Ag Life

Wed
25
Jul

Grain Place field tour, farm day showcase organic

Kyle Garner, CEO of Organic India, was the featured speaker at the 25th annual farm tour and field day hosted by Grain Place Foods July 14. He posed a question to the audience, asking how a regenerative agriculture model that has gained traction in India could be applied to the food system in the United States.
“I am here because I believe in this idea and there is a discussion I wanted to get started about how we rebuild the food system, here and abroad, based on a model of empowering and working with small family farmers and creating an environment where people can make a living -- a good quality living -- while providing healthy and more nutritious food,” Garner began.

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Wed
18
Jul

Upkeep of county fairgrounds a Parker family task

Though relatively new to the groundskeeping job at the fairgrounds, the Parker family said that they always wanted to do it.
“We were totally like ‘We want to do it,’” said Amber Parker, mother of the Parker clan and head groundskeeper.  “There was no question. I mean it was ‘We want it, we’re going to do it.’”
Amber and her husband Brad took up the position officially in April. The couple admitted that it was, and still is, a learning process. Luckily, the pair receives help from multiple directions.

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Wed
11
Jul

List of fairgrounds improvements points toward success, enjoyment this year

With the Hamilton County Fair just a few weeks away, it is to no surprise that many renovations and improvements are being made to the entirety of the fairgrounds.
Allen Charlton, one of many directors on the Hamilton County Fair Board, proudly named off all the big-ticket changes that have been made so far, as well as a few that are still underway.

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Tue
03
Jul

Field day educates on cover crops, weed management

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension services provided a free weed management and cover crops field day June 27 featuring unique demonstrations for nearly 120 participants during which research findings were presented on cover crops, termination dates and how they could either be beneficial or harmful to weed management for cash crops. For more details, see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Wed
27
Jun

Summertime ban on sale of E15 impacts commerce, farmers

In a recent letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 55 community leaders from the Midwest including Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen urged Purdue to take action to lift the summertime ban on the sale of E15.
“Starting June 1 , outdated federal regulations cut off millions of drivers from a lower-cost fuel that supports farmers and rural manufacturing,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, a trade association that represents ethanol producers.

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Wed
20
Jun

Equine muscle therapy clinic tour stops in Aurora

The Hamilton County fairgrounds horse corrals welcomed a handful of horses and interested onlookers to a special equine muscle therapy presentation June 13-14.
Gary Wells, expert equine muscle therapist, traveled all the way from his home in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to showcase a new technique in caring for both horses and their human counterparts. He said he is helping introduce the technique to the United States in what he calls the “new age of horsemanship.”

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Wed
13
Jun

Curt Friesen takes pride, joy in life as a farmer

State legislators may not always seem like it, but beyond the suits and ties and long days at the capitol building they are ordinary people with ordinary lives.
Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen is no exception and spends his days off from Lincoln at his farm near Henderson where he grew up. He has been farming since 1976 and currently grows irrigated corn and soybeans.

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Wed
06
Jun

Anderson honored for commitment to students, community

Aurora FFA advisor Dana Anderson is the most recent recipient of the Gary Scarf Helping Hand Award, which was awarded during the Nebraska State FFA Convention in April. Each year, the Nebraska FFA Foundation honors an FFA advisor who has gone above and beyond to help others in the school and community, outside of agricultural education and FFA.

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Wed
30
May

Areas south of I-80 in for a dry spell that could extend north

As the crops around the county emerge, soil moisture is on most farmers’ minds and with that comes the constant watch that they keep on the weather. While areas of central and northern Hamilton County have been seeing plenty of moisture with the last couple rain events, the areas south of the interstate have not been seeing that moisture.
“Right now the major concern is that the area south of Interstate 80 has been missing out on many of these precipitation events that seem to be inundating much of central and eastern Nebraska and you can take that all the way back to the Panhandle,” said Al Dutcher, associate Nebraska state climatologist.

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Wed
23
May

Emergence imperative as crops begin to sprout

As fields around the county begin to green up, emergence is something that farmers must really keep an eye on to protect yields come fall.
“Most of the crop is probably planted now. Last Monday’s report from USDA NASS suggested 72 percent of the corn was in, which is pretty close to last year, with soybeans we are ahead of normal,” said Roger Elmore, Extension cropping systems agronomist.

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