Agriculture

Wed
28
Nov
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FSA encourages farmers, ranchers to vote in County Committee Elections

The 2018 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began Nov. 5, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 3, 2018.

County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

 

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Wed
28
Nov
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Schlick selected for 3rd year on state ag youth council

By RITA BRHEL

A Fairfield farm kid has been selected to serve a third year on a statewide council tasked to promote agriculture to youth across the state.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture recently announced that Jacob Schlick, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in mechanized systems management, will serve as vice president of promotions for its 48th installation of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC).

 

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Wed
21
Nov
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Grazing expert educates local producers about grass-finishing cattle

Rowntree

BY RITA BRHEL

Striking up a conversation about grass-finishing cattle can have a polarizing effect in some crowds, with conventional beef producers on one side, and what they would define as alternative producers on the other.

But Dr. Jason Rowntree says it doesn’t have to be this way, and, for the sake of future animal agriculture, shouldn’t be. As global food demands increase, on-farm efficiency will need to as well and grass-based livestock systems can play an important role.

“I try to work with everybody,” Rowntree said, implying that farmers should, too.

Area cattle producers gathered in Sutton on Nov. 15 to hear about Rowntree’s research at Michigan State University and glean ideas for their own operations. The local stop was one of eight speaking engagements in four days for Rowntree, as part of the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 2018 Traveling Roadshow.

Wed
14
Nov
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Upcoming events, information for those in agriculture

AGRICULTURAL UPDATE & THE ROAD AHEAD

Those of us in agriculture are no stranger to risks involved with agriculture that are taken every day, whether it is financial, production, legal, price/market or human resource risks. While we can’t control everything, there are measures that can be taken to protect one’s operation and reduce risk.

Wed
31
Oct
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Sandy Creek, Sutton students attend National FFA Convention

BY KARLA FEHR

A little over 700 miles and 12 hours, nestled in a vehicle full of blue jackets, the Sandy Creek and Sutton FFA Chapters embarked on a convention they will not soon forget.

Six students and two advisors from Sandy Creek and 12 students, one advisor and one sponsor from Sutton took the trip to Indianapolis, IN, last week, Oct 24-27, for the 91st National FFA Convention.

Each school also had one member selected to be part of the National FFA Choir. Sutton senior Megan Fehr and Sandy Creek senior Rami Hinrichs were both selected for the prestigious, 85 member National Choir.

SC students attending the convention included juniors Connor Crumbliss and Neika Buschkoetter, sophomores Jason Brockman and Hunter Cox, and freshmen Caitlin Rempe and John Brodrick. They were accompanied by new co-advisors Mattison Sullivan and Jacob Goldfuss.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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New livestock hauling regulations in place for emergency stops

BY RITA BRHEL

It doesn’t happen often, but a livestock trailer forced off the road and out of service can have devastating consequences for the animals left inside.

New regulations released by the governor’s office last week elevates animal welfare while allowing livestock haulers to continue following the law.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Mother Nature causes setbacks for 2018 harvest in the county, state

Due to recent rain, harvest season has been quiet throughout the county. Sunday’s snowfall, which amounted to about two inches in some spots, didn’t help the situation, leaving tractors and combines in the fields
and cornstalks covered in moisture.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Soybean yields good despite harvest challenges

By RITA BRHEL

Between stained seed, flat pods, pod shatter and lodging plants, soybean farmers have had enough to worry about this harvest.

Yet despite these obstacles and weather-related worries of trying to get the crop out of the field, this summer’s timely rains appear to have given potential yields enough boost to possibly offset this year’s challenges.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Celebrating national 4-H week

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Nebraska Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October.

This week celebrates the doers of the community who will become the leaders of our nation. 4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders.

 

Wed
26
Sep
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DeWald retires after 40 years as forester

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Scott DeWald has more knowledge about trees caught in his brain than most people will know in their lifetime. Being a forester with more than 40 years of experience does that to a person.

DeWald began his position as an forester at the South Central Research and Extension Center—later renamed the South Central Agriculture Lab—in Clay Center on July 10, 1978. He will officially end his journey on Oct. 1, moving in to retirement.

Working with the rural forestry and community, De- Wald’s responsibilities range from answering community questions on their trees, to enhancing wildlife habitats. He also takes urban inventory of trees to get an idea of currently-planted trees and what planting needs to be done in the future.

 

 

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