Ag Life

Wed
21
Feb

Hettle thrives in leadership role for Hampton FFA

It doesn’t take very long for Hampton FFA President Dalton Hettle to get that outdoor itch, especially now in the middle stages of February. He always prefers being outside doing something, sun-up to sundown, and maybe even longer.
“I’m not one to sit around, by any means,” he described. “I would rather be out working from when the sun comes up to when it goes down, and work after that. I’m sort of as a workaholic, in a way.”

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Wed
14
Feb

Miller stands by organic principles, practices

Local farmer Ray Miller began transitioning into organic farming in 1999, and hasn’t looked back since. On Jan. 31, he spoke to members of the Aurora Rotary Club about what organic means, and why he made the switch.
Miller was raised near Philadelphia and met Sheila Kremer in college. After living in Minnesota for several years, they moved back and Miller began working with Sheila’s dad, Bob Kremer.
“I appreciated him in so many different ways,” Miller said.

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Wed
07
Feb

Prescribed burns: a necessity for prairie preservation

With the first month of 2018 passing by, it’s already time for conservation efforts to begin across the state and specifically around Hamilton County at Gjerloff Prairie and Sherman Ranch.
“In the prairie region the native grasslands have developed with eons of grazing and fire,” said Prairie Plains Resource Institute Executive Director Bill Whitney. “It’s a very important management tool in taking care of grasslands. It keeps them healthy and it’s just important.”

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Wed
31
Jan

Nitrogen management a concern in Hamilton County

The management of groundwater in Hamilton County is a priority that spans every day of the year, highlighting a concern of nitrates polluting the system.
Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District water resources technician Erinn Richert is one of the team members assigned to implementing and managing water conservation programs, which includes nitrate level management.

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Wed
24
Jan

Danielson honored for lifetime of raising Herefords

Deryl Danielson has done more than just work hard during his 70 years of raising cattle -- he has created a foundation for his family’s fourth generation of the farm, allowing them to begin their journey following his footsteps. His success story is key to his being named the 2017 Cattleman of the Year by the members of the York-Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Association.
“It’s an honor for him to be recognized,” said wife Delores.

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Wed
17
Jan

Chemigation class focuses on good safety practices

UNL Extension educator Steve Melvin spoke to a crowd of producers and industry employees during the York Ag Expo Jan. 10 about the safety precautions and concerns regarding chemigation. The class is among the qualifications needed to become an official applicator and is a partner effort with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). It also also required through the Nebraska Chemigation Act.

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Wed
10
Jan

TB scare in northern Nebraska reiterates importance of prevention

The discovery of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) positive cow in a beef cattle herd in Wheeler County Dec. 22 brought out the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians, getting the attention of cattle producers even here in Hamilton County.
The Nebraska herd was identified through an epidemiological investigation from an infected South Dakota herd.

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Wed
03
Jan

Grain Place Foods focused on investing in soil

Cover crops are a hot topic in agriculture today with more and more farmers showing interest either growing cover crops or learning more about them. Using cover crops and a rotational cropping system is something Dave Vetter at Grain Place Foods has been working on for more than 40 years.

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Wed
27
Dec

Tips for producers preparing to build in rural Nebraska

Farm Credit Services of America took the stage Dec. 6 at the Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln to educate an audience about the financial information needed for building a new house or improving upon newly acquired land and some tips to make it easier.
Kris Donnelly, a country home loan officer at Farm Credit Services of America, spoke to the small crowd on how she helps producers build homes on rural land every day and some of the steps to take that can ensure a family’s long-term investment is worth the final dollar amount.

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Wed
20
Dec

BQA training aimed at making beef the best it can be

At a time when consumers are actively questioning and making buying choices based on food safety, it is imperative that Nebraska beef producers step up and prove that they raise beef in a safe and healthy environment. An appropriate herd health program, producers were advised last week, ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health and Beef Quality Assurance is a manual for safe production.

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