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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the schedule for the 32nd Governor’s Ag Conference.  The annual event gives producers and agri-business leaders in Nebraska an opportunity to discuss the state’s number one industry and strategies to support future growth in agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10, 2020, at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney.


“The Governor’s Ag Conference brings together Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders for a conversation about the important issues that matter to all of us,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “From growing Nebraska agriculture through entrepreneurship to developing emerging markets, the future of the ag industry in Nebraska depends on people willing to lead and learn.  I hope you will join us in Kearney for this special event.”


“Knowledgeable experts at local, state, and federal levels have already committed to speaking at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference, making this an opportunity you won’t want to miss,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees take advantage of their time at the Governor’s Ag Conference to network and share ideas.”


The conference starts Monday, March 9, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs Sara Holmquist, Normal Roasting Company; Matthew Brugger, Upstream Farms; Jeff Hornug, Blue River Trucks; Hannah Esch, Oak Barn Beef; and Steve Tippery, RealmFive Agriculture.  Tom Field, of the University of Nebraska’s Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions from the audience.


The “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception featuring an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska begins at 6 p.m. on March 9th.


The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 9 a.m. with Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corp., and author of Food Bullying: How to Avoid Buying B.S.  Payn will give insights into our eating choices by challenging food beliefs and identifying neuromarketing tactics used to generate food sales.


Next on the agenda will be a panel presentation addressing new and emerging markets in Nebraska.  Panelists include: Tyler and Amy Bruch of Cyclone Farms, Inc. and Jacob Robison with the Nebraska Hops Growers Association.

Andrei Iancu, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will then talk about growing start-up companies in Nebraska.


The Governor’s Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers activities and food for the entire conference.  Registration and additional information is available at nda.nebraska.gov or by calling NDA toll-free at 800-831-0550.

CURTIS, Neb. – The NCTA livestock judging team braved cold weather in pre-contest workouts in early January, and their efforts paid off last week in Denver.

The sophomore team brought home a 12th place in judging carloads of cattle at the National Western Stock Show. It was the highest rank for the team in recent history, said coach Doug Smith.

Overall, the team evaluated species in groups of four at the collegiate contest on Thursday, then moved into the stockyards Friday. There, the carload contest consisted of evaluating pens of four bulls, pens of four breeding heifers, and pens of five market heifers.

Team members are: Maisie Kennicutt, Wallace; Garrett Lapp, Adamsville, Ohio; Seth Racicky, Mason City; Emily Riley, Norton, Kansas; and Camden Wilke, Columbus.

The Aggies placed 18th overall among two-year colleges in evaluating beef, sheep, goats and swine. They earned 19th for oral reasons.

Individually, Garrett Lapp was 36th and Seth Racicky was 54th in beef cattle judging.

This Saturday, the sophomore and freshmen teams will travel to Sioux Falls to compete at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show’s collegiate judging contest.

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that one of his key mid-biennium budget proposals is delivering flood relief for Nebraskans.


“When we were faced with the most widespread and costliest natural disaster in state history, Nebraskans responded with heroic grit, determination, resilience, and generosity,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Communities across Nebraska have been rebuilding, but there’s still a long way to go.  The federal government will step up to provide significant support, but the state must do our part as well.”


The Governor said eighty-four counties and five tribes have submitted over $400 million in disaster relief projects to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  His budget recommendation includes the following:


  • $50 million to address the state’s share of these projects.
  • $9.2 million to aid the counties most severely impacted by the disaster.
  • $3 million to maintain an adequate balance in the Governor’s Emergency Fund to prepare for any future events.


Full details about the Governor’s budget adjustments and legislative initiatives will be revealed tomorrow in the Governor’s State of the State address, which will be delivered to the Legislature at 10:00 am.

Authorities have confirmed reports of drone sightings in three more counties in northeast Colorado and at least one Nebraska county after nighttime drone flights in the region caused a national stir earlier this week.

The Denver Post reported Friday that clusters of drones flying at night have remained a mystery to local law enforcement officials and residents seeking to learn the identities of the operators and the purpose of the flights. Authorities say the drones reportedly have 6-foot wingspans and fly in grid-like patterns in groups of six to 10.

The Omaha World Herald reported that Perkins County Sheriff Jim Brueggeman called it one of the strangest things he’s ever seen in 27 years in law enforcement.

Mysterious Unidentified Aircraft Over Chappell, NE

Hovering in the distance south of Grant, Nebraska, on Monday evening was a group of eight to 10 drones, with red and green lights on their wings and white landing lights on their noses.

Unusual sightings of formations of drones, first reported in northeast Colorado two weeks ago, appear to be spreading into southwest Nebraska, according to Brueggeman and the sheriff in nearby Dundy County.

What they’re up to is a good question, Brueggeman said.

“We’re investigating it as we speak,” he said Tuesday. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of who they belong to and what the purpose of these flights is.”

Sightings of squadrons of large drones, with 6-foot wingspans and flying in formations of six to 10, were first reported in northeast Colorado in mid-December. The drones are described as much larger than “hobby” drones.

Mysterious Drone Sighting South of Lamar, Nebraska

There’s been speculation that the drones are operated by companies surveying the area for natural gas or oil, or someone practicing for an air show.

Federal aviation, law enforcement and military officials say they do not have information about the aircraft.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved industrial hemp licensing plans for Louisiana, Ohio and New Jersey. The states are the first to get such approval, though 34 other states have hemp research or pilot projects under a 2014 law.   The state of Nebraska has submitted their plan to the USDA and is awaiting approval.

Louisiana’s Agriculture and Forestry commissioner says he’s pleased to be on track to issue licenses for the 2020 planting season. The federal government legalized hemp last year.

Hemp is related to and looks like marijuana but contains only traces of THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets people high. Hemp fiber and seeds are used to produce textiles, rope, paper, cosmetics, fuel, and CBD, among other things.