Environment & Agriculture

Cowboy Trail

Bicycle groups turn attention to completion of Cowboy Trail across northern Nebraska

BY: - June 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Advocates for bicycle trails in Nebraska just got funding to finish one long-dreamed-of trail project, and now they’re moving on to finish another. Four nonprofit biking organizations announced this week that they have formed a coalition to push for completion of the nearly 325-mile-long Cowboy Trail that spans northern Nebraska. The push also […]

Aunbrea Zeleny

New grant program aims to help small-town locker plants survive and expand

BY: - June 7, 2022

LEIGH, Nebraska — Kevin Good saw the dark clouds coming, but he said he was “too stubborn” to take cover inside the small butcher shop he and his son had recently purchased north of town. “I kept thinking, ‘It’s not going to hit us, it’s not going to hit us, it’s not going to hit […]

Snake river

EPA violation filed over slow response to mitigate damage to Sandhills stream

BY: - June 6, 2022

LINCOLN — A federal environmental agency has cited a Sandhills rancher for failing to mitigate and halt damage created when the rancher drained a temporary lake into the Snake River without permission. A deluge of approximately 1.6 million tons of sand and sediment washed into the spring-fed creek after Dick Minor of Gordon dug a […]

Midwest states vary in handling the risk of lead in venison donated to food banks

BY: and - June 6, 2022

HIAWATHA, Iowa — A walk-in freezer about two stories high sits in one corner of a warehouse owned by a food bank called Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. Chris Ackman, the food bank’s communication manager, points to the shelving racks where any donated venison the organization receives is typically stored. Known as the Help […]

Spencer Dam collapse

‘Conversation’ on climate change coming to Lied Center on June 15

BY: - June 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Martha Shulski is mighty busy these days. Shulski, the state climatologist since 2016, has seen a big increase in requests for talks on climate change since Nebraska was hit by a devastating “bomb cyclone” wave of flooding in the spring of 2019. “That seemed to spark more interest,” she said. “It was a […]

Vilsack offers integrated plan for domestic food production

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Biden administration has set aside billions of dollars to help the nation’s food supply chain recover from the coronavirus pandemic — and, more recently, the looming global effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — and on Wednesday, it announced new funding and a comprehensive overview of how those initiatives mesh. “A transformed food system […]

How the lead industry misled the public about its toxic problem for decades

BY: - May 31, 2022

Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin. Researchers have known that for decades. But the substance stuck around in everyday products like paint and gasoline for decades. One big reason: The lead industry spent years using racial bias to divert public attention away from the dangers of the toxin and minimized the impact of mounting evidence indicating […]

Vilsack highlights ‘mass timber’ to use small trees cut for wildfire prevention

BY: - May 30, 2022

West Des Moines — The federal government plans to remove kindling from about 75 million acres of land in the next decade — which includes thinning smaller-diameter trees from forests — to help prevent wildfires that have become more frequent and destructive in the Western states. That presents a problem: “What do you do with […]

USDA relaxes Conservation Reserve Program rules to boost crop production

BY: - May 27, 2022

Agricultural landowners who are not renewing their agreements this year with the federal government to keep their land out of production have the ability to put that land back to work earlier, a potential boost to wheat and other crop production amid global shortages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. Those who have land […]

State Fair lawsuit over Aksarben Stock Show name moves forward

BY: - May 26, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Fair Board’s lawsuit to protect its right to the name of Omaha’s former Aksarben Stock Show will move forward, and it could target the personal finances of three people who filed for the rights to the name after the show moved to Grand Island. Lancaster County District Judge Darla Ideus […]

Avian influenza’s arrival in Alaska signals danger for other parts of the world

BY: - May 23, 2022

When Larry Pouliot went on a morning walk in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9, he spotted a lethargic, unresponsive bald eagle perched in a tree, its eyes bloodshot and its neck drooping. “I realized he was not doing great,” said Pouliot, who got video footage and photos of the ailing bird. He called […]

Environmental Trust

Amid criticism, Nebraska Environmental Trust moves to clarify grant eligibility rules

BY: - May 19, 2022

LINCOLN — Amid criticism that too many grant applications were being deemed “ineligible,” the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board moved Thursday to review its eligibility requirements. State Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, in a recent op-ed in the Lincoln Journal Star, questioned the Trust Board for declaring that 34 of the 118 grants submitted to it […]