Environment & Agriculture

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The energy permitting proposal that centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday.  Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting […]

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Nebraska soybean farmers invest in West Coast export terminal expansion

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska soybean farmers are wagering that increased profits will come via an expansion of an export terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, Washington. The Nebraska Soybean Board, similar soybean associations in Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota and the Soy Transportation Coalition have committed $900,000 to help offset some […]

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Remote Sandhills reservoir declared an ‘international dark sky park’

BY: - September 17, 2022

LINCOLN — There are benefits to being in the middle of nowhere. Just recently, Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, in the middle of the Sandhills, was certified as an “International Dark Sky Park.” The reservoir, about 26 miles southwest of Valentine, has hosted an annual “Nebraska Star Party” for the past 29 years during moonless nights […]

wildfire

Another wildfire breaks out in Nebraska’s parched Panhandle

BY: - September 15, 2022

LINCOLN — Officials reported progress Thursday in containing an erratic wildlife that has torched more than 3,700 acres south of Gering, in the rugged Wildcat Hills. The fire’s incident commander said that the fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon, was 28% contained and that crews were working to increase that. “We are hopeful we will […]

meat locker

Dozens of small meat processors share in first-round of ARPA-funded state grants

BY: - September 14, 2022

LINCOLN — For 39 years, Pelican’s Meat Processing has been the custom slaughterhouse of choice in the southeast Nebraska farm town of Johnson.  This week, owners learned the processor will be among dozens of small locker plants that will receive grants of up to $80,000 to help bolster the state’s ability to process beef, pork […]

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program […]

Carbon pipeline company takes unwilling Iowa landowners to court

BY: - September 12, 2022

Navigator CO2 Ventures, one of three companies that have proposed liquid carbon pipelines in Iowa, recently sued four sets of landowners to gain access to their properties to survey the land, according to court records. The company filed petitions in August for injunctive relief against landowners in Butler, Clay and Woodbury Counties. The company claims […]

Perkins County Canlal

Ricketts makes unannounced visit to possible routes for controversial Perkins County Canal

BY: - September 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts made an unannounced visit to possible routes of the proposed Perkins County Canal this week and said drought conditions in Nebraska make it even more essential that the controversial project be built.  “This visit reinforced the need for us to protect every drop of South Platte River water we can,” […]

Alvo tire pile

Massive tire pile is no more, and village of Alvo and new recycler look ahead

BY: - September 7, 2022

LINCOLN – A massive pile of scrap tires in a small Nebraska village, which had posed both a dangerous fire threat and a breeding ground for mosquitos, has been cleaned up. Regulators with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy affirmed recently that the huge pile of scrap tires — as high as 20 feet […]

As teens wait for work, ag firms turn to guest workers to tend to Midwest cornfields

BY: - September 6, 2022

Over time, Lynn Leif found herself with less and less work to offer to teenagers. For more than 40 years, Leif and her family employed up to 500 middle and high schoolers to detassel corn in July and August. Based in York, Nebraska, she ran buses to pick up teens in neighboring Seward and all […]

tree planting

Nebraska tree program celebrates 100 million trees and shrubs planted

BY: - September 6, 2022

LINCOLN — A 50-year-old program that annually distributes hundreds of thousands of tree and shrub seedlings celebrated a milestone recently, planting a tree at the Nebraska State Capitol to represent that 100 million trees and shrubs have been put in the ground. The Conservation Tree Program, run by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts since 1972, distributes […]

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Prairie preservationists mourn loss of virgin prairie at Google data center site

BY: - September 6, 2022

“Anybody can love the mountains, but it takes a soul to love the prairie.” — Willa Cather OMAHA — A prairie in bloom has a special attraction for biologists like Tom Bragg and Glenn Pollock. Both can tell stories of being chased off a small, private plot of virgin prairie they had individually spied while […]