Ag Life

Wed
04
May

From seed to prairie

There is so much more to the Prairie Plains Resource Institute than what can be seen in the little office located just off the square in Aurora.
The organization is considered a pioneer in the field of Nebraska prairie restoration which influences many more places and people than what are located here in Hamilton County.

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Wed
27
Apr

Lindquist devotes time to 4-H workshop

Even though the county fair is still three months away, it’s never too early to begin working diligently on the many projects that come with being involved in 4-H.
Giltner welder and shop owner Jim Lindquist has offered four weeks of his time to host a welding and metal working workshop for area 4-H members.
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Wed
20
Apr

Hamilton County planting season underway

Farmers across the state are gearing up for their individual planting seasons. There can be differences from year to year that each producer may have to deal with, but the similarities are difficult to escape.
“Anytime now I'll start planting,” said Giltner farmer Steve Obermeier. “I think all of us know that if we don't do a good job getting the seed in and getting it planted then our yields are affected. The whole year depends on the planting.”

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Wed
13
Apr

Kinsey’s Kanning seals its success

Young teenagers nowadays have a plethora of information and technology at their fingertips, allowing them to break free from the bounds of a traditional world and into that of a new age millennium.
Fourteen-year-old Kinsey McClain has had a different perspective on what a teenager is able to accomplish by holding onto her family's long standing tradition of canning with her business, Kinsey's Kanning.

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Wed
06
Apr

Corn projected for 6% increase in 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the prospective plantings report Thursday, revealing corn planted areas in 2016 are estimated at 93.6 million acres, which is up 6 percent from last year.
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Wed
30
Mar

Building consumer trust through transparency

Transparency -- the producer’s response tends to be ‘we have nothing to hide, but it’s none of your business.’  
Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer at The Center for Food Integrity, said producers need to get past the ‘it’s none of your business part’ of their operations in order to build consumer trust consumer; something that has become vital to the future success of agriculture.

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Wed
23
Mar

Record-breaking producer shares insight

Local guests and stockholders at the annual Aurora Cooperative shareholder meeting were treated to a spectacle of agricultural education on March 15 when record corn producer Randy Dowdy explained the secrets to growing 500 bushel corn.
The first-generation farmer began his agricultural career back in 2006 when he started his first crop, peanuts.

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Wed
16
Mar

Beef -- Is it sustainable for dinner?

Whether it’s animal agriculture or crop agriculture the term sustainability comes up often as something producers should be striving for in their operations.
There is a lot of debate of what sustainability really means and how the term has evolved from its meaning 50 years ago. It used to mean producing more with less and keeping the banker happy, but now it’s all about the animal and all ag-related practices.

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Wed
16
Mar

Beef -- Is it sustainable for dinner?

Whether it’s animal agriculture or crop agriculture the term sustainability comes up often as something producers should be striving for in their operations.
There is a lot of debate of what sustainability really means and how the term has evolved from its meaning 50 years ago. It used to mean producing more with less and keeping the banker happy, but now it’s all about the animal and all ag-related practices.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
09
Mar

Growing trust in the animal health, food industry

“Every enemy you have any place in this world, you are connected to because feeding people never goes out of style,” said Rick Sibbel, director of beef cattle technical services at Merck Animal Health.
Sibbel was one of three speakers in a panel on biotechnology at the 28th annual Governor’s Ag Conference held March 2 and 3.

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