• Don McCabe

    Grain Companies And Cooperatives In Expansion Mode

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on July 18, 2013

    Under construction. That's one way to describe the grain handling and shipping business in Nebraska. Despite the impact of last year's drought on dryland crops and concerns over irrigation water withdrawals in parts of the state, several cooperatives and grain companies are expanding grain storage and rail load-out facilities in Nebraska. The days of farmers' cooperatives in most small towns are over, and in effect have been for some years now. We're looking at large…

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    Trade Missions Serve Critical Purpose

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on July 11, 2013

    If you don't toot your own horn, who will? That idiom applies to Nebraska crop and livestock commodities and those who produce them. In the past several months, more and more Nebraska producers seem to be taking part in marketing their commodities by way of international trade missions, to countries like Turkey, Cuba, China, Taiwan, Japan and many others. That's a good deal for the state's economy and agriculture alike, considering we export close to 30% of our grains and…

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    Will This Water Task Force Yield Results?

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on July 3, 2013

    In Nebraska where irrigation is big business and water conflicts are perennial, there's a new water task force soon to be named. The Nebraska Unicameral, on a 45-0 vote this legislative session, passed LB 517 which created the Water Funding Task Force. Water task forces, committees, commissions, blue ribbon panels, whatever name you give them, have surfaced over the years in Nebraska quite often to study state water issues. There seems to be one about every five years or so. So…

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