Ag Life

Wed
20
May

Local butcher Winfield shares thoughts on U.S. beef crisis

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Many industries have seen a rapid change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Between having to close down or being under restrictions there is not much that is usual. This rings true for the beef industry as well with producers seeing low prices for cattle and consumers seeing high prices in the stores.
Brent Winfield, co-owner of the Aurora Meat Block, stepped forward to give the community insight from a middle man’s perspective. For a detailed report. see this week's ANR Ag Life report.

 

Wed
13
May

Digging up the facts about gardening, beginner tips

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Driving around any town right now it is impossible to not see someone working outside as community members take up their spades and start gardening.
To help gardeners hit the ground running, Kelly Feehan, a Nebraska Extension Educator, shared some information about the first steps people should take. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
05
May

First-year farmer going viral

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Soon to be 19-year-old Laura Carlson stands proudly in the seed corn test plot she put in herself. The Marquette native has recently gone viral online and in the agriculture world for bringing her audience along as she experiences her first year as a farmer. Read the full story in this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
29
Apr

Dave Vetter shares input on new organic standards

Area organic farmer Dave Vetter of Grain Place Foods has been involved in developing and practicing the newest standards of his trade and that holds true as the National Organic Program (NOP) releases its newest regenerative organic farming standards.
“This adds to the baseline of the National Organic Program certification,” he explained. “In order to take that step, you have to be certified through the NOP. You have to be certified if you are going to market a thing as organic.” Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
22
Apr

Local cattle industry sees impact from COVID-19

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From the closure of schools and restaurants to only having essential employees around, the coronavirus has impacted most every aspect of the community. Many of the changes the county has seen have been visible, and cattle producers are no exception to that ever-changing landscape.
Shane Dose of Dose Land and Cattle and Luke Jacobsen, owner of Range West Beef, both took a moment to weigh in on the different affects they have faced due to COVID-19.

 

Tue
14
Apr

Prep for spring planting is (almost) business as usual

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With all the uncertainty that has come with the uprise of the global COVID-19 pandemic, one thing that has changed only minimally has been the agriculture industry. Just as sure as the sun rises every day, farmers are now setting to work to begin their pre-spring planting processes. Story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
08
Apr

Conservation NE shares the dirt on composting

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Krissy Kreienkamp with Conservation Nebraska is encouraging people to get down and dirty with a variety of ways anyone, from those in apartments to living on farms, can try composting.
“Compost is a mixture of various decaying, organic substances, such as dead leaves that can be used for fertilizer,” Kreienkamp explained.
She noted that there are options to fit a wide range of situations. This included vermicomposting, or using worms to direct composting, where a person just puts kitchen scraps in a hole in the ground.

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

 

Wed
01
Apr

Audience asks questions of unique ag producer panel

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A large topic of discussion during the Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney March 9-10 was that of emerging markets in the Nebraska agricultural sector.
Audience members were treated to a full panel presentation and discussion by a few figures in the field, which was followed up with a brief question-and-answer session.
“So when we’re talking strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for each of your operations and in your industry -- give me your biggest threat and your biggest opportunity in a minute or less,” said panel moderator Amanda Breinig, assistant director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

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

Wed
25
Mar

Producers in ‘emerging markets’ share their stories

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The Governor’s Ag Conference March 10 featured a number of presenters who had important messages to share with Nebraska’s producers and others interested in the state of agriculture in today’s society.
After a rousing discussion on food bullying by Michele Payn of the Cause Matters Corporation, the crowd enjoyed a break to mingle before settling back down to hear from a group of panelists focused on “new and emerging markets in Nebraska.” First up to tell the audience who they were and what they did was husband and wife business team Tyler and Amy Bruch.

Organic operation
Six generation farmers Tyler and Amy Bruch own and operate Cyclone Farms in central Nebraska. It is an irrigated organic farm that grows white, yellow and seed corn as well as wheat, yellow peas and oats -- all while working closely with cover crops.

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

 

Wed
18
Mar

Producers advised to ‘learn to tell their story’ to consumers

The 32nd Annual Governor’s Ag Conference filled the Kearney Convention Center last week and with it brought people from all sides of the agriculture industry.
Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Steve Wellman took time to provide a few welcoming comments, before introducing the first speaker March 10.

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

 

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