Agricutural News

Gov. Heineman & Nebraska Cattlemen Honor Conservation Efforts for Earth Day

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman was joined by the Nebraska Cattlemen and the Sand County Foundation in announcing the recipient of the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award as the Pelster family of Pelster Angus Ranch of Ericson, in central Nebraska. The award is presented annually to private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and

Investment by Nebraska corn farmers nearly $3 billion to plant 9.4 million acres

LINCOLN, NE – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nebraska corn farmers will plant 9.4 million acres of corn, about 94% of last year’s total of 9.95 million acres.

With Nebraska corn farmers’ intentions of planting 9.4 million acres of corn this year, farmers will spend about $280 per acre to get the crop in the ground and off to a good start, based on

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC Names Lee Terry 'Friend of Agriculture'

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rep. Lee Terry has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Terry is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska and it’s also crucial to Omaha’s economic vitality through the large number of

USMEF Among Organizations Receiving 2014 USDA Funds to Support Exports

More than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations focusing on expanding exports – including the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) – were awarded funds yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, was announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"Now that Congress has

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC Names Adrian Smith 'Friend of Agriculture'

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rep. Adrian Smith has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Smith is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District.

“Congressman Smith has a thorough knowledge of Nebraska agriculture and how it is affected by federal policies and regulations. He

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Sp

St. Paul, Minn - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. USDA is taking this latest

US Corn Exports to Middle East and North Africa Continue Upward Trend

After two consecutive years of low market share for U.S. corn exports to the Middle East and North Africa, the 2013-14 marketing year has seen a sharp rebound in U.S. corn sales and shipments to the region. From the beginning of the marketing year through April 10, outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East are more than 2.8 million metric tons (110

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC Names Jeff Fortenberry 'Friend of Agricultur

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Fortenberry is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District.

“Congressman Fortenberry has been a strong proponent of biofuels and renewable energy production, including wind and

Johanns Writes FDA on Proposed Livestock Feed Rule

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed.  As first proposed, the rule would add new requirements to producers of distillers grains –

Statewide Agricultural Land Valuations Double Since 2009

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation,
LINCOLN, NEB.,– “Yesterday the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division released the real property value percentage change by property type from 2013 to 2014. As expected, agricultural land valuations again increased, this time by 29.12 percent over the previous

Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

"We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today," said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending April 13, 2014, above normal temperatures and dry conditions during the week gave way to precipitation in the form of rain and snow on Sunday, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  High winds created blizzard conditions across the west and south.  Precipitation totals were heaviest in eastern counties, but lighter amounts

Cattle Group Urges Secretary Jewell to Cease Armed Confrontation with Nevada Ran

Billings, Mont. - In a strongly worded letter sent yesterday to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, R-CALF USA urged her to cease her ongoing efforts to confiscate cattle owned by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family, an action that would effectively drive the Bundy family out of the cattle business.

This week the U.S. Department of the

AMPI Young Cooperators elect officers

NEW ULM, Minn.— Dustin Dobberstein of New Richland, Minn., is the 2014 Young Cooperator (YC) chairman for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). Fellow YCs elected the dairy farmer during the spring annual meeting of the Midwest milk marketing cooperative. The YC program provides educational and leadership opportunities to AMPI members age 40 and under.

"AMPI YCs get a

Nebraska Cattlemen Pleased with Passage of LR 399

Immigration reform is an issue of great importance to many in agriculture, especially to Nebraska Cattlemen. Due to needed updates in current immigration laws and that the beef industry relies on immigrants as a substantial portion of its labor force, Nebraska Cattlemen supports federal and state immigration reform.

On April 10, LR399 introduced by Senator John Wightman, a resolution which

Grants Offered to Revitalize School Landscapes

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska schools have an opportunity to revitalize their landscapes while educating students about the environment through a grant from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in partnership with the Nebraska Forest Service. Funds are provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.
Grants will be available to Nebraska elementary, middle

Johanns, Fischer to Federal Agencies: Halt Scheme to Regulate Livestock Emission

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer (R-Neb) and several of their Republican colleagues today called on the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop pursuing regulations on livestock emissions. If enacted, the new regulations could cost medium-sized dairy farms up to $22,000 and medium-sized cattle

Shortage of Ag Teachers in Nebraska Prompts New School Loan Assistance Program

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture unveiled an Agriculture Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance Program during the FFA State Convention in Lincoln April 10. The Foundation is supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“Nebraska is facing a critical shortage of agricultural education teachers. The good news is that agriculture education and FFA is

EPA Strategic Plan Charts Direction for Next Four Years

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan today, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment across the country.

The plan envisions a new era of partnerships with state and local governments, tribes, federal agencies, businesses, and industry leaders to

New Poll: For 3rd Year in a Row, Americans Overwhelmingly Support the RFS

WASHINGTON — For the third year in a row, Americans, by an overwhelming majority, consistently support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other key federal initiatives supporting the expanded use of ethanol. A new national poll conducted by American Viewpoint found 65 percent of adults support the RFS, while just 26 percent are opposed. Support for the RFS has been steadily rising. In

NMPF Praises Introduction of Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

ARLINGTON, VA –The National Milk Producers Federation today applauded introduction of legislation establishing federal standards for the safety and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Under the bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the Food and Drug Administration will set standards for companies that

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Honors Fullerton, Palmyra Teachers as FFA Advisor

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (NFB Foundation for Agriculture) along with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Ag Promotion Committee, selected the two recipients for the FFA chapter Advisors of the Year award: Kevin Wetovick of the Fullerton FFA Chapter and Ken Malone of the Palmyra FFA Chapter.

The teachers were chosen based upon their school and community

Feedstock, Equipment, Conservation, Farm and Energy Groups Tell EPA Not to Compr

A team of 25x'25 value chain partners met with Janet McCabe, Acting EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, to outline concerns over the agency's proposal to reduce biofuel blending requirements this year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

 Participants in the meeting coordinated by 25x'25 included representatives of the American Soybean

Nebraska Cattlemen Becomes Member of USMEF

Nebraska Cattlemen is excited to announce its membership in the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). At the April 1, 2014 NC Board of Directors meeting, it was decided that membership with USMEF was of utmost importance in continuing NC’s core objective of becoming the global beef epicenter.

“The mission of Nebraska Cattlemen is, “Working for Nebraska beef producers –

NMPF Statement on Introduction of House Bill Blocking Changes in FDA Regulation

From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF:
“The National Milk Producers Federation supports the legislation introduced this week by four House members to stop the Food and Drug Administration from making it harder to use beer by-products in animal feed. We need to keep the brew in the moo on our farms, and this legislation is a signal that the FDA needs to

Nebraska Soybean Farmers Encourage Everyone to Celebrate Soyfoods Month

LINCOLN, Neb– April is National Soyfoods Month, and Nebraska soybean farmers encourage their neighbors to explore ways to incorporate all the benefits of adding soy to their families’ diets along with soy-fed beef, pork, and poultry products.

Karen Brokaw has contracted with the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) for the past 15 years to promote soyfoods and says she has seen a

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Ethanol on Capitol Hill

At a hearing of the Senate Ag Committee on the importance of renewable fuels, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was one of several voices to talk about the many benefits of corn-based biofuels, such as the higher fuel performance he has seen in more than five million miles of racing since the E15 ethanol blend was introduced in the 2011 racing season.


"I think expanding and


LINCOLN, NE, April 7, 2014 -- For the week ending April 6, 2014, precipitation in the form of snow and rain was light and averaged less than half an inch of moisture across most of Nebraska, providing little or no relief from dry conditions, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Southwestern counties continued to experience severe or extreme drought. Temperatures

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce the Customer Protection and End-User Rel

WASHINGTON – Reps. Frank Lucas, Collin Peterson, K. Michael Conaway, and David Scott introduced H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act. This legislation is a bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve the operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as address concerns relating to protecting customers from another market failure such as

Countdown to Quality for FREE BQA Certification

Only one week remains to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified and take advantage of the free offer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). Visit to take advantage of the open certification period through April 15, 2014. Anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy – or transports cattle is encouraged to become certified.

BIVI will

Despite Supply Concerns, Red Meat Exports Remain Strong in February

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef sales to Mexico in the first two months of 2014

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistanc

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

"These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many

Sens. Roberts and Baldwin Fight to Protect U.S. Producers Against Ridiculous EU

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), joined by Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and others, fought attempts by the European Union (EU) to impair U.S. trade by restricting the ability of U.S. producers to use the common names of meat products like bologna and black forest ham at home and abroad.

“This is totally

U.S. Senate Moves To Protect Bratwurst and Bologna from EU Over-Reach on Geograp

(Washington D.C.) The U.S. Senate is keeping up the pressure on the European Union (EU) to not hamper U.S. production and exports through the appropriation of common food names. This time the focus is on commonly used meat names, such as “bologna” and “black forest ham”. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the

Sen. Johanns wants EPA to conduct job impact analysis

Nebraska U-S Senator Mike Johanns is co-sponsoring a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to follow through with a required job impact analysis of its regulations before implementing any major new rules.

Senator Johanns says back in 1977 the Clean Air Act required the administration to conduct continuing evaluations on potential job loss due to EPA regulations. Johanns

Local K-State veterinary students receive scholarship awards from Zoetis and Ame

MANHATTAN — Eighteen students at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are recipients of scholarships from global animal health company Zoetis in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The Zoetis/American Veterinary Medical Foundation Student Scholarship represents an ongoing commitment by Zoetis to invest in the future of the veterinary

Swine specialist studying spread of PED in pig feed

MANHATTAN — The number of pigs and hogs in the United States is the lowest it's been in seven years, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One of the main reasons for the decrease is a virus that's been killing almost 100 percent of the baby pigs it infects. It's called porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, and it entered the United States

Potato inspectors patrol seed stores in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska has three inspectors trying to make sure that potato seeds sold in the state are free of pests to protect growers.

Two of the inspectors from the state Department of Agriculture recently quarantined nine boxes of potato seeds at a Lincoln True Value hardware store

The store's owners didn't have paperwork needed to prove the seeds were free of the

Nebraska Cattlemen Welcomes New South Central Field Staff, Mackenzie Johnston

Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce the hire of Mackenzie Johnston as South Central Field Staff. She will be responsible for assisting with member recruitment and retention efforts in the south central region.  She will also help local affiliates with meeting coordination, membership drives and related activities.   

Johnston holds a Bachelor’s of Animal Science with

NCGA Joins REAP Initiative as Founding Partner

ST. LOUIS– At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s  Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), the ATIP Foundation (Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership) has established a public-private partnership to enhance research on sustainable soil health for multiple land uses in agriculture. The National Corn Growers Association has joined USDA and

Nebraska Corn Producers Return from Mission Excited About Brazilian Biofuels

LINCOLN, NE—A group of Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.

The objective of this joint mission was to gain a better understanding of Brazil’s role in the worldwide market of energy and agriculture and determine how Nebraska and the United States can

Colorado Firm Recalls Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken Products Due To Misbrandin

WASHINGTON– American Outdoor Products, a Boulder, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 633 pounds of dehydrated Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The products were formulated with milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not

Feeding America Food Banks Have Crucial Need for More Milk

ST. PAUL, Minn. – That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in many of America’s food banks.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That will soon change with

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backed Farm Truck Bill Passes, Provides Regulatory Relief

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska farmers and ranchers can look forward to regulatory relief in the area of farm truck regulations thanks to the passage of a bill supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau. Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 983 into law March 28 after state lawmakers gave final approval to the measure. The law includes provisions designed to bring Nebraska farm truck regulations in line with

Gov. Heineman Approves More Than $400 Million in Tax Relief for Nebraskans

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska taxpayers will receive more than $412 million in tax relief over the next five years. He signed several tax relief bills into law at a news conference where he noted the relief as responsible, meaningful and significant.

“I am pleased that Nebraska taxpayers will be receiving more than $412 million in tax relief,

Peterson Statement on Ryan Budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., made the following statement regarding the Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2015.

“The Ryan budget proposal is more of the same from a House Majority that seems to prefer political messaging over achieving real results.

“Turning SNAP into a block grant would only create an

Prepare for PEDV Ahead of Show Season

LINCOLN-PEDv presents a very serious issue that requires careful attention from hog exhibitors. PEDv poses no danger to humans or to the safety of the food supply.

However, now is the time to educate and plan on how to deal with the many questions and challenges associated with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).

In light of the devastating effects of PEDV, swine health protocols should


LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014, was 3.05 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 2 percent from March 1, 2013, but down 2 percent from December 1, 2013.

Breeding hog inventory, at 400,000 head, was up 3 percent from March 1, 2013, and up 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.65

BPI Suit Against ABC News Moves Forward

A South Dakota state court judge ruled last week to allow most of Beef Products Incorporated’s defamation case against ABC News to proceed. The judge didn’t rule on whether defamation occurred - but that 22 of the 27 claims allow BPI to continue its case against the network and Jim Avila and Diane Sawyer.

The judge says the entirety of the broadcasts can be reasonably interpreted

April 15, Deadline Nears to File Candidacy Petitions for Nebraska Soybean Board

Lincoln, NE - There are two district seats on the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) eligible for election this year. Soybean farmers in Districts 5 and 7 are invited to run for election to the Nebraska Soybean Board by filing a candidacy petition by the April 15, 2014 deadline. The election will be conducted via direct-mail ballots and candidate information will be provided to all soybean farmers

Gov. Heineman Vetoes $65 Million in Budget

(Lincoln, Neb.)Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted many areas of agreement in state funding priorities. He also issued his line-item vetoes in LB 130, LB 905 and LB 906, which constitute the Legislature’s adjustments to the mid-biennium budget for fiscal years 2013-2015. Gov. Heineman noted that by vetoing millions of dollars of new spending, those taxpayer funds could instead be used for

COOL: U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Preliminary Injunction Request

 USCA (March 31, 2014) - In a unanimous decision, a three judge panel of  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit seeking to halt the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program.  The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) praised the Appellate Court ruling, which

Apply to Represent the U.S. Sheep Industry at the World Young Shepherd Challenge

The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Young Entrepreneur Committee is spearheading the search for two candidates to represent the U.S. sheep industry at the 2nd World Ovinpiades competition in France on Sept. 28 - Oct. 4. Twenty countries have been invited to enter two participates in this two-day competition where contenders will challenge each other in multiple proficiency areas

DuPont Pioneer Study Reveals Yield-Limiting Factors for Continuous Corn

Maximizing yield with continuous corn (CC) fields is more difficult than with corn-soybean rotations (CS). This is true even with intensively managed CC systems, as yield-limiting factors are not fully understood. A recent six-year study conducted by DuPont Pioneer agronomists in Illinois reported that CC yielded 25 fewer bu/acre than CS, and identified three factors — soil nitrogen (N)

House Passes Legislation to Provide Public Input in National Monument Designatio

WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments (EPIC) Act with a vote of 222-201. The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applaud this action to give local governments, ranchers and other stakeholders a voice in the national monument designation process.


LOS ANGELES– Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally May 1, 2014. The film will be distributed via D&E Entertainment in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will be carrying the film including: Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres and many key independent


ST. LOUIS (March 26, 2014) – Monsanto Company has announced that six new recipients will be awarded research grants as part of the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program.  The program, which started in early 2013 and recently was extended to 2016, provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for outstanding research projects that address

Food Processing Center Offers Seminar for Food Business Entrepreneurs

            LINCOLN, Neb. — Food manufacturing businesses continue to develop throughout the country. The Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the National Food Entrepreneur Program to assist individuals that want to start a food business. This program is celebrating its 25th year of assisting

Family-Owned Cardinal Farms of Dakota City Named SBA's 2014 Nebraska Small Busin

OMAHA –Cardinal Farms, a family-owned agricultural firm in Dakota City, has been named the Nebraska Small Business of the Year for 2013 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The company, run by president and chief executive officer Doug Garwood (see attached picture) along with his son Scott, who serves as vice-president and chief operating officer, has more than tripled revenues

Lucas: Borlaug's Legacy Reminds Us to Continue Work

WASHINGTON – Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement on the dedication of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue that is part of the National Statuary Hall Collection of the U.S. Capitol.

"It is fitting that we honor our nation's great agricultural pioneer on National Ag Day. Dr. Borlaug's groundbreaking work to advance

AMPI reports $1.8 billion in sales

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— Leaders of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced that the dairy marketing cooperative recorded sales of $1.8 billion and earnings of $7.5 million in 2013. The annual business meeting of the cooperative owned by 2,600 Upper Midwest dairy farmers concludes tomorrow at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.

“Our manufacturing capacity and

APHIS Posts February 2014 Scrapie Report

The February 2014 report for the National Scrapie Eradication Program has been posted to Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the report reviews the current progress of scrapie eradication in the United States.

Since the start of Regulatory

Connecticut Stands Up For Family Hog Farmers' Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Pork Producers Council thanked the Senate Environment Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly for standing with local Connecticut farmers by defeating a measure banning the use of gestation stalls, a safe and humane form of housing pregnant sows.
Proponents Friday attempted to add language outlawing gestation stalls – stripped earlier

Biofuel Trade Organizations Ask for Extension of Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives

WASHINGTON — A group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives – the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and

Winners Announced in Farm Video Contest

The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are pleased to announce three Nebraska classrooms who were selected as grand prize winners in their Day @ the Farm video contest. The two organizations teamed up to host the Day @ the Farm video contest to promote agricultural literacy.

Winning classrooms will go on an all-expense-paid field trip to farms or

U.S., Canadian Pork Industries Collaborate with Feed Industry, Others on PEDV

Des Moines, Iowa  - More than 60 people representing the U.S. and Canadian pork, feed and other allied industries recently participated in a meeting on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) hosted by the National Pork Board, and in collaboration with the National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American Feed Industry Association, the National

Celebrating Agriculture

By: Senator Mike Johanns

In Nebraska, where agriculture is our top industry, we have a great understanding and appreciation for how our food gets to the table.  We know how much work goes into growing our food products, and we know quality when we see it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in many parts of our country.

Often in our nation’s urban hubs, the closest many

Ag Producers' Confidence Remains Slightly Positive

OMAHA, Neb.– Overall agriculture producer confidence remains unchanged since last March despite a drop in producers’ feelings about their current situation, according to the latest DTN/The Progressive Farmer (DTN/PF) Agriculture Confidence Index.
Producers’ overall confidence remained somewhat positive at 106.9, up slightly from 105.5 last December and unchanged from

Authorities, ID Neb. grain elevator worker killed

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified a grain elevator worker killed in a southeast Nebraska anhydrous ammonia explosion.

Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith says 63-year-old John Bennett, of Greenwood, was killed in the Thursday night blast at the Tecumseh branch of the Midwest Farmer's Co-Op.

A 911 call reported the explosion around 6 p.m. Thursday. Rescue crews took

Survey: Nebraska farmland value rose 5 pct in year

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A report on preliminary findings say farmland land rose about 5 percent in value over the past year.

The annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market survey report says the value rose to nearly $3,200 an acre.

Survey reporters reported gains for all the farmland classes for the period Feb. 1, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014. The figures are preliminary; a final report will be


 LINCOLN, NE, March 21, 2014 -- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.50 million cattle on feed on March 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 3 percent from last year.

Placements during February totaled 430,000 head, up 26 percent from 2013. This is the largest number of placements for February

Nebraska Students Selected to Participate in National Ag Day Program

(LINCOLN, NE) – Six students were selected as delegates to represent Nebraska for the National Ag Day on the Hill program.  The Ag Day on the Hill program allows college students from Nebraska to join with other students from across the country to learn more about policy, natural resources and agriculture. Natural resources districts (NRDs) protect the future of natural resources by

Burke Scholarship Deadline Extended by The Upper Big Blue NRD

 YORK, NE --The Upper Big Blue NRD is extending the deadline of the 2014 Raymond A. Burke Scholarship to Friday April 25th.  The Burke Scholarship will award $2,000 each to two qualified students who reside in the District to be used for their college/university education with a study emphasis in natural resources. 
The family of Raymond A. Burke established this

DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Research Identifies Optimum Economic Plant Populations

Whether corn prices are high or low, growers can maximize their income by selecting the optimum plant population for their acres.
With a new corn yield world record of 454.98 bushels per acre set in 2013, growers who plant elite hybrids understand the genetic yield potential is built into their seed. Steve Butzen, DuPont Pioneer agronomy information manager, says the key decision at


Denver, Colo. -- The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) spearheaded a letter strongly supporting sufficient funding for the critical programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Wildlife Services (WS). The letter, delivered to leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, boasted signatures from 169 organizations

NCGA Hosts Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Team

The National Corn Growers Association hosted guests from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Chicago Branch today for a series of presentations on the U.S. corn crop outlook  for 2014, recent trends in demand and supply, and updates on trade negotiations, the farm bill, and transportation and infrastructure. This annual visit provides an opportunity to build relationships and foster

U.S. Soybean Farmers Committed to Protecting the Environment

ST. LOUIS– March 25 is National Agriculture Day, a day to celebrate American farmers for their commitment to the land they farm and the people who use the food, feed, fuel and fiber they produce. In recent years, U.S. soybean farmers have grown more efficient in growing their crops, increasing yields while decreasing the size of their environmental footprint.

“U.S. soybean farmers


CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (March 18, 2014) – The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) announced that its board of directors has appointed Randy Krotz as chief executive officer, effective immediately.

A recognized leader in the agribusiness community and active on his family farm in Kansas, Krotz joined USFRA as vice president of development in 2013 and most recently served as

Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Through the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), a Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is being made available for sheep-related graduate studies. The scholarship is for the advancement of the sheep, lamb and wool industry through financial support of a graduate-level (MS or Ph.D.) student attending a school in the United States.


American Agri-Women Launches 'Call to Power' Membership Campaign on National Ag

March 17, 2014, WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Agri-Women (AAW) will kick off its membership campaign, “Call to Power,” on March 25, National Agriculture Day. The campaign’s theme urges women to join the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, which includes more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliates.

“Since 1974, women

Extreme Winter Weather May Not Knock Out Insects and Disease

DES MOINES, Iowa– Extreme cold and snow cover in many parts of the country have growers guessing about the weather’s impact on pest pressures in the upcoming planting and growing season. DuPont Pioneer researchers say this winter’s weather could have some impact on pest populations, but many pests are just lying in wait.

“We see pest problems every year,

Tolman to Retire as NCGA Chief Executive Officer

ST. LOUIS– The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre.

“Earlier this week, Rick Tolman shared with the NCGA Corn Board his desire to step down as chief executive officer of NCGA at the end of September.

“Rick has been a tireless advocate for corn farmers and our organization. However, Rick told us – as much as he loves

NARD Board Elects Officers

New officers were elected during the March Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Board meeting. Terry Martin from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (UPNRD) was elected President.  Martin has served 14 years on the URNRD Board and currently is board chair, and has served seven years as an NARD Board representative.  Martin previously held the Vice President and

ASA Honors Stabenow with Soy Champion Award

The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) with the Soy Champion Award at the annual March meeting of ASA's board of directors in Washington, D.C. this morning. The award recognizes Chairwoman Stabenow for her outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of soybean farmers.

ASA Michigan Director Matt Stutzman, who farms

USDA Announces Support for Smarter Lunchrooms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $5.5 million in new grants to support schools as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools are successfully meeting new meal nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and

Draft EIS comment period closes with strong show of support for Enlist

Voices from across American agriculture have united in strong support of new technology they say is urgently needed for the nation’s farms. Farmers, weed scientists, specialty crop growers, members of Congress, state legislators and the public provided comments and more than 15,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of Enlist corn and soybeans. USDA

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2014

WASHINGTON — Farm banks significantly increased agricultural lending by 9 percent in 2013 and held $87.8 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report.
Asset quality continued to improve at farm banks as non-performing loans declined to 1.22 percent of total loans, close to pre-recession levels.

NFU Concludes 112th Anniversary Convention

SANTA FE, N.M. – Today National Farmers Union (NFU) concluded its 112th anniversary convention in Santa Fe, N.M. The four-day event drew nearly 600 family farmers, ranchers and fishermen from across the country and featured a number of high-profile speakers.

“This year’s convention was a tremendous success,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The convention is the

ADM to Build Specialty Protein Plant in Campo Grande, Brazil

DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced plans to construct a soy protein production complex in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, representing an investment of approximately US$250 million.

The complex, which will be located next to ADM’s existing soybean processing facility in Campo Grande, will manufacture a range of

Pork Industry Launches Three-Prong Strategy to Stem PEDV Spread

The National Pork Board has announced additional funds earmarked for research in the fight against the further spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), which was first identified in the United States last May. The funds - $650,000 through supplemental funding approved by the Pork Checkoff at last week's Board meeting and

Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Honored at Pork Forum

Kansas City, Mo. - March 10, 2014- The National Pork Board today honored four farms as recipients of the Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award at the annual National Pork Industry Forum. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and to serving their local communities.

The award recipients

Coated Seeds Could Encourage an Early Start for Spring Planting

By Ann Perry
Seedling success sometimes depends on a good coverup, according to research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant physiologist Russ Gesch has determined that sowing seeds protected by a thin polymer layer can help northern Corn Belt farmers optimize spring planting schedules. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research

Pork Industry Honors Dr. Maynard Hogberg with Distinguished Service Award

Kansas City, Mo.- The National Pork Board honored Maynard Hogberg, Ph.D., as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award on March 8. Hogberg is professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.

The award was presented during the National Pork Industry Forum, the industry's annual business meeting. The award is given annually to recognize the lifelong

Governor's Ag Conference Overview

By Governor Dave Heineman
March 7, 2014


Dear Fellow Nebraskans:


On March 5 and 6, I hosted the 26th annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney.  This annual event always provides those in attendance with a wide variety of information about the issues, challenges and successes of our state’s number one industry in agriculture.


Farmers and

Governor's Ag Conference Overview

By Governor Dave Heineman
March 7, 2014


Dear Fellow Nebraskans:


On March 5 and 6, I hosted the 26th annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney.  This annual event always provides those in attendance with a wide variety of information about the issues, challenges and successes of our state’s number one industry in agriculture.


Farmers and

Central Valley Ag and United Farmers Cooperative Propose Merger

Following months of study and preparations after initial discussions began one year ago, the Boards of Directors of both Central Valley Ag Cooperatives (CVA) and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) have unanimously approved and entered into a Letter of Intent to finalize an Agreement and Plan of Merger, which, if approved by the members and stockholders of the respective cooperatives would result in

2014 Commodity Classic Breaks All Records

ST. LOUIS – With more than 7,300 total attendees, the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in San Antonio, Texas, shattered previous records for the landmark event.

“We knew it was the biggest event ever, but the numbers really surprised us as we saw them rolling in over the course of the event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob

2014 Commodity Classic Breaks All Records

ST. LOUIS – With more than 7,300 total attendees, the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in San Antonio, Texas, shattered previous records for the landmark event.

“We knew it was the biggest event ever, but the numbers really surprised us as we saw them rolling in over the course of the event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob

Despite PEDV and Other Challenges, Pig Farmers Upbeat on Future of Industry

U.S. pig farmers find optimism even though concerns over hog health and disease rank as a top concern, according to the results of a survey released this week at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Mo. The survey, fielded late in 2013, found 30 percent of producers said hog health and disease was the single biggest challenge they faced. This result is not surprising given Porcine

Despite PEDV and Other Challenges, Pig Farmers Upbeat on Future of Industry

U.S. pig farmers find optimism even though concerns over hog health and disease rank as a top concern, according to the results of a survey released this week at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Mo. The survey, fielded late in 2013, found 30 percent of producers said hog health and disease was the single biggest challenge they faced. This result is not surprising given Porcine


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