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WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is holding various recruitment events in Nebraska in March to hire food safety inspectors.

FSIS is the agency responsible for protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products. Inspectors account for the largest category of employees in the agency, with over 7,500 nationwide. They play a critical role in protecting public health by inspecting all FSIS-regulated products before they can be sold to consumers.

At the recruitment events, potential candidates will have an opportunity to apply and receive assistance with the USAJOBS application process.

When: Tuesday, March 3 to Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Ave., Kearney, Nebraska 68847.

When: Thursday, March 5 to Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Department of Labor – Columbus Career Center, 3100 23rd St., Suite 22, Columbus, Nebraska 68601.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska growers, dealers, and processors held 4.0 million cwt of potatoes in storage on February 1, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current stocks represent 42 percent of the 2019 production.

Total stocks are defined as all potatoes on hand, regardless of use, including those that will be lost through future shrinkage and dumping.

Comparing stocks by type, Russets accounted for 38 percent of the total, down from 40 percent in 2019. Round whites were 59 percent of the total, up from 58 percent in 2019.

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The 2020 Ogallala Aquifer Summit will take place in Amarillo, Texas, from March 31 to April 1, bringing together water management leaders from all eight Ogallala region states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota and Wyoming. The dynamic, interactive event will focus on encouraging exchange among participants about innovative programs and effective approaches being implemented to address the region’s significant water-related challenges.

“Tackling Tough Questions,” is the theme of the event. Workshops and speakers share and compare responses to questions such as: “What is the value of groundwater to current and future generations” and “how do locally-led actions aimed at addressing water challenges have larger-scale impact?”

“The summit provides a unique opportunity to strengthen collaborations among a diverse range of water-focused stakeholders,” said summit co-chair Meagan Schipanski, an associate professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU. “Exploring where we have common vision and identifying innovative concepts or practices already being implemented can catalyze additional actions with potential to benefit the aquifer and Ogallala region communities over the short- and long-term.”

Schipanski co-directs the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project (CAP) with Colorado Water Center director and summit co-chair Reagan Waskom, who is also a faculty member in Soil and Crop Sciences. The Ogallala Water CAP, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, has a multi-disciplinary team of 70 people based at 10 institutions in 6 Ogallala-region states, engaged in collaborative research and outreach aimed at sustaining agriculture and ecosystems in the region.

Some Ogallala Water CAP research and outreach results will be shared at the 2020 Ogallala Summit. The Ogallala Water CAP has led the coordination of this event, in partnership with colleagues at Texas A&M AgriLife, the Kansas Water Office, and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service-funded Ogallala Aquifer Program, with additional support provided by many other individuals and organizations from the eight Ogallala states.

The 2020 Summit will highlight several activities and outcomes inspired by or expanded as a result of the 2018 Ogallala Summit. Participants will include producers, irrigation company and commodity group representatives, students and academics, local and state policy makers, groundwater management district leaders, crop consultants, agricultural lenders, state and federal agency staff, and others, including new and returning summit participants.

“Water conservation technologies are helpful, and we need more of them, but human decision-making is the real key to conserving the Ogallala,” said Brent Auvermann, Center Director at Texas A&M AgriLife Research – Amarillo. “The emergence of voluntary associations among agricultural water users to reduce ground water use is an encouraging step, and we need to learn from those associations’ experiences with regard to what works, and what doesn’t, and what possibilities exist that don’t require expanding the regulatory state.”

The summit will take place over two half-days, starting at 11:00 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, March 31 and concluding the next day on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. The event includes a casual evening social on the evening of March 31 that will feature screening of a portion of the film “Rising Water,” by Nebraska filmmaker Becky McMillen, followed by a panel discussion on effective agricultural water-related communications.

Today is all about LOVE!

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day or Independence Day, we have everything you need to celebrate this holiday in style!

Join Alex and Rebel on this lovable edition of Friday Five!


5- Roses are red, poems are hard

4- Sip, sip, hooray!

3- I like you a Choco-LOT

2- Go nuts on Valentine’s Day

1- Unmi-STEAK-able love

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.