Ag Life

Wed
28
Mar

Beef is what’s for dinner at Hampton Public Schools

Beef, it’s what’s for dinner -- at least that’s the case in the Hampton Public School cafeteria. The school’s Hawk Beef program kicked off in 2016 and is still going strong.
“Students are excited about the inclusion of real, local beef in the lunches -- twice a week,” said Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg. “They can taste a difference in the quality of the beef and appreciate the variety in the menus that has been a direct result of the inclusion of the real, local beef.”
Adding local beef to the menu has even increased student participation in the school lunch program, according to head cook Lisa McNish.

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Tue
20
Mar

USDA Undersecretary addresses Governor’s Ag Conference

Former Nebraska Director of Agriculture and current U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Greg Ibach took the podium as a keynote speaker during the 30th annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney.
Ibach stated that being behind the podium as a keynote speaker was surreal, as he has spoken many times at the conference in a smaller capacity.
Ibach, who oversees the Agriculture Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, understands the importance of his job to families and individuals who put in the work.

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Wed
14
Mar

International trade agreements vital to Nebraska producers

International trade was a primary topic of discussion at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney. Everyone from panelists to the governor to USDA undersecretary Greg Ibach highlighted the importance of international trade to agriculture in Nebraska.
Former Nebraska ag director Ibach said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue knows the importance of trade to the farm economy. But at the same time, farmers have said for years that the U.S. could negotiate better trade deals, with lower tariffs from countries that import U.S. goods, or more consistent levels of imports over time.

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Wed
28
Feb

Irrigation scheduling saves water, money

It is important for farmers to get water on crops at the right time throughout the growing season, and Steve Melvin, irrigated cropping systems Extension educator, discussed just that at the Hamilton County Ag Day with a presentation about irrigation scheduling.
“The past two Junes have brought high temperatures and limited rains to much of Nebraska, causing some farmers to question whether they should start irrigating corn during the vegetative growth stage,” Melvin said.

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Wed
21
Feb

Aurora Cooperative expands State Fair partnership

The Aurora Cooperative expanded its relationship with the Nebraska State Fair this week by announcing a new partnership that includes renaming the swine barn and swine arena to Aurora Cooperative Pavilion.
Representatives with the Aurora-based company, the State Fair and Fonner Park applauded the new arrangement during a press conference Feb. 14.

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Wed
21
Feb

Carlson continues High Plains FFA tradition

High school programs are always in an ever-changing mindset to evolve and improve upon the previous year’s achievements. For High Plains the group that has been at the forefront of doing just that is their FFA program, which is headed this year by president Alyse Carlson.
“Since my freshman year I felt that it was something I wanted to achieve,” Carlson said about her initial reasons for wanting to serve as FFA president her senior year.

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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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