EPDs: What Do All Those Numbers Mean?
It’s the time of year where mailboxes start to fill up with bull sale catalogs and fliers. It’s always enjoyable to look through the bulls, but so much more goes into selecting a herd sire than just a pretty picture. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) have been applied to improve the genetics of beef cattle for almost four decades. This edition of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Inside Profitability Series aims to give an opportunity to better understand how specific EPD data is derived and how producers can use the information to make better informed decisions.
Reverse Osmosis Grants Available to Property Owners
The Nebraska Department of Energy and Environment (NDEE) has opened the application process for property owners to install reverse osmosis units for their drinking water. This program, that runs through June 30, 2024, is an important step in addressing areas with increased nitrate levels in drinking water throughout the state, specifically in groundwater. Passage of the funds that were made available through federal ARPA dollars was a high priority for Nebraska Farm Bureau in 2022.