Nearly every state in the country has seen increases in the number of farms that welcome city dwellers to play on their property, and subsequently, the revenue they bring in from visitors. In Nebraska, from 2007 to 2012, the amount of money farms made from agritourism went up more than 65 percent. Luke Runyon of Harvest Public Media looks at how farmers are increasingly capitalizing on tourism opportunities.  http://bit.ly/1nykgS2

Nearly every state in the country has seen increases in the number of farms that welcome city dwellers to play on their property, and subsequently, the revenue they bring in from visitors. In Nebraska, from 2007 to 2012, the amount of money farms made from agritourism went up more than 65 percent. Luke Runyon of Harvest Public Media looks at how farmers are increasingly capitalizing on tourism opportunities.  http://bit.ly/1nykgS2

As of January, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services was responsible for a little more than 4,900 inmates. About one-fourth of them are in the Department’s Adult Education Program.

It costs taxpayers around $2.5 million a year.  “It’s a pre-investment. The majority of [inmates] are going to be out in 3-5 years. We want to make sure they can function in society,” said Mark Wentz, the adult education principal for Correctional Services.

Nebraska has museums dedicated to Latin American history, Jewish history, Czech history and even Welsh history, but none that focus on the experience of black Nebraskans. A group of dedicated Omahans is looking to change that, but it’s a tough road …Learn more in today’s Signature Story from Hilary Stohs-Krause.

Nebraska has museums dedicated to Latin American history, Jewish history, Czech history and even Welsh history, but none that focus on the experience of black Nebraskans. A group of dedicated Omahans is looking to change that, but it’s a tough road …

Learn more in today’s Signature Story from Hilary Stohs-Krause.

"I think the stereotype that’s associated with programming is definitely the 40-year-old man that lives in his mother’s basement, and it’s one of those fields where, as a woman, you feel you’re not going to be taken seriously."Women earn less than men in Nebraska, in part because the types of jobs women gravitate toward tend to have lower salaries. But two high-paying careers have garnered a lot of attention for their gender disparities, and only one for the reasons you might think.

"I think the stereotype that’s associated with programming is definitely the 40-year-old man that lives in his mother’s basement, and it’s one of those fields where, as a woman, you feel you’re not going to be taken seriously."

Women earn less than men in Nebraska, in part because the types of jobs women gravitate toward tend to have lower salaries. But two high-paying careers have garnered a lot of attention for their gender disparities, and only one for the reasons you might think.

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Two University of Nebraska at Omaha students have recently been selected out of hundreds of applicants to assist the Department of Homeland Security in the War on Terror.

Dan Harris, a UNO doctoral student, and Quinn Guilds, a master’s student, have earned the prestigious position from the…

Omaha Girls Rock Camp has been featured on prominent national website Jezebel:

According to Omaha Girls Rock organizer Val Nelson, over sixty-percent of the campers have never even held the instrument in their hand that they end up playing in front of hundreds of people at the end of the week. This is done through instruction and constant positive reinforcement. Girls walk away saying (through exit surveys) that they feel like they can “accomplish anything”.

In conclusion: This is the best, and I love it. Rock on, ladies!

At this year’s camp in early August, NET News reporter Hilary Stohs-Krause led a workshop for campers on music journalism. The girls interviewed each other for a camp-produced zine and learned how to use social media to promote their music.

Every day this week on NET News, we’re airing a special report on the aging American farmer, Changing Lands, Changing Hands. It’s produced in partnership with Harvest Public Media, and culminates Friday, July 12th with the premiere of the NET News documentary of the same name at 7 p.m. CT on NET-1/NET-HD. Watch a trailer for Changing Hands.

TODAY: NET News reporter Grant Gerlock reports on the growing number of American farm operators older than retirement age - 25 percent, compared with 5 percent of the workforce overall. But after decades of work, many aging farmers are comfortable. They’re making a good living likely own their farmland. And, although time is working against them, they’re in no hurry to give it up.

TUESDAY: Inevitably as they age, farmers can physically do less on their land. Sometimes, families anticipate the coming changes and plan for them. Often, transitions happen gradually…and in some unfortunate cases, change can be abrupt.

WEDNESDAY: It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream. 

THURSDAY: A recent report from the Census Bureau that says from 2010 to 2012 — for the first time ever — the overall population in rural American counties declined. We look at a rural farm town in Illinois where civic responsibilities weigh heaviest on the older set.

FRIDAY: The average American farmer is getting older - most recent census data shows the average age is 57 - and while that tells us who is farming now, it also shows who’s not. While the farming community continues to age, fewer young people are filling the ranks.The question is raised: Do young people even want to farm anymore?

“I think kids at this age - well, any age - should be known as a storyteller. And know that their life experiences will help them in storytelling and writing stories and becoming their own author and illustrators someday.”

Keenportz said it’s important to carry on the storytelling tradition, and that hearing stories helps children learn sequencing and recall details.

Storytelling Engages, Educates Children" - today’s Signature Story from NET News reporter Ariana Brocious