Ag Life

Wed
21
Jun

Fairground improvements come to fruition as fair nears

The south end of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds has received quite the makeover in the last few years with the addition of a new livestock barn, permanent bathrooms for this year, electrical work and tree planting.
“The big project that came to completion last year was the livestock barn on the south end of the grounds and the livestock facility,” noted Keith Wasem. “That one was finished and was used in last year’s fair. Phase two was the office and restroom facility.”

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Wed
07
Jun

Farmer’s Market on the Square kicks off for summer

The Farmer’s Market on the Square kicked off Saturday with perfect weather and smiles on every face. There were four vendors on the square, but both vendors and traffic are expected to increase as the summer gets going and more produce is ready to be harvested.
On Saturday there was everything from lettuce, spinach, and rhubarb to homemade jellies and jams, soaps and soy tarts, plus a wide array of annual plants.

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Wed
31
May

Kids flood Groundwater Festival in Grand Island

The Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival is an annual one-day event put on at Central Community College and College and College Park in Grand Island. The festival has been going on for about 30 years, and students continue to flood in to learn all about groundwater.
The festival promotes groundwater stewardship by providing students knowledge about protecting groundwater quality and conserving groundwater use.

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Wed
24
May

Hamilton County Corngrowers convene for annual plot planting

A drive around Hamilton County would reveal green sprouts popping up in the fields, and the Hamilton County Corngrowers Association’s hybrid plot is no exception. Members of the association were bustling a couple weeks ago to get seeds in the ground.
“It’s something we have done for a number of years,” Hamilton County Corngrowers chairman Brandon Hunnicutt said.

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Wed
17
May

Hampton family brings back two to work on farm

The future of agriculture lies with the youth and Travis and Tyler Bankson are two young men who are moving back to the family ranch to take over someday. The operation is a family affair with grandparents Al and Darlene Klute, dad Bryan Bankson and son Travis all now working on the farm. Travis just finished school and is working on an internship in Iowa before he moves back to Hampton as well. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
17
May

Irrigated ag land values drop

County Assessor Pat Sandberg came before the board Monday to discuss the Nebraska Tax and Equalization and Review Commission findings and orders.
She stated that each year she has to be in compliance with Nebraska statute and have the residential, commercial and ag land sales ratios within a certain parameter.
Commercial and residential properties have to be within 92-100 percent; and ag land has to be between 69-75 percent of market value.

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Wed
10
May

New technology gives farmers upper hand

Just as it is in every industry today, the technology in agriculture is growing and improving the industry as it progresses. One example of this technology involves grain bin monitoring systems called BinManager, manufactured by a company named IntelliFarms out of Kansas City, Mo.

Wed
03
May

Ag Science Expo sparks interest in STEM

The Ag Science Expo was held Saturday as part of the Nebraska Science Festival celebration statewide at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island. The goal of the day was to provide youth an opportunity to interact with science and technology as it relates to agriculture.
The event was hosted by part of the Nebraska Extension, specifically the STEM careers issues team.

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Wed
26
Apr

Forecast, soil moisture adequate for area farmers

Spring is officially here and planters in the fields around the county are a good indicator. According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture’s crop progess report, 3 percent of Nebraska’s corn crop was in the ground the week ending April 16, down from 6 percent last year at the same time.
Farmers may be a few days behind where they were last year, but area producers say soil conditions are just about right for planting.

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Wed
12
Apr

Aurora 3rd graders watch life hatch anew

Classrooms across Hamilton County have been bringing the farm right next to their desks through student enrichment programs handled by the Hamilton County Extension office.
The one getting the most attention during the springtime thaw involves embryology and the hatching of chicks just feet away from a student’s daily learning space.

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