Environment & Agriculture

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Bison return program is now helping Native American ranchers build herds

BY: - November 3, 2022

LINCOLN — For years, Wayne Frederick and his father managed a herd of bison held by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of south-central South Dakota. But now, a unique partnership between a tribal nonprofit that helps Native ranchers raise bison and the Nature Conservancy is helping Frederick start his own commercial herd. Four bison were delivered […]

Two Nebraska plants get a chunk of $73 million awarded by USDA to boost smaller meatpackers

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Two Nebraska meat processors are among the first to receive grants — including nearly $20 million awarded to an Omaha packer — that respond to President Joe Biden’s plan to expand capacity of smaller, independent meat and poultry plants. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was at Greater Omaha Packing Co. on Wednesday to announce the […]

Kids in the Midwest will get more blood screenings under EPA plan to deal with lead threat

BY: - October 28, 2022

A study shows about half of children in the United States have detectable levels of lead in their blood, despite federal regulations that ban or restrict its use. The Environmental Protection Agency adopted a new strategy to reduce exposure, particularly in low-income and communities of color that are disproportionately affected. On Thursday, the EPA released […]

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Nebraska farmer says don’t do what he did: misrepresent crop losses

BY: - October 27, 2022

LINCOLN — A Nebraska farmer took to the internet Thursday to urge his fellow farmers against doing what he did: misrepresent his crop losses to the federal government. In September, a federal judge ordered Meadow Grove farmer Ross Nelson to pay $1 million in restitution and a $30,000 fine for making a fraudulent crop insurance claim. […]

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Loss to Nebraska farmers due to drought estimated at least $2 billion this year

BY: - October 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Drought conditions this year may cost Nebraska corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $2 billion, an agriculture economist estimated Thursday. Nathan Dorn, who farms near Firth south of Lincoln, said he’s already cutting back on spending for new cattle and next year’s crop due to lower yields and increased costs for seed, fuel […]

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Some love, some hate Lincoln’s defective purple streetlights, but for better or worse, they’re being replaced

BY: - October 26, 2022

LINCOLN — The hundreds of purple streetlights in the Capital City are not Halloween decorations, but defective bulbs that will all soon be replaced, city officials said Wednesday. “Some people love the purple lights, some not so much,” said Liz Elliott, director of the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department. “But it’s not what we ordered.” […]

Northern Iowa specialty soybean dealer files for bankruptcy

BY: - October 26, 2022

A Kanawha, Iowa, company that specializes in organic and non-genetically modified soybeans filed this week for bankruptcy, about three weeks after the state suspended its grain licenses. Global Processing Inc. estimates that it owes more than 150 people, banks and others a total of between $10 million and $50 million, according to its bankruptcy petition […]

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Tree plantings planned in every county to mark the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day

BY: - October 26, 2022

LINCOLN — Travelers set goals to visit every state, bicyclers aspire to ride across the country, and mountaineers seek the highest peaks. But if you’re a tree lover, you plant trees. And to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the tourism agency in Nebraska City — the home of the tree-planting holiday — is […]

Nebraska Environmental Trust

State Environmental Trust gets earful about high number of disqualified grants

BY: - October 25, 2022

LINCOLN — A state board that hands out grants for environmental projects asked for comments on Tuesday and got an earful of criticism. A trio of testifiers at a “listening session” lambasted the Nebraska Environmental Trust for disqualifying a larger-than-normal number of grant applicants and, in general, for straying from its mission to “conserve, enhance […]

Nearly 5 million domestic birds affected by deadly avian flu in Nebraska this year

BY: - October 24, 2022

OMAHA — Twelve cases of a highly contagious and deadly avian flu have now been confirmed in Nebraska this year.  The disease has affected nearly 5 million chickens, gamebirds and other poultry in the state, in both commercial and backyard flocks. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture, working with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

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Irrigation/power districts in central Nebraska vote to merge

BY: - October 24, 2022

LINCOLN — In a special, joint board meeting Monday, directors of the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District and Dawson Public Power District voted to move ahead with a merger of the two entities. The new district — if the merger wins state approval — would be called Platte River Public Power and Irrigation […]

Shredder was likely cause of wildfire in southern Lancaster County that destroyed three homes

BY: - October 24, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add the cause of the fire. LINCOLN — A shredder being used to chop up grass and weeds at a rural property is suspected as the cause of a wildfire Sunday that swept across southern Lancaster County. The blaze destroyed three homes and several outbuildings, and  blackened […]