Lori Potter spent most of her nearly 44-year Nebraska newspaper career reporting on agriculture, natural resources and rural issues for the Kearney Hub. She’s also a veteran of the York News-Times and Alliance Times-Herald. Potter is president of the Nebraska Press Women and past president of the National Federation of Press Women.
Nearly 26 years ago, the federal government, Nebraska and two neighboring states agreed to a unique idea for managing the Platte River Basin. The plan that emerged from that process has endured, boosting conservation efforts and easing conflicts.
The market for hemp products, while rapidly growing, is still small and unstable. And there’s a continuing misperception that what hemp farmers are growing is illegal marijuana instead of what they are actually growing — a perfectly legal crop.