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A PRODUCTIVE MEETING

The Colts and Fillies 4-H club held their monthly meeting Sunday, April 24th at the 4-H building. There were 11 members present accompanied by an uncounted number of parents and helpers. They held a...

 

Avian Flu A Concern In Panhandle

Dr. Karla Wilke, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, shared her thoughts and information on avian influenza. A backyard flock in Scotts Bluff County became...

 

Colts & Fillies Learn A Bit About Bits And Bridles

The Colts and Fillies 4-H club held its monthly meeting at the 4-H building, Sunday, March 27th. President Emily Whitney led the meeting with 12 members present. During the meeting vice president...

 

Going, Going, Gone! Area Supports FFA Labor Auction

A great crowd came out to support the Kimball FFA Chapter at its Labor Auction and Alumni Feed on Friday, March 25. Twenty-one FFA students were auctioned off as well, as their adviser. Student...

 

DRIVE YOUR TRACTOR TO SCHOOL DAY

National FFA Week at Kimball Jr./Sr. High School culminated last week with Drive Your Tractor to School Day. Kimball FFA member Justin Klosterman, above, opted to drive a combine instead of a tractor...

 

Pioneer Family Spirit: Barretts Have It

Since the 1950s, the Aksarben Foundation has been celebrating Nebraska farm families with its tradition of awarding Pioneer and Heritage Farm Family Awards. Banner County residents Dan and Linda Barre...

 

FFA Alumni Progress Show Awards For Goat, Lamb, Swine

Results are in for the FFA Alumni Progress Show on Father's Day weekend at the fairgrounds in Kimball. Goat Show In the Goat Show, there were 21 goats and 15 goat showmen. Grand Champion received...

 

Meat Eaters Have Their Day In Kimball

Locally, Mark and Bryce Halstead from the EH Ranch, LLC approached Karen Hewitt of Karen's Kitchen in Kimball to promote "Meat on the Menu Day." They said that they wanted to purchase the first 20...

 

RANCH SORTING

Brendan Halligan, 10, goes after the number 5 calf as he participates in last Saturday's ranch sorting event north of Kimball. This was Brendan's second ranch sorting event. Cinch RSNC Ranch Sorting...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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