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A bit more moisture

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
KIMBALL, Conditions were very close to normal across the tri-state region last week. For a third consecutive week, the highs and lows averaged out to the long-term norm, and some precipitation fell across the region as rain and snow.
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North Platte NRD plans flow meter maintenance push

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, North Platte Natural Resources District staff is heading out to the fields to provide flow meter maintenance, and landowners are reminded that NRD vehicles and staff will be traveling throughout the district.
Scott Schaneman, water resources coordinator for the North Platte NRD, says every flow meter get inspected and maintained every three years, and his goal is to
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Cutworm activity increasing in western Nebraska

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Army cutworms are on the move! So far there have been no reports of damaging numbers of these insects, and only low levels (below threshold) in Hitchcock and Chase counties; however, now would be a great time to scout wheat and alfalfa for these insects.
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Cow-calf commentary: Smarter, not harder

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
We shipped yearlings the other day. The truck was due at 2 p.m., and I was there at 1:55 p.m., which turned out to be 10 minutes late.
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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument prepares for prescribed fire

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
HARRISON, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument plans to conduct a prescribed burn this weekend, Friday, April 17 through Monday, April 20, as weather and conditions allow. The burn will consist of approximately 355 to 450 acres in what is known as the River North unit, located north of the Niobrara River, along the north side of River Road, in the
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Teacher Loan Program helps meet growing demand for agricultural education, FFA programs

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
LINCOLN, A growing demand for agricultural education and FFA programs in schools across Nebraska, paired with a critical shortage of agricultural education teachers in the state, is bringing the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the Nebraska FFA Association together to promote opportunities to encourage more students to look at agricultural education as a career path.
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Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy uses tagging and tracking system

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
HARRISON, For staff of the Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy, Saturday, April 11 began at 6:30 a.m. with a staff briefing at the command center in the Post Playhouse at the Fort Robinson State Park. Staff received a daily update, direction for the day, and a copy of the Incident Action Plan.
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Women In Ag students value mentors

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
CURTIS, Agriculture students at a rural Nebraska college appreciate role models and mentors who help guide their careers.
When a dozen members of the Women in Agriculture chapter at the University of Nebraska's College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis attended the 30th Nebraska WIA conference, they found many friendly faces and opportunities for discussion.
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Coolish with a bit of snow

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
KIMBALL, Coolish conditions accompanied with light rain and light snow visited much of the tri-state region last week, and more of the same was forecast to move through the region with the passage of a cold front April 8-10.
Although precipitation totals were expected to be light, the moisture was welcome and seemed to immediately perk up winter wheat fields
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UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center appoints new irrigation, water management specialist

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Dr. Amir Haghverdi will join the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center this summer as an irrigation and water-management specialist.
Dr. Jack Whittier, research and extension director at the Panhandle R&E Center, announced Haghverdi's appointment.
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Cow-calf commentary: The ongoing antibiotic resistance swindle

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
In the fable, "The Emperor's New Clothes," written by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1837, a pair of swindlers come to the realm and promise to make the rather vain Emperor a suit of the finest and most magical cloth.
Not only will the suit of clothes be the finest ever produced anywhere in the world, the magical property
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NCTA ranch horse team raises cancer awareness

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
MCCOOK, "Punchy in Pink Spring Roundup" was the title chosen by Curtis college students who hosted their first nationally approved working ranch horse competition.
The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture ranch horse team raised money for breast cancer awareness during a March 20-22 show in McCook.
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Healthy Bites: Managing stress

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF, Most of us have felt "stressed out" from time to time, but when this feeling persists, stress becomes chronic and can negatively impact our careers, quality of life, and our bodies.
April is stress awareness month.
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Nebraska State Fair Cares program continues

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
LINCOLN, The Nebraska State Fair is opening entries for the State Fair Cares program for 2015. The State Fair Cares program is designed to benefit bona fide non-profit organizations in Nebraska by allowing them premium access to the Nebraska State Fair visitors for solicitation of funds, item collection or program awareness.
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USDA provides $4.6 million to protect, restore land - Applications due May 1 at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offices

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
LINCOLN, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.
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Recycling equipment grants available for 2015-16

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
OMAHA, The Nebraska State Recycling Association has grant funds available for municipalities, other government entities, non-profits and recycling companies (for example, waste haulers) who wish to purchase recycling equipment.
Interested parties should go to www.recyclenebraska.org or call Deb Rost at (402) 933-3059 in Omaha for more information.
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NFU President urges consumers, producers to be leery of trade deals

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson last week cautioned the American public, rural and urban alike, to be very leery of the rhetoric being used to sell upcoming trade deals and to insist that any agreement signed by this country has the primary goal of reducing the overall trade deficit.
"Trade is neither inherently good nor is it
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Nebraska Wheat sponsors wheat tour in Portland

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
LINCOLN, The Nebraska Wheat Board recently sponsored a spring break trip for six students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to learn more about marketing and exporting wheat at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Ore. The students included current and past members of the NWB wheat ambassador program.
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