Nebraska hemp acreage sees slight decline in 2023

Nebraska hemp acreage sees slight decline in 2023

Industrial hemp grown in open areas in Nebraska in 2023 totaled 280 acres, down 7% from 2022, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Industrial hemp harvested in open areas totaled 270 acres, down 4% from last year. Nationally, the value of all industrial hemp production in the open…
Wittich aims to strengthen grain bins against earthquakes, wind storms

Wittich aims to strengthen grain bins against earthquakes, wind storms

When people think of structural engineering perils, they tend to imagine big-city bridges, skyscrapers and the like, but rural America has key vulnerabilities that could cause major economic upheaval regionally and even nationally. A University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher is focusing on a specific piece of structural engineering so ubiquitous across…
Construction on Ft. Laramie canal tunnels could begin in fall

Construction on Ft. Laramie canal tunnels could begin in fall

The 2024 Yonts Water Conference, on April 10, hosted representatives from the Goshen Irrigation District and HDR Engineering, who presented an update on the progress of replacing the tunnels on the Goshen and Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation Districts 129-mile-long mainline canal.  “We’ve selected a contractor, Atkinson Construction, a relatively large full-service…
Sjeklocha spearheads new rodeo initiatives for Rural Radio Network 

Sjeklocha spearheads new rodeo initiatives for Rural Radio Network 

A familiar voice has returned to the Rural Radio Network (RRN), as the Network expands its coverage of rodeo.   Rebel Sjeklocha joined the Nebraska Rural Radio Association (NRRA) broadcast team as a podcast host and multimedia producer with a special emphasis on rodeo and western life.  “We're thrilled to welcome…
Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program extends application deadline to April 19

Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program extends application deadline to April 19

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is extending the application deadline for the Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program to April 19, offering aspiring veterinarians an extended opportunity to apply for this groundbreaking scholarship initiative. Introduced on Feb. 29 by Governor Jim Pillen, the Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program is designed to bolster…
Nebraska FFA names proficiency award area winners

Nebraska FFA names proficiency award area winners

Students across the state were awarded Proficiency Awards at the 96th annual Nebraska FFA State Convention held April 3-5. The Proficiency Awards program encourages members to set personal goals and learn practical skills. The program provides recognition to FFA members for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in their Supervised Agricultural Experience…
832 Nebraska students awarded highest degree at 96th State FFA Convention

832 Nebraska students awarded highest degree at 96th State FFA Convention

More than 800 students were awarded the Nebraska State FFA Degree at the 96th annual Nebraska FFA State Convention held April 3-5. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Nebraska FFA. In total, 832 students recieved the degree. The Nebraska State FFA Degree recognizes FFA members…
Hodges dedicates year of service to FFA, serving as State Vice-President

Hodges dedicates year of service to FFA, serving as State Vice-President

Hailing from the small town of Julian, Nebraska, Nebraska FFA State Vice-President Abby Hodges has had a remarkable year in office; from the exhilarating moment her name was called during the 95th Nebraska State FFA Convention to her retiring address she will deliver at the 96th State FFA Convention, Abby…
West Holt, Arthur County ag educators named FFA advisors of the year

West Holt, Arthur County ag educators named FFA advisors of the year

David Gibbens from West Holt Public Schools and Kris Rut from Arthur County Public Schools were selected as the two recipients for their FFA Advisor of the Year award. This award honors FFA advisors for outstanding work in their local communities. The winning advisors received a plaque and a $1,000…