Ag Life

Tue
21
May

Anderson reflects on adventures of life, teaching

“Teaching, you’re not in it for the income, you’re in it for the outcome,” Dana Anderson quoted. “I like that one.”
The seasoned ag and vocational education teacher at Aurora High School stepped away from his welding project in his school shop for a brief while to reflect on the past 38 years of his teaching career -- 35 of which he spent in Aurora. His unique, and somewhat lucky, path toward that position started many years before. Anderson reflects on his career in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
14
May

Range West Beef seeks to expand market, resources

Luke Jacobsen’s family has been in the cattle business for more than 120 years, all the while remaining in or close to Hamilton County. Though a small veer in tradition, he created Range West Beef as a new calling for the passionate family.
“Our family has been involved with cattle for multi-generations,” Jacobsen said. “My great grandfather, he came to Hamilton County originally in 1872.” See full story in this week's Ag Life section.

 

Wed
08
May

Jeremy Brandt welcomed as Noxious Weed, Zoning head

alized expertise may soon meet a new face on the Hamilton County county staff in Noxious Weed Superintendent and Zoning Administrator Jeremy Brandt. However, the Wood River resident is no stranger to the area. 
To read more about the county's newest addition, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Tue
30
Apr

Planting on track, rain won’t slow down local farmers

Spring has finally sprung and it looks like Nebraska may have turned a corner with the weather -- for now. An excess of moisture and a typically temperamental season has some worried about what may happen in the coming days, but farmers seem to be calm and optimistic.

 

Tue
23
Apr

Sophomore is steps away from complete restoration

Surrounded by the pieces of his dismantled tractor, Aurora sophomore Ben Olsufka had no problem recounting the history of his most recent -- and challenging -- mechanical undertaking.
“This tractor in particular is a 1928 Farmall Regular made by International Harvester,” Ben said. “My grandpa got this tractor with the farm that he purchased way back when and he originally used this tractor to run water, with the well and stuff.”

 

Tue
16
Apr

Blaine Bonifas completes antique tractor renovation

Aurora teen Blaine Bonifas is fully engaged in the world of agriculture, tending to bees, participating in FFA and helping out on the family farm. One of his more recent feats? Restoring his grandpa’s 1952 John Deere A tractor -- complete with shiny new green and yellow paint. Story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
03
Apr

Pre-planting fields are muddy, but there’s still time

With February rains, flooding and snow, the question of how local farmers’ fields are holding up has been an issue of potential concern as planting season grows ever-closer. However,with more and more rain falling, farmers and Nebraska Extension specialists don’t seemed terribly worried -- yet.
The main problem? Mud.
“Mud, that’s about the best way to put it,” said local farmer Dallas Troester, when asked about the current condition of his fields.

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

Wed
27
Mar

Flooding creates different challenge for livestock

Aurora may have avoided some of the worst that the flooding brought to Nebraska, but local livestock owners are still feeling the pain.
“With the flooding we have not lost a lot of livestock that I know of, directly from the flooding, but from the super wet conditions that we’ve been having,” explained Daniel Pachta, D.V.M.

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

Wed
20
Mar

Classical Cow, Classical Cuisine offer new food experiences

For the Huenefeld family traditional organic farming is more than just a job, it is a way of life. What started 32 years ago as certified organic farming has expanding into how they raise their dairy cows.
“Our family adventure began in 2007 when my parents brought the first Jersey to the farm, primarily to provide milk for our family,” Bethany Huenefeld explained. “Quickly, we realized one cow provided far more milk than a few families could consume on a weekly basis. Word began to spread to neighbors and friends, and we began sharing the milk.”
It may have started as only one Jersey cow for their family, but this herd has now expanded to four cows milked twice a day.

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

Wed
13
Mar

Ricketts hopes to grow Nebraska’s leading industry

Gov. Pete Ricketts had three main focuses during the 31st Annual Governor’s Ag Conference held in Kearney on March 5. Of those three focused speaking topics one large, overarching message was clear -- agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska.
“Thank you all for being here for the Governor’s Ag Conference,” Ricketts began. “It’s an important opportunity to be able to network with people from all across the state to talk about the key issues we’ve got going on in agriculture and to talk about how we grow our states largest industry.”

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

 

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