Ag Life

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wed
11
Mar

Spring weather welcomes new calves in Hamilton County

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With the changing of the seasons there are many things Nebraskans have come to expect. Spring signals rainy weather, flowers blooming and the appearance of calves playing in the fields.
After a difficult spring due to the bomb cyclone in 2019, Bar M Herefords co-owner Rich Person was able to report happier news from this year’s calving season.
“It has been going very good and the weather sure makes a difference versus last year,” he said.

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Tue
03
Mar

Aurora Cooperative to become sole owner of Pacific Aurora

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Pacific Ethanol, Inc. announced Tuesday it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 74 percent ownership interest in Pacific Aurora, LLC to the Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company for $52.8 million of consideration, subject to certain working capital adjustments. Details in this week's ANR.

Wed
26
Feb

HPC’s Wruble brings passion for agriculture to FFA

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High Plains Community Schools senior Brendan Wruble is no stranger to the agricultural world or to FFA. After five years of dedicated work to the organization, he has stepped up to lead his fellow members as their president.
“I’m from Clarks and I grew up on a farm my entire life,” he said. “My parents own a farm and I plan on going into agronomy at Northeast (Community College).”
Wruble has grown up with a hand in a variety of agricultural practices. He noted that his family runs a cow-calf operation in addition to around 1,200 acres of corn and soybeans.

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Wed
26
Feb

Eckhardt gains confidence, sense of family through FFA

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Growing up in a military family, Christian Eckhardt observed a sense of connection his mother always had while in uniform. He knew he wanted to be part of something that gave him that same sense of extended family and he said he found it in FFA.
A senior at Hampton High School now making plans to start his own military career next year, Eckhardt is president of the Hampton FFA chapter. It’s a role he takes seriously, knowing how much it’s helped him grow and learn.

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Wed
26
Feb

Bonifas credits family for love of agriculture, presidential success

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Aurora FFA president Blaine Bonifas always knew he wanted to lead his chapter when the time was right -- he’d watched his brother do the same thing and his personal involvement in the agriculture world is nothing if not impressive.
“In 2006 we moved out to the country,” Bonifas began.
This allowed his family to have a shop “right at the house,” which helped with dad Gregg Bonifas’ Pioneer Seed sales and crop consulting business -- a process Bonifas has grown up around.
“I’ve always been involved in agriculture,” he said. “(Especially) in 2009 (when) we started our pumpkin stand.”

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Wed
19
Feb

Brandon Hunnicutt shares NE corn updates

Giltner resident Brandon Hunnicutt shared updates about Nebraska corn to area farmers during the Hamilton County Ag Day Feb. 4.
Hunnicutt is a farmer and serves on the National Corn Growers board of directors, the Nebraska Corn Checkoff Board and the Hamilton County Corn Growers.
“I just wanted to give a few updates from a Nebraska standpoint and from the Corn Growers Association side,” he said. “Right now the legislature is in session and there’s about 50 bills we’re following closely. We’re really looking at what bills are out there and what affects Nebraska corn in general.”

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Wed
12
Feb

Vetter shares life lessons at Sustainable Ag Conference

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Hamilton County-based organic farmer and owner of The Grain Place Dave Vetter spoke to a crowd of more than 60 people during the two-day 2020 Healthy Farm Conference held in Grand Island. The gathering, hosted by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, sought to share insight from producers about ways to improve farming practices.
During the farmers’ panel he shared his family’s history with organic farming, the difficulties they faced and how it led him to where he is today.

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