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Special Features Nebraska Farm & Live Expo . . . . . . . . 7-9 Kearney Home & Builder Show/Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-18
Weather Al Dutcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Country Living House Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Quilt Pattern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
The Lighter Side Lee Pitts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Developer Hopes Greenhouse Leads to Year-round Crop Production
Grains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Government Report Government Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Ag Management Farm Food Safety Workshops Offered Across Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Livestock News Heartland Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
By Aaron Wade, The Hemingford Ledger ALLIANCE - Just a few miles north of Alliance's Carhenge, sits another roadside oddity. This one is far less noticeable from Hwy. 87, but could have a world-wide impact. Though it is the midst of winter in the Nebraska Panhandle, Russ Finch has created his own 1,360-sq.ft. tropical paradise called "Greenhouse in the Snow." While greenhouses aren't uncommon in the Great Plains, Finch's is one of a kind. Walking through the front door of his home, then through a sunroom, one immediately notices a temperature change. After few more steps leads to a narrow hallway of green vines, plants and trees. Growing from these trees are five types of oranges, three types of lemons, tangerines, limes, grapefruit, dates and any type of citrus fruit that most imagine growing in the Florida sunshine. The greenhouse is the "fruit" of 35 years of labor, trial and error, and blood sweat and tears. With the plants constantly producing fruit, in various stages throughout the year, the harvest is more than one family can eat. So why would one dedicate so much of his time and effort into this venture. For Finch, it was a
challenge - motivating him to prove it could be done. Finch thinks big. He invented the Kidnapper; a product similar to a pickup truck topper, which was installed in the bed of a truck to allow children or pets to ride along before the days of extended cabs. It is this kind of "big" thinking that has helped him to develop a production greenhouse and growing system suited for the high plains and Sandhills area. "There are no production greenhouses on the Great Plains, because the cost is too high to run them for 12-months per year," said Finch. But, by using geothermal heating technology, lowering the ceiling of the greenhouse and strategically placing the plants to get the most harvest out of a small area, Finch has proved that greenhouses which produce commercial crops, can be done in this area. The heating system for this greenhouse is a 3/4 hp blower motor which circulates air through 1,100 ft. of sixinch tube, which is buried eight feet under the earth. "Our entire energy cost is less than $600 per year," said Finch. "That is unheard of, even in other more temperate regions." Finch even heats his home with the system. As for the crops, Finch says the quality is excellent and the
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Greenhouse in the Snow resides six-miles north of Alliance, on Hwy 87. The greenhouse is the brainchild of Russ Finch, who after 18 years of trial and error, is producing an abundance of citrus fruit and various crops, year-round. Photo by Aaron Wade/Hemingford Ledger yield is very heavy. Aside from the citrus fruit, Finch is experimenting with grapes, tomatoes, dates and avocados. His setup has gained some attention world-wide. He said he is currently working with Pat and Karen Runkle, who own Lil' Ladybug Greenhouse and Gardens near Hay Springs. Finch said the Runkles are who encouraged him to experiment with tomatoes, to see if it would help in their operation. The design is continuously being tweaked, but so far the tomatoes look promising. Finch has also drawn interest from the Middle East and even Mongolia, regions with extreme climates not conducive with growing many types of fruits and vegetables. Finch thinks the Sandhills create a perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in getting into or expanding their agricultural operations. He said the soil in the Continued on page 12
Production News Getting More Bushels for the Buck . . . 9
Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Workshop on Using Nebraska Farms for Tourism NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ Experts on agricultural and ecology-based tourism will offer tips on how to develop new attractions in Nebraska at a two-day workshop. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development's workshop will be held in North Platte on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Consultant Karen Kollars says the agency wants to help Nebraskans take advantage of their land and talents through tourism. The workshop will feature sessions focused on marketing tactics, insurance requirements, social media and culinary tourism. Registration for the event is $75 before Jan. 20 and $90 after that.
MARKET GLANCE Livestock and Products, Weekly Average
Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 12/9/11
Nebraska Slaughter Steer 35-65% Choice, Live Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100.79 126.39 120.46 Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame, 550-600# . . . . . . . . . . . .147.75 158.46 169.51 Med & Large Frame, 750-800 # . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117.00 151.48 148.50 Choice Boxed Beef, 600-750# Carcass . . . . . . . . . .164.40 189.92 188.57 Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65.68 82.24 82.68 Feeder Pigs, National Direct, 50#, FOB . . . . . . . . . . . .* * * Pork Carcass Cutout, 185#, 51-52% Lean . . . . . . . .78.36 91.19 89.48 Slaughter Lambs, Ch. & Pr.,Heavy, SD Dir. . . . . . . . .157.00 167.50 158.00 Nat. Carcass Lamb Cutout, FOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .350.77 411.25 403.36
Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.74 Corn, No. 2, Yellow, Omaha, bu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.71 Soybeans, No. 1 Yellow Omaha, bu . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12.71 Grain Sorg. No. 2 Yellow, Dorchester, cwt . . . . . . . . .9.27 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, MN, bu. . . . . . . . . . .3.99
6.22 6.44 11.60 10.84 3.39
5.93 5.99 11.00 10.04 3.24
190.00 132.50 92.50 231.50 76.00
155.00 132.50 95.00 216.00 70.00
Hay (per ton) Alfalfa, Lrg. Sq. Bales Good to Prem., NE Neb. . . . . .140.00 Alfalfa, Lrg. Rounds, Good, Platte Valley, . . . . . . . . .72.50 Grass Hay, Lrg. Rounds, Premium, Neb., . . . . . . . . . . .* Dried Distillers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181.50 Wet Distillers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58.50 * No market.
Heartland Express - Weather
January 5, 2012
Weather Commentary Provided By Al Dutcher—UNL, State Climatologist
Al Dutcher Report December went out like a lamb with average temperature running 10-15 F above normal during the last 8 days of the month. Temperatures during the first 10 days of December averaged 12-16 F below normal before 21 consecutive days of above normal temperatures were Allen Dutcher recorded. Even with such a long string of warmth, it wasn’t until the 23rd before most locations had offset the bitter cold during the first 1/3 of the month. It appears that temperatures for the month of December will average 2-5 F above normal. Little significant moisture was recorded during the past two weeks and the current weather models indicate no significant risk of major snow storm activity during the upcoming two week period. However, they do point to the possibility that the coldest temperatures of the season may arrive as early as mid-month.
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Week One Forecast, 1/7 - 1/13:. Weather models are indicating that a couple of cold fronts will sweep southward from Canada during this forecast period and bring an abrupt end to our string of above normal temperature that began in midDecember. The first cold front will sweep through the state on 1/6 with a chance for light snow/rain on 1/7, with the southern half of the state having the best odds for moisture. At this point in time, no accumulations are expected. Benign weather is in store from 1/8 through 1/10. An Arctic air mass is currently forecasted to arrive late on 1/10 with the Panhandle currently targeted to have the best opportunity for accumulating snowfall. Right now, totals of less than 2 inches are possible on 1/11 , but that could change as we get closer to the event. Dry and cold conditions are expected during the 1/12-1/13 period. Projected High Temperatures: 1/7 (mid 30's NE - low 40's W), 1/8 (upper 30's NE - mid 40's SW), 1/9 (mid 40's NE mid 50's W), 1/10 (mid 40's NW - low 50's S), 1/11 (mid 10's NE - low 20's SW), 1/12 (upper 10's NE upper 20's SW), 1/13 (mid 20's NE - upper 30's SW).
Week Two Forecast, 1/14 - 1/20:. Upper air models point to the development of a storm system across the northern Plains during the 1/14-1/15 period. Moisture is currently forecasted for the Dakota’s with Nebraska lying south of the main precipitation field. As this system moves east toward the western Great Lakes region, the coldest air of the season is projected to surge south. The exact placement of this cold air is uncertain this far out from the projected event, so it could easily slide east of our region and greater impact on the central and eastern corn belt region. Another storm is projected to develop across the northern Plains during the 1/18-1/20 period allowing warmer air to invade the southern and central Plains. Models currently keep the moisture north of Nebraska, but any further southward movement of this system would have the potential to bring accumulating snowfall to much of the state. High Temperatures: 1/14 (mid 30's NE - upper 40's SW), 1/15 (mid 30's NW - mid 40's S), 1/16 (low 10's NE - mid 20's SW), 1/17 (upper 10's NE - mid 30's W), 1/18 -1/20 (low 30's NE mid 40's SW).
Nebraska Weather and Crop Report Agricultural Summary: For the month of December 2011, weather conditions were relatively mild and dry compared to the same month last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. High temperatures reached the upper 60’s and lows fell to -16 degrees. Snow that had fallen during the month melted with the above normal temperatures allowing cattle producers to make good use of stalks. As a result, feed usage was not heavy and feed supplies were more than adequate with cattle in good condition. The southeast corner of the state received well above normal precipitation while most of the west was well below normal. Field work continued with the warm, dry weather and wheat conditions were well above year ago levels. This release is based on data from FSA county directors, county extension educators, NOAA, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center. County comments and reports can be found at: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State /Nebraska/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Con dition/index Weather Summary: The majority of the state saw temperatures average 2 to 6 degrees above normal. During the last week of the month, topsoil temperatures ranged from 30 to 35 degrees and in general got warmer as you moved from west to east. The southeast corner of the state received from 1 to 3 inches of
precipitation, while much of the west and north received a half inch or less. Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 25 fair, 70 good, and 4 excellent, well above last year when 42 percent of the crop rated good or excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 94 adequate, and 2 excellent, near a year ago. Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 7 fair, 85 good, and 8 excellent, above last year’s 87 percent good or excellent. The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators: NORTHEAST BOONE: Good weather through the end of the year has been great for livestock. It is dry though and we could use some moisture. DIXON: Mild weather continues to make outside work possible with a lot of fencing and earthwork continuing through December. A great deal of field work being done in preparation for spring planting. KNOX: Cattle have gotten excellent utilization of stalks. Minimal winter feed has been used thus far. Small showers have been welcome. We probably would have 6 inches of snow cover if this would have been received as Continued on page 19
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Heartland Express - Country Living
Little Things You Can Do to Increase Your Physical Fitness Kristen Neth, UNL Extension Assistant In order to be physically fit, you do not have to buy a pricey membership to a gym. There are little things you can do throughout the day to increase your physical activity in your home and at the office. USDA’s MyPlate (www.choosemyplate.gov) has some helpful tips to increase a person’s moderate physical activity such as briskly walking during your breaks at work, gardening (such as raking leaves and trimming shrubs), and riding your bike to do an errand down the street instead of driving. All of these are ways to increase your daily physical activity while completing tasks throughout the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week along with at least two days of muscle strengthening activities for the whole body. What a person could do is break up the two muscle strengthening days and mix them throughout the week with the 150 minutes of moderate physical activity. Each day you do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can be broken up into smaller time increments in order to accomplish this workout throughout your work day.
Ten minutes could be completed during a morning break, lunch break, and afternoon break. A person could do jumping jacks or jog during these breaks as well as walking briskly. Different muscle strengthening workouts a person could do at the office include: lunges, wall push-ups, calf raises, chair dips, and chair abdominal exercises. To view how to do all these exercises go to www.youtube.com and type in 15 minute desk workout. Coach Nicole from http://sparkpeople.com does an excellent job of demonstrating how all these muscle strengthening exercises can be completed safely and effectively. Some other helpful hints to use throughout the work day to increase your physical activity would be to: • Swap out your chair for an exercise ball. • Instead of calling or instant messaging colleagues, walk over to their office or cubicle. • Walk to get your mail instead of having it delivered to your desk. • Wear a pedometer to track your steps and try to get 10,000 steps in a day. This roughly equals five miles!
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Landscape Plants that Attract Birds Mary Jane Frogge, UNL Extension Associate Interest in songbirds is growing every year. If you would like to attract songbirds to your property, think carefully about the trees, shrubs, and other plants that will make up your landscape. Careful landscape planning and plant selection will help you create an attractive, functional landscape for both people and birds. Many bird species nest or migrate through Nebraska. The migrant birds may stop for a day or two during their migration if they find your property attractive. Do not forget about the birds that stay through winter. They add interest to the winter landscape and are more likely to visit your property if you design and plant the landscape with birds in mind. Bird feeders and bird baths will increase your ability to attract a variety of birds year-round. Landscape plantings can make your property attractive to birds in several ways. Plants provide year-round shelter from predators and harsh weather. Plants provide safe nesting sites and a safe place to rear young. Landscape plants supply food for birds in the form of fruit, seeds, and nectar. Many birds also find landscape plantings a convenient place to hunt for insects. When you select trees, shrubs and vines, consider their landscape value for both you and the birds. Use plants with good summer and fall foliage, attractive flowers, colorful fruit, interesting branching patterns, and attractive bark. You should also consider maintenance. For example, you will want to avoid plants with pest problems that require frequent or regular pesticide sprays to control. With these tips in mind, here are some excellent landscape trees, shrubs, and vines to attract birds in Nebraska: • Evergreen trees are important because they provide year-round cover for birds. Some Landscape Plants that Attract Birdsof the better large evergreen trees are Douglas fir, hemlock, eastern red cedar, and spruce. Small to medium scale evergreen trees include yew, arborvitae, and junipers. • Medium to large deciduous trees known for attracting birds include the alder, service berry,
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Heartland Express - The Lighter Side
January 5, 2012
• IT’S THE PITTS by Lee Pitts • From Leeuary to Pittstober by Lee Pitts
Whenever I get the much-appreciated free calendars at the start of every year there are a few months I’d like to tear out right then and there and be done with them. Sadly, I have to go through the process of living through these much-dreaded months. “January” sounds promising enough but then the month actually begins and many folks start the year with a hangover. If that’s not a sign of what’s to come I don’t know what is! How good can a month be that starts out with a bunch of fu-fu flower parades on TV? I’ve always felt January needs a new name that more accurately reflects it’s personality, something like “Depress-u-ary.” Christmas is over, everyone is grouchy because they’re back at work, and my favorite football teams lose again. Every year I’m convinced that early Alzheimer's has kicked in because I can never remember to write the correct year on my checks. February isn’t much better. I’ve hated it ever since I was a kid because of Rejection Day, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. I spend the entire month in confusion, not knowing how many days are in the month, or when we celebrate the dead President’s birthdays. I think we should change our calendar and make all months exactly four weeks long, and then create an all new month out of the days left over. This month would be work-free, tax free and free of all stupid holidays like National Sponge Cake Day. We’d call this new month Leeuary,
Pittstober or Pittstember, in honor of its founder. And because there would be no more 29th, 30th of 31st of the month, there’s an added bonus: people born on those days would have no more birthdays! Adding Pittstober to the calendar would be a veritable Fountain of Youth for many. March is one of my favorite months because Spring and daylight savings time start, no estimated taxes are due and March Madness basketball is on TV. Oh, and I almost forgot, (like I usually do) it also marks the anniversary of when I married my wonderful wife. But the good times don’t last because March is followed by April when we are reminded that we’re really just working for the IRS. The only holidays of note are Easter, when we don’t get any presents, and Earth Day, when environmentalists wring their hands, whine, and act holier than thou. After April the rest of the year is filled with months that only get better and better, building towards the crescendo known as December. In May we finally get to start keeping some of the money we make instead of sending it all to the crooks in Washington D.C, the cold weather is finally behind us, the lambs and yearlings are sold, fishing season opens and there are no expensive holidays like Valentines Day, Christmas, wedding anniversary or birthdays that I have to remember. How much better can it get? Plenty, for summer is about to start.
I suppose it’s a carryover from my childhood when school let out for the summer in June, but just the mere mention of the month brings a smile to my face. In July we celebrate the second best holiday by getting to legally light incendiary devices. What more could you ask for in a holiday? And then in August there is our county fair when everyone overindulges in carnival food, over-the-hill country music singers, pig races and PRCA rodeo. September is the month when kids go back to school so we are now safe to walk down the sidewalk without being run over by some juvenile delinquent on a skateboard. Autumn and bull sales begin and the stores decorate for Christmas. Then in October we get to eat bags of chocolate candy that were left over from Halloween. And in November we celebrate our nation’s heritage by pigging out on good food and watching the Dallas Cowboys play. Finally December, my favorite month, rolls around when we celebrate two important birthdays, that of Jesus and followed 24 hours later by my own. Even though I always get combo Christmas/birthday presents you can’t wash the smile off my face all month because people are in a festive mood and the NFR is on television for ten whole days. The only thing that could possibly make December any better is if, instead of being followed by the 31 day depression known as January, it was instead succeeded by Leeuary of Pittstember.
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Heartland Express - Government
January 5, 2012
New Trade Partnership Will Benefit Nebraska by Congressman Adrian Smith Grand Island Office 1811 West Second Street, Suite 105 Grand Island, NE68803 Phone: (308) 384-3900 Fax: (308) 384-3902
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As we close the book on 2011, there is no question political brinksmanship prevented opportunities for America to move forward. There were, however, consequential, bipartisan accomplishments which will benefit the country. One area where Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the White House were all able to come together was advancing an aggressive trade agenda. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over trade policy, I have made opening foreign markets for Nebraska agriculture one of my top legislative priorities. Despite the political realities of trying to legislate during an election year, we can continue to make progress on this key issue in 2012, and do so in a way which is beneficial for farmers and ranchers here in Nebraska and throughout the country. One area of trade policy receiving bipartisan consideration is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. This proposal has been in the negotiating process since 2008 and includes eight countries in addition to the United States – Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Recently, Japan, Mexico, and Canada have expressed interest in joining these talks. The goal of the negotiations is to achieve an ambitious and comprehensive 21st-century agreement which will help create and retain U.S. jobs. In November, the participating countries released broad outlines of an agreement and are continuing to make progress towards a final deal. This trade proposal will significantly increase the United States’ economic ties with the AsiaPacific region, home to some of the world’s most robust economies representing more than 40 percent of global trade. TPP will allow farmers, ranchers, and other businesses in Nebraska to expand, create jobs, invest in new technology, and grow our economy through trade. In particular, a strong agreement will create significant opportunity to market Nebraska’s agriculture goods while ensuring our farmers and ranchers are not put at a disadvantage by non-tariff and unscientific trade barriers. Over the course of negotiations and hearings regarding TPP, I have appreciated the commitment by trade officials to further opening beef markets as part of this process. Beef trade,
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particularly with Japan, has been a longstanding issue for U.S. exporters. TPP may present an opportunity for Japan to remove trade barriers and give Nebraska’s ranchers increased access to a major international market. In an encouraging sign of progress, the Japanese Government recently announced it will reassess its stringent import restrictions on American beef. As a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, I will continue to monitor the progress of TPP and ensure trade negotiators are acting in the best interest of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. Democrats and Republicans may not agree on everything, but both parties agree we need to create a brighter economic future for the next generation. Increased trade is a sure way to generate much-needed economic growth by creating new markets for U.S. goods and services without raising taxes or further increasing the national debt. As we head into 2012, I am confident this area will continue to be a bipartisan area of cooperation as we work to expand economic opportunity for all Americans.
Nebraska Agriculture: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities By Governor Dave Heineman Lincoln Office/State Capitol P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848 Phone: 402-471-2244 Fax: 402-471-6031
The 24th Annual Governor’s Ag Conference will be held February 15-16 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney. The theme for this year’s conference is “Nebraska Agriculture: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities.” This event presents an annual opportunity for agricultural producers and leaders to learn more about their industry, and to come together to help ensure this vital industry remains strong. While these dates are earlier than usual, we listened to the feedback of our conference attendees and worked hard to ensure that our event did not conflict with other large agriculture meetings. This year ’s speakers will include John Doggett who is the Senior Lecturer of International Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainability, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Doggett will discuss Nebraska’s agriculture role in the global economy of the future. Bruce Knight, the Principal and Founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions, will provide an update on the federal Farm Bill reauthorization. Mr. Knight is a former USDA Under
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Secretary and he will share insight on the farm policy picture and its potential impact on Nebraska. A statistic often heard is to feed an anticipated 9 billion people, farmers will need to double agricultural output by 2050 and perhaps even sooner. We will have two speakers who will address how Nebraska agriculture can respond to this challenge - Dr. Archie Clutter and Mr. Bill Holbrook. Dr. Clutter is with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska and he will explain how the University is positioning itself to be part of meeting the challenge to provide food to a growing world population. As a leading research institution, we are pleased to have him discuss their progress and ideas for the future. Mr. Holbrook is from The ProExporter Network, an agribusiness economic research and analysis provider, and he’ll discuss opportunities and challenges farmers will face in meeting food production demand. A panel of Nebraskans will join us to discuss their organizations and how they connect
consumers with farmers and ranchers. The panelists include Willow Holoubek from A-FAN, Dawn Caldwell from Common Ground Nebraska, and Pete McClymont with We Support Agriculture. Overall, the farm economy is doing well. Farmers and ranchers generally reinvest profits in their industry in order to improve their production capabilities for the future. They are making needed investments and improvements. They are putting additional conservation practices in place that improve the land and protect the environment. They are putting up new machine shops and bins, and they are paying down debt. When Nebraska agriculture does well, so does main street Nebraska. Registration information is available on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture website at www.agr.ne.gov or by calling 1-800-831-0550. I look forward to seeing Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers and agribusiness leaders at the 2012 Governor’s Ag Conference.
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It’s hard to believe 2011 has come to an end and my first term representing you in the U.S. Senate is at its midpoint. We’ve accomplished a lot this year, and I want to thank all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to meet with me. As 2011 draws to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect upon the year. We started right where we left off in 2010— working to repeal the burdensome 1099 mandate tacked onto the health care law. Repeal of 1099 was one of the first pieces of legislation I introduced in the new Congress, and I'm pleased that a bipartisan majority agreed with me. Repeal of this ill-advised mandate was signed into law by the President shortly thereafter, saving more than 40 million small businesses – our nation’s job creators – from a paperwork monsoon. The new Congress also brought about a new committee assignment, and throughout the year I used my position on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to push back against EPA’s regulatory overreach. My legisla-
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tion to exempt milk spills on dairy farms from being regulated in the same manner as oil spills raised the profile of this ludicrous EPA idea. I was pleased when EPA finally approved the exemption. I also worked hard to fight against the agency’s attempts to regulate farm dust. Facing the potential of an overwhelming bipartisan vote on my legislation, EPA Administrator Jackson announced the agency would back off the rule. I've also been working to ensure those affected by the Missouri River flooding are receiving assistance. I introduced legislation to ensure the flood victims are treated fairly and signed onto a bill that would ensure the Army Corps take the devastating flood of 2011 into consideration when preparing their 2012 plan. I witnessed firsthand extraordinary resolve as I visited affected communities to get a clear understanding of the challenges you face. Our debt and deficit remains a serious challenge in Washington, and I cosponsored a
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balanced budget amendment and voted for the only bill brought to the floor that made a serious effort to cut spending. I also spearheaded an effort with Senator Michael Bennet to bring together more than 60 Senators – 32 Republican and 32 Democrat – to urge President Obama to join us in solving our budget woes. We tackled many important issues this year, and I invite you to visit http://www.johanns.senate.gov for a full report. But our work is not done. Next year we must work even harder to rein-in government spending and control our ballooning debt. The federal bureaucracy continues its regulatory march. I will continue my work to stop the overreach and infuse some commonsense into regulations. Whether through email, on the phone, by signing up for my e-Update, or stopping by one of my offices to say hello, your insight is greatly valued and appreciated. After all, you are the reason Stephanie and I are so proud to call Nebraska our home. God bless.
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USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for January 2012 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for January 2012. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for January 2012 is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 in December 2011. For 1996 and subsequent crop year commodity and marketing assistance loans, the interest rate for loans disbursed during January 2012 is 1.125 percent, unchanged from 1.125 in December 2011. In accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill, interest rates for Farm Storage Facility Loans approved for January 2012 are as follows, 1.375 percent with seven-year loan terms, down from 1.500 in December 2011; 2.000 percent with 10-year loan terms, down from 2.125 in December 2011 and; 2.250 percent with 12-year loan terms, down from
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Country Grain Prices as of 1/3/12 Location
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Corn trade has continued to push higher this week due to South American weather concerns and chart buying. Heading into Thursday March futures are 14 cents higher on the week; the high printed on Tuesday was $.88 above the low printed in mid-December. Overall volume has picked up a little bit this week, but remains slow. The next big news is the Quarterly Stocks report due out next Thursday along with the final 2011 production estimates. The balance sheets will also be out with these supply side numbers. The bias is toward tighter balance sheets but market bears will question whether or not the rally this past month has priced this in. The weekly sales numbers are delayed until Friday morning due to the holiday week. The bulk of the South American crop is heading into pollination with hot temperatures and moisture levels that have been below to much below normal the past month. There is rain in the forecasts for Argentina and Brazil over the next week with questionable forecasts beyond that. This should produce choppy sideways action in the week ahead along with position squaring ahead of the very important USDA numbers next week. Besides the domestic numbers the trade will watch the latest South American production estimates closely due to the stressful weather there the past month. On the chart the March contract resistance is at $6.62, which is the 100-day moving average; first major support is at $6.27, which is the 50-day, then $6.15, the 20-day. Hedgers call with questions or to discuss your 2012-14 marketing plans.
Open . . .6.580 High . . .6.596 Low . . . .6.514 Close . . .6.516 Change .-0.066
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The wheat trade continued to move higher on spillover support from row crops and short covering on Tuesday, but we are back to mixed on the week heading into Thursday. The funds are still plenty short so there is further room for a rally on short covering, but for now that appears to have ended on Tuesday. The growing world wheat supplies continue to be the bear argument bringing in sellers on rallies. The weather picture and spillover support from the row crops should continue to limit downside. With the uncertainty in South American and the positive chart momentum bigger selling interest may stay away over the next week. I do expect some profit taking by recent longs to give us a few price breaks, but being patient, waiting selling the next rally / move to new highs, seems wise at this juncture. The weekly sales numbers are delayed until Friday. The USDA numbers domestically for wheat are not expected to garner much attention next week. The global carryover trend needs to turn; meaning move lower versus the December report, if there is any real fundamental hope of a continued rally in this market. Otherwise we need weather disruptions to production in 2012 to support a bull market. Hedgers call with questions.
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March 2012 Wheat (CBOT) - Daily Chart Open . . . .6.492 High . . . .6.502 Low . . . .6.414 Close . . .6.420 Change .-0.080
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March 2012 Soybeans (CBOT) - Daily Chart Open . . .12.300 High . . .12.336 Low . . .12.166 Close . .12.184 Change .-0.114
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Rus Finch, owner of Greenhouse in the Snow, checks the progress of his lemon tree which is currently producing fruit in the dead of winter. Finch sees his ultra-efficient greenhouses potentially opening a new agricultural market for the Nebraska Sandhills. Photo by Aaron Wade/Hemingford Ledger Greehouse in the Snow fabricates the greenhouses in six-foot sections. To save costs on freight, the company sells the metal frames and the Lexan glazing material. All of the other material needed to build the structure, is available locally. The cost of a 78-ft.-long unit is estimated at less than $18,000. "I think this is a great thing for schools," said Finch. "I was a D student throughout high school, but if they would have offered something like this, that would have kept my interest, I think I would have done better in school."
Finch recently assisted Garden County High School in building a 54-ft.-long greenhouse which will be used by their FFA program. He said this spring, Alliance High School will begin construction of their own Greenhouse in the Snow. After assisting with that project, Finch hopes to develop his company further, by hopefully drawing interest from food banks, nursing homes, community gardens and even prisons. For those wanting to find out more about Greenhouse in the Snow, contact Finch at (308) 762-3042 or by email at greenhouseinthesnow @hotmail.com.
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Nebraska Soybean Board Announces Call for Candidates (Lincoln, NE) There are three district seats on the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) eligible for election this year. Soybean producers in Districts 1, 3 and 6 are invited to run for election to the Nebraska Soybean Board by filing a candidacy petition by the April 15, 2012 deadline. The election of Board Members will be conducted via direct-mail ballots and candidate information will be provided to all producers residing within the district in which an election is to be held. NSB Board Members receive no salary but are reimbursed for expenses incurred while carrying out Board business and will serve a three-year term that would begin October 1, 2012. District seats open are: District 1: Counties of Antelope, Boyd, Cedar, Holt, Knox, Madison and Pierce.
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