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Coronavirus Puts Its Mark On Branding

As calving season concludes, the thought of springtime rituals like branding begin occurring. But in this crazy, unusual time, Panhandle Public Health District has cautioned ranchers about their...


No Easy Fix For Cattle Market Downturn

“We are taking a lot of heat because people think we are not doing enough. But the issue is more complex; there is not an easy fix.” This according to Melody Benjamin, vice president of member services with the Nebraska Cattlemen Association.... Full story


Brookside Farm Much More Than A Picture Perfect Setting

Brookside Farm is a half mile north of Kimball and sits on the banks of Lodgepole Creek. It's much more than a picture perfect setting. The farm, also known as the Gridley-Howe-Faden-Atkins...


Ranch Sorting A Passion For Local Duo

"Hey, why don't you come to this sorting event with me? I think you will get a kick out of it," Frank Stauffer asked Trish Lukassen, who has since become his ranch sorting teammate. Although she had... Full story


Kimball One Of 17 Counties Declared Part Of Contiguous Disaster Region

Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, announced 17 counties have been designated as contiguous natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought affecting Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. Those counties are: Contiguous t...


Microload Program To Assist Small Farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new... Full story


FFA Planning Fundraisers To Aid Local Chapters

The Nebraska FFA Foundation, along with corporate sponsors and county Farm Bureaus, are working together to provide extra incentives to raise funds for local FFA chapters. This year, $20,000 in matching funds will be distributed to chapters,... Full story


Kimball County Family Farmers Eligible To Apply For Loans

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Kimball County Office announced that family farmers in seven counties in Nebraska are eligible to apply for low interest Farm Service Agency (FSA) Emergency (EM) loans due to physical and production losses caused by drought...


More Kimball FFA Students Qualify For State

Kimball’s Ag Sales team took first and the Floral Design team finished second at the January 9 Career Development Events competition held in Scottsbluff. The Ag Sales team consisted of Brian...


On The Edge Of Common Sense

Pam and I were having a deep discussion on cow psychology.  Subjects such as horn envy, chuteaphobia, the empty nest syndrome at weaning time and unsightly hair on udders. Then she brought up a subject that I have wondered about myself, even as a... Full story


No Till Notes

There are several educational meetings scheduled for January and February, 2013 that producers in our area should plan to attend. I’ve been going to no till crop production meetings for over 20 years and I have always felt that attending as many... Full story


Home Country

When it’s cold, build a fire in the fireplace, or the woodburning heater, or maybe just light a candle and look in the flames, look deep in the flames for the answers. I’ve always believed they are there, and this time of year is a time for...


Nebraska Cattlemen Seek Nominations

Nebraska Cattlemen, in partnering with Sand County Foundation and Cargill, is seeking nominations for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The winner of the award will receive an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000. The Leopold... Full story


Pesticide Applicator Training Courses Scheduled

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2013, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions scheduled throughout western Nebraska beginning in January. Dates,...


FSA Implements Changes To Tax Form Policy

Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, announced that the agency has implemented some changes regarding issuing IRS Form 1099-G and 1099-MISC for payments issued in 2012. FSA will no longer issue IRS Form 1099-G and/or...


On The Edge Of Common Sense

Grandpa Tommy was reminiscing, “It’s a shame everybody couldn’t go through the Great Depression.” I know what he meant. I think. He didn’t mean it like “It’s a shame everybody hadn’t been in a concentration camp or had polio.” He... Full story


Home Country

Annette George, owner of the Soup ‘R Market, picked up the list of her New Year’s resolutions: 1. Replace cracked glass on the meat cooler. 2. Walk two miles each morning before work. 3. Lose 15 pounds by summer. 4. Take a class in Spanish. She t... Full story


No Till Notes

As 2012 winds down I thought a little reflecting back would be a good thing to do. Sometimes it helps to look back on your successes that you were a part of over the past year and take a hard look at your failures to keep you humble and to continue... Full story


Forest Service To Offer Tree Care Workshops

The Nebraska Forest Service announces the 2013 Western Tree Care Workshops in Chadron, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Valentine, North Platte, and McCook in January. These full-day workshops will address some of the challenges associated with growing trees...


Top Five Ag Stories Of 2012

The dry conditions that began in May and then escalated into a drought of historic proportions is the state’s top agriculture story of 2012, Nebraska Farm Bureau said in releasing its annual list of the Top 5 Nebraska Agriculture News Stories of... Full story


Tax Relief, Reform Discussed At Nebraska Farm Bureau Meeting

Nebraska Farm Bureau’s voting delegates reiterated their support for efforts to reform Nebraska’s tax system as a means to provide tax relief and help enhance Nebraska’s economic competitiveness. Property tax relief was chief among concerns...


On The Edge Of Common Sense

We started out the year in Pasadena riding in the Rose Parade as part of RFD-TV’s 100 Palominos entry. I came home with flowers in my hair!  It was one of five speaking programs I did (out of 65 in 2012) that were in California. The National Wes...


Home Country

‘Twas the morning after Christmas, and all through the Mule Barn truck stop’s philosophy counter … “Happy Boxing Day!” said Herb, settling in and flipping his cup to the upright and fillable position. “Boxing Day?” said Steve. “It cer...


No Till Notes

I hope everyone is able to spend the holidays with friends and family spreading good cheer throughout our region. We have the results of our cover crop biomass sampling back and the cover crops performed about like we thought they would. I think we... Full story


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