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ISSUE DATE: 12/03/2012

Community works to keep its town thriving

By Larry Dreiling

In an era when it looks like small-town America is blowing away in a modern Dust Bowl, there are a number of places where community leaders and organizations have determined they're too tough to vanish and will keep pressing on.

Gothenburg, Neb., is one of those towns.

A city of 3,700 along the western part of Interstate 80, Gothenburg has roots as a place along the Pony Express Route and today is a place for scientific research, agricultural commerce and light industry. Four Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the community.

Like other farm towns during the 1980s, Gothenburg struggled with the bust in prices and subsequent threats of a few farm bankruptcies.

At that time, the city had one large employer--Goshen Rubber--which was recruited to Gothenburg in 1974. Now known as Parker Tech Seals-Nebraska, the company has 50,000 employees in 50 countries throughout the world including 70 in Gothenburg.


Bucklin School District receives $10,000 grant to support science aptitude in young students
Climatologist: No significant increase in precipitation expected this winter
Community works to keep its town thriving
Governor recognizes 'Small Business Saturday'
Hays holds Walk to End Alzheimer's event
Iowa Farm Bureau names new CFO
Kansas Hunger Atlas now available
Keep food safety in mind after power outage
K-State student wins $50,000 scholarship in essay contest
Loan default rates lower in rural communities
Mizzou Advantage makes first hire
Natural Resources Rendezvous features keynote by Bruce Vincent
Students to conduct research in India
Worst drought of century yet to come
YSA class completes a year of education


Ag Progress Show to focus on crops, beef production
Arkansas River Compact Administration to meet Dec. 6
ARS scientists develop insecticide apps
Drought induces increased grain prices
EQIP sign-up deadline is Dec. 21
Farm Bureau delegates maintain strong support for property rights
Farm Bureau offers grants for Iowa ag teachers
FSA conservation loans available
Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show planned
ISU Extension to host Crop Advantage series
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center: A new era for wheat farmers
Keep watch on wheat, canola for mites and moths
MU Grape and Wine Symposium set for Dec. 7
Natural resource groups raise funds through live auction
Natural Resources Conservation Service chief retires
Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo offers 2013 growing season information
Partial corn stover removal reduces management challenges
Scientists identify insect-repelling compounds in Jatropha
Scientists sequence wheat genes
Seed potato certification webcast featured in 'Focus on Potato'
Tulsa Farm Show expands exhibit areas
UNL Extension TV program airs in December
UNL offers 2013 nutrient management calendars
Weed management today brings better yields tomorrow
Winter wheat emergence improves


2013 Beef Empire Days Feeder Cattle Challenge set Dec. 8
American Akaushi Association holds first convention
Brahman breeders hold convention
Cattle industry woes not improving
Cattlemen to gather at annual convention
CSU Extension to host cow/calf producer programs
Cull cow, bull sales down
Darnall Feedyard wins CAB Quality Focus Award
Drought conditions continue to affect livestock producers
Efficiency in hog production can offset higher feed costs
Flint Hills cowboy 'top hand' at WRCA Finals
Iowa State researchers seek right mix of bacteria in cattle
Kansan inducted into Hereford Hall of Merit
Karl Rove speaks KLA banquet
Missouri Cattlemen's Convention set for Dec. 11 to 13
Montana Stockgrowers to hold convention, trade show
National Western Stock Show commits to staying in Denver
NCBA: Pre-convention tour to highlight Florida's rich agricultural history
New Iowa Pork Industry Center director selected
OPSU bull test passes week four
OSU Horse Judging Team wins world championship
Preparing your barns for winter
Producers weigh options
Provide winter mineral nutrition for beef cows
Scholarship endowment exceeds funding goals
Show-Me-Select bred heifers average $1,953 at Kingsville sale
Stockgrowers joins lawsuit to defend COOL
USDA Dairy Heifer Raiser study examines management practices
Winter cattle feeding program set for Dec. 13
Wool Excellence Award to be presented


Different disasters, different responses
Reader is offended by Root's 'angry white men' reference
'Tis the season


A Mayan Bucket List
Are you ready to play defense, again?
Biased against both sides
Family well-being
For now: Cooperation rather than compensation for coexistence woes
Just a scoop full
Liquid fertilizers boost corn yields


Aberdeen cattle auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Cooler temps, continued dry conditions
Corn harvest complete
Corn, soybeans have double-digit gains
Cotton, soybean harvest complete
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Drought continued to hamper small grains
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction summary
Ft. Smith livestock sales
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional livestock market
Month mostly dry and warm
Most hay selling steady
Most parts of state remain dry
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Soil moisture concerning
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock market report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture levels decline
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm weather gives way to colder conditions
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat continued to be stressed by drought
Wheat rated in mostly fair to poor condition


Drought whittling away winter forage
Extension offers Rangeland Resource Management course
Prescribed Burning School dates set for 2013
Prescribed Burning Workshops scheduled
Ranchers seek alternatives to expensive winter hay
Shopping for feeds can cut cost of cow winter-hay supplements


Amazing holiday bites
Balancing ratio of does to bucks key to proper deer management
Calverton has a country farmhouse look
Deciding whether to cut back perennials or let them be
Deer harvest down from 2011
Easement on historic ranch conserves wildlife habitat
Experts advise cycle-soak watering of lawns
Food, mood linked to holiday eating
Gifts for gardeners
K-State to host horticultural events
Parent satisfaction
Plan for pets in emergencies
Quick breads make a quick gift
Watering landscape plants before winter
Wildlife checkpoint planned in northeast Kansas

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