Nitrates a costly, persistent problem for small towns

October 26th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

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Farmers put nitrogen fertilizer on their fields to grow bigger, better crops. But when there’s too much left behind in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates

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What’s organic? In the marijuana industry, that’s a hard question

September 25th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Earlier this year officials in Colorado cited a handful of commercial marijuana growers for misusing pesticides in indoor grow houses. Some of those businesses were also advertising their products as “chemical-free” and “organic.”

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Could hops be new cash crop for Nebraska farmers?

September 17th, 2015

By Ryan Robertson

The growing demand for locally produced beer is causing some Nebraska farmers to rethink what they plant.

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Cheaper, easier monitoring could hasten water clean-up

September 14th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Throughout the cropland of the Midwest, farmers use chemicals on their fields to nourish the plants and the soil. But excess nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients can wash off the fields and into streams, rivers and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

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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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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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