Environment & Agriculture

Rep. Adrian Smith touts importance of international trade in Yeutter Institute speech

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s longest-tenured member of Congress told a University of Nebraska-Lincoln audience Tuesday that American trade needs a jolt of public interest.  U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee with jurisdiction over international trade, stressed economic importance of trade to Nebraska and the world. He said his North Star […]

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Northeast Nebraska county delivers blow to plans for carbon pipeline

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — A rural Nebraska county delivered a blow Tuesday to plans by an Iowa corporation to build a pipeline carrying carbon dioxide across the state. On a 3-0 vote, the Stanton County Board denied a conditional use permit for Summit Carbon Solutions, which is seeking to build a CO2 pipeline from more than 50 […]

Judge overturns water rights decision for proposed Montana subdivision

BY: - February 19, 2024

A district court judge in Broadwater County, east of Helena, Montana, handed a victory to a group of water rights holders and landowners on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir in a decision the plaintiffs say could have broad impacts on water rights and subdivision development in the state. District Court Judge Michael McMahon’s […]

Limited ban on government use of gas-powered lawn equipment approved by Colorado regulators

BY: - February 19, 2024

Colorado air-quality regulators approved what advocates hope will be the “first step” toward phasing out the use of gas-powered lawn and garden equipment in the state, beginning with a limited set of prohibitions on their use by government agencies. The new rule, finalized Friday by the Air Quality Control Commission, will bar state agencies from […]

Green methanol: A carbon dioxide pipeline alternative?

BY: - February 17, 2024

A company that wants to help ethanol producers harness their carbon dioxide emissions to produce an additional renewable fuel says its technology is a viable alternative to proposed carbon dioxide pipelines. CapCO2 Solutions is nearing completion of its first “green methanol” project at an ethanol plant in Illinois. The company hopes that a successful launch […]

Regional survey of ‘rural main street’ economy, led by Omaha university, paints overall negative picture for sixth straight month

BY: - February 15, 2024

OMAHA — For the sixth consecutive month, a regional survey reflecting economic conditions of  “rural main street” farmers and businesses has dipped into negative territory, according to the Omaha Creighton University economist who leads the 10-state analysis. “Higher interest rates, weaker agriculture commodity prices and a credit squeeze are having a significant and negative impact,” […]

Justice Department report: Lincoln schools violated ADA rights of multiple students

BY: - February 15, 2024

LINCOLN — A U.S. Department of Justice report released Wednesday found that Lincoln Public Schools violated the rights of multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The report states that with a “blanket policy” requiring students in need of American Sign Language interpretation to attend a “cluster school,” the district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act for […]

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Senator calls for incentives to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, improve water quality

BY: - February 13, 2024

LINCOLN — A rural state senator called Tuesday for providing financial incentives for farmers to use less nitrogen fertilizer and help clean up the state’s groundwater. Legislative Bill 1368, introduced by State Sen. Teresa Ibach of Sumner, would pay no less than $10 an acre for farmers who reduce their use of synthetic fertilizers, such […]

Pushback meets governor’s plan to ‘streamline’ approval of Nebraska livestock operations

BY: - February 7, 2024

LINCOLN — A prominent pork producer’s plan to streamline and “take the emotion out” of approvals of new livestock operations generated a lot of negative emotions Wednesday. That hog farmer, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, requested the introduction of a bill in the State Legislature to, as written, eliminate public hearings during county zoning board consideration […]

Summit wins on local ordinance issue in North Dakota; permit hearings still weeks away

BY: - February 7, 2024

Summit Carbon Solutions and other pipeline companies scored a victory Wednesday when the North Dakota Public Service Commission decided that state rules preempt local ordinances on pipeline zoning issues. That decision paves the way for a rehearing on Summit’s application for a pipeline permit, which the commission denied last year. Commission Chairman Randy Christmann said […]

Gov. Pillen, Sen. DeKay look to prevent foreign adversaries from owning Nebraska real estate

BY: - February 6, 2024

LINCOLN — Gov. Jim Pillen and a state senator are looking to modernize a law they say is designed to prevent foreign adversaries and sanctioned nationals from buying land in Nebraska. Legislative Bill 1301, introduced by State Sen. Barry DeKay of Niobrara at Pillen’s request, would make a host of changes to a law that has […]

Nebraska state senator makes pitch for additional steps before use of eminent domain

BY: - February 4, 2024

LINCOLN — An Omaha senator called Friday for increased regulation, and local government approval, before a utility or a pipeline company could use eminent domain to obtain right of way for an electric transmission line or pipeline. The discussion of Legislative Bill 1366 comes as the issue of eminent domain is beginning to heat up. […]