• Don McCabe

    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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  • Mindy Ward

    Blogging Through Brazil

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on March 21, 2014

    When I tell people that tomorrow I am headed to Brazil, the first thing they ask is “business or pleasure?” For an ag journalist exploring another country to see how farmers raise crops and cattle is never work; it is always pleasure. I will be traveling with a group of Midwestern farmers as part of Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour. Our first stop will be Sao Paulo to learn about agribusiness in the country. Then it is off for six days of plane and bus rides to visit farms in western…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Ag & Oil: Which Is Bigger In North Dakota?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 11, 2013

    Is ag or oil North Dakota’s biggest industry? It matters for a couple reasons. There are the bragging rights, of course. And the top industry will likely get more attention from lawmakers. Policies made now will affect the future the industry. Here’s the facts on the size of ag and oil, as reported recently by the Grand Forks Herald: In the 12 months ending July 30, the value of crude oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota totaled $24.9 billion, based on…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Farm Bill Shopping List

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 8, 2013

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) recently sent a letter to the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders listing 15 things she wants them to include in the Farm Bill. It’s a pretty good list. The 15 things are: Create an option for a farm-level commodity program. To ensure the program reflects the losses that occur for North Dakota growers and growers in other states with large-sized counties, it is important the option to elect into a farm-level program is provided. Each year North…

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  • Curt Arens

    On the Farm, Privacy Seems to Be a Thing of the Past

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on July 30, 2013

    Those of us with a bunch of young children still at home know that privacy is almost unheard of. Phone calls, “Mom and Dad” conversations about the children, colorful metaphors uttered at an inopportune time at an uncooperative cow, are all being listened to by alert little ears. Every word Dad utters will be repeated at an awkward moment, usually in a crowd, at a quiet time when everyone can hear it, by a little one trying to get attention. These little guys are like sponges who…

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  • Willie Vogt

    No Farm Bill? Really?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 21, 2013

    I was driving back from the 2013 Farm Progress Hay Expo when I heard the news that the House dumped the farm bill. Heard over National Public Radio that Collin Peterson, D-Minn., thought some votes went against the bill because members felt it would fail anyway due to a couple of add-ons during floor deliberations. No matter what's happening, it's a sign of a big change in the structure of support for agriculture. Farmers already gave up direct payments - in both the Senate and…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    New Livestock, Specialty Crop Projects Proposed In N.D.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 3, 2013

    A new livestock auction, a new regional processing plant and new small market crops are among some of the new ag projects percolating in North Dakota. The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $381,065 at its quarterly meeting next week. APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Bring Back TIP In New Farm Bill

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 29, 2013

    Congress ought to bring back the Transition Incentive Program. The program gave landowners an additional two years of payment if they rented or sold land coming out the Conservation Reserve Program to beginning farmers. TIP helped Richie and Michael Heinrich, Medina, N.D. Richie is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University and Michael is a senior at NDSU. Both are back home farming with their father and starting their own operations. “We were lucky to have landowners…

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  • Curt Arens

    Young Rural Nebraska Residents Have Vested Interest in Unicameral

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 9, 2013

    I had the honor of accompanying my wife’s 8th grade class at St. Rose School to Lincoln on a citizenship field trip. Students were treated to a planetarium show at Morrill Hall, and tours of Memorial Stadium, the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, along with a quick, but necessary stop at the East Campus Dairy Store. They thoroughly enjoyed all of these activities. At our school, 8th graders have been traveling to Lincoln for 44 years for this kind of trip. With…

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  • Curt Arens

    What Does Mainstream Media Think About Farmers?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 12, 2013

    Forget about “red state” and “blue state” issues and complexities. Forget about politics in general. Forget about the fact that our rural culture is considered almost foreign to many urbanites. Because the farm policy battles of the future will be fought in a surprising arena. The fight for national food security and agriculture policy in the coming decades will not be fought on the farm, or anywhere near our own turf. Those fights will take place in the media, and…

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