Twenty-five-year veteran seed salesman Stephen McClure has recently taken the jump from a corporate position to what could be considered the mom and pop shop of seed sales. McClure resigned his position with Prairie Brand seeds after 12 years with the company and has accepted a position with an independent, family-owned brand, Champion Seeds.
Grain Place Foods near Marquette held its annual farm tour and seminar Saturday, which included a lunch prepared with Grain Place products. The featured speaker of the event was nationally syndicated radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn, who gave a presentation on organic farming that she admitted doesn’t resonate with a large population of farmers in the Midwest. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Though it may still be three weeks away, the Hamilton County Fair will be here in no time, filling the fairgrounds with livestock, exhibits, carnival rides and entertainment. See this week's edition for a detailed preview.
When it comes to gardening, Pat Nuss doesn’t consider herself an expert, but she is, officially, a master. Her passion for growing herbs and vegetables inspired her to earn the “master gardener” title through the Nebraska extension office a few years ago, and she now enjoys sharing her green thumb expertise with others. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A rain gauge is something almost every farmer or weather enthusiast, depending on their motives, either curses or praises. Aurora native Keith Wasem lands in the weather enthusiast category and he uses his rain gauge for a little more than just coffee shop talk. Wasem, also known by his call sign hami004, is a rainfall reporter for the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN).
Dave Eigenberg is settling into his new role as general manager for the Upper Big Blue Nebraska Resources District after taking over the office on March 1. Eigenberg stepped in after John Turnbull's retirement, ending a 38-year career with the NRD. The NRD board and staff recognized Turnbull in January for his dedication to promoting the preservation and conservation of natural resources in the state of Nebraska and especially his leadership during his time with the Upper Big Blue NRD. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Blaine Bonifas’ new hobby came in handy during the last week of school on May 18 as a swarm of bees decided to make a temporary home in a net on the football field. Word of the swarm got to Bonifas and during his P.E. class, his bee mentor Larry Keller and his dad, Greg, helped him capture the swarm safely into a beehive box.
Prairie Plains Resource Institute welcomed more than 20 visitors to the newly acquired Sherman Ranch Thursday as one of its first attempts to offer a tour of the 650-acre spread. Executive director Bill Whitney and publications editor and SOAR Coordinator Jan Whitney brought the tour group out to get a look of some of the recent changes made since PPRI purchased the scenic property. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A local farmer has kept his stance solid on his preference for raising livestock the way nature intended, avoiding the temptation to add growth hormones and GMOs in hopes of boosting his profits. Rick Hammond has been a part of Hordville's farming community for the majority of his adult life and is no stranger to what it takes to raise a good head of beef.
High Plains Community FFA members were introduced to a foreign crowd April 29 as more than 20 Hungarian ag producers and leadership personnel visited the school. The European visitors were brought to the school as part of a partnership with Orthman Manufacturing and Plains Equipment Group, which was created to expand and enhance the agronomy and FFA programs.