Are common herbicides safe to use?

July 17th, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Farmers count on chemical herbicides to keep their fields weed-free. But exposure to weed-killing chemicals could come at a cost. Scientists recently looked at two of the most heavily used farm chemical to determine whether they could cause cancer.

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Rodeo bullfighters aren’t clowning around

June 21st, 2015

By Grant Gerlock

Rodeo season is getting into full swing and at most rodeos, bull riding is the main event. But when the bull ride ends, the work begins for rodeo bullfighters. A young bullfighter is making a name in the business by putting himself in the middle of the action.

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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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