Ag Life

Wed
16
Mar

Beef -- Is it sustainable for dinner?

Whether it’s animal agriculture or crop agriculture the term sustainability comes up often as something producers should be striving for in their operations.
There is a lot of debate of what sustainability really means and how the term has evolved from its meaning 50 years ago. It used to mean producing more with less and keeping the banker happy, but now it’s all about the animal and all ag-related practices.

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Wed
09
Mar

Growing trust in the animal health, food industry

“Every enemy you have any place in this world, you are connected to because feeding people never goes out of style,” said Rick Sibbel, director of beef cattle technical services at Merck Animal Health.
Sibbel was one of three speakers in a panel on biotechnology at the 28th annual Governor’s Ag Conference held March 2 and 3.

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Wed
02
Mar

Cover crop talk focuses on soil improvement

Aurora farmers were given a full lesson on cover crops during Hamilton County’s Ag Day at the beginning of Februrary when University of Nebraska - Lincoln expert and biological systems engineer Paul Jasa brought his knowledge of the subject to the central part of the state.
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Wed
24
Feb

From the hog farm to Hampton FFA president

The wee morning hours on the hog farm are memories Hampton FFA president and senior Tayma Sebek hold dearest.
It would be just past 5 in the morning, after the first load was completed and walking from building to building. In that process, the sun would start to peak across the horizon.

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Wed
24
Feb

‘It doesn’t matter if you are from the farm or a city’

High Plains senior Garrett Lesiak brings hard work and dedication to the presidency of his Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.
The Polk native is a prime example of qualities that are needed from young leaders, which he was able to establish from a younger age back when FFA wasn't even on his agenda.

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Wed
17
Feb

Successful Ag Day brings in dozens of local farmers

Farmers got an in-depth look at how their land is valued and how much it has been varying over the years at Hamilton County’s Ag Day event on Feb. 8, which brought out crowds of students and farmers to discuss issues in the agriculture community.

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Wed
10
Feb

New feed plant brings farmers financial opportunities

A Gretna based business is bringing its technology to a new York location is hoping to help area farmers to eliminate excess corn stover, while providing an opportunity to make money at the same time.
Randall Pelzer, general biomass manager of Pellet Technology USA (PTUSA), brought his agricultural knowledge to Aurora on Jan. 29 where he informed local farmers of the new technology.

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Wed
03
Feb

Ag Day lineup promises diverse discussions

Hamilton County's Ag Day, held through the University of Nebraska (UNL) Extension office, has been scheduled at the fairgrounds Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Attendees will be offered an array of different topics relating to agriculture and natural resources affecting Nebraska farmers. Troy Ingram is the Extension educator for Merrick County, but also shares duties in Hamilton County since former educator Todd Whitney took up another position late last year.
“We hope anyone who's interested will try and show up,” Ingram explained as he went into detail about the upcoming event. “It's here to provide research based information to growers in Hamilton and surrounding counties.”
Like most of the other ag days, there will be live talks, demonstrations, a lunch and booths scattered around the auditorium to showcase their wares.
“We'll start with our private pesticide and applicator training,” Ingram said. “That will be for anyone who needs a license in 2016.”

Wed
27
Jan

In’s and out’s of USMARC cattle production

The Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), located in neighboring Clay County played host to the Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College 2016 Partners in Research Beef Seminar Jan. 20 highlighting the many issues livestock producers face in today’s society.

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Wed
20
Jan

Agricultural experts discuss water concerns

The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV) and the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF) hosted the second annual Nebraska Conservation Summit to discuss the topic of water conservation in the state just over a month ago.
As one of the many topics covered during the conference, agricultural concerns became the focus at the top of everyone's list. A panel of Nebraska experts was set up to discuss the effects of water conservation and the combined efforts in research for crop, livestock and utility production.    

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