Ag Life

Wed
20
Nov

Hampton students get hands on with animal management

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The Hampton ag program welcomed 16 new feathered members into their very own, freshly-built, chicken coop last week as part of a small animal management class.
On Thursday the human class members were found hard at work during their afternoon class period, getting ready to help their chickens (that they raised from eggs) leave their makeshift habitat in the back of ag teacher Joel Miller’s classroom and into a new space outside. Each student was careful to hold one chicken at a time, before bringing them to the weigh station and then carrying the small birds a few steps across the back of Hampton High School to their new abode -- a chicken coop made by the woods class, complete with leftover tin from the school building project.

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Wed
13
Nov

Harvest draws to a long-awaited close in Hamilton County

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Harvest is winding its way to a close in Hamilton County, despite a rocky start and a few other minor weather events providing obstacles along the way. For the most part, according to area farmers, the whole process has actually gone quite smoothly.
“For the most part this year harvest has gone, up to this point, rather smoothly,” said Giltner farmer Brandon Hunnicutt. “I’d say it’s a little later than we would have liked, but as far as the weather it held out really well outside of a couple of snows and rains here and there. But from what the rest of 2019 was like, harvest has been pretty good from that standpoint.”

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Wed
06
Nov

HPC looks to the future with updated ag program

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The ag program at High Plains Community School has made many changes to its curriculum to bring the students a hands-on and realistic way to learn about all aspects of the agriculture industry.
Ag teacher Tom Hofmann has worked to bring a variety of livestock, crops and projects to prepare his students to make informed decisions about what they want to do.

Full story in this week's ANR.

Wed
30
Oct

Pen pal program gives Giltner preschoolers a different view

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Giltner preschoolers in Amy Wilson’s class have been given a unique opportunity to view Nebraska’s agriculture through a different lens. That lens, otherwise known as Judy Trent of Pleasanton, is the student’s new pen-pal. They received and reviewed her very first letter this week.
“Let’s see what we got,” Wilson said with cheer, taking the letter from the student she had asked to retrieve it from the classroom mailbox. “It’s a letter! Should we read it?”
Holding everyone’s rapt attention, Wilson unfolded the typed letter from Trent, including a page of photos of her farm. After beginning to read the letter and explain where she was from, Wilson continued reading about the producer’s job.

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Wed
23
Oct

Janzen’s eggs makes farm to table easy in Hamilton County

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Just south of Aurora a murmur of clucking can be heard as 500 chickens go about the business of producing eggs. Taking care of this flock of hens are Mark and Shelley Janzen, who provide eggs to businesses and individuals across the area.
The Janzens are no strangers to the poultry game as they had started with broiler chickens over 10 years ago as a way to supplement their income. After the place that processed their chickens closed down they tried a few different farm animals including pigs, goats and rabbits.

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Wed
16
Oct

Aurora welcomes Sarah Cordonier as new ag instructor

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Though not a native to Hamilton County, Aurora’s newest ag teacher Sarah Cordonier has made her niche here with a number of weeks under her belt in her first year of teaching.
Born and raised in Seward, Cordonier attended Seward High School before moving on to study agricultural education at Northwest Missouri State and complete her student teaching in Waverly.
“I have always known I wanted to be a teacher,” Cordonier said. “Growing up, agriculture was never a huge part of my life. However, somewhere along the line I fell in love with it. In middle school, I started attending agriculture classes. That is when I knew agriculture was what I wanted to study and be a part of the rest of my life.”

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Wed
09
Oct

Hamilton County harvest creeps to a steady start

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In no surprising turn of events harvest is creeping into gear throughout Hamilton County. Though it could be blamed on a number of individual factors, including rain and cold, the bottom line according to local farmers and Extension professionals is that it’s a combination of both -- and it all started almost a year ago.
“It is definitely behind schedule,” said Steve Melvin, Nebraska Extension Educator. “We’re a couple weeks behind at this point. Usually, there are years that soybean harvest is about done by now. So yeah, definitely two to three weeks behind.”

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Wed
02
Oct

AgrAbility works to keeps farmers doing what they love

Many farmers or ranchers are not the first generation in their family to run their operation and most have no plans of stopping. Unfortunately that chosen career can be hard both physically and mental, but that’s where AgrAbility steps in.
The mission statement states that the vision of Nebraska AgrAbility is to enhance the quality of life for farmers and ranchers with disabilities or health conditions so that they, their families and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.

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Wed
25
Sep

Sky is the limit for HPC’s new ag drone program

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Students interested in the High Plains Community School ag program have been given a unique tool to further their studies of what it means to be a farmer in this day and age.
Through the help of a grant, HPC was able to purchase an ag specific drone to help them add to the student’s hands-on education.
Middle and high school Principal Cameron Hudson explained that the grant-based program the school applies for and received goes a long way to provide students opportunities, adding that it was something they had to take advantage of.

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Wed
18
Sep

Husker Harvest Days speaker shares season outlook

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During the many events of Husker Harvest Days, attendees had an opportunity to hear Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr discuss the outlook for the current year.
“I’m optimistic that you’re going to be able to make money,” he said. “We’re talking about managing risk, and that’s really the key because there’s stuff we know about the market, stuff we don’t know and a lot of stuff we’re just not sure about.”

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