Husker Food Connection helps ‘bridge the gap’

Students on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) city campus had the opportunity Thursday to learn more about where their food comes from during Husker Food Connection. Lukas Fricke, an animal science major from Ulysses and one of the organizers of the event, says it’s designed to bridge the gap between the farm and ranch students on ag… Read more »

Ethanol leader not convinced EPA understands concerns

One of the EPA’s top advisors on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) spoke Thursday at an Ethanol Forum in Omaha. Paul Argyropoulos, senior policy advisor in the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, talked about the recent consent decree which sets firm deadlines for proposing and finalizing the ethanol volume requirements for 2014, 2015… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor announces first trade mission

Agriculture will be a big focus of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ first foreign trade mission. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium and Italy in June.  Among the stops will be a major European food show in Milan, Italy and a meeting with officials of Danish biotechnology… Read more »

Central Nebraska farmer welcomes rain

The rain falling in central Nebraska today is going to delay corn planting for a few days.  But that’s okay with Paul Kenney, who farms north of Kearney near Amherst.  Kenney says they’re about four inches behind normal in precipitation this year. “It’s just pretty tough to catch up if you’re that far behind,” Kenney… Read more »

Dealing with the threat of avian influenza

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Poultry farmers across the Midwest are facing a major threat to their livelihoods in the form of the H5N2 avian influenza virus. It’s estimated that the highly pathogenic virus has resulted in the deaths of nearly two-million turkeys in six states.  Minnesota has been hardest hit, but the disease has also been found in Iowa,… Read more »

Nebraska’s ag director criticizes dietary recommendations

Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach has sent a letter to two federal officials expressing his concerns with draft recommendations regarding national dietary guidelines. In his letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Ibach said he objected to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s inclusion of a section on “agriculture sustainability”… Read more »

Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey discusses avian flu

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Iowa is the latest state to deal with the H5N2 avian influenza virus after it was confirmed Tuesday in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County in northwest Iowa.  Brownfield visited with Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey about how the state is responding to that outbreak.  And even though turkeys are more susceptible… Read more »

Nebraska bill could help with livestock expansion

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A bill that would create voluntary state guidelines for county approval of new or expanded livestock operations has advanced to final reading in the Nebraska Unicameral. LB106 directs the state Department of Agriculture to develop an assessment matrix for county officials to use when considering livestock operation proposals.  In its original form, the bill would… Read more »

Iowa turkey industry has been planning for avian flu

The report Tuesday of Iowa’s first avian flu outbreak in a commercial turkey operation in northwest Iowa was not a big surprise considering how the virus has been spreading in neighboring Minnesota this spring. In fact, the poultry industry has been preparing for such an event for many years, says Gretta Irwin, executive director of… Read more »

Iowa officials work to contain avian flu

Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says his department is working closely with the USDA to contain the outbreak of the H5N2 bird flu on a turkey farm in Buena Vista County in northwest Iowa. “We’ll actually have a quarantine on that facility and the facilities nearby that, whether they are backdoor flocks or whether… Read more »