Ag Life

Wed
24
May

Hamilton County Corngrowers convene for annual plot planting

A drive around Hamilton County would reveal green sprouts popping up in the fields, and the Hamilton County Corngrowers Association’s hybrid plot is no exception. Members of the association were bustling a couple weeks ago to get seeds in the ground.
“It’s something we have done for a number of years,” Hamilton County Corngrowers chairman Brandon Hunnicutt said.

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Wed
17
May

Hampton family brings back two to work on farm

The future of agriculture lies with the youth and Travis and Tyler Bankson are two young men who are moving back to the family ranch to take over someday. The operation is a family affair with grandparents Al and Darlene Klute, dad Bryan Bankson and son Travis all now working on the farm. Travis just finished school and is working on an internship in Iowa before he moves back to Hampton as well. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
17
May

Irrigated ag land values drop

County Assessor Pat Sandberg came before the board Monday to discuss the Nebraska Tax and Equalization and Review Commission findings and orders.
She stated that each year she has to be in compliance with Nebraska statute and have the residential, commercial and ag land sales ratios within a certain parameter.
Commercial and residential properties have to be within 92-100 percent; and ag land has to be between 69-75 percent of market value.

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Wed
10
May

New technology gives farmers upper hand

Just as it is in every industry today, the technology in agriculture is growing and improving the industry as it progresses. One example of this technology involves grain bin monitoring systems called BinManager, manufactured by a company named IntelliFarms out of Kansas City, Mo.

Wed
03
May

Ag Science Expo sparks interest in STEM

The Ag Science Expo was held Saturday as part of the Nebraska Science Festival celebration statewide at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island. The goal of the day was to provide youth an opportunity to interact with science and technology as it relates to agriculture.
The event was hosted by part of the Nebraska Extension, specifically the STEM careers issues team.

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Wed
26
Apr

Forecast, soil moisture adequate for area farmers

Spring is officially here and planters in the fields around the county are a good indicator. According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture’s crop progess report, 3 percent of Nebraska’s corn crop was in the ground the week ending April 16, down from 6 percent last year at the same time.
Farmers may be a few days behind where they were last year, but area producers say soil conditions are just about right for planting.

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Wed
12
Apr

Aurora 3rd graders watch life hatch anew

Classrooms across Hamilton County have been bringing the farm right next to their desks through student enrichment programs handled by the Hamilton County Extension office.
The one getting the most attention during the springtime thaw involves embryology and the hatching of chicks just feet away from a student’s daily learning space.

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Wed
29
Mar

USDA works for US agriculture stateside, abroad

Bobby Richey, Jr., defined what the USDA and Foreign Ag Service are doing to help Nebraska’s international branding during the Governor’s Ag Conference March 15 in Kearney.
Richey, deputy administrator in the Office of Foreign Service Operations, took on his new role in May 2016, working in an office that manages approximately 350 foreign nationals in USDA’s Foreign Agriculture’s 93 offices around the world.

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Wed
22
Mar

Fight the good fight, seek to understand

A torchbearer is somebody who is an actively engaged ambassador. A torchbearer is somebody who fights the good fight because it is important. A torchbearer cares deeply and acts accordingly. It is time to come together as a community and say that agriculture is important.
That was the core message presented by Rhett Laubach, a motivational speaker out of Oklahoma, who spoke at the 29th Annual Governor’s Ag Conference March 14 in Kearney.

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Wed
15
Mar

Aurora Coop takes to the sky Thursday

All eyes were on the sky Thursday as Aurora Cooperative conducted aerial spray testing at the Aurora Municipal Airport.
“What we are doing today is we’re testing our aircraft to make sure we have a system uniform pattern throughout our entire spray width,” explained James Jensen, ag aviation department head at Aurora Cooperative.

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