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Corn or Cattle
2:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Farm Land vs Prairie Land

The Christen family grazes cattle year-round on native prairie pastures in southeast Nebraska. Rod Christen calls big bluestem their “Cadillac grass.”
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Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family’s land near the small town of Steinauer in southeast Nebraska, but their main crop is grass.

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Farm Bill Expires
1:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farmers in Limbo – Again

Without a farm bill in place, farmers all over country are left to guess at what federal policy will look like.
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The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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Tractor and Combine Sales Increase
11:48 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Why Farmers Want New Equipment

Illinois farmer Len Corzine has bought expensive new farm equipment each year for several years in order to ensure his tractor and combine hold up during harvest and planting.
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On a hot day in late August, Kevin Bien stood amid the shade of a large gray piece of farm equipment. 

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PEDV
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Antibody Test for Swine Virus

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Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help fight a virus that has the potential to kill entire litters of piglets.

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Impact on Local Economies
3:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Crop Insurance Paying Dividends

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Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

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