Webinar planned on negotiation, communication skills for ag producers

Webinar planned on negotiation, communication skills for ag producers

Nebraska Extension’s Farm and Ranch Management team will share strategies for negotiating and communicating during the processes of farm transition planning and farmland leasing during a webinar at noon June 24.  Most of what agricultural producers experience during work on farm transition and farmland leasing issues relates to negotiation. The…
Papio-Missouri River NRD leads water basin tour

Papio-Missouri River NRD leads water basin tour

OMAHA, Nebraska – Approximately 75 directors and staff from Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts convened in Omaha for the annual NRD Basin Tour hosted by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (Papio NRD) June 7-8, 2021. “It was a pleasure hosting the Basin Tour this year to demonstrate the natural resource management opportunities…
Foodservice sector needs workers to meet demand

Foodservice sector needs workers to meet demand

The foodservice industry is opening nationwide with relaxed restrictions following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, worker shortages are a growing problem, as restaurants must compete with better-paying jobs and unemployment benefits. Operators are raising wages, offering first-day bonuses and some McDonald's locations are even giving new employees iPhones.…
Teachers across the country share FFA and agriculture opportunities

Teachers across the country share FFA and agriculture opportunities

Agriculture educators this summer are sharing the story of FFA and agriculture education in their states and communities. More than 82 agricultural education teachers will continue to share the story as part of the National Teachers Ambassadors for FFA program. The program, which began in 2016, provides teachers with the…
Perdue documents ag confined space injuries

Perdue documents ag confined space injuries

Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program recently released the annual 2020 Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities report. The program reported 64 fatal and nonfatal cases involving agricultural confined spaces, including 35 grain entrapments, seven falls into or from grain storage structures, four asphyxiations and 12…
Reinke honored With Nebraska’s Safest Company Award

Reinke honored With Nebraska’s Safest Company Award

(DESHLER, Neb.) – Reinke Manufacturing, a global leader in irrigation systems and technology, has been honored as one of Nebraska’s Safest Companies by the Nebraska chapter of the National Safety Council.  “We’re very proud of our employees for helping to make job safety a top priority,” said Chris Roth, Reinke president.…
JBS, Pilgrims, announce free community college tuition program for rural America

JBS, Pilgrims, announce free community college tuition program for rural America

JBS USA and Pilgrim's this week announced the launch of Better Futures. The effort is a free-of-charge, two-year college tuition program providing more than 66,000 company team members and their dependent children the opportunity to pursue their higher education dreams. Better Futures removes a major financial barrier to college attendance…
EPA will keep Biofuel Mandates steady in 2021-2022

EPA will keep Biofuel Mandates steady in 2021-2022

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Environmental Protection Agency’s biofuel blending mandates for this year and next will be in line with those from 2020. The agency is said to be accounting for weaker fuel demand since the onset of COVID-19. That would mean the U.S.…
National FFA announces in-person convention with a virtual program for 2021

National FFA announces in-person convention with a virtual program for 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization announced today that they would hold their annual in-person convention this fall in the city of Indianapolis. The event, which traditionally brings more than 65,000 attendees, will take place Oct. 27-30. Expected in-person events during the convention include the American FFA Degree Ceremony; Career…
Nebraska team builds grain robot designed to keep farmers safe

Nebraska team builds grain robot designed to keep farmers safe

A pair of recent UNL graduates are working on a robot to keep grain farmers out of the grain bin. Ben Johnson just graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a degree in electrical engineering. Johnson, his father and teammate Zane Zents have created the robot, Grain Weevil.…