• Don McCabe

    Nebraska FFA Growing, But More Ag Teachers Needed

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 29, 2014

    I had the privilege of judging proficiency contests at the recent Nebraska State FFA Convention in Lincoln. It was rewarding to view entries for the ag communication proficiency contest which Nebraska Farmer sponsors. I also helped judge agriculture processing and agriculture education proficiency projects. That experience afforded me the chance to see and hear Nebraska's next-generation of agriculture leaders. You not only get to review first-hand the work they put into their projects…

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    Great American Wheat Harvest

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 17, 2014

    In my previous Nebraska Notebook blog, I reviewed Farmland, a film about six young producers facing the challenges of operating their own farms. I had the chance to preview it before its release May 1. A few days later, I received an invitation to preview another well-done agriculture documentary, The Great American Wheat Harvest. It is a compelling look into the custom wheat harvesting crews that start each year in Texas and work their way north to the Dakotas, Montana and even Canada to…

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    Documentary Captures Experiences of Young Producers

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 8, 2014

    I'm not much of a moviegoer, even though my wife prods me to attend one occasionally. So it was a bit unusual for me to catch two movies in a two-week span recently. I sat through two well-made documentaries about farmers and the challenges they face, the rewards earned for their work and the commitment they have to agriculture. The first was a premier screening of Farmland, a documentary film that gives an intimate look at the lives of six young producers, all in their 20s, who are…

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    They Came, They Heard, But They Didn't Listen

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 2, 2014

    Perhaps it was the 60-day "short" legislative session loaded with controversial issues. Perhaps it was too much time allocated to the mountain lion hunting bill. Maybe it was the fatigue and weariness brought on by a cold winter. Whatever the reason, the 2014 Nebraska Legislature ignored rural Nebraska by failing to provide badly needed property tax relief. The paltry $25 million added to the state's property tax credit program only scratches the surface of alleviating the heavy…

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