Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Center explores alternative beehive structures in new project

The honey industry has experienced a drop in the number of bee hives in production in the past decade. This decline is a result of a number of pressures on bee health and beekeeper retirement.

However, beekeeping as a supplemental farm income has increased in popularity over the past several years. Among the new beekeepers entering this industry are women, senior farmers, and those with disabilities. These newcomers are likely to struggle with the most commonly used beehive structure, the Langstroth hive, which can be large and heavy.

Programs could help veterans become next generation of producers 

With the average age of a U.S. farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, military veterans have a key role to play as the nation looks for the next generation of producers.

To do so, veterans will need assistance overcoming barriers, such as accessing land and the lack of assets or cash flow to purchase land, equipment, and farm inputs.

Access to credit is an important component of most farming operations, especially for new and beginning producers.

Beginning Farmer Tax Credit benefits new and retiring farmers

Ask any beginning farmer or rancher about the greatest challenge to starting an operation, and the most common answer is access to land and operational assets.

A program bringing together asset owners and new farmers aims to lessen those barriers.

Through Nebraska’s Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act, administered under the NextGen program title, asset owners can earn state income tax credit each year, for three years, when they rent land or agriculture assets to approved beginning farmers.

Determinación en Nebraska - Familias Latinas con la ayuda del Centro vadean recursos de inundación

Antes de las inundaciones de la primavera en Fremont, Nebraska, la pequeña empresa agrícola de Hilda Moreno estaba prosperando.

Su hijo mayor Carlos es dueño de un negocio próspero de huevos, y tiene una lista de clientes en espera para sus huevos orgánicos. Sus planes es de añadir pollos de engorde a su negocio de huevos.  Carlos siempre está analizando maneras de ampliar y desarrollar su negocio,como la venta de huevos de ganso y patos.

Nebraska strong: Latino families wade through flooding resources with the help of Center staff

Before this spring’s flooding in Fremont, Nebraska, Hilda Moreno’s small family farm business was thriving. 

Her 13-year-old son, Carlos, owns an egg business where he had customers on a waiting list because the business was booming. His plans were to add broiler chickens to his existing enterprise. Carlos, who is always thinking of ways to diversify, such as selling goose and duck eggs, was eager to grow his business. 

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