Items by Pete Letheby

Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
A ‘livestock-friendly’ industry has massive problems, from groundwater contamination to greenhouse gas emissions.
Farmers team up with Humane Society on behalf of animals
Nebraska’s 22 mountain lions in the crosshairs
Nebraska’s 22 mountain lions in the crosshairs
The larger question looms: Who "owns" wildlife in this state?
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
Farmers in Nebraska are feeling the pressure from groups that demand better treatment for animals on factory farms.
A more colorful future awaits Nebraska
A more colorful future awaits Nebraska
As the Latino population of Nebraska grows, some locals worry, while others rejoice in the state's increasing diversity.
Great Plains aura
Great Plains aura
On an abandoned farm in South Dakota, the spirits of the author's ancestors seem to hover in the air.
Like it or not, corn is in every meal
Pete Letheby believes that King Corn and its byproducts, particularly the high-fructose corn syrup that’s in almost everything we eat, are to blame for the nation’s obesity and its agricultural pollution.
Western water is petering out
Pete Letheby says the West is headed for a hotter and drier future, and this time, as farmer Gerald Spangler warns him, we’re running out of groundwater.
Bring on the immigrants
Bring on the immigrants
Pete Letheby says the vanishing towns of the Great Plains and Midwest ought to open a welcoming door for immigrants.
Corn ethanol isn't all it's cracked up to be
The writer likes ethanol, but not when it's made with corn
Lions and tigers and wolves, oh my, even in the Midwest
The writer says lions are moving east into Nebraska and other Midwestern states
Who took the 'farm' out of the Farm Bureau?
Despite its name, the Farm Bureau doesn't care much for farmers.
Who took the 'farm' out of the Farm Bureau?
The writer says the American Farm Bureau Federation speaks for agribusiness but not the family farmer
Thanks, Frank and Deborah Popper, for pointing the way
Pete Letheby admits that two New Jersey professors were dead right about the coming of a Buffalo Commons on the Great Plains
A river, a bird and a flock of untruths
In Nebraska and its neighboring Plains states, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other employees are again taking shots right and left from critics.
The name might be green, but not the group
The writer warns readers to be wary of organizations' names, which can be deceiving as to their missions.
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