How do you get 88 fourth graders to sit down and pay attention to adults talking about agriculture?
You roll out a $280,000 combine for them to crawl around on, llamas and goats for them to pet and make sure the adults have candy and games -- all while educating them on the importance of agriculture. If you do those things, they’ll listen.
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Llamas and alpacas took over the livestock arena at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora Saturday for the Wild n’ Wooly show. Mary Kate Steele from Osceola takes her alpaca, Vulpes, through the obstacle course. The Lincoln Creek Llama Club members are now qualified to compete at the Grand National Competition in Park City, Kan. on Oct. 24 and 25. Those members include Jonah Jensen, Arika Jensen, Lyndsay Jensen, Ellie Wanek and Jane Wanek.
This year’s Husker Harvest Days was a muddy event for over 600 exhibitors from the top agribusinesses in the nation and around the world. There seemed to be more talk about the soupy parking area and the two-hour wait in lines for buses to the event than agriculture, but despite Mother Nature, crowds of people still overran the muddy parking lot and streets to see the different vendors.
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Mason jars have been extremely popular lately. They have made their appearances as decorations in weddings and homes. Sometimes they are even used as drinking glasses for water, teas and numerous other beverages. For the whole story, see this week's print or e-edition.
With the new 2014 Farm Bill established in February come huge farm program decisions that farmers must consider and soon decide on. The 2014 University of Nebraska’s Soybean Management Field Days were held in four different locations last week-- Auburn, Shickley, Belgrade and Snyder. Two presenters, Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, and Jeff Peterson, UNL ag economics marketing instructor and Heartland Farm Partners president, educated farmers about the soybean market and the upcoming farm program decisions.