Ag Life

Wed
29
Jul

4-H horse show kicks off 2015 county fair

This year’s Hamilton County Fair unofficially kicked off Sunday night with a horse show north of Giltner, showcasing a small but enthusiastic group of 4-H horse lovers.
Though the start was delayed an hour due to Sunday’s intense heat and humidity, six young riders paraded around the arena on horseback, showing off their skills while also learning how to compete.

To read more see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
22
Jul

Grain Place speaker: Scientific studies show ‘organic does matter’

The keynote speaker at last week’s annual Grain Place Foods farm tour said scientific study after study being released in the past year provides what she believes is convincing evidence that organic farming methods have long-term health and environmental benefits.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
15
Jul

Grain Place creates foundation to carry on legacy

Grain Place Foods’ annual farm tour included a tribute to the late Don Vetter Saturday with the announcement that a new foundation has been formed to carry on his legacy.
A visionary farmer who began implementing organic farming practices way back in the 1950s, Vetter planted the seeds on the family farm near Marquette for what has evolved into a multi-million enterprise known for both growing and processing organic foods. Don Vetter died in March of this year, and his family is now taking steps to ensure the company’s long-term future.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
08
Jul

California energy company buys Aurora ethanol plants

Two ethanol plants on Aurora’s western edge carry a different corporate name and logo as of July 1 after Pacific Ethanol, Inc., completed its planned merger with Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. For a detailed story, see this week's edition.
 

Wed
01
Jul

Eco-Drip field day educates about SDI systems

A subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system is nothing new to producers in the area. Eco-Drip, a SDI company out of Hastings, held a field day near Chapman Thursday to help explain, demonstrate and educate producers on the workings of the systems and the benefits it can create.
The company, which has eight locations mostly in Texas, has one company located in Nebraska.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
24
Jun

Alternatives given to 4-Hers for poultry shows

For those involved in 4-H, FFA or just any county fair in general, it’s not news to them that their poultry and waterfowl will not be allowed at any of Nebraska’s county fairs or the State Fair this year.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture cancelled all poultry events across Nebraska until Jan. 1, 2016. This cancellation comes as an effort to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. The decision was made following discussions with Nebraska Extension and poultry industry leaders.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
10
Jun

Area producers suffer from over-saturated fields

Rain has been the talk of the area after numerous storms deluged Hamilton County last week and over the weekend. With areas in the southern part of the county receiving over eight inches of rain in three days, water standing in planted fields was a cause for concern.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
03
Jun

From Chapman to all over the globe

Preferred Popcorn, located in Chapman, has been around for the last 17 years. The company, whose farmers produce popcorn, is nothing new to the community with a population of 290, but their large global reach is something to be talked about.
The company has had significant growth in that last five years with the ability to reach into the global markets and create a profitable export business.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
27
May

Playing a different role in the beef industry

May is beef month in case you weren’t aware, and in Nebraska the beef industry is a vital part of local economics, agriculture and a lot of the time what’s served at the dinner table.
Dan Pachta may not play the most traditional role in the beef industry, but it’s one that is required for the industry to thrive. As a large animal veterinarian at Aurora Veterinary Clinic, his number is on speed dial of many of the county’s livestock producer’s phones.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
20
May

UNL Extension begins 2020 staffing transition

The Hamilton County Extension office will be going through a few changes over the next five years as part of the 2020 Extension staffing transition plan. The goal of this new staffing plan by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is for educators to still live locally, but serve regionally.
“They decided to target how many educators they want to have in each of the areas,” Hamilton County Extension educator Todd Whitney said. “It’s kind of like reallocation of resources. They still want to maintain a local Extension presence.”

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

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