• Don McCabe

    Anti-ag, Anti-meat Crowd Grows Even Louder

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     by Don McCabe
     on December 31, 2014

    As shopping goes, I'm pretty much a non-player. I don't mind tagging along with my wife to the grocery store, but the mall? Forget it. Huge crowds crammed our grocery store prior to Christmas. I never fail to be amazed at the endless choices consumers have in the way of food products in this country. Like you, my family and I received Christmas well wishes from friends and colleagues. As a member of the media, I also receive a daily stream of email notices and news releases from…

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    Ag Students Beat Back 'Meatless Monday' Promotion

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     by Don McCabe
     on December 17, 2014

    Be forewarned if you try to promote "Meatless Mondays" at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you do, as did a committee on city campus earlier this month, students from the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources will come out in force and show you the error of your ways. It began when a committee of the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska, the student government body at UNL, proposed a resolution to spend $250 on an educational campaign promoting…

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    Ag's dwindling voice in the Nebraska Unicameral

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     by Don McCabe
     on December 4, 2014

    Our family residence in the Capital City is not far from 27th Street. The street runs north and south through the city and is bordered by a large number of businesses and shops. The street also has symbolic significance for Nebraska agriculture and rural citizens. If you were to extend this north and south line through Nebraska, it becomes the dividing line for the state's population and political influence. East of this imaginary line to the Missouri River--a relatively short…

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    A pat on the back for Sen. Mike Johanns

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     by Don McCabe
     on June 3, 2014

    Nebraska agriculture will lose a dedicated defender of agriculture when Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., leaves office at the end of the year. Replacing him will be either Ben Sasse, Republican, or David Domina, a Democrat. I appreciate how Johanns has consistently pushed back against the overreach of federal agencies into agriculture. His efforts late last year forced the Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration to back off from overstepping its grain storage…

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    Nebraska FFA Growing, But More Ag Teachers Needed

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     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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    Anti-Livestock and Anti-Ag Movement Gaining Ground

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     by Don McCabe
     on March 24, 2014

    I don't think Nebraska farmers and ranchers fully appreciate the threat to their way of life by the growing animal rights industry in this country. The list of organizations opposing modern farming practices, and livestock production specifically, continues to grow and their message is gaining momentum and influence with consumers. They will affect how you farm and raise livestock. That's not to take anything away from the dedicated farm men and women who stand up and tell the story…

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    Use Your '40 Chances' To Help Feed The World

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     by Don McCabe
     on March 11, 2014

    In mid-February, I attended a national conference in Omaha on the fast-paced adoption of cover crops across the United States. Leading conservationists and farmer panelists presented useful information on the benefits of better soil health and sustainability through cover crops. The highlight of the conference, for me, was a presentation by Howard G. Buffett, Illinois farmer, author, photographer and manager of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private charitable foundation. The foundation…

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    Wind Farms Are Local Revenue Raisers

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on November 27, 2013

    In the December Nebraska Farmer, you'll see that I dedicated the cover and two pages inside the issue with features stories on Nebraska's oppressive farmland property taxes. One of the features I wrote outlined the Nebraska Farm Bureau's three-year proposal to cut local property taxes. Make sure you read about that proposal. I doubt the Nebraska Tax Modernization Committee, when it issues its final report to the full Unicameral later in December, will recommend any serious property…

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    I'll Find My Burritos Elsewhere

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     by Don McCabe
     on October 21, 2013

    It's the inevitable question my wife and I pose to each other at the end of the work day: what's for supper? Sometimes neither of us is willing to commit to an answer. And too often, my response is, "Let's go out to eat." One of several eating establishments in Lincoln we've patronized in the past is Panera Bread. I won't patronize them again, just like I won't make my first-ever dining experience at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Panera Bread has joined the…

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    Water, Taxes And A Short Unicameral Session

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     by Don McCabe
     on October 4, 2013

    Two Nebraska study groups have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks, and each one needs your input. They involve water and taxes. If that doesn't get your attention in Nebraska, nothing will. The adage of "nothing is certain but death and taxes" can be altered in this state to "death, high property taxes and water fights." The Nebraska Water Funding Task Force and the Legislature's Tax Modernization Committee have to produce reports by year's…

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