Ag Life

Wed
15
Jan

Miller Omega Beef has grown, but mission stays the same

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Hitting their sixth year of business has brought about a number of changes for the Aurora-based beef business, Miller Omega Beef. All new points aside, Russ and Tara Miller expressed positive feelings toward the changes and high hopes for future growth.
“When we first started out (it was) just wanting to find a healthier way to feed our family and stuff and then it kind of branched out,” Tara began. 

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Wed
08
Jan

NeRAIN program reflects high rain totals in Hamilton County

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According to the NeRain program, published by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, spots in Hamilton County received as much as 41.387 inches of precipitation in 2019. This number, recorded in Marquette, was significantly higher than last year’s largest total 34.132 inches, also recorded in Marquette.
It should be noted that the accuracy of this information could be skewed due to the frequency of volunteer data submission, though the data is still credible and found valuable by many, including local farmers, the NRD, National Weather Service and the NeDNR.

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Tue
24
Dec

UNL’s Jim Jansen explains that all land is not equal

The uncertainty and changing landscape of land values has many farmers and producers looking to the future and hoping for the best.
To help people understand why and how prices are determined, Jim Jansen, an agricultural systems economist Extension educator, held a seminar during the Nebraska Farm Power Show Dec. 10.
Jansen explained that in January he contacts land industry professionals to get first-hand knowledge in terms of what farmers are paying for land and what land is selling for.

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Thu
19
Dec

Recapping 'the perfect storm'

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The combination of frozen ground, elevation differences, and lots of snow on the ground grew into what has now been named a bomb cyclone back in March, setting the stage for devastating floods across much of Nebraska. Al Dutcher, agricultural Extension climatologist, reviewed those circumstances recently during a seminar at the Nebraska Farm Power show to help people understand the cause of the flooding and what to look for in the future.

“It’s been depressing talking about this, but it can’t be as depressing for the folks that went through the situation in March,” he said. “This was a unique situation. It wasn’t one that we would like to see. Now it’s nothing that hasn’t happened in the past and it’s nothing that’s not going to happen in the future.” Read more on Dutcher's detailed analysis in this week's ANR.

Wed
11
Dec

McDonald learns about agricultural, self in Rwanda

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Grace McDonald grew up surrounded by agriculture through the community and her own family. When it came time for college she decided to pursue an ag communication degree, but realized something was missing.
“Though my freshmen year, I didn’t feel like I had done what I wanted to do,” McDonald said. “I had the chance to try out something completely different. My mom was supportive and so I signed up.”
This new experience led a small-town girl all the way to Rwanda, Africa. She explained that she had the desire to try something new and to see what was out there and what might change her into the person she wanted to be.

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Wed
04
Dec

Popcorn powerhouse named Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year

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Preferred Popcorn of Chapman was named the 2019 Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year for small-sized manufacturers Nov. 19. The honor, given by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, is well deserved according to the organization’s president.
“Preferred Popcorn is sort of exactly the kind of company that you would want to give this award to because it is in the ag manufacturing processing area. Here is a company that is a relatively smaller company in some senses, but is really an important player in the global market and its industry,” said Bryan Slone. “And what they’ve done is develop some technology, some marketing, some packaging, some processes to really be a global leader in their particular industry and it is really remarkable.”

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Wed
27
Nov

GPM Enterprises excited about technology upgrade

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GPM Enterprises announced a significant technology upgrade this week which could help the Aurora-based business expand its clientele.
Operating from its Highway 14 location since March of last year, the business has offered testing and repairs on water flow meters, with an estimated 97 percent of its customers working in the ag sector, a majority located in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. Owner Steven Driewer reported this week that new technology implemented earlier this month will make testing procedures more efficient, while also opening the door to other potential markets.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Wed
20
Nov

Hampton students get hands on with animal management

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The Hampton ag program welcomed 16 new feathered members into their very own, freshly-built, chicken coop last week as part of a small animal management class.
On Thursday the human class members were found hard at work during their afternoon class period, getting ready to help their chickens (that they raised from eggs) leave their makeshift habitat in the back of ag teacher Joel Miller’s classroom and into a new space outside. Each student was careful to hold one chicken at a time, before bringing them to the weigh station and then carrying the small birds a few steps across the back of Hampton High School to their new abode -- a chicken coop made by the woods class, complete with leftover tin from the school building project.

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Wed
13
Nov

Harvest draws to a long-awaited close in Hamilton County

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Harvest is winding its way to a close in Hamilton County, despite a rocky start and a few other minor weather events providing obstacles along the way. For the most part, according to area farmers, the whole process has actually gone quite smoothly.
“For the most part this year harvest has gone, up to this point, rather smoothly,” said Giltner farmer Brandon Hunnicutt. “I’d say it’s a little later than we would have liked, but as far as the weather it held out really well outside of a couple of snows and rains here and there. But from what the rest of 2019 was like, harvest has been pretty good from that standpoint.”

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Wed
06
Nov

HPC looks to the future with updated ag program

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The ag program at High Plains Community School has made many changes to its curriculum to bring the students a hands-on and realistic way to learn about all aspects of the agriculture industry.
Ag teacher Tom Hofmann has worked to bring a variety of livestock, crops and projects to prepare his students to make informed decisions about what they want to do.

Full story in this week's ANR.

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