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Broader competition for USDA's 'rural...
As Congress debates the farm bill in Washington, millions of dollars in rural development grants and loans are at stake. With budget cuts likely, there’s concern a tighter belt...
Federal funds flow to rural communities
The USDA's Rural Development Program doesn't get a lot of attention in the farm bill debate. More attention is given to farmers than farm towns. But supporters say it is a...
Farmers markets find more customers using food...
Food stamps are being targeted for cuts as Congress debates a new farm bill. 47 million Americans are enrolled in SNAP, including 1 out of 10 Nebraskans. Most of the money goes...
Heat, Drought Killing Nebraska's Evergreens
2012 was a record-setting hot and dry year—and a terrible one for trees. Thousands burned in wildfires, and thousands more were parched across the rest of Nebraska. Mark Harrell...
Cantaloupe growers come clean
Several deadly foodborne outbreaks have been tied to cantaloupe in recent years. In 2011, listeria from cantaloupe killed 33 people including one Nebraskan. Melon growers in...
Conservation acres harder to come by
For 27 years, the federal Conservation Reserve Program has taken land out of farming to improve water, provide habitat, and reduce erosion. But farmers have been enrolling less...
Kansas seeks turning point for rural communities
With populations declining, rural communities are searching for ways to convince young residents to return. In the state of Kansas, it actually pays to go back. A one-of-a-kind...
A Living History: The Importance of Holocaust...
After World War II, Nebraska became home to numerous Holocaust survivors. For the last 68 years, many of those survivors shared their stories with Nebraska students. But soon,...
Growing a local beer, farm to glass
The local food movement and craft brewing industry have each been booming for years. But the idea of creating a local craft beer is still something new. “Farm to glass" brewers...
'Brony' fandom carves out space for...
Forget Trekkies – there’s a new fandom in town, centered around a cartoon show created for little girls. Yet most of the fans? They’re males in their twenties. Take a peek inside...
History not on the side of death penalty repeal...
This week the Nebraska State Legislature considers a bill to repeal the use of capital punishment. During our research for the NET News documentary “…until he is dead: A History...
A Hot Mayor’s Race, and the Changing Face of...
Omaha politics are rarely dull. Such is the case again this spring, with a heated race for mayor of the state’s largest city. In today’s Signature Story, Mike Tobias of NET News...
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