Farmers gear up for record harvest while bracing for lower prices

October 15th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Minden, NE – Nebraska Farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside. Only two years after peaking, grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.

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Food waste weighing down U.S. food system

October 6th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – Millions of tons of food end up in the landfill each year instead of on our plates. That’s while millions of Americans are hungry and landfills are filling up. Harvest Public Media begins an in-depth look at our food waste problem.

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Farmers taking flooding worries to court

May 14th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — The Missouri River burst out of its banks in epic fashion three years ago. The flood covered thousands of acres of land and dredged up old debates about how the river should be run. Now, flooded landowners are suing the Army Corps of Engineers, saying the agency isn’t protecting their land.

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Hog farmers differ on packer-owned pigs

March 25th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — More than half of Nebraska’s hog farms have disappeared since the late 1990s and most of those that are left are much bigger. Many are concerned large meatpacking companies will claim a larger stake in hog farming, but some producers say that’s not all bad.

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Farmers worry about sharing big data

February 14th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us. Precision data from the farm could help drive new levels of productivity, but farmers have to decide just how much they want to share.

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Why cutting the ethanol mandate won’t ruin the rural economy

February 6th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — The EPA wants to roll back the amount of ethanol mixed into the fuel supply for 2014. That has Nebraska farmers worried. Ethanol supporters warn if the EPA follows through, the rural economy will take the fall, but economists predict a soft landing.

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