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2012 State 4-H Horse Exposition at Fonner State Park

 LINCOLN, Neb. -- Representing more than 70 counties across Nebraska, 414 youth riders will gather in Grand Island, Neb., from July 15-19 to compete in the 2012 Fonner State Park State 4-H Horse Exposition.
 4-H'ers who earned blue and purple ribbons at one of Nebraska's six district 4-H horse shows are qualified to compete in their specific events. Members enrolled in the 4-H horse project who did not qualify at the district level may still enter the showmanship and halter competitions at the


Envirothon Training Offered July 20 near Scottsbluff

Area students and educators who are interested in gaining tips, knowledge and insight for training a competitive Envirothon team are invited to attend an Envirothon training workshop July 20 at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Scottsbluff. The daylong workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. It is free and open to all science, agriculture, environment or natural resource teachers and any interested high school students. Lunch will be provided.

Workshop instructors will provide a general


NSP Applauds House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture preliminarily released today its farm bill draft slated for markup next week. On this matter, NSP released the following statement:
National Sorghum Producers applauds the direction taken by the House Agriculture Committee in developing a comprehensive and solid farm bill that has a stable foundation and can serve as the new cornerstone for future farm policy.
The text released today indicates producers will have the opportunity to choose the policy option


As The Farm Bill Goes So Goes Nebraska

By Senator Ben Nelson

Nebraska is an agriculture state. Our economy and thousands and thousands of jobs depend on how well agriculture is doing and much of agriculture’s health depends on what’s in the Farm Bill, which is why it was so important that the Senate passed a new one before the current bill expires on September 30, 2012.

How important is agriculture to Nebraska? Let me count just a few of the ways. According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska ranks first in the nation


Local Farmers’ Markets Offer Fresh, Healthy Options, Says TOPS

MILWAUKEE, WI – Searching for fresh, nutritious food?  Want alternatives to everyday ingredients?  To find healthy foods and unique products, you don’t have to look much farther than your “backyard.”  Local farmers’ markets provide less-processed, flavorful produce and other farm-fresh products that can add variety to your diet and keep you on track with healthy choices.  TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, explains the benefits of

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