Ag Life

Wed
29
Mar

USDA works for US agriculture stateside, abroad

Bobby Richey, Jr., defined what the USDA and Foreign Ag Service are doing to help Nebraska’s international branding during the Governor’s Ag Conference March 15 in Kearney.
Richey, deputy administrator in the Office of Foreign Service Operations, took on his new role in May 2016, working in an office that manages approximately 350 foreign nationals in USDA’s Foreign Agriculture’s 93 offices around the world.

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Wed
22
Mar

Fight the good fight, seek to understand

A torchbearer is somebody who is an actively engaged ambassador. A torchbearer is somebody who fights the good fight because it is important. A torchbearer cares deeply and acts accordingly. It is time to come together as a community and say that agriculture is important.
That was the core message presented by Rhett Laubach, a motivational speaker out of Oklahoma, who spoke at the 29th Annual Governor’s Ag Conference March 14 in Kearney.

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Wed
15
Mar

Aurora Coop takes to the sky Thursday

All eyes were on the sky Thursday as Aurora Cooperative conducted aerial spray testing at the Aurora Municipal Airport.
“What we are doing today is we’re testing our aircraft to make sure we have a system uniform pattern throughout our entire spray width,” explained James Jensen, ag aviation department head at Aurora Cooperative.

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Wed
08
Mar

Aurora Coop reports $121M growth in total sales

Nearly 700 shareholder/owners attended the Aurora Cooperative’s two-day annual meeting in Grand Island last week, where they heard from one of the nation’s top soybean producers as well as a decorated Army commander who lost both legs while serving in Iraq.
Hoping to provide motivation and useful information farmers and ranchers can apply to their own lives and operations, CEO Chris Vincent said the annual meeting offers an opportunity for company executives, board members and employees to listen and learn.

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Wed
01
Mar

7M Horse Ranch headed to World Show

If you enjoy what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. That is exactly how Stephen and Beth McClure of 7M Horse Ranch south of Aurora feel about raising and training colts.
“Ever since I was a kid I started colts and train colts,” Stephen said. “And I still do that for people all over and still do ranch rodeos. Our two oldest sons, Shane and Seth, they have become very good horsemen.

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Wed
22
Feb

Friesen: FFA far more than farming, ag

If you ask Hampton FFA president Courtney Friesen, there’s a lot more to FFA than just farming and agriculture.
“FFA in general isn’t just farming and ag. We just did interviews that helped us with the interviewing process for getting a job and going to college,” she explained.
Friesen is a veteran of the Hampton FFA chapter, being involved all four years of high school.

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Wed
22
Feb

Engel’s presidency leads to an ag-based career

High Plains FFA president Tana Engel brings more than just her vast knowledge of animals to the respected position as her poise and leadership skills have proven she is the perfect person for the job.
“It’s not about what office you have in FFA it’s what you do with the office that matters,” Engel explained as part of her personal mantra. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
01
Feb

Insecticide resistance costs producers $1.4B

Extension entomologist Robert Wright took over the speaking duties at the end of the day Jan. 6 at the Crop Production Clinic in York to discuss recent studies on the resistance to insecticides for some of today’s biggest pests in agriculture -- the western corn rootworm and the western bean cutworm.

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Wed
25
Jan

Invasive insects showing up in Nebraska fields

One of the top priorities at the Crop Production Clinic in York Jan.6 included the topic of invasive insects and what Nebraska farmers should look for when identifying pests in their fields.
Extension crop protection and cropping systems specialist Justin McMechan spoke to the hundreds in attendance about the issues facing producers today when it comes to the small creatures most would prefer out of their fields. One such insect that has seen an increasing presence around the state is the Japanese beetle.
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Wed
18
Jan

Crop production clinic targets newly discovered disease

While the farming industry advances steadily every year to improve upon previous growing season’s results, so do all the elements trying to make a producer’s life more difficult.
Graduate research assistant Terra Hartman spoke to a crowd of more than 100 Jan. 6 at the Crop Production Clinic in York, where she discussed to all the new and old corn diseases found around the state.
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