed
26
Jun
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USDA offers producers options to re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts

WASHINGTON–Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a oneyear contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to Aug. 23.

“Agricultural producers with expiring CRP contracts have set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health for at least a decade,” U.S. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey, said. “We want to make sure they–and their neighbors who may not have a CRP contract–know they have opportunities within CRP to continue their valuable contribution to our country’s conservation successes.”

 

Wed
26
Jun
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NE FSA extends prevented plant reporting deadline to July 15

LINCOLN–The U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska is extending the deadline for producers in the state to report their spring prevented plant crop acres to the agency.

FSA State Executive Director Nancy Johner today announced Nebraska producers now have until July 15 to report to FSA acres they intended to plant to crops this spring but could not do so because of the difficult weather conditions. This new deadline coincides with the July 15, FSA acreage certification deadline that is already in place.

“In many areas of the state, flooding and persistent wet weather have made it challenging for producers to get into their fields for planting,” Johner said. “Producers need to report prevented plant acres to FSA to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits. This extension provides them some flexibility to meet that reporting requirement.”

 

Wed
19
Jun
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Clay Co. home to world-class Veterinary Education Institution

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dr. Dale Grotelueschen, GPVEC’s director and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, commented on GPVEC as a “unique program with its focus on food animals.”The building was officially dedicated in 1990.

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

This lab features a life-size model of a cow to give the opportunity to practice with animal models before live animals.

It’s so prestigious that college students from across the nation vie for their chance to study here.

Located between Clay Center and Glenvil, on the western edge of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center campus, the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) is the only one of its kind in the world.

“It is a unique program with its focus on food animals, especially beef cattle,” Dr. Dale Grotelueschen, GPVEC’s director and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, said.

 

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Wed
12
Jun
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4-Hers learn about native bee conservation

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Libby VonSpreckelsen, left, and her sister, Lexi, participate in a roadmap pollinator habitat activity.

Nebraska’s native bees demand respect and not just for their stingers.

“Native bees are very important pollinators,” Maddie Kamler, a high school sophomore and beekeeper near Shickleysaid. “Native bees actually pollinate most of the plants in Nebraska.”

A Fillmore County 4-H member, Kamler led a 4-H workshop on June 4 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center, with the goal of inspiring native bee conservation in Clay County.

WHY THEY MATTER

Turns out, those pesky sweat bees of late summer have a higher purpose in life.

They, along with four other types of native bees—bumblebees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, and squash bees—are responsible for pollinating many of the ornamental and vegetable gardens, orchards, and wildflowers, as well as some crops such as soybeans and alfalfa.

 

Wed
05
Jun
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Additional rain adds to spring growing season hassels in county

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The photo at left tells the tale of many county roads in Clay County with the recent storms and rainfall, rendering many roads impassable after another round of storms early Monday morning. The forecast shows a chance for storms and more rain throughout the week.

The photo at left tells the tale of many county roads in Clay County with the recent storms and rainfall, rendering many roads impassable after another round of storms early Monday morning. 

 

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Wed
05
Jun
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Nebraska Extension weed management field day is June 26 at So. Central Ag Lab

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Growers, crop consultants, ag professionals and extension educators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension’s weed management field day, June 26, from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center.

The field day will include on-site demonstrations of herbicides for weed control in corn, popcorn and soybean. An early morning demonstration will focus on weed control in soybeans followed by a demonstration of projects for weed control in corn and popcorn.

 

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Wed
22
May
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Lawn and garden course to be offered

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Some of the most frequent calls we receive in our office is lawn and garden questions. Nebraska Extension horticulturist, Nicole Stoner, will be in the area with the program, “Lawn & Garden Tips”. This class will discuss water use in your lawn, problems that develop from improper irrigation and diseases found in lawns and vegetable gardens. The course will be in Geneva at the Fillmore County Extension Office on Wednesday, June 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. with a $5 cost, which includes light refreshments.

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Wed
22
May
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Wellness in Tough Times team from UNL receives top score at Impact Collaborative Summit

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Team coach, Chuck Stamper from University of Kentucky, worked with the Nebraska Extension team to create a plan for addressing rural mental health issues. The team which consisted of Robert Tigner, Brandy VanDeWalle, Susan Harris-Broomfield, Soni Cochran and Michelle Kriehbiel received first place with their project presentation and invited to apply for an eXtension grant for their programming.

Atlanta, GA—The Wellness in Tough Times Team, representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, participated in extension’s Impact Collaborative Summit.

The team received the top score for the north central region during the LaunchFest portion of the Summit, an opportunity for teams to pitch their projects and programs to a panel of Cooperative Extension leaders and external partners.

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Wed
01
May
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Fehr takes state FFA office at convention

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Sutton’s one and only Megan Fehr has been chosen to be one of the next State FFA officers for 2019-20. She will be a fulltime student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as committing her time as a full-time FFA officer.

Fehr said next year will be “pretty busy, and that’s probably an understatement” when she referred to some of the activities she and her teammates will be doing.

Fehr was introduced to the organization years ago when she watched her older brother, Tyler, receive his American Degree at National Convention in 2013. The America Degree is the highest achievement an FFA member can be awarded by the National FFA Organization.

 

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Wed
01
May
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Planting a little behind, but most stress due to missed fall field work

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After a wet start to spring, farmers are finally getting out into their fields.

But before planting comes the tilling and applying the anhydrous that didn't get done after last fall's harvest due to weather.

As a result, many producers are feeling more than a bit behind as the calendar flips to May.

 

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