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October remains warm

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
KIMBALL, Temperatures were unseasonably warm across the tri-state region last week, with daytime highs ranging in the 70s and 80s and overnight lows only occasionally falling to the freezing mark.
High and low temperatures across the region were about 10 degrees above average for the week ending on Tuesday, and for the month averaged about 4 degrees above average.
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Heuermann Lecture: Focus on importance of ag communications

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LINCOLN, Given agriculture's growing complexity and the importance of feeding an increasing global population, clear communication about the science of food production is critical.
"What Does Agricultural Communication Mean in the 21st Century?" will be the subject of the next Heuermann Lecture Nov. 6, as agricultural broadcaster Orion Samuelson leads a panel discussion.
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Cow-calf commentary: Warmtober, be careful out there

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
As I write this on Oct. 28, it looks like October will come in about 4 degrees above the long-term average for the month.
The High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) tracks weather data going back to 1893 for Kimball County.
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Opinion column: Stopping the spread of Ebola

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
The Ebola epidemic is an ongoing tragedy with serious worldwide consequences. With the virus now in the United States, Americans naturally are concerned about what steps are being taken to prevent the further spread of this disease and to prepare for more cases.
Unfortunately, our government's response has not always inspired confidence this threat is being handled appropriately.
The
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CSU researcher tackles livestock pregnancy and viral infection

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo., As a young man working on his family ranch, Colorado State University (CSU) reproductive scientist Thomas "Tod" Hansen checked cattle for pregnancy using conventional rectal palpation, a routine and inexpensive method that can be stressful for cows and physically demanding for technicians.


There's got to be a better way, he thought.
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Technology and cow herds discussed at State of Beef Conf.

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NORTH PLATTE, The Nebraska Sandhills will not be mistaken for Silicon Valley, but technology is still important to Nebraska's ranchers. And future profits will increasingly depend on producers' use of new technologies to track changes in production, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) scientist says.
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UW sophomore joins National Beef Ambassador Team

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., A sophomore agricultural business student at the University of Wyoming (UW) is one of five selected to the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team.
Rachel Purdy, who is also a UW Ag Ambassador, said growing up on her family's farm near Pine Bluffs, Wyo., spurred her passion for the beef and agricultural industries and motivated her to become an
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Assessing cotton fiber quality from a tiny sample

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, At a time when there is an uptick in U.S. cotton exports, it's not surprising that the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), located in New Orleans, La., upgraded its cotton textile pilot plant.
There, materials engineer Christopher Delhom has successfully "reimagined" model spinning equipment, outfitting it to be able to spin as little as
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UW entomology professor’s book about rise of insects creates buzz

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., "Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects" by Scott Shaw at the University of Wyoming has drawn glowing comments from national and international reviewers, but bugs may be his final critics.
Shaw, a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, jokes that editions of his new (and first) book just might end up
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Animal ag industry climate change website launched

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LINCOLN, The $346 billion U.S. animal agriculture industry is already paying the price for an unstable climate with more frequent and extreme weather events that are devastating to individual producers and influence costs throughout the entire industry, a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) animal environmental engineer says.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate project has launched
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Weather continues to support harvest

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
KIMBALL, Weather conditions across the tri-state region continued unseasonably warm, sunny and calm last week as producers began to hit full stride in harvest mode.
El Niño update, Water temperature and air pressure measurements in the equatorial Pacific continue to show slow development of El Niño conditions.
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Nebraska farmers return from trade missions in Asia

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
LINCOLN, Two members of the Nebraska Corn Board recently returned from trade missions in Asia promoting U.S. corn and red meat.
Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer from Giltner and district 3 director on the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB), participated in the U.S. producers' mission to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
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Cow-calf commentary: A good year so far

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
This has been an interesting year weather wise. Winter held on for a very long time, only slowly giving way to a cool and slowly developing spring.
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4-H advocate from Wyoming enters National 4-H Hall of Fame

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., Long-time 4-H advocate Oliver "Ollie" Hill of Albany County was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 10 in recognition of lifetime achievements and dedication to 4-H.
Hill, while in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, was assistant state 4-H leader and later director of Ag Development and College Relations,
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Community Health Fair

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
SCOTTSBLUFF, The Harms Center at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff is hosting a Community Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7-11:30 a.m. The Harms Center is located at 2620 College Park.
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Upcoming annual bazaar

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
Courtesy - The annual Japanese Friendly Circle Bazaar will be held Nov. 1, 2014 at 9 a.m. till noon at Railway and Avenue C in Scottsbluff. The bazaar will feature Asian foods, baked items, crafts, vegetables and raffle items.
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Phase II of Animal Sciences Building receives major support from faculty donors

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Temple Grandin and Gary Smith are both professors of animal sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) and respected national leaders in animal welfare and meat sciences.
Now, they have both committed to help fund a new building and cutting-edge programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
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