Fewer Christmas tree farms in Nebraska
Monday, 08 December 2014 10:57
The number of Christmas tree farms has dwindled in Nebraska and elsewhere across the nation.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports fewer people are establishing new Christmas tree farms, while current owners are retiring and selling their property to land developers.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture, the number of Nebraska acres for Christmas tree production decreased from nearly 1,100 in 2002 to almost 650 in 2012.
National numbers also have seen a similar decrease. In 2002, the federal agency reported about 14,700 producers harvesting almost 21 million trees. In 2012, almost 13,000 producers harvested about 17 million trees.
Gov. Heineman Reminds Nebraskans to Fly Flags at Half-Staff on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec 7th
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:10
Gov. Dave Heineman is reminding Nebraskans to fly flags at half-staff in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Sunday, Dec. 7.
"Lowering the flag is a way to remember the victims and honor the heroes of Pearl Harbor," Gov. Heineman said. "We must always remember their efforts and the sacrifices of all those who served in World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941, and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is an annual reminder of America's commitment to a free and just world."
Congress has designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and each year the President signs a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff