• Don McCabe

    Nebraska Homestead Act Records Can be Searched Online

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on June 13, 2014

    Earlier this month, I found out more about my great grandfather and the settling of our family farm in northeast Nebraska. He homesteaded in 1873 in Dixon County. The farm earned a Pioneer Family Farm Award in 1973. I knew those facts. But I didn't realize his homesteading documents were 20 pages in total and that he had to bring two witnesses to the county court to vouch that he made the necessary improvements, like a home, outbuildings and the plow and planting of crops. I've been…

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    CS-CASH Generates Valuable Farm Health and Safety Information

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 7, 2014

    Over the years, I've witnessed the shrinking focus on farm health and safety programs at land-grant universities, including UNL. Few, if any, have Extension farm safety specialists anymore. But all is not lost. Right here in Nebraska, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, is a major outreach and research program to improve the health of farmers, ranchers, ag workers and their families. I'm fortunate to serve on an external advisory board for CS-CASH, which stands for…

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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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    A look back with Nebraska Farmer, 1956

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on December 30, 2013

    I was a youngster during the 1950s on our farm in northeast Nebraska. I hold no special memories of 1956, although my father did buy a blue 1956 Chevy, a car I wished I had today. I bring up that particular year because during a noon break in our small office library recently I happened to pull from the shelves the 1956 bound volume of Nebraska Farmer. I lost track of time leafing through the pages, reading about Nebraska agriculture trends and issues the staff reported on back then. It's…

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    More Than 5 Decades Promoting UNL And Agriculture

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on November 7, 2013

    We normally shy away from feature articles about retirements. As a monthly publication, we could fill the Nebraska Farmer each edition with "good-bye and thank you" stories from the many producers, researchers, educators and other leaders in Nebraska who have had a big impact on agriculture. But I'm making an exception in this blog to comment on an education and communications legend who often toiled under the radar in his 57-year career. Yes, that's nearly six…

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    For These High Schoolers, Field Trip Is 7,000 Miles

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 11, 2013

    During my high school years in northeast Nebraska—and, no, I won't say what years—a big class outing was to Sioux City, Iowa. Another bus trip took us even farther, to Pioneer Village in Minden. Times have changed. The opportunities to travel and explore the rest of the world, even for young folks, have greatly expanded. Amanda Clymer, a senior at David City Public Schools, had one of those great adventures in early December. She and two other Nebraska high school…

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