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Cool conditions slowing spring greenup

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
KIMBALL, Following close on the heels of some idyllic spring weather, last weekend's winter storm brought a powerful reminder of nature's ultimate control of the weather to residents of the tri-state region.
As winter storms go, this one wasn't bad locally, though travel was disrupted to the east.
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Excitement over Brazilian biofuels

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LINCOLN, A group of Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.
The objective of this joint mission was to gain a better understanding of Brazil's role in the worldwide market of energy and agriculture and determine how Nebraska and the United States
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Audits and assessments in beef cattle production

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LINCOLN, Assessments and audits are becoming a part of doing business in beef cattle production, as we are seeing beef processors implementing third-party audits.
Since beginning as the Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) in July, I have been studying and gathering information on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Assessment Guides and third-party audits in the beef
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Cow-calf commentary: The struggle for sapiency

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
What makes us human?
By now, most of us are aware that the binomial name for human beings is Homo sapiens.
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Bulletin guides successful cut sunflower production

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., Sunflower growth and harvest in Wyoming is explored in a new University of Wyoming (UW) Extension bulletin.
"A Wyoming growers' reference guide to cut sunflowers," B-1253, provides in-depth information about growing environment, water, temperature, light requirements and the impact of cultivar variety.
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New booklet highlights native garden, landscape plants

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., Regionally native plants that mix attitude and altitude with beauty are showcased in a new publication from the University of Wyoming (UW).
These plants will weather Wyoming's worst.
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Field crop scout training offered in May

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
MEAD, A May 6 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension crop scout training course will provide crop scouts an opportunity to enhance their skills.
The training is designed for entry-level scouts who will be working for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers across Nebraska and neighboring states, said Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator.
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Looking to wheat’s wild ancestors to combat an evolving threat

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn., U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world's most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Matt Rouse and Yue Jin, with the agency's Cereal Disease Research Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., found the
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Dutcher forecasts slow warmup, delayed planting

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
KIMBALL, The first week of April was cool with scattered light precipitation, including some snow, across the tri-state region. According to Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher, we can probably expect the same conditions over the next few weeks and perhaps into late spring and early summer.
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Range judging contests in Nebraska – a legacy and a future

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
SCOTTSBLUFF, Conserving native range resources and teaching others to do the same is a long-standing tradition in Nebraska. Sixty years ago, a group of people associated with the Nebraska chapter of the Society for Range Management began what is now known as the Nebraska Range Judging Contest.
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LEAD fellowship applications available for Group 34

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
LINCOLN, Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 34 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness.
"Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across our state," said Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director.
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Cow-calf commentary: Is it spring yet?

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
KIMBALL, I ran completely out of patience yesterday.
This is the time of year when the need to get out and hike bubbles up from deep inside and bursts, leaving me with the choices of action and discomfort or inaction and misery.
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UW Meat Judging Team notes first-ever consecutive wins

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., The University of Wyoming's (UW) Meat Judging Team finished the spring season in March following two consecutive contest wins and a number of individual honors.
This was the first time a UW team won the Iowa State or Houston Livestock Show contests and the first time a team from UW has won two contests in a single year.
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A new probiotic improves pig health, reduces manure output

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
AMES, Iowa, A new probiotic for pigs could mean less manure to manage, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists conducted the first published investigation of the use of bacteria as a probiotic to increase fiber fermentation rates and reduce manure output in pigs that consume high-fiber diets. ARS is USDA's chief intramural
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Urban ag. in Omaha

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
Courtesy - A collaborative ag education program between the Omaha Home for Boys and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was announced March 28 in Omaha at the Cooper Memorial Farm. Seated are (from left) Ruth Roose, OHB education coordinator; Jeff Moran, OHB CEO and president; Dr. Ron Rosati, NCTA dean; back row, OHB youth Cameron and Nick; and Jeff Hallstrom,
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Heuermann speaker to focus on water, food security in child development

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
LINCOLN, Good nutrition and good water in the first 1,000 days of a child's life are critical to body and brain development. Lack of either can lead to stunting and diminished brain capacity, significantly affecting individuals and the countries in which they live.
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