Ag Life

Wed
13
Apr

Kinsey’s Kanning seals its success

Young teenagers nowadays have a plethora of information and technology at their fingertips, allowing them to break free from the bounds of a traditional world and into that of a new age millennium.
Fourteen-year-old Kinsey McClain has had a different perspective on what a teenager is able to accomplish by holding onto her family's long standing tradition of canning with her business, Kinsey's Kanning.

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Wed
06
Apr

Corn projected for 6% increase in 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the prospective plantings report Thursday, revealing corn planted areas in 2016 are estimated at 93.6 million acres, which is up 6 percent from last year.
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Wed
30
Mar

Building consumer trust through transparency

Transparency -- the producer’s response tends to be ‘we have nothing to hide, but it’s none of your business.’  
Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer at The Center for Food Integrity, said producers need to get past the ‘it’s none of your business part’ of their operations in order to build consumer trust consumer; something that has become vital to the future success of agriculture.

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Wed
23
Mar

Record-breaking producer shares insight

Local guests and stockholders at the annual Aurora Cooperative shareholder meeting were treated to a spectacle of agricultural education on March 15 when record corn producer Randy Dowdy explained the secrets to growing 500 bushel corn.
The first-generation farmer began his agricultural career back in 2006 when he started his first crop, peanuts.

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Wed
16
Mar

Beef -- Is it sustainable for dinner?

Whether it’s animal agriculture or crop agriculture the term sustainability comes up often as something producers should be striving for in their operations.
There is a lot of debate of what sustainability really means and how the term has evolved from its meaning 50 years ago. It used to mean producing more with less and keeping the banker happy, but now it’s all about the animal and all ag-related practices.

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Wed
16
Mar

Beef -- Is it sustainable for dinner?

Whether it’s animal agriculture or crop agriculture the term sustainability comes up often as something producers should be striving for in their operations.
There is a lot of debate of what sustainability really means and how the term has evolved from its meaning 50 years ago. It used to mean producing more with less and keeping the banker happy, but now it’s all about the animal and all ag-related practices.

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Wed
09
Mar

Growing trust in the animal health, food industry

“Every enemy you have any place in this world, you are connected to because feeding people never goes out of style,” said Rick Sibbel, director of beef cattle technical services at Merck Animal Health.
Sibbel was one of three speakers in a panel on biotechnology at the 28th annual Governor’s Ag Conference held March 2 and 3.

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Wed
02
Mar

Cover crop talk focuses on soil improvement

Aurora farmers were given a full lesson on cover crops during Hamilton County’s Ag Day at the beginning of Februrary when University of Nebraska - Lincoln expert and biological systems engineer Paul Jasa brought his knowledge of the subject to the central part of the state.
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Wed
24
Feb

From the hog farm to Hampton FFA president

The wee morning hours on the hog farm are memories Hampton FFA president and senior Tayma Sebek hold dearest.
It would be just past 5 in the morning, after the first load was completed and walking from building to building. In that process, the sun would start to peak across the horizon.

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Wed
24
Feb

‘It doesn’t matter if you are from the farm or a city’

High Plains senior Garrett Lesiak brings hard work and dedication to the presidency of his Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.
The Polk native is a prime example of qualities that are needed from young leaders, which he was able to establish from a younger age back when FFA wasn't even on his agenda.

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