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ISSUE: 08/25/2014

Nebraska wheat farmer leads by example


By Jennifer M. Latzke

It’s wheat harvest in southwest Nebraska and Dan Hughes is a bit concerned.

The winter wheat on his family’s farm near Venango, Nebraska, is some of the best he’s seen in years. But, with a hard rainstorm the night before, he may not be able to get equipment into the field this morning. And he knows every second of delay piles up at the scales.

“Half of our wheat is cut and we still have another half to cut,” Hughes said. “The weeds are starting to come on because of the extreme rains we’ve had.”

But Hughes has been farming long enough that he knows the sun will come out, the ground will dry up and harvest will be completed when Mother Nature chooses to cooperate. You just have to have patience and a Plan B.

Plan B means checking in on the phone with his son Tyler Hughes and daughter Ashley Colglazier to see what needs to be done around the farm during this rain delay.

Of all the hats Hughes wears—husband, father, brother, farmer, leader, political candidate—he takes pride in his emerging role as advisor to his grown children who returned to the family farm, and they are taking on more and more responsibilities. And he hopes, like his father before him, he’s set a good example for them to follow.

“Tyler and Ashley both went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” Hughes said. “In high school they both knew that they wanted to come back and farm on the family farm.” Dan and his wife Josie promised if that’s what their children wanted, then they would have all the support they would need.


Russia bans food from West in reaction to sanctions

By Larry Dreiling

Russia has banned most food imports from the West Aug. 7 in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

The announcement shows that while President Vladimir Putin doesn’t appear ready to heed Russian nationalists’ calls to send troops into Ukraine, he is prepared to inflict significant damage on his own nation in an economic war with the West.

The U.S. and the European Union (EU) have accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March, of supplying arms and expertise to a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and have sanctioned individuals and companies in Russia in retaliation. Moscow denies supporting the rebels and accuses the West of blocking attempts at a political settlement by encouraging Kiev to use brutal force to crush the insurgency.

The ban, announced by a somber Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a televised Cabinet meeting, covers all imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and milk products from the U.S., the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway. It will last for one year.

“Until the last moment, we hoped that our foreign colleagues would understand that sanctions lead to a deadlock and no one needs them,” Medvedev said. “But they didn’t, and the situation now requires us to take retaliatory measures.”






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