• Don McCabe

    Land Prices, Drought And Irrigation Water

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 25, 2013

    Epicenter is a word cropping up a lot recently around Nebraska. Cattle producers and University of Nebraska-Lincoln folks have attached that label to the state's beef industry—as in "Nebraska is the epicenter of the beef industry." And because Nebraska leads the country in irrigated acres and irrigation is the foundation for continued excellent crop yields now and into the future, I've even heard "epicenter" used for all of Nebraska agricultural and its…

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    Give Nebraska Cattlemen Task Force Input On State Checkoff Idea

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 22, 2013

    A task force put together by the Nebraska Cattlemen has embarked on a tough sell this summer and fall, but one that merits consideration by the state's beef producers. Led by Thedford rancher Dave Hamilton, the task force has proposed a state-based beef checkoff of $1 per head, an assessment that would be in addition to the existing national beef checkoff fee, which also is $1 per head. Thus far, seeking the state checkoff is not the official policy of the Nebraska Cattlemen…

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    Put Nebraska Agriculture's Footprint On Centennial Mall

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 15, 2013

    The Nebraska Capitol Building never fails to impress me, not only in its design and features, but also in the story of its planning and construction. Samuel R. McKelvie, a long-time publisher and editor of Nebraska Farmer, was governor in 1919 when he signed a bill to approve the structure. It was his prodding that it be built, in part to honor veterans of World War I. Nebraskans are rightly proud of their Capitol. Architect Bertrum Goodhue of New York won a competition to design it. He…

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    Irrigation Technology Nothing Short Of Amazing

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 8, 2013

    About a year ago, Nebraska Farmer carried an article about a northeast Nebraska farmer who had adopted and was testing variable rate irrigation technology on a center pivot system. He said favorable corn and soybean prices in recent years made it possible for him to invest in this emerging technology. Its use saved him both water and energy. We've heard that response from more than one Nebraska producer during our farm visits. It's an indication that making a profit will, in most…

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    Johanns Represents Nebraska And Agriculture Well

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 1, 2013

    After 32 years in public service, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, says he's had enough of campaigning, elections and the discord in Congress. He announced a few weeks ago his intent not to seek re-election in 2014. Thirty-two years in local, state and federal positions is a long time, but I don't regard Johanns as a career politician. That's a term attached to many senators and representatives who hang on far too long. In my view, Johanns, fits more in the…

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