OCM Member Spotlight: Graham Christensen

Graham Christensen has been an OCM member since 2016. He’s a fifth generation Nebraska family farmer. You might also know him from his passionate work with his consulting business GC Resolve and the grassroots collective of farmers, tribal members, food coops, and organizations that he co-founded, RegeNErate Nebraska. The “drive to build communities from the soil up” is at the center of all his organizing and advocacy efforts. Continue reading

Planning Commission Recommends Proposed Livestock Feeding Operation Setbacks

Passing with a 7-2 vote the Burt County Planning Commission recommended proposed regulations to adjust the livestock feeding operation setbacks following a public hearing during its regular meeting Monday. This opens the county to the possibility of having more large animal feeding operations, including chicken operations. There have been chicken barns built in neighboring counties for Lincoln Premium Poultry, the Fremont facility processing chickens for Costco. Continue reading


This spring, Graham Christensen witnessed the worst flooding of his life. Hundreds of farmers in Nebraska saw their fields submerged in as much as four feet of water. Nebraska’s governor said the natural disaster caused the most extensive damage in the state’s 152-year history. All told, the state’s agriculture industry suffered an estimated $1 billion in losses.  Continue reading

Massive Costco chicken plant up and running despite concerns about the facility and suppliers

FREMONT — Costco’s rotisserie chickens are so popular that fans of the roasted fowl started their own Facebook page, a page that now has more than 17,000 followers. The cooked birds, which cost $4.99 apiece, are such a draw for the warehouse retailer that it chose Nebraska to launch its first venture in growing and processing its own chickens for its stores. Continue reading

Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers Push for Green New Deal Policies

LINCOLN, Neb. – Agriculture is the fourth largest producer of climate pollution, and farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass the Green New Deal, which supports regenerative family farm and ranching practices over industrial scale agribusiness.  Continue reading

It's only $4.99. But Costco's rotisserie chicken comes at a huge price

At the back of Costco's stores, past the televisions, jewelry, jumbo-sized ketchup jugs and tubs of mixed nuts, is one of the retailer's most prized items: The rotisserie chicken that costs just $4.99.   Continue reading

In Nebraska, fight over Costco chicken farms escalates

As Nebraska’s brand-new Costco chicken processing plant begins sending birds down the line in Fremont, residents are escalating their protest against the company by pushing for a statewide moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Continue reading

One Private Equity Fund Could Own a Quarter of the Chicken Houses for Costco’s Nebraska Project

Three years ago, Costco announced plans to create a vertically integrated chicken business that would supply 40 percent of the retailer’s chicken needs. The corporation is working to build a feed mill and processing plant in Fremont, Nebraska that will create up to 1,000 jobs and strike growing contracts with 70-100 farmers, introducing large-scale poultry production to the state. Continue reading

Regenerative farming could be good for soil and pocketbook

Farmers set a course for the future, by going back to the way it was.  For Clay Govier, that means raising crops beyond the ones he’s always grown. “It's tough to make a good living growing corn and soybeans anymore,” he said.  He'd like to grow peas, kidney beans, sunflowers, and other crops too.  “We really need to get back to growing food people eat,” the Broken Bow farmer said. At the same time, he wants to integrate livestock and manure instead of synthetic fertilizer, while capturing more carbon.   “Improving the soil. A lot of people talk about sustainability. I don't want to sustain what we have,” Govier said, saying sustainability falls short when farmers can be regenerative. Continue reading

Project taps citizen scientists to gauge water quality across Nebraska

A team of researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln needs the help of curious people. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, professor of civil engineering, is seeking citizen scientists to conduct water tests in August for a program that’s aiming to track water quality across the state, while also keeping Nebraskans safe. Bartelt-Hunt and her research team are asking volunteers to test well water one time between August 26th to September 9 with a kit provided through the program. The goal is to measure nitrates, nitrites and phosphates in groundwater statewide. Continue reading