Agricutural News

Haskell Ag Lab near Concord plans Open House for August 13


Join them August 13th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory for an Open House Celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System.  The Haskell Agricultural Laboratory is located at 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE.  Extension was established with the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.  This celebration will highlight both

Nebraska Forest Service Announces Grants to Rural Fire Departments


 LINCOLN, Neb. — Providing financial assistance to fire departments in rural areas and rural communities is crucial to suppressing Nebraska's wildland fires. This year the Nebraska Forest Service, through funding from the U.S. Forest Service, is providing $187,112 in federal financial assistance for 91 Nebraska community projects through the Volunteer Fire Assistance

Ethanol Rolls into Sturgis


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will partner with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground to host the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set to take place Aug. 4–10. Approximately 500,000 motorcyclists from all over the world gather in Sturgis, S.D., for the week-long motorcycle rally that offers a unique opportunity to promote the benefits of high-octane,

Missouri Cattleman Testifies on the Changing Face of Small Businesses


WASHINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statues and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s witness Ken Keesaman addressed these concerns today at the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture,

Senator Roberts to EPA Administrator: Farmers and Ranchers, Rural America Under


WASHINGTON, DC – In a meeting today with Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans and Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts said the agency has unfairly targeted farmers, ranchers and rural America with burdensome regulations. Audio here.

“Kansans tell me the Agency’s work to regulate fuel storage tanks, prescribed

NCGA Chairwoman Named to New Federal Research Foundation


National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson was among 15 men and women appointed today to the new Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, which will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy.

"Advancing American agriculture

Johanns Sponsors Resolution against Administration's Proposal to Increase Electr


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today cosponsored a resolution expressing disapproval for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that would increase electricity prices.

 “We all understand and appreciate the need for a clean environment, but this rule fails to address emissions by other countries that pollute more and regulate less,” Johanns

4 considerations for choosing the best electrolyte


Shoreview, Minn.-Scours has long been a major health issue for most calf raisers. Calves can scour anywhere from day one up until they are weaned at 8 weeks of age, making health challenges resulting from scours the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in calves. According to the National Animal Health Monitoring Dairy Study more than 56 percent of all death loss prior to weaning results from

Nebraska Grazing Conference, August 12-13


The 2014 Nebraska Grazing Conference will start at the Kearney Ramada on Tuesday, August 12, and end at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds for a live cattle handling demo on Wednesday, August 13, by The Horse Whisperer consultant, Curt Pate.

The Conference is designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands who want to learn the most current information

Detasseling


By Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
 
One of my daughters called me recently while I was in Washington and said, “Dad, I’m scared.” I replied, “Don’t worry about it, sweetie. It’ll be alright. Just stay by your sister.” She said, “It’s not that. It’s my first job.” She was talking about detasseling.
 
Given all the

NEBRASKA MILK PRODUCTION


LINCOLN, NE-- Milk production in Nebraska during the April-June 2014 quarter totaled 303 million pounds, up one percent from the April-June quarter last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 54,000 head.

Access the National publication for this release

Federal Spending Bill Includes Important Provisions for Producers


WASHINGTON- The House Interior appropriations bill passed through committee today 29 to 19. The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly support the bill, which allocates how federal dollars are spent for the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies during fiscal year 2015. The bill included language that would

Nebraska Farm Bureau Asks USDA to Act on Key Crop Insurance Provision


LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is urging USDA to move swiftly in the implementation of a new crop insurance provision included in the 2014 Farm Bill. The provision would help Nebraska farmers who’ve lost crops to widespread hail and tornados this spring and summer, while also aiding Nebraska farmers in future drought situations.
 
“It’s

Group Opposes USDA Plan to Establish Another International Bureaucracy


Billings, Mont. - In  comments filed last night, R-CALF USA urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to abandon its plan to establish yet another international bureaucracy, this one to implement APHIS' proposed Draft Framework for Implementing the United States-Canada Foreign Animal Disease Zoning Arrangement (Zoning

Corn Crop Quality Remains High, Progress Surpasses Average


Percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage surpassed the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The report also indicates that the overall condition remained strong with 76 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition. This total showed a one point gain from last week, with the increase specifically placed

USDA Announces Results of Soy Checkoff Request for Referendum Vote


ST. LOUIS (July 15, 2014) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results of the request for referendum on the Soybean Research and Promotion Program (soy checkoff). USDA received 355 request-for-referendum forms, of which only 324 were valid, from Farm Service Agency offices. The 355 forms represent 0.06 percent of all eligible U.S. soybean farmers. That result falls short

Study: Zilmax Has No Apparent Detrimental Effect on Cattle Health


LINCOLN, Neb. — The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
 
The study was undertaken after Zilmax's maker,

FUNDING FROM USDA-NRCS AVALABLE TO ASSIST WITH STORM-DAMAGED CROPS


LINCOLN– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that funding is available to producers who experienced crop damage due to severe weather during the 2014 growing season. Interested applicants have until Aug. 15, 2014, to apply.
 
The Storm Damage Cover Crop Initiative will assist producers with planting cover crops to re-establish vegetative cover lost due to

"Raising Nebraska" Announced as Official Name for New Learning Experience at Sta


GRAND ISLAND, NE—Raising Nebraska has been announced as the official name for the new 25,000 square foot interactive display about Nebraska agriculture that debuts at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.

The learning experience will include a wide range of interactive displays including a full-sized pivot irrigation system, a video theatre enclosed in a grain bin, a 50-foot-long

Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 258 to 160 to pass H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This bill addresses a section of the tax code that expired at the end of 2013 and is one of the provisions that has traditionally been addressed in tax extenders

ASA Applauds Confirmation of Vetter As Chief Agricultural Negotiator


ST. LOUIS (July 10, 2014) - Following the Senate confirmation of Darci Vetter today as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the American Soybean Association offered its congratulations and best wishes. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following statement:

"As growers of the nation's largest farm export, soybean farmers have

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Creates Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to Help Farm


LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched, a Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency and residual help to farmers and ranchers in Northeast Nebraska and other areas across the state affected by recent tornadoes.
 
“When a tornado hits a farmstead or a livestock operation, the needs of farmers and ranchers are a bit different. They

Nebraska Cattlemen to Host State Wide Educational Road Trip


The Nebraska Cattlemen staff is hitting the road this summer for an educational road trip.  These educational meeting are exclusive to Nebraska Cattlemen paid members.  NC staff will be discussing various hot button industry issues at each of the seven stops across Nebraska July 21-24.

Join NC for a discussion about how you can be engaged in tax discussions and impact

Soybean Farmers Honor Sen. Mike Johanns with Soy Champion Award


WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014)—The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) honored Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska with the association’s Soy Champion Award this morning in Washington. In a ceremony held during this week’s meeting of the ASA Board of Directors, former ASA President Steve Wellman presented Sen. Johanns with the award, which is given twice yearly to recognize

Nebraska Soybean Board to Hold Election for Director Seat in District 7


Election ballots for the Nebraska Soybean Board District 7 will be mailed on Friday, July 11, 2014, to soybean producers in that district. Producers eligible to vote in the election must produce soybeans, be a resident of the district and pay the soybean checkoff. Qualified producers who do not receive a ballot by July 18, 2014, can call 402-466-1969 to request a ballot. The voting producer must

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


For the week ending July 6, 2014, clear skies during the week allowed wheat harvest to get underway in southern districts, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

After a cool beginning, temperatures gave way to hot, humid conditions with irrigation starting in a number of counties.
 
Corn was entering the pollination stage with the first tassels beginning

NRCS: The Water Police


WASHINGTON- The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "interpretive" rule. The rule will make the Natural Resource Conservation Service a regulatory compliance agency, resulting in cattle producers putting less conservation on the ground.
 
The

ASA Supports Missouri Farming Rights Amendment


ST. LOUIS – The Creve Coeur-based American Soybean Association has issued its support of the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment (Amendment 1), a measure that would amend the state’s constitution to recognize and protect modern agriculture and the benefits that it provides all Missourians.

“As a proud Missouri-based organization, the American Soybean Association firmly supports

The Great Balancing Act


By:  Allan Vyhnalek
I have already received at least six calls on setting the cash rental rate for farmland in our area for 2015.  Getting landlords and tenants to agree for this next year will be a great balancing act in my view.

On the landlord’s side, the land taxes have skyrocketed in the past few years.  Ask anyone that owns farmland to talk about this and you can

Corn Rootworm Pest Management Best with Long-Term Approach


DES MOINES, Iowa — Although the extent of corn rootworm (CRW) pressure in 2014 is yet to be determined, DuPont Pioneer entomologists say planning this season for future rootworm populations is the best way to control the yield-robbing pest. The CRW best management practice (BMP) from Pioneer also stands for break, manage and protect. These integrated pest management BMPs help growers manage

Nebraska animal storms deaths estimated at 1,000


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities estimate that about 1,000 large animals were killed by the June 16 storms that roared through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of Pilger.

Marty Marks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wayne County says the toll could be 1,000 in a six-county region, plus hundreds of chickens and

Aurora Agronomy Expansion in Texas


AURORA, NE  (July 7, 2014) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading agricultural supplier and grain marketer based in Nebraska and serving America’s farmers in multiple states, this week announced an Aurora Agronomy® expansion in Texas with the acquisition of Perryton Aviation, Inc., located in Perryton, TX and Hansford Aviation, Inc., located in Gruver, TX.

The Texas

ADM Expands Food-Ingredient


DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that it is acquiring WILD Flavors GmbH, giving ADM the ability to offer food and beverage companies a comprehensive suite of systems to enhance and improve their products.

In an all-cash transaction valued at approximately €2.3 billion enterprise value, ADM will pay €2.2 billion to WILD

CVA and UFC Member-Owners Approve Merger


(York, NE) – The  Board of Directors of Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) met July 1 to ratify the votes cast by their respective member-owners approving the merger of the two companies effective September 1, 2014.  Each cooperative’s membership voted on the merger proposal, with Nebraska law requiring 2/3 of the votes cast to favor the

Monitoring Pasture Condition? UNL Extension Has An App for That


            LINCOLN, Neb. — Ranchers are accustomed to checking cattle, wells and mineral supplements to keep tabs on their operation. But what about the grass?
 
            Monitoring the condition of pastures is just as important, say University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Trade Benefits Nebraska


By Rep. Adrian Smith
Increasing international trade to boost our economy and benefit consumers is a rare bipartisan goal in Washington.  However, there is a misconception trade primarily benefits agriculture producers, and large companies.  While these groups certainly benefit from open markets, there are many examples in the Third District of small businesses, individuals, and

Celebrating Beef -- and Independence!


Beef producers and importers who invest in the Beef Checkoff Program have a lot to be thankful for as we approach the Fourth of July holiday – one of the strongest beef-buying weekends of the year – with a thriving market and robust prices that reflect strong consumer preference for beef!

Producer support for the beef checkoff is 78 percent – its highest in 21 years,

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Announces Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator To


For many years, FSA's Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet  has been the "go to" online resource for agricultural producers to list information concerning the need for hay or the availability of hay.

Now, in response to requests from livestock producers and landowners, FSA has expanded the site to include the option to list a need for grazing acres or to list acres

Robbins Arrest Warrant Issued For Cattle Theft


From the Neligh News:

Nearly a century ago, cattle rustling occurred frequently throughout the country. Recently, it has taken on a new meaning for an Antelope County livestock owner.

The Antelope County Sheriff’s office has issued an arrest warrant for Rebecca M. (Bree) Robbins, age 22, of Lyons, for allegedly stealing 35 head of cows and 40 calves owned by Wilbur Rakow.

The

Johanns, Fischer: Proposed EPA Rule Threatens American Tradition


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today expressed concern to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy that a proposed EPA Clean Water Act rule could jeopardize traditional Independence Day fireworks displays across the country.

“Fireworks shows are a

AgriBank Pays Quarterly Preferred Stock Dividend


ST. PAUL, Minn.– Tuesday St. Paul-based AgriBank paid a quarterly cash dividend of $1.7188 per share on its 6.875 percent non-cumulative perpetual class A preferred stock to holders of record as of June 1, 2014.

AgriBank issued $250 million of preferred stock on Oct. 29, 2013 to provide the Bank and the 15-state Farm Credit District it serves with long-term access to high-quality

Ethanol for Energy Independence


By Martin Barbre

President, NCGA

As our nation looks forward to another Independence Day celebration, for some it may be marred by rising gas prices that make that family drive to see fireworks a little more costly. In today's economy, it's terrible that we have to worry about things like this, but we do, thanks to the fact the upheaval across the world still hits

USMEF-Korea Takes Proactive Approach on Animal Welfare, Sustainability


Animal welfare and sustainability are not yet popular topics of conversation in Asian markets, such as South Korea, but it is only a matter of time before the trends that take root in Europe and the United States will find their way around the globe.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) office in Korea recently took a proactive approach to these sensitive subject matters by hosting

Nebraska Counties Receive Administrator’s Physical Loss Notice Due to Severe S


(LINCOLN, NE)- Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, announced 29 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to physical damage and losses caused by excessive rain, high winds, tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, and lightning affecting Nebraska. Those counties are:


Antelope, Burt, Butler, Cherry, Cuming Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Fillmore,

'Common Sense Nebraska' Challenges EPA Water Rule


LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska agriculture organizations have joined forces under the umbrella of ‘Common Sense Nebraska’, a new coalition formed to push back on EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule. The EPA proposal would vastly expand the federal agency’s authorities over farms and ranches. The coalition is working to bring attention and awareness about the

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, June 30, 2014 -- For the week ending June 29, 2014, rain of an inch or more coupled with lower average temperatures provided excellent conditions for pastures and spring planted crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Wheat was coloring in most areas, but dry down was slow due to high humidity and wet conditions. Winter wheat harvest had not yet

NEBRASKA JUNE 1, 2014 GRAIN STOCKS


LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2014 totaled 444 million bushels, up 48 percent from 2013, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 190 million bushels are stored on farms, up 46 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 254 million bushels, are up 49 percent from last year.

Soybeans stored in all positions totaled

2014 NEBRASKA ACREAGE


LINCOLN, NE– Nebraska corn growers planted 9.3 million acres, down 7 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Biotechnology varieties were used on 96 percent of the area planted, up 3 percentage points from a year ago. Growers expect to harvest 8.75 million acres for grain, down 8 percent from last year.

Soybean

NMPF Asks FDA to Exempt Dairy Farms from Additional Regulation Under Food Safety


ARLINGTON, VA – Efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the National Milk Producers Federation wrote today in comments to the Food and Drug Administration.
 
The FDA is reviewing

U.S. Cattlemen Urge Congress Not to Intervene in COOL


The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA), a supporter of U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL), today urged federal policy-makers to reject requests for Congress to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to suspend indefinitely the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL).  USCA expressed disappointment that a number of U.S. trade associations and other groups, led by the National

USDA Report Shows Fewer Acres Planted to Corn


American farmers planted 3.7 million fewer acres of corn in 2014, a four percent decrease from 2013, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Acreage report released today.   The report indicates only a slight decrease in acreage from the prospective planting report released in March. Total corn plantings in the United States total 91.6 million acres for the lowest planted

UNL Manure Demonstration Day – July 29


The 2014 Nebraska Manure Application Demonstration day is July 29th at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.   Attendance is free.  To receive a free meal ticket for lunch, you are asked to register at the web site.  http://water.unl.edu/manure/nebraskamanuredemo is the address of that site.  That day activities start with registration at 8:30 a.m.

All livestock

NEBRASKA HOG INVENTORY UNCHANGED


LINCOLN, NE -- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2014, was 3.05 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was unchanged from June 1, 2013, and unchanged from March 1, 2014.
Breeding hog inventory, at 390,000 head, was down 2 percent from June 1, 2013, and down 2 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.66 million

Ag Secretary Proposes Closing Sheep Station


Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced to Congress that he would close the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) U.S. Sheep Experimental Station (USSES) in Dubois, Idaho, within the year.

The Post-Register of Post Falls, Idaho, reported that Vilsack sent a letter to Rep. Robert Aderhold (Ala.) on June 17, saying that the station had become a liability.

upcoming workshops for emergency grain rescue personnel


LINCOLN, NE – National statistics show that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America.  The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association are asking all farmers to slow down — and take a second for safety.  They are encouraging emergency rescue personnel who might be called to a grain engulfment rescue to attend a free upcoming training

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backs Sasse in General Election


LINCOLN, NEB. – Ben Sasse has again received the “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement of NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. NFBF-PAC previously endorsed Sasse in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. He will continue to be a “Friend of Agriculture” candidate as he seeks election to the U.S. Senate in the Nov. general

USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers


USDA has announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA also unveiled www.USDA.gov/newfarmers, a new website that will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

Rabobank Report: After recent slide, global dairy price recovery is likely 6 mon


ST. LOUIS— Rabobank has published a new report on the global dairy industry. As anticipated, global dairy prices softened considerably through Q2. According to Rabobank’s Dairy Quarterly Q2: Beyond the tipping point, prices fell as a result of improved milk production in export regions and the easing of forward purchasing by China. These mechanisms freed more product for other buyers

ASA's Wilkins Testifies on Importance of Biotech Trade Policy for Soybean Farmer


WASHINGTON (June 25, 2014) – Greenwood, Del., farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Treasurer Richard Wilkins appeared on Capitol Hill today before the Senate Committee on Finance to testify about the importance of biotechnology to soybean farmers as the U.S. pursues trade agreements abroad.

The hearing, “Trade Enforcement: Using Trade Rules to Level the Playing Field for

Monsanto sees earning drop


WASHINGTON (AP) - Monsanto says its earnings fell more than 5 percent in the third fiscal quarter as sales of biotech corn seeds slipped. The St. Louis company says it earned $858 million, or $1.62 per share in the three months ended May 31. However, Monsanto's overall earnings topped Wall Street estimates and its shares are up more than 5 percent today.

PUBLIC HEARING Scheduled Regarding Temporary Stay on Well-Drilling in Upper Big


YORK, NE--The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing to receive public testimony concerning changes to the District’s Groundwater Management Area Rules and Regulations.  The hearing will be held on July 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., at the District office located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue, York, Nebraska.
 
On April 17, 2014, the District’s Board of

First Participants in Conservation Stewardship Program Can Renew for Five More Y


WASHINGTON – Producers with expiring U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts have from July 11 until Sept. 12, 2014 to renew and add conservation activities that will support their natural resource improvement activities and fine-tune their conservation plans.

“CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve our

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, June 23, 2014 -- For the week ending June 22, 2014, warm, wet conditions prevailed over much of the eastern two thirds of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Rainfall totaling 2 to 3 inches was common in central counties with up to 6 inches reported in the extreme northeast causing lowland flooding.  Storm damage was reported with

Thune, Klobuchar Home Heating Bill Passes House, Heads to President for Signatur


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) applauded the House of Representatives’ approval of their legislation today to minimize future propane and heating fuel shortages and regional supply disruptions. A slightly modified version of Thune and

New York Hog Farmers Thank Legislature For Supporting Humane Farming Rights


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2014 – The New York Pork Producers, the National Pork Producers Council and America’s hog farmers today hailed the New York Legislature for not taking up ill-advised legislation banning the use of individual maternity pens for pregnant sows. The pens are approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Pete Ricketts for Governor


 LINCOLN, NEB. – Pete Ricketts has received the official “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Ricketts is the Republican Party candidate seeking to win the Nov. 4 General election for Governor.  
 
“Nebraska needs leaders who understand the importance of agriculture to our

Help available for producers hit by tornadoes


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Federal assistance is available to northeast Nebraska producers who lost livestock in the June tornadoes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $100,000 to producers to help them properly dispose of animal carcasses. Producers have until July 18 to apply.


The USDA can also provide technical assistance in safely disposing the carcasses.


The assistance

CropLife America Comments on Presidential Memorandum on Pollinator Health


WASHINGTON, DC - “CropLife America (CLA) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama today, which seeks to achieve necessary collaboration across the federal government in support of pollinator health. The President’s memorandum presents a comprehensive strategy and calls for broad participation from a number of federal agencies. CLA is hopeful that this level of federal

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 3 PERCENT


LINCOLN, NE, June 20, 2014 -- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.41 million cattle on feed on June 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 3 percent from last year.

Placements during May totaled 425,000 head, down 10 percent from 2013.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of May totaled 485,000 head,

Johanns Acts to block EPA Power Grab


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) cosponsored a bill preventing Obama Administration efforts to expand federal regulatory jurisdiction. The bill, authored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) from finalizing a proposed rule that would ignore limits established by Congress regarding regulation of

Senator Roberts Introduces Bill to Halt EPA Takeover of Water


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts joined U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), David Vitter (R-LA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MS), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 23 other Senators in introducing legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from taking over all private and state water in the United States. The Protecting Water and Property

Johanns: Storm Damage Unbelievably Heartbreaking


COLERIDGE, Neb. – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.)  made the following statement after spending the afternoon visiting with victims of this week’s tornadoes in northeast Nebraska:   
 
“Nothing could have prepared me for the devastation I saw in Pilger and Coleridge today,” Johanns said. “The scene was truly unbelievable. My heart goes out

Ohio Firm Recalls Chicken Pad Thai Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared All


WASHINGTON– Bellisio Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 12,180 pounds of a Thai Kitchen Chicken Pad Thai frozen entrée product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The product contains soy protein isolate, a known allergen, which

As Heat, Humidity Set In, Livestock Heat Stress is Danger


            LINCOLN, Neb. — The heat and humidity of summer are arriving in many parts of Nebraska this week, and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator is offering tips on how to handle livestock in these potentially dangerous conditions.
 
            Heat

Nigerian Executives to Examine Midwest HRW Crop


ARLINGTON, Virginia — Eight senior managers from Nigeria’s milling and noodle/pasta manufacturing industries will visit Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas June 22 to 28, 2014, to examine the current hard red winter (HRW) crop as part of a U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) trade team.

Nigeria was the fifth largest buyer of U.S. wheat for the 2013/14 marketing year (June to May), importing

Cattlewomen host Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest


The Nebraska CattleWomen Consumer Promotion and Education Committee hosted the 2014 Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest on June 11, 2014 during the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting in Gothenburg.

The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for youth to become spokespersons and future leaders for the beef industry. Each division consisted of different events which were evaluated

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Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Recognizes Retail Value Steer Challenge Winners an


The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge (RVSC) winners and Scholarship recipients and were honored at the NC Foundation lunch on June 12th during the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Midyear Meeting in Gothenburg.

The RVSC is the primary fundraiser for NC Foundation with money raised supporting youth & adult educational programs, scholarships, research & infrastructure

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR IMPAIRED WATERSHED ASSISTANCE FUNDING


LINCOLN, NE – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the sign up deadline for the National Water Quality Initiative to July 18. The goal of this initiative is to improve two impaired watersheds located in eastern Nebraska. The selected watersheds are:
 
Bazile Creek – located in Antelope, Pierce, and Knox counties
Wahoo Creek – located in

BPC Honors Senators Stabenow and Harkin


WASHINGTON-Biobased Products Coalition (BPC) members honored today Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) for their policy leadership to spur greater manufacturing and use of biobased products in the United States. BPC joined Senator Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, at her 'Grow It Here, Make It Here' Spotlight

EF4 Tornado Confirmed


Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is encouraging producers who suffered livestock losses due to yesterday’s tornado to keep detailed records documenting those losses as they continue to work to address storm damage.
 
Documentation could include third-party verification of the loss, such as a statement from a

Harrisvaccines Becomes first in the Nation to Receive USDA Conditional License f


Ames, Iowa-based vaccine producer, Harrisvaccines, today announced it has been granted United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conditional licensure of the company’s Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) Vaccine, RNA utilizing its SirraVaxSM RNA Particle Technology. This is the first USDA conditional license granted for a PEDv vaccine since the initial outbreak, and

Hong Kong Fully Reopens for US Beef


WASHINGTON (June 17, 2014) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association appreciates the efforts of the Administration on the announcement today that Hong Kong has fully reopened its market for U.S. beef. NCBA president, Bob McCan, a cattleman from Victoria, Texas says this is not only great news for cattlemen and women, but also a strong assurance that the interlocking safeguards put in

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending June 15, 2014, replanting of storm damaged crops was active in areas impacted by recent storms, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Strong storms this week resulted in additional damage to crops and irrigation equipment. Temperatures were cool and averaged 4 to 6 degrees below normal. Wheat was turning color in southern

Biodiesel Producers, Advocates Hit Capitol Hill


WASHINGTON – Nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates are traveling to Washington this week to voice concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel.

The biodiesel supporters, who will be visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday, arrive at a critical time for the industry, which has seen widespread

Using Tree Tannins to Target Manure Odor


By Ann Perry
June 16, 2014

Tannins from the quebracho tree can control the production of compounds that cause manure odors, according to studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. This research may someday give livestock farmers options for odor control that help protect animal health and restore harmony between rural producers and nearby residents.

The study was done by

Be Safe Around Power Lines!


By:  Allan Vyhnalek

When using spray rigs and other farm equipment, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, including the location of power lines. Before using equipment, plan a route that will avoid overhead power lines or adjust equipment before reaching power lines if you cannot avoid these areas.

Unfortunately, accidents occasionally do happen. If your rig should hit a

Converting to Biomass Fuel Systems


WASHINGTON– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA’s National

Kansas State University agricultural economist says El Niño expected to benefit


MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University senior agricultural economist says there's a 70 percent chance an El Niño will arrive this fall — and that's good news for the United States.

Jay O'Neil, an instructor and specialist at the university's International Grains Program, says what happens with El Niño will affect worldwide crop production. El

Prince Charles Burns Wool to Prove a Point


His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales marked the Campaign for Wool's 5th Anniversary this week at Clarence House by highlighting two of wool's most beneficial technical properties - its natural flame resistance and biodegradability.

To demonstrate wool's ecological and safety benefits, The Prince first buried a wool sweater alongside a synthetic lookalike, both of which are to be

Panama Milling Managers Travel North to Observe U.S. Wheat Crop


ARLINGTON, Virginia — Representatives from three of Panama’s four flour mills will visit Oregon, Washington and North Dakota June 15 to 21, 2014, as part of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) mission to help world buyers understand the quality, value and reliability of U.S. wheat.

“Teams like these give key milling administrators the change to observe and discuss crop

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR KRIZ-WICKHAM ENCOURAGES PRODUCERS TO CONSIDER DROUGHT RESOURC


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Assistant Director Bobbie Kriz-Wickham would like to remind farmers and ranchers affected by the continuing drought to look into their options for assistance.
 
Kriz-Wickham, who also serves as the chair of the state’s Climate Assessment Response Committee, said while the U.S. Drought Monitor map released today shows

House Passes Tax Extenders Legislation


WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) – Today the U.S. House voted 274 to 144 to pass a handful of tax extenders, including the expiring section 179 expensing provisions for small business. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan says this is a victory for rural America.

“The passage of these tax extenders is a good move for cattlemen and

"See for Yourself" Participants to See Soy Checkoff in Action


ST. LOUIS (June 12, 2014) – Unloading soybeans at the elevator after harvest may seem like the end of the season for farmers, but it’s really just the beginning of the journey. From there, the soybeans travel to various markets domestically and abroad. How are they used? Ten U.S. soybean farmers are about to see for themselves.

The United Soybean Board (USB) recently selected

Bees thriving on golf courses with Operation Pollinator


·        GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, June 12, 2014 – Golfers aren’t alone on the links these days. On a growing number of U.S. courses, native bees and other pollinators are finding a variety of nutritious wildflowers planted in out-of-play areas. That’s not only good for pollinators, it’s good for golf

California Wheat Farmer Installed as USW Chairman


OMAHA, Nebraska – Roy Motter, wheat farmer from Brawley, CA, took the reins as Chairman of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on June 11, 2014, in Omaha, NE.

“Attending USW meetings and conferences in Latin America, South Asia and Europe, I am continually impressed by the quality of the USW staff and their work,”

National Corn Growers Association Seeks Chief Executive Officer


ST. LOUIS (June 11, 2014) -- The National Corn Growers Association is now seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Corn Board, the NCGA CEO will have an opportunity to lead the organization, enable its members to continue being a highly respected voice in Washington, D.C., and internationally, and represent NCGA on all issues surrounding the

Senators Johnson and Hoeven Introduce Bill to Adopt Bison As National Mammal


Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the National Bison Legacy Act, legislation that would officially adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States.

“The bison has played an important role in our nation’s history, holds spiritual significance to Native

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT


Based on June 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast at 56.8 million bushels, up 44 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 40 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from a year earlier.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.42 million acres, up 26 percent from a

International Dairy Industry Invited to Experience Designer Dairy


MADISON, WIS. – Producers and industry partners from across the globe are encouraged to make plans now to attend World Dairy Expo – “Designer Dairy” – September 30 through October 4 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., USA. Focused on the newest research, products and services that are relevant to today’s dairy operations, Expo has become the




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