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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Two dead in collapse at Omaha feed plant

January 22nd, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — Two workers are dead after a facility in Omaha that makes ingredients for livestock feed collapsed yesterday. As search and rescue crews complete a mission to recover the victims, federal officials will begin to investigate how the accident occurred.

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Up against blend wall, ethanol at a crossroads

January 22nd, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — A 2007 law requires fuel companies to add an increasing amount of ethanol to the fuel supply each year. But the EPA is breaking with that policy and suggesting a cut in the ethanol mandate. Some say it puts the future of renewable fuels in doubt.

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New direction for beef herd could ease meat prices

January 6th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd may be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices. But with the fewest cattle in the beef supply since the 1960s, slow growth won’t cut prices anytime soon.

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