Five students take state in conservation poster contest

Five students take state in conservation poster contest

Earthworms, insects and roots were artfully crafted by young Nebraskans throughout the year turning blank paper into award-winning posters. Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) recognize students from kindergarten to 12th grade, who competed in the annual “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life” Conservation Poster Contest. Students winning in the state competition include: K-1:…
2022 Census of Agriculture underway in Nebraska

2022 Census of Agriculture underway in Nebraska

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed an invitation to all known agriculture producers across Nebraska and the nation to respond online to the 2022 Census of Agriculture at agcounts.usda.gov. The ag census is the nation’s only comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state, county, and territory.…
As Americans slash Christmas spending, one surprising category is spared

As Americans slash Christmas spending, one surprising category is spared

56% of Americans plan to sharpen their pencils and slash their Christmas budgets this holiday season. Inflation and a pending economic recession have wreaked havoc on wallets across America. With the holidays coming up, Americans have to pull in their spending on gifts, decorations, and food, but there is one…
Can fig trees grow in Kansas?

Can fig trees grow in Kansas?

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Figs aren’t a popular fruit to grow in Kansas, but Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham says it can be done. More hardy varieties can withstand the state’s cold winters and produce fruit by the following fall, he notes. “Most fig trees are only hardy (until…
Industry Welcomes Biden Call to Congress on Potential Rail Strike

Industry Welcomes Biden Call to Congress on Potential Rail Strike

Agriculture groups welcome President Biden's call on Congress to avert a potential rail worker strike. Corey Rosenbusch of The Fertilizer Institute praised the action by Biden, adding, “Congress must act now to ensure that fertilizers and other critical materials and goods that U.S. consumers rely on every day get to…
Nebraska Corn internship application deadline extended to Dec. 9

Nebraska Corn internship application deadline extended to Dec. 9

Nebraska Corn has extended the deadline for the Communications and Outreach Internship hosted at the Nebraska Corn office in Lincoln. Nebraska Corn is seeking applicants to fill the role by Friday, December 9, 2022, with the internship experience beginning in May 2023. The internship is designed to provide students with…
Farm share of U.S. food dollar reached historic low in 2021

Farm share of U.S. food dollar reached historic low in 2021

U.S. farm establishments received 14.5 cents per dollar spent on domestically produced food in 2021—a decrease of 1.0 cent from a revised 15.5 cents in 2020. The figure is the lowest recorded farm share value in nearly three decades, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. The remaining portion of the…
State hopes UNL study will help explain wild turkey population decline

State hopes UNL study will help explain wild turkey population decline

OMAHA — Hunters and conservationists hope a new study of Nebraska’s declining number of wild turkeys will help determine how to help the roaming gobblers rebound. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is funding the study with $1.8 million in fees from gun, ammo and hunting permit sales, said Luke…
Investigators: Firm that cleans meat plants in Nebraska, Minnesota employed minors

Investigators: Firm that cleans meat plants in Nebraska, Minnesota employed minors

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin company that cleans hundreds of meatpacking plants nationwide is defending itself against allegations that it employed more than two dozen minors working overnight shifts cleaning massive saws, grinding machines and other dangerous processing equipment at three slaughterhouses. Labor Department officials said in court documents…