High pasture prices hard for ranchers to swallow

November 21st, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Lincoln, NE – Cattle numbers have been dwindling, thanks to drought and low cattle prices. But things are beginning to turn around. Ranchers in Nebraska and across the Midwest are eager to grow their herds. As they do, grass is turning into a hot commodity.

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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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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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Grain train ready to roll again

March 26th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Forest City, IOWA – A few decades ago, railroad tracks laced Iowa’s countryside, linking even the smallest communities to big cities across the nation. But many of those tracks are silent now.

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