Ag Life

Wed
14
Nov

Helzer gets up close and personal with nature

Since Jan. 30, Chris Helzer has made 44 visits totaling 22 hours and 19 minutes to a one-meter square parcel of ground that feels more like his own little world. Located in Lincoln Creek Prairie next to the Aurora Adopt-a-pet, the spot was specifically chosen to demonstrate how public prairies are much more then fields with tall grass. To read more about Helzer's project, see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Wed
07
Nov

Hamilton Telecommunications brings fiber to the farm

What started out as a fiber-to-the-home initiative has now spread to rural locations to become what some are calling “fiber-to-the-farm.”
Hamilton Telecommunications announced last year that it was beginning a project to expand its fiber network to provide broadband service to all of its subscribers, including rural customers. That dream is now becoming a reality for several area farmers who consider themselves on the cutting edge of technology.

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

 

Wed
31
Oct

Work with Kountry Kids Pumpkins pays off for Bonifas

Aurora native Grant Bonifas is well known in Hamilton County for having a hand in the business he shares with his siblings, Morgan and Blaine. Though now much older than he was when Kountry Kids Pumpkins started up in 2009, the oldest of the three Bonifas children is still gaining useful skills and knowledge from this venture.
On top of enjoying weekends interacting with the community and his family, Bonifas’ experience with selling pumpkins has also led to two recent recognitions during April’s state FFA convention.

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

 

Wed
24
Oct

Pollinator festival shows beekeeping as a growing hobby

Vice president of the Nebraska Beekeeper Association Brian Nilson and beekeeper Megan Vetter were on hand Oct. 13 at Central Community College in Grand Island for the first annual Pollinator Festival.
CCC Community Education Coordinator Judy Weston explained in a phone interview that CCC is a bee campus which is part of their designation from Bee City USA.

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

 

Wed
17
Oct

Recent renovations add to Pioneer Trails’ appeal

A large hidden oasis sits not far from the hustle and bustle of Aurora. Pioneer Trails, located northeast of town, operates as both a water conservation effort and a recreational area for nearby residents to enjoy a small break from everyday life.
Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District public relations manager Scott Snell calls it “the perfect balance.”

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

 

Wed
10
Oct

Ilac Boeder recognized as strong community leader

In a complete surprise gathering, officials with the United States Department of Agriculture and all available staff at The Leadership Center gathered in the lobby Oct. 2 to present executive director Maile Ilac Boeder with the 2018 Strong Community Leader award. Ilac Boeder called it one of four times in her life that she had ever been speechless.
“Literally I had no idea about it,” Ilac Boeder said.

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

 

Wed
19
Sep

Husker Harvest Days speaker sees hope for soybeans

One of the many highlights over the three-day course of this year’s Husker Harvest Days was a presentation by Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr on the “Grain Market Place Outlook for 2018.”
“When I started this series of presentations about a month ago for a marketing club down in Illinois the title was ‘Big Crops and Tariff Troubles,’” Knorr began. “Then I got a little bit more optimistic and said ‘Back to the Brink.’ Now, it’s probably ‘Big Crops, Tariff Troubles? Back to the Brink?’ A lot of questions.”
Some of the questions Knorr posed in his presentation, which he would later cover in detail.

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

 

Wed
12
Sep

Nebraska honeybees crucial to local ecosystems

Honeybees have had a long road of negative stereotypes, but the reality is that they are a very important part of the ecosystem and without them, the world would look and operate a lot differently.
“About 60 percent of what we eat is directly or indirectly impacted by the honeybee,” said Brian Nilson, avid beekeeper and teacher of bee classes at Central Community College.

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

Tue
04
Sep

Area farmers learn history of corn

Kicking off the Nebraska Corn Board’s Hamilton County plot tour, Steve Jacobsen introduced individual seed company representatives who then stepped forward to speak about their specific hybrids and the benefits they possess. Area corn growers had the opportunity to hear from several seed representatives and learn more about their variety of 110 to 119 day products -- all planted for observation on the Mike Oswald farm approximately four miles west of Aurora.

See this week's ANR for full report.

 

Wed
22
Aug

Davies family farm celebrates 100 years of history

The Davies family farm was another one of four Hamilton County families that received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award during Thursday festivities at the Hamilton County Fair.
The Davies family was presented with the award, which honored their family and farm for an extended stay in Hamilton County.

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

 

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