Opportunity from California drought elusive for Midwest farmers

May 18th, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Columbus, NE – California is the nation’s salad bowl. It grows almost half the fruits and vegetables in the U.S. But it’s also deep in drought, and on some farms water is growing scarce. That may sound like a chance for Midwestern farmers to churn out more peppers and broccoli.

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Beef industry not sold on E. coli vaccine

April 17th, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – Thousands of people get sick every year from E. coli bacteria in their food. The beef industry has gone to great lengths to limit illnesses in meat. But the industry has been slow to adopt an E. coli vaccine that could keep people from getting sick.

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Research connection could help answer questions about rural breast cancer

April 3rd, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – Cancer is more likely to be fatal for people in rural Nebraska than for most city residents. But it is hard to know why. Rural patients often live hours away from their doctors, and even farther from researchers.

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Why is there more than one agency in charge of food safety?

March 25th, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – A patchwork of more than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. That means Nebraska food companies have to navigate a complex system. Some think we would all be safer if food safety was brought under one roof.

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U.S. ranchers counting on labels to stand apart from global competition

February 25th, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – In the small print on meat packages at the grocery store is a note on where the livestock was born, raised, and slaughtered. That piece of information is at the center of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Nebraska ranchers.

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Corn Belt farming gives a boost to the global carbon cycle

January 23rd, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. What researchers hadn’t considered, until recently, is how farming factors in.

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