Agricutural News

Gov. Ricketts Announces the 27th Annual Governor's Ag Conference

Lincoln – Gov. Pete Ricketts today announced the schedule for his inaugural Governor’s Ag Conference.  The 2015 event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 4th-5th at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney.  This yea

25x'25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production

A report released by the World Resources Institute would seem to demonstrate the old adage: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The "change" in this instance is a massive amount of research showing the overall benefi

114th Congress Will Include a Large, Bipartisan Dairy Farmer Caucus

RLINGTON, VA – The new 114th Congress will feature a large and active group of House members looking out for the interests of dairy farmers, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. A bipartisan group of legislators is reestablishing th

Dispute Must Be Resolved Now To Protect U.S. Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council and 92 other food, agricultural and allied industry groups today urged the parties involved in a labor dispute that’s affecting food exports that ship out of West Coast port

Nebraskans Speak on Wind

Cortland, Nebraska - Approximately 100 residents from Cortland, Hallam and surrounding communities and from as far away as Gretna and Nebraska City met at the Cortland Community Center last night, Tuesday, January 27th to discuss the proposed development

New Leaders Program Takes Place in Des Moines

The participants of the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program kicked off their involvement this week in Des Moines, where they learned how to better tell their ag story and got a deeper education in industry involvement.   "I was r

Nebraska Farm Bureau Names 2015 Leadership Academy Members

Ten farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2015 Leadership Academy. The selected farmers and ranchers will begin the program Jan. 29-30 in Kearney. “The goal of the academy is to ignite the ta

Nebraska Cattlemen Voices Support for LB 85, Encourage Amended Fee Structure

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) testified in support of LB 85, a bill regarding fees for the Nebraska Brand Committee, sponsored by Sen. Al Davis of Legislative District 43. In addition to voicing support for the bill, NC encouraged the Nebraska B

Chairman Conaway Announces Subcommittee Assignments

Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman, K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), announced subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress. “I look forward to working with this very talented team of proven leaders,” Conaway said. “Their diverse backg

We Must Cut Taxes

By Governor Pete Ricketts   On January 22nd, I presented my budget recommendations and announced key initiatives in my first State of the State address to the Unicameral. Gerry Oligmueller, the State Budget Administrator, and I took our message on th

Late Winter Nutrition Tips

Can you feed your pregnant cows so their calves gain more weight and more heifers get pregnant?  Recent research suggests that proper supplementation pays off.                As w

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples

WASHINGTON- This weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached agreement with Chinese officials to allow all U.S. grown apples to gain access to the Chinese market. This will allow a greater share of U.S. apple exports to China in the coming months

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Efforts by Agricultural Producers to Urge th

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding efforts by the National Pork Producers Council, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to urge the renewa

2015 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available

LINCOLN - In partnership with Sand County Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) today announced the application period is open for the Nebraska 2015 Leopold Conservation Award. Leopold Conservation Award winners are recognized for extraordinary achievement

NPPC Will Lead Effort To Pass Legislation Essential For Closing Global Trade Dea

WASHINGTON, D.C.– With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council today threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the curren

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

Livestock producers are reminded that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.  Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disa

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional senior staff selections. “I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and

ASI Market App Gets an Update

If you are not one of the more than 2,050 people who have downloaded the ASI Market App that was launched in August of last year, there are now more reasons to do so. Additional information is now available through the app. A Breakeven Calculator has bee

Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Commercial Turkey Flock in

WASHINGTON— The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County,


A number of lawn, garden and tree care classes are scheduled for February in Columbus. These classes are offered by Nebraska Extension and held at the Platte County courthouse at 2610 14th street. A variety of classes will be held Tuesday evenings and Thu

Nebraska Farmers Examine Export Markets in South America

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. – Corn Board member and district two representative, John Greer from Edgar, Nebraska recently had the unique opportunity to experience a global market in South America from both the eyes of a customer and competitor.  Gr

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backs Bills Providing a "Foundation" for Property Tax Relie

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farm and ranch families seeking relief from a property tax burden that has skyrocketed over the last decade and left agriculture landowners to shoulder a disproportionate share of the property tax burden statewide, would find

Reminders on Feeding Alfalfa as Protein to Cattle

Feeding more alfalfa hay than cattle need gets expensive.  Save money by feeding just enough alfalfa to provide the protein your animals need.                Cattle often need extr


CHESTERFIELD, MO. – The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will assemble a range of voices to discuss animal care and animal care standards during The Food Dialogues®: Dairy Forum; Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Ex

American Agri-Women's Doris Mold appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commissi

Doris Mold, First Vice-President for Resolutions and Vital Issues for American Agri-Women, was recently appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Agricultural Advisory Committee.   Mold owns and operates a dairy farm in Wisconsin

BASF wins two 'Product of the Year' awards by No-Till Farmer magazine

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 16, 2015 – BASF was recognized as the winner of two ‘Product of the Year’ awards at the 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Cincinnati. Headline AMP® fungicide won for the ninth consecu

Nebraska Farm Bureau Offers Help with Farm Bill Decision Making

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farmers looking for assistance in evaluating how their operations might fair under different options offered through the 2014 Farm Bill can get direct one-on-one assistance thanks to a new service offered by the Nebraska Farm

Peterson Statement on Introduction of Free Trade with Cuba Act

WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today made the following statement after the introduction of the “Free Trade with Cuba Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Peterson is an original co-sponsor

NCGA Priority and Policy Conference Yields Insight into Top Issues

The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on NCGA policies and state and national priorities for 2016.   "This meeting consistently prov

Higher Protein Content Boosts Value of Crop

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 15, 2015) – Farmers have often heard that higher-quality soybeans could generate more value. Now, a new soy-checkoff-funded study shows how much more. The price of soybeans is driven by the combined value of soybean meal, oil and hu

U.S. Wheat Associates Leadership Changes in Asia

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announces changes to its leadership team in Asia following the departure of Regional Vice President Mike Spier who recently joined Columbia Grain as Southeast Asia Representative. Matt Weimar is na

Ansley Mick to Serve as Smith's Agriculture Liaison

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced Ansley Mick, a native of Bayard, has been promoted to Agriculture Liaison in his Scottsbluff district office.  In her new role, Mick will be actively engaged in statewide agriculture

Iowa Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2015 – Agri Star Meat & Poultry, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 1,690 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety a

House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

(AP) House Republicans are taking broad steps to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. Votes were set Wednesday on legislation worth nearly $40 billion t

Renowned Agriculture Ethicist to discuss Farm and Food Issues

Lyons, NE - A nationally renowned agriculture ethicist and philosopher will speak about farm and ranch issues at an event on February 5th in Omaha sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and Humanities Nebraska.   Dr. Paul B. Thompson will p

New Officers Elected for Nebraska Beef Council

Kearney, NE (January 13, 2015) – New officers for the Nebraska Beef Council were elected January 12, 2015 at the Nebraska Beef Council office in Kearney, NE.   Election results are as follows:  William “Buck” Wehrbein, a f

ADM to Release Fourth Quarter Financial Results on Feb. 3, 2015

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) will release financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014 before the market opens on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The company will host a conference call and audio webcast at 8 a.m. Centr

Farmers Gather for NCGA Priority and Policy Conference

The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2015 fisc

Nearly $190 Million Invested in Rural Nebraska in 2014

Lincoln, Nebraska--Nebraska’s rural communities received nearly $190 million in USDA Rural Development funding in federal fiscal year 2014, completed on September 30. In five years, USDA has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, according to Rur

U.S. Corn Crop Remains Strong Despite Yield Reduction

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered projected national average corn yield and planted acreage estimates this month, while leaving harvested acreage the same. Although projected demand from the feed and residual markets fell, projected demand from t

2015 NCBA Trade Show Breaks another Record

DENVER (Jan. 12, 2015) – 2015 Cattle Industry Convention-goers will not want to miss the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7. With 337 companies in attendance, this is the largest, most advan

More than Half of Nation's Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Progr

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 23,000 of the nation's dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new safet

Finalists for Excellence in Ag & Top 4 Discussion Meet Winners

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership abilit

Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to be held in February

LINCOLN, NEB.—The Nebraska Tourism Commission is accepting registrations for its annual Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop. The event is designed for those who want to learn more about the agri/eco-tourism industry. It will be held February 23-25, 2015 at th


Lincoln – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after the Nebraska Supreme Court announced their decision to uphold the state law used to route Keystone XL through Nebraska:  “Today’s decision by the N
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Chairman Roberts Announces Selection of Key Agriculture Committee Staff

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced his senior staff selections. “We have a great, hard-working team in place with experience in the Senate, in farm

Nebraska Farm Bureau's Ag Edge Conference focuses on Farm Technology, Ag Markets

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farmers and ranchers can’t control the weather, but there are other areas where decision making can dramatically affect their operation’s profitability in 2015 and beyond. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’

Corn Growers Joins Cuba Coalition in Call for Level Playing Field on Trade

WASHINGTON (Jan. 8, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trad

Money-Saving Early Registration for 20th Commodity Classic Ends January 15

ST. LOUIS (January 8, 2015) —The deadline for saving on registration fees to the 20th Commodity Classic is approaching quickly. Early bird registration ends Thursday, Jan. 15, for the event, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 26-28. &nb

Pesticide Training Starts January 28

    The first Pesticide Training sessions of the new year are Wednesday and Thursday January 28 and 29 at the Farm Show, Club Room, Agricultural Park, Columbus.  On the 28th, the session starts at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 2

Mike Johanns joins Deere board

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns joined Deere & Co.'s corporate board this week just days after leaving the U.S. Senate. Deere announced the election of the former Nebraska governor on Wednesday. Joha

America?s 1st High-Speed Rail System to Be Constructed Using World's Cleanest &

Fresno, CA - As the California High Speed Rail Authority breaks ground today on the nation’s first high-speed rail system, additional attention is being focused on the fact that some of the world’s most advanced and cleanest diesel equipment w


ST. LOUIS (Jan. 7, 2015) – The role of the farmer has never been more important. In the coming decades, agriculture’s ability to meet the demands of our growing global population in an increasingly sustainable way will be vitally important. Fa

Crop Protection Helps Growers Produce Nutritious Food

WASHINGTON, DC – A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that over 99 percent of fresh and processed food available to consumers tested below allowable pesticide residue levels, allowing for continued access to affo

See For Yourself ? To Soybeans and Beyond

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 6, 2015) – Many soybeans have been delivered to the elevator, but where will they go next? The soy checkoff invites farmers to find the answer to this question and learn about the impact that U.S. soy’s biggest customers make o


Storm Lake, IA - Ladies, it's time to register for the 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference!  Women in Denim, a conference dedicated to women in agriculture, is set for January 16-17, 2015.  The 2015 conference will take place at Buena Vist

Thune Calls on Obama EPA to Withdraw Backdoor National Energy Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy calling on the EPA to withdraw its proposed regulations on exiting power plants, citing the significant financial


LINCOLN, NE-- For the month of December 2014, temperatures averaged 0 to 4 degrees above normal in central and western parts of the State, and 4 to 6 degrees above normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher Workshops Coming to Southeast Nebraska

Lyons, Nebraska -The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a 12-week series of Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher workshops in Crete, Nebraska. The sessions will be held every Saturday from January 17 to April 25, 2015.   “These in-depth work

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for January 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for January 2015. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for January is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 percent in

Elanco, Novartis combination brings value, more innovation to customers

GREENFIELD, Ind.— Elanco today announced it has finalized the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, creating a new global leader in animal health focused on delivering increased value and innovation to the industry. The acquisition, announced in A

Nebraska Agribusiness Club Recognizes Three Honorees

Lincoln, NE - Three Nebraskans were honored for their service and dedication to agriculture at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s 48th annual awards banquet November 6th at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. The 2014 honorees for Public Service to Ag


LINCOLN, NE, December 30, 2014 -- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for December 2014 averaged $6.10 per bushel, an increase of 73 cents from the November price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Tennessee Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allerg

WASHINGTON, December 31, 2014 – Campos Foods, LLC, a Caryville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,300 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and

Agriculture industry group releases 2015 safety fact sheet

A snapshot of the agriculture workforce, the economic toll of worker injuries and the benefits of investing in safety are included in a new graphics-driven fact sheet released by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA). The annual c

Balancing Access to Markets, Technology Plays Key Role in Team Discussions

This December, the National Corn Growers Association's Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met in St. Louis to review the organization's policy in their area of expertise, discuss progress on several ongoing programs and hear from industry

USDA Report Reaffirms Food Safety in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Pesticide residues detected on a variety of recently sampled food products are below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and “do not pose a safety concern,” according to data release

Rural Housing Funding is More Than $114 Million through USDA Rural Development

Lincoln, Nebraska  December 29, 2014—More than $114 million was delivered in federal fiscal year 2014 by USDA Rural Development to achieve homeownership, complete home repairs and to provide rental assistance to rural Nebraska families.  U

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Launches HOW-TO Video Series about Farming and

Chesterfield, Mo.– 1,200 cows milked. 50,000 eggs gathered.  Clean barns for 7,000 pigs. One day’s work for America’s farmers! People can now learn how they do it through U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s® (USFRA®

Farm Bill Help Available

Signing up for the 2014 Farm Bill will continue into 2015 with the deadlines of February 27 or March 31 looming.  By February 27, landlords and producers will need to finish their yield updates and base acre allocations.  The program selection d

ALB Is Gearing Up For Lamb Lovers Month

This year’s Lamb Lovers Month Recipes for Romance campaign and contest is a Facebook-based contest designed to inspire consumers to cook American Lamb in February. Just like Sunday Funday, consumers will be led to a contest landing page/”app&r

USDA Invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Dairy Import Licensing Progra

WASHINGTON, Dec.23, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a public comment period on proposed changes to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer t

FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage

Register Now for the 2015 Soy Social and Auction

ST. LOUIS, MO-Registration for the ASA 2015 Soy Social and Auction is now open! Come join ASA and supporters as we come together for the 10th annual Soy Social and Auction, presenting the 2015 theme “Touchdown! Going All the Way for Soybeans.&r

NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program Announces Second Class

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the participants of the 2015 class of its NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its second year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators and leaders. Thirty-five p

AGCO founder Robert J. Ratliff inducted into AEM Hall of Fame

DULUTH, Ga. (Dec. 22, 2014) — The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade association for the off-road equipment industry, announced AGCO Corporation founder Robert J. Ratliff as one of the 2014 inductees into the AEM Hall of

Estate Planning Workshop - January 7

A free Estate Planning Workshop will be held in Columbus on Wednesday, January 7, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the Central Community College Campus.  The workshop is free, but you do need to register with Amanda Polacek at 402-563-6255, or e-m


LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.55 million cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 5 percent from last year. Placements

DuPont Pioneer to Sell Alfalfa Research and Production Assets to S&W Seed Compan

DES MOINES, Iowa & FIVE POINTS, Calif.– DuPont Pioneer and S&W Seed Company today announced an agreement for S&W Seed Company to acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa germplasm, as well as alfalfa production and research facility assets for a

Senate Ag Committee Members Announced

Senate majority leadership announced assignments to the Senate Committee on Agriculture. Republicans who will accompany incoming Chairman Pat Roberts (Kan.) on the Senate Agriculture Committee include John Boozman (Ark.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Joni Ernst

Jon Doggett Named NCGA Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2014) – The National Corn Growers Association today announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to Executive Vice President, effective January 1. In his new role, Doggett will lead efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and


LINCOLN, NE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners will begin receiving forms for th

NCGA Announces 2014 Yield Contest Winners

ST. LOUIS (December 19, 2014) -- Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued t

USDA Chief Pulls Back Beef Checkoff Proposal

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (Dec. 19, 2014) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack scrapped a proposal to establish another beef checkoff on top of the existing Beef Checkoff Program. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) is pleased

ADM Participates in U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Meeting

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) this week joined with business leaders and policymakers from the U.S. and China to support and strengthen ties between the two countries at the first-ever Chicago meeting of the U.S.-Ch

USDA in Nebraska Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Finance Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul announced that USDA is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants. The program provides grants to establish essential broa

Corn and Soybean Checkoff Tour Coming to Four Districts

LINCOLN, Neb. (December 18, 2014) – The Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board are teaming up and hitting the road for their first ever Checkoff Tour. The tour, which will take place over the course of two days – January 6 and 8

Don?t Miss the Opportunity to Apply for the CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship

DENVER (Dec. 18, 2014) – Friday, Dec. 19, marks the application deadline for the 2015-16 Beef Industry Scholarship, sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef indu

U.S. Wheat Farmers Anticipate Increased Trade Opportunities with Cuba

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud President Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin discussions to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba, which will mak

Senate Approves Short-Term Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Credits, But Congr

The Senate Tuesday night finally approved a package of tax credit extensions, including many aimed at benefiting renewable energy, and has sent the measure to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. However, the 25x'25 Alliance joins tho

Governor Heineman Announces Saunders County Designated Livestock Friendly

(Wahoo, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman announced the official designation of Saunders County as Nebraska’s newest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Today’s announcement marks

NMPF Thanks House and Senate for Sending Section 179 Extension to the White Hous

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The National Milk Producers Federation today thanked Congress for passing and sending to the White House legislation extending the ability of farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases immediately instead of ov

ASA Hails Senate Passage of One-Year Tax Extenders Package, Renews Call for Long

WASHINGTON– Tuesday evening, the Senate passed a one-year extension of multiple tax incentives and credits, including several that have direct impacts on soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed passage of the bill, which wou

New Holland Wins Four AE50 Awards for Engineering Innovation

New Holland, Pa. (December 17, 2014) -- New Holland Agriculture and Construction has been honored with four prestigious AE50 Awards for smart engineering innovations by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The AE50 a

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Congress

LINCOLN, NEB., – “We are appreciative of the Senate’s action Dec. 13 and the House’s action last week in passing an omnibus spending package that addresses many of the key issues of interest to Nebraska farmers and ranchers.”

FMD Outbreaks Persist in South Korea Despite Wishful Thinking by Ag Secretary an

Billings, Mont. - Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is perhaps the most contagious disease known to cloven-footed animals like cattle, hogs, sheep, deer and elk. Argentina and Brazil are countries where the FMD virus is known to exist. Nevertheless, United Sta

New Chairman Elected to Keep Moving Checkoff Forward

ST. LOUIS (Dec. 15, 2014) – Bob Haselwood, soybean farmer from Berryton, Kansas, has been elected by his fellow United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-directors to lead the board in investing soy checkoff funds for the next year. In addition to the suppo

Nebraska Cattlemen Announce 2014 Industry Service Awards and Hall of Fame Honore

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC)  announced the winners of the 2014 Industry Service Awards and Hall of Fame honoree. Awards were presented at the Annual Convention and Trade Show held last week in Kearney, Nebraska. Industry Service Awar


Denver, Colo. -- Alan Culham has accepted the offer to fill the 3-year project coordinator position with the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Grow Our Flock program. He will officially being in this new role in January, allowing him to

Joint Statement by NCBA and PLC on Senate Passage of Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- The $1.1 trillion omnibus package passed by the Senate  held several strong wins for the cattle industry. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan and Public Lands Council President Brenda Richards remarked on Senat


Storm Lake, IA - Ladies, the 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference not only features Jolene Brown as the keynote speaker, but also offers several other nationally acclaimed speakers as well!  This year sessions will include the following nationally a

Commodity Classic Releases Updated Mobile App

ST. LOUIS (December 12, 2014)—The newest version of the Commodity Classic app for smartphones and tablets has been released, well in advance of the 20th Commodity Classic, to be held Feb. 26-28 in Phoenix, Ariz.  The new app, which can be dow

Nebraska Corn Growers Association Elects New Officers Also Gives Golden Ear Awar

YORK, NEBRASKA—The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) held its annual meeting at the Holthus Convention Center in York on December 4, 2014.   The meeting was attended by one of the largest contingencies of grower delegates in recent

ASA Announces 2015 Officers and Committee Assignments

ST. LOUIS MO (Dec. 11, 2014) The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, as its newest President and moved outgoing President Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa, to the position of Cha

House Passes Trillion Dollar Funding Package for 2015

WASHINGTON-With a vote of 219 to 206 the House passed a trillion dollar omnibus spending package to fund the government through the next year. The Senate is expected to take up the measure on soon and with large bipartisan support in the House,

ADM to Establish Tech Center in Erlanger, Kentucky

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has selected Erlanger, Kentucky, as the site for its new information technology and support center. The center, which will open in the second half of 2015, will


ST. LOUIS (December 10, 2014) – Monsanto has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the 50 Best Places to Work in 2015. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its seventh year, relies solely on the input

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Departure of Dr. Joe Gla

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the retirement from federal service of USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber: "No one has a higher level of credibility on issues impactin

EPA Approves Bayer CropScience's Registration Application for ILeVO®

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-Bayer CropScience announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO®, the only seed treatment that protects the root system against infections caused b

NAMA Executive Director Philip H. Kimball steps down

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) and Executive Director Philip H. Kimball announced that he has stepped down after eight years of service to the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) and NAMA.  

Nebraska Farm Bureau Delegates Outline Positions on Taxes, Beef Checkoff; Elect

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau’s voting delegates reinforced the need for property tax relief, adopting a handful of resolutions targeted to lessening the property tax burden on Nebraska farm and ranch families as part of the organizatio

Johanns Delivers Farewell Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor. Excerpts of his remarks are below:   “From my first day as a county commissioner, throughout my service as a Lincoln City Council Member,

BASF helps fight hunger with $75,000 donation to Feeding America

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.– BASF is donating $75,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, to help feed struggling families and individuals throughout the U.S.   “Hunger is a very real problem for te


Kearney – Last night, Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced during his remarks at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Annual Dinner that Greg Ibach would lead the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Greg Ibach of Sumner has served

Fischer Releases Highlights of 113th Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today released a digital booklet entitled “Working For You: A Look Back on My Work in the 113th Congress.” The booklet highlights the Senator’s accomplishments over her first two years

Dec. 15 PIN Tag Requirement Nears for Free SECD Testing

Monday, Dec. 15, is a key date for pork producers who wish to continue getting free laboratory testing of samples when a Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) is suspected, which includes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). That's when the Vete

Kansas State University epidemiologist publishes model on the impact of a region

MANHATTAN — A research project in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine presents the largest model to date for evaluating the impact and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock. Mike Sanderson, pr

Shane Greckel and Ben and Jamie Keep Take Home Young Farmer and Rancher Awards

Kearney, Neb. – Shane Greckle of Bloomfield was selected as the winner of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet, and Ben and Jamie Keep of Cotesfield was named the recipient of the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranche

NFBF Selects Hruby Family as 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Winners

Tim and Stephanie Hruby were honored as the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award recipients during the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Fundraising and Auction Dinner on Mon., Dec. 8. The coupl

Grants Announced to Encourage Students to Seek Careers in Agriculture and Apicul

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 9, 2014) – Next year, Bayer CropScience, in partnership with the National FFA Organization, will provide grants to inspire interest in agriculture and apiculture professions among America’s youth. The gra

Last Call! Deadline for College Ag Scholarship Applications Fast Approaching

With only days remaining, The National Corn Growers Association reminds interested students applications for ag college scholarships must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 12. NCGA and BASF Corporation offer these five $1,000 scholarships to und

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Says Nebraska Tax Structure and School Funding Sy

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) President Steve Nelson told more than 300 farmers and ranchers from across the state that Nebraska’s tax structure and school funding system is broken and a fix is needed. The remarks were
California Drought
Feb 2, 2014 - Cachuma Lake, California, U.S. - Dry cracked mud left high and dry as the water recedes. Cachuma Lake, the main source of drinking water for 200,000 people on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County is disappearing. The Lake is one of the

Data-driven Insights on the California Drought

A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources. Drought coverage of Ca

Local Board Guides Programming

The Land Grant Universities, like the University of Nebraska are unique in that they have three purposes.  We all know about a University’s teaching and research purpose, but the third purpose is Extension.  The Extension Division ‘e

AMPI CEO steps down Board of directors appoints interim leadership

NEW ULM, Minn— Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced its president and CEO, Ed Welch, resigned for personal reasons. Welch, who has been with the dairy marketing cooperative for 31 years, became CEO in 2008. “We are grateful to Ed f

Nebraska Cattlemen Announce 2015 Class of Young Cattlemen's Conference

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen announced the 2015 class of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). YCC nominees were accepted from Nebraska Cattlemen affiliate organizations throughout the state and selected by committee to participate in the two-year leadership program. Each class is limited to 10 individuals.

“The next generation of Nebraska Cattlemen will ensure Nebraska

Congressional Letter on Bighorn Gets USDA Response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) replied to the June bi-cameral letter from 37 U.S. Senators and Representatives. The letter, sent to Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, and Sally Jewell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, asked for clarifica

ASA Hails Barge Fuel Increase to Fund Waterways

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2014) – As part of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 404-17, a provision to increase the barge fuel fee to fund needed waterways infrastruc


It’s ICON Convention Time!! Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) will be hosting their annual convention in Brewster, NE, on Friday, December 19, 2014, 12 noon MST, at Uncle Buck’s Lodge. The day starts at 11 a.m. with registration. A

With Passage of Tax Extenders Stopgap, ASA Callsfor Longer-Term Solution

WASHINGTON – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment

American Lamb Promotional Funding Program

The American Lamb Board (ALB) has allocated $35,000 in FY 2015 to support new lamb promotion ideas targeting non industry audiences (consumers, chefs, media, retailers etc.). These funds are intended to help support local or regional lamb promotions desig

Bayer CropScience Looking for the Best Young Sustainable Farmers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Bayer CropScience is seeking young agricultural producers that are demonstrating leadership and excellence in the areas of business and environmental sustainability through the 2015 Young Farmer Sustaina

USDA Announces $9.7 Million in Dedicated Outreach and Technical Assistance to Di

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 – Today, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $9.7 million in grants to 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers. These awards are distributed through the Outreach and

Cash Grains

Columbus is recertified until October 2019

DECEMBER 2, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—Columbus, Neb. (pop. 22,533), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in May 2009 and just recertified this past October.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

"Producing advanced biofuel

NCBA and PLC Accepting Summer Internship Applications

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s and the Public Lands Council's government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the summer 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 9, 2015.

“NCBA and PLC provide opportunities that very few other internships can offer,” said John Weber, South Dakota

Vote for Your Favorite Entries in Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

With entries now closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association invites everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 400 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on

Sign-Up Deadline for the New Dairy Safety Net Is End of This Week

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers have only a few more days to go to their county Farm Service Agency office and sign up for the new dairy safety net included in the 2014 farm bill. The deadline is Friday, December 5 for enrolling in the new Margin Protection Program, for the remainder of 2014, for all of 2015, or for both.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers

Children and grain handling don't mix: here's why

Working in and around grain is extremely hazardous even for trained adults. Under no circumstances should young children be in the grain-handling worksite.

 And still, this harvest season has brought tragic fatalities and close-calls, such as:

 A 5-year-old North Carolina boy suffocates in a grain cart that is being loaded.

An 8-year-old South Dakota boy narrowly

Animal Scientist Funston Gets Regional Extension Award

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproduction specialist Rick Funston has been honored for his beef and heifer management work.

Funston won the 2014 Regional Excellence in Extension award for the North Central Region from Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.Funston, also a professor in the University

Soil Health Partnership Field Days Generate Farmer Discussions

There were more than snow flurries sprinkling the Midwest over the past few weeks. In Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana, the Soil Health Partnership was busy holding field days.

In Shelby, Nebraska, SHP demonstration farmer Greg Whitmore told farmers that he approaches soil health by asking himself, "What do I want to happen in specific field? Farmers should consider both the

NCGA Statement Regarding EPA RFS Announcement

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today's EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard:

"Today's announcement by EPA shows the Administration recognizes the proposed rule was inherently flawed and based on an unworkable methodology.  We will continue to

Department of Natural Resources Director Resigns

(Lincoln, NE)  Director Brian Dunnigan of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources resigned on Thursday. Director Dunnigan was appointed by Governor Heineman to the position in 2008 after serving in the Department for over 30 years. Director Dunnigan said, “It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of the state and I will miss all of the wonderful people that I have

Johanns Statement on President's Overreaching Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) issued the following statement on the President’s decision to circumvent Congress to act on immigration:

 “What the President is doing is wrong. His decision to act unilaterally undermines our legal system and ignores the clear message of the American people in the recent elections, rejecting his go-it-alone strategy and his

Forage Focus


 Click here for audio from Dr. Bruce Anderson

Nebraska/Iowa Hay Summary - Week Ending November 21, 2014

NEBRASKA: Compared to last week, all reported forage sold steady. Overall hay movement has been slow this fall and producers continue to sell limited amounts of hay. Most hay getting moved is going to dairies, feedlots that are weaning calves with a few orders going

NCYC Online Harvest Form Will Remain Open until December 5

The National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline for online harvest form submission for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Due to the high volume of calls requesting  additional time in light of late harvest conditions in northern states, online submission will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 5.  All harvest forms that will be submitted via the

Cooperative Water Agreement Signed with Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska

(Manhattan, Kan.) Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration. Representatives of the States have signed a resolution, approving operational adjustments in 2014 and 2015 under the Republican River Compact that will benefit water users throughout the Basin and

OSHA cites company after worker death in Nebraska

SHELBY, Neb.- Federal officials have cited a company for safety violations following a worker's death in Nebraska.
     The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Wisconsin-based Double Dutch Dairy has four serious safety violations. Officials issued $22,500 in fines.
     A worker in the

National Pork Board Funds New Swine Health Information Center

DES MOINES - Nov. 19, 2014 - At its regularly scheduled November meeting, the National Pork Board's board of directors approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center. The new, autonomous venture will focus its efforts on implementing industry preparedness for disease challenges that could affect U.S. swine herds.

According to Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science

NCGA, Allies Ask Congress to Renew Tax Provisions

In a letter sent Monday, the National Corn Growers Association joined more than 40 agricultural groups asking Senate and House leaders to renew important tax provisions during the lame-duck session.

The letter (available at this link) specifically focuses on Section 179, an expired tax provision relating to capital expenditures and bonus depreciation.

"Farmers and

2014 Silver Eagle Award to Honor Clayton Yeutter

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Dr. Clayton Yeutter of Eustis, Neb., as the 2014 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Yeutter on Dec. 9 at the 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Convention in Kearney.

Dr. Clayton Yeutter served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1989-91, under George H.W. Bush. He and his United States

UPDATED: Pennsylvania Firm Expands Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbrand

City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, Pa., establishment is expanding their recall to include an additional 12,282 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. This brings the total pounds of product recalled to 1,208,951 pounds. The products

NMPF Joins 41 Other Ag Groups in Urging Restoration of Section 179 Tax Provision

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today joined 41 other agricultural organizations in urging Congress to restore a tax code provision that allows small businesses, including farms, to write off capital purchases such as equipment immediately, instead of over time.

The provision, known as Section 179, is one of more than 50 expired tax policies the House and Senate

Commodity Classic Housing and Registration Open Today

Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.

The 20th annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The convention center

USDA and Partners Complete First-of-Its-Kind Sale of Carbon Credits from Working

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands

Gov. Heineman Announces Members of 2015 Nebraska Ag Youth Council

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman and Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced the selection of the members of the 2014-2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The council is comprised of college-aged students from throughout the state who exhibit a passion for agriculture and promote the industry through educating others.

“It’s an exciting time to

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared

City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, PA. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,196,669 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. 

Farm Bill Education Meeting – Tuesday, November 18

University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), are teaming up to provide educational meetings about the 2014 Farm Bill.  The local meeting is set for Tuesday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and will be held at the Saunders Co. Extension Office located at the Agricultural Research & Development Center near

One Week Remains for Awards Nominations

As a reminder, Nov. 15 marks the deadline for the submission of nominations for the annual American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) awards program.

Three award categories are available for nomination -- the McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award and the Distinguished Producer Award. Please note that past award recipients are not eligible. Awards will be presented at the ASI

USMEF Elects New Officer Team

On Nov. 7, 2014, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with election of new officers. Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, is USMEF chair, succeeding Mark Jagels of Davenport, Nebraska.

Leann Saunders

Saunders is co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, an agricultural and food verification

UNL and FSA Delivering 2014 Farm Bill Education Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency are joining to provide educational meetings across Nebraska on the 2014 Farm Bill.

 "The new farm bill provides producers a new, updated safety net for crop producers, but also provides a new, complex set of decisions," said Brad Lubben, UNL extension policy specialist. "It's

Ag Allies Ask President to Reign in EPA on Biofuels Cuts

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2014) – In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s

USDA Seeks Input on New Beef Promotion Order

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input from the public to guide its development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order (also known as a "checkoff program") for beef and beef products. The new order would be in addition to the existing beef checkoff program, providing American

Soil Health Partnership Field Day Comes to Nebraska

ST. LOUIS– The Soil Health Partnership holds its first Nebraska field day on Wednesday, November 12.  Corn farmer Greg Whitmore will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Central Valley Ag, 340 Oak Street in Shelby, Nebraska.

The morning agenda includes an update of Nebraska Corn Growers Association research and programs pertaining to soil health.

September Results Solid for U.S. Beef, Pork Exports

With September being another strong month for red meat export value, both U.S. beef and U.S. pork exports broke the $5 billion dollar mark for the first three quarters of the year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

September beef exports increased 6 percent from a year ago in volume to 100,068 metric tons (mt), and


CHESTERFIELD, MO. (November 6, 2014) – The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will bring the voices of farmers and ranchers to the New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference when it will host a breakfast and panel discussion, “Big Ag, Big Food: How Being Good for the Environment Is Not about Size” on Wednesday, November 12 at the Stone Barns Center for Food and

World Champion Team Roper to NCTA

Curtis, Neb. - Two-time world champion team roper Walt Woodard is coming to Nebraska for three days of heading, heeling and horsemanship.

The Stephenville, Texas professional team roper and instructor won world team roping championships in heeling in 1981 and 2007.

Woodard’s instruction for team ropers will span November 7, 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the indoor arena on

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2014 U.S. Agricultural Expor

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year's record of $141 billion).

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the record-setting year:


"American farmers and

USDA Seeks Comments on New Conservation Stewardship Rule

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 –As the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. 

“Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial forestland

Lakeview Community Schools update technology

COLUMBUS, Neb. (Nov. 4, 2014) – Lakeview Community Schools has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to purchase new Vernier lab technology, including digital data collection sensors to help students at Lakeview Jr. /Sr. High School understand the importance of data in decision

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Corn Board

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2016 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization's leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.

"Through my years on

Group Informs Ag Secretary of Its Members' Checkoff Policies

Billings, Mont. - In a letter sent today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, R-CALF USA provided a list of primary and secondary elements to be included in any future beef checkoff program. The letter is intended to address the Secretary's recent announcement that he plans to establish a new beef checkoff program under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of

Nebraska Cattlemen Announce New Director of Communications

LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska Cattlemen today announced Shannon Kingery of Lincoln was hired as Director of Communications. Kingery began the position October 27, 2014 and is responsible for internal and external communications, including media relations. She previously served four years as Director of Communications for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
“Nebraska Cattlemen’s

DuPont Pioneer and Raven Industries Enable Wireless Data Transfer

DES MOINES, Iowa, and SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 3, 2014 -- DuPont Pioneer and Raven Industries today announced a collaboration to allow for the seamless flow of information generated through Pioneer Encirca℠ services to Raven Viper® 4 and other compatible field computers by leveraging Raven’s Slingshot® wireless connectivity solution. Encirca℠ services are whole-farm decision

A Voice as Big as Texas!

DENVER- The top four finalists have been selected for the second annual National Cattlemen's Beef Association National Anthem Contest and we need your help in selecting the winner.

Mollie Beaver (11) Wichita, Kansas
Talli Heid (17) Yuma, Colorado
Hannah Segrist (14) Lubbock, Texas
Cassidy Thompson (16) Limon, Colorado

The participant entry videos can be seen on

FSA County Committee Elections to Begin Today

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA

Research on Lambs Could Lead to Treatment in Human Infants

Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are hoping to contribute to future human treatments for a respiratory virus in infants.

Mark Ackermann, professor in the department of veterinary pathology at ISU, has spent the last 15 years working with lambs to test the effects of two medications for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a virus that creates the common cold in human adults but could

National FFA Organization Selects 2014-15 Officers to Conclude 87th National FFA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team.

Andy Paul of Georgia, an agricultural education major at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was elected president. Victoria

DuPont Awarded Best Crop Protection R&D Pipeline for Second Straight Year

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 31, 2014 –DuPont received three prestigious Agrow Awards for its R&D pipeline, public outreach efforts and formulation innovation at the annual awards ceremony held in Amsterdam on October 29.  Agrow is a leading provider of news, analysis and data to the global agriculture industry.

The Agrow Awards were developed to recognize excellence in the crop

American Ethanol Gets Loud and Proud in Texas

Corn farmers in the Lone Star State are bringing their message about the benefits of American Ethanol to NASCAR fans at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with one of the largest E15 promotions of the year.

"We have done 12 major promotions this year and have exposed millions of NASCAR fans to the performance and environmental benefits of Sunoco Green E15, but there is a lot of

NMPF Welcomes Four New Co-ops as Members as 2014 Annual Meeting Closes

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday.

Also at the meeting, guest speaker Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, told attendees that the USDA is extending by one week the deadline for farmers to


ST. LOUIS– With a growing global population and increased pressures on agriculture due to climate change, farmers around the world will increasingly require a broad range of agricultural solutions to improve the on-farm potential of crops on our world’s finite farmland. Today, Monsanto Company reinforced its commitment to further improve the genetic potential of seeds by announcing a

Bayer CropScience Acquires Certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management Busine

MONHEIM, Germany, and WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 29, 2014 – Bayer CropScience (Bayer) and DuPont Crop Protection (DuPont) announced today the signing of an agreement for Bayer to purchase certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.  Closing of the transaction is expected in the fourth quarter 2014, subject to

USDA Issues Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE)

Lincoln, NE, Oct.27, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Nebraska. Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue

Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings Coming Across Nebraska in November

The 10th annual Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will be held at five locations across the state in November and will focus on Ag outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers.  Locally, the meeting will be November 18, 9:00 a.m., Room 205, West Education Center, Central Community College, Columbus.  The annual meeting series is offered by University of

On-Farm Research Helps Growers Generate Results

LINCOLN, Neb. — As corn and soybean growers work to get crops out of the fields this fall, next year's growing season may not be the first thing on their minds.  However, Laura Thompson, UNL Extension educator, said harvest is the ideal time to consider how on-farm research could benefit their operations."Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related


LINCOLN– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rock County rancher Roy Stewart are inviting the public to tour a wetland restoration project on his property Nov. 6 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. NRCS Area Engineer Bob Atkeson said this project is special and something to be proud of.

“Roy worked long and hard with NRCS and our partnering agencies to get this

Gov. Heineman Announces Knox County Designated Livestock Friendly

(Pawnee City, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman announced the official designation of Knox County as Nebraska’s newest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

“The designation of Knox County as Livestock Friendly is another reason why Nebraska is the number one cattle feeding state in America,” said Gov. Heineman.

NMPF Leaders Set Sights on Immigration, Trade & Other Issues In Wake of 2014 Vi

GRAPEVINE, Texas – With a major reform of the federal dairy safety net now complete, the leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation pledged today to step up efforts on other key issues, including the fight for meaningful immigration reform, and opening more foreign markets to U.S. dairy products.

Speaking at the organization’s two-day annual meeting here, Board Chairman

Nebraska and Kansas Work Together On Water Issue

Imperial, Neb. – An agreement reached Wednesday gives Nebraska 100 percent credit for augmentation water NRDs are pumping this year to maintain compliance with the Republican River Compact, and ensures water being stored in Harlan County Reservoir for compliance purposes won’t go to waste.

The agreement approved by the Republican River Compact Administration in Denver could be a

Nebraska Farm to School Summit held in Aurora

Lyons, NE - Over 100 people from across Nebraska attended the Center for Rural Affairs’ second annual Nebraska Farm to School Summit on Wednesday, October 22, at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. The summit was a free conference for farmers, ranchers, school food service staff, parents, students, and community members interested in Farm to School programs.


FARM Program Report Shows Continued Widespread Adoption of Animal Care Practices

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers nationwide continue to demonstrate widespread adoption of industry standards that assure high-quality care for their animals, according to a report released today by the National Milk Producers Federation.

The summary report, issued annually, quantifies practices by farmers participating in the industry’s responsible care program, known as the National

Pork Industry Launches New Common Audit to Ensure Animal Care and Food Safety

DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 23, 2014 - After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public. The new audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus

First Ponca Financial, Inc. in Nebraska Receives $96,185 USDA Invests in Small a

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing $96,185 in Nebraska to support small and emerging rural businesses projects.

First Ponca Financial, Inc. of Grand Island, Nebraska will utilize the USDA dollars to implement an Economic Gardening program that provides training and customized technical assistance for up to 10 start-up and existing Native

Group Says NCBA's Claims Against COOL Are Baloney

Billings, Mont. - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), which receives 82 percent of its annual revenues from government-mandated producer assessments under the national Beef Checkoff Program, is most likely using those government payments to offset the costs of its three-prong campaign to defeat country of origin labeling (COOL), that according to R-CALF USA CEO Bill

Deadline to Serve on Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Nears

DES MOINES, IOWA -The Pork Checkoff's Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms and one two-year term commencing in July 2015. Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers.

A minimum of nine candidates must be ranked by Pork Act

Johnson Represents NCGA at White House Event on Women in Ag

National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden at the White House Monday for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture. More than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education participated in the event, including the first women to lead each of the

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe

Slow Corn Harvest Continues, Quality Remains High

Corn harvest progress fell further behind the five-year average according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While only 31 percent of the crop was harvested as of October 19, the forecast of a high quality crop remains unchanged.

"While farmers are eager to get into their fields, wet conditions have made it difficult to do so in many areas," said

Nebraska Receives $3.6 Million Suicide Prevention Grant for Youth

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has received a five-year grant for $3,646,939 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce the numbers of suicides and suicide attempts among youths and young adults age 10-24 in Nebraska. 
“Young people face pressures and experience mental illness and substance

Crop storage issues may be less severe than anticipated

URBANA, Ill. – The large size of fall-harvested crops in the United States has raised very real concerns about the ability to readily store the record supply of crops available this year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, supplies that exceed permanent storage capacity require the use of temporary storage facilities or may require delayed harvest in some


Tammy Doughty, David Quam and Elizabeth Dressler have been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the American Lamb Board.  Each appointee will serve a three-year term, effective January 2015.  

The Board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints one third of

Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) - Statement by National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from

Five Myths of Ag Landlord Rights

By: Allan Vyhnalek

More than half of Nebraska's farmland is leased, and much of that with only a handshake agreement. At one time, that might have been enough, but now a written agreement allows both parties — landlord and tenant — the opportunity to spell out rights and responsibilities before issues arise.  A written lease gives both parties an opportunity to discuss

"AgroFuture" Conference Coming to Curtis

CURTIS, Neb. — Agriculture producers, students, agribusinesses and policy leaders are invited to the first "AgriFuture" conference in Nebraska on Oct. 28-30 in Kearney. 

Students and faculty from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, Neb., will be among participants in the multi-state event, said Paul Clark, NCTA agribusiness management systems professor

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Announces Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarshi

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the “Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship” that will award an annual $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding junior, senior or graduate level student.  Eligible students must be a resident of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry related degree. 

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean

Washington --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean

Two injured in east Nebraska tractor crash

RICHLAND, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Nebraska say two people have been hospitalized after a car collided with a tractor pulling a grain wagon.
The Colfax County Attorney's Office says an 18-year-old woman was driving on U.S. Highway 30 near Richland on Thursday. Authorities say she struck the wagon from behind and her car rolled on top of it.
Both drivers were

Scholarships for College Ag Students Available

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year.

"NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag," said Tom

NCGA Applauds EPA Deregulation of Enlist Duo Herbicide

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D herbicide, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which follows USDA's September approval of corn and soybean varieties designed to tolerate this herbicide, will provide farmers with a valuable tool to combat instances of weed resistance.



USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

"Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the

Newman Grove receives support to build greenhouse learning lab

Newman Grove has received a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to construct a greenhouse learning lab.A total of seventy five students from grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to use the greenhouse facilities, through science or agriculture coursework or through individual projects. Students will

A-FAN's Annual Stakeholders' Meeting Set for November 24 in Lincoln

Lincoln, NE—The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) has scheduled its 2014 annual stakeholders’ meeting for Monday, November 24 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln.

All A-FAN partners and stakeholders are invited to the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m. A buffet luncheon,

Nebraska Cattlemen Association Supports Sasse

The Nebraska Cattlemen Association announced its support for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.
“I’m honored to have the support of the Nebraska Cattlemen who work hard to make Nebraska the largest cattle feeding state in the nation,” said Sasse. “Nebraskans deserve a leader who will take that same determination, hard-work, and common-sense approach to the

USGS Announces Grants for Water Studies

The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded nearly $1 million to four university programs across the country, through the National Competitive Grants Program.

Proposals from Purdue University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, and the University of Nebraska won the grants this year.

Purdue University’s project will address the need to improve the

Nebraska Cattlemen Tells USDA: Don't Hijack the Checkoff

Nebraska Cattlemen along with National Cattlemen's Beef Association as well as 42 state cattlemens’ associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Nebraska Cattlemen President Jeff Rudolph, Cozad, says cattle producers in

Don Hutchens to Receive USMEF Distinguished Service Award

Don Hutchens, who recently concluded a long career as executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, has been named the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Distinguished Service Award.

Established in 1991, USMEF’s Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in the red meat industry who exemplifies the exceptional dedication and outstanding

Gov. Heineman Attends Salute to Nebraska Manufacturing Tour

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry on the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing Tour. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and business leaders, manufacturing employees, and students to celebrate October as Nebraska Manufacturing Month at events in four locations. Gov. Heineman today also

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska

Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North NRD (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame.

No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part of a project to map groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the district.

Beginning in mid-October and lasting up to 3 weeks, instruments mounted below a

Expert Analysis Says EPA Water Rule Would Harm Nebraska Agriculture

LINCOLN, NEB. – The impact of EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule would be “significant” and “cause cost increases, confusion and uncertainty to agricultural producers” according to a new analysis conducted by the former director of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Mike Linder. Agriculture members of the Common Sense

USDA Announces 19 USB Farmer-Director Appointments

ST. LOUIS (October 14, 2014) - Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) in December, after their recent appointments by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The 19 soybean farmers from across the United States include five new appointees and 14 returning directors. These volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean

Nebraska farmers return from trade missions in Asia

LINCOLN, NEB. - Two members of the Nebraska Corn Board recently returned from trade missions in Asia promoting U.S. corn and red meat. Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer from Giltner, Neb. and district 3 director on the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) participated in the U.S. producer’s mission to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). David Bruntz, farmer from Friend, Neb. and district

ADM to Acquire Specialty Commodities Inc.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc. (SCI), a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for US$170 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

“One of the ways we are improving returns and

Farm Bill Base Acre and Yield Update

Cropland owners will have an opportunity to reallocate base acres and update yields by Feb. 27, 2015, under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Updating base acres will be a critical decision under the 2014 Farm Bill. Landowners will have two choices. They can either retain the farm’s 2013 base acres or reallocate base acres based on planting history from 2009-2013. Producers will not be able to add

HungerU Coming to UNL Oct. 16-17 to Educate Students on World Hunger

LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln students soon will have an opportunity to learn about one of the most pressing global challenges their generation will be charged with solving – world hunger – as the HungerU® Tour comes to campus.

 Hunger and malnutrition are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other cause. Even in the U.S., one in six


LINCOLN - Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach yesterday wrapped up two days of agricultural trade discussion and negotiation as part of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago.  Ibach was head of the U.S. delegation at the event, which included agriculture leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
"Canada and Mexico are two of our top trade partners, and

Farmers and Ag Professionals Collaborate on Sharing Farmland

Have you seen the documentary “FARMLAND”? Chances are, if you work in agriculture, it was on your radar screen, even with its limited engagement. The ultimate goal was for many consumers to see it as well. That’s where you can get involved.

In agriculture, we see a lot of pushback from consumers who are more and more removed from the farm. If you’ve not put yourself out


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is reminding beginning farmers of upcoming application deadlines for NDA’s NextGen program.
According to Ibach, NextGen has two parts, the personal property tax exemption for beginning farmers, and the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program that offers tax credits to existing farmers or ranchers who own

Coalition Acknowledges Comment Extension, Again Calls for EPA to Withdraw Rule

Members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition acknowledged Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement to provide additional time for public comment on the agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposal, but coalition partners again called for EPA to withdraw the proposal in its entirety.
EPA announced Oct. 6 it would extend the official public comment

Sheep Producers Host Roll-Over Auction Fundraiser

Billings, Mont. - Recently, R-CALF USA had its first ever sheep roll-over auction fundraiser. This milestone event occurred during the 69th annual Newell Ram Show & Sale. R-CALF USA member Keith Franke of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, donated a yearling ewe to be auctioned in the roll-over sale that raised thousands in support of R-CALF USA. In addition to the fundraiser, Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA

Protect Yourself and Your Pigs this Flu Season

DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 9, 2014 - In anticipation of this flu season, the Pork Checkoff is reminding producers, farm personnel, veterinarians and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. The flu season can start as early as October and can last through May.

"It's always wise for producers and swine

Harvested Biotech Crops Top 4 Billion Acres

Des Moines, Iowa – When the sixteen farmers representing agriculture around the globe gather in Des Moines next week for the Global Farmer Roundtable, they can celebrate a milestone. Since 1996 until now, over 4 billion acres of biotech crops will have been harvested. That’s billion with a B.
Four billion acres is 1.5 times the size of Europe. It’s nearly as big as

Milford, Norris, East Butler, and Raymond Central Teams Qualify for State Land J

David City, NE – Hundreds of students are more equipped to take on life’s daily challenges in the world of natural resources now that they’ve competed in the 2014 East Central Land Judging competition in Butler County Wednesday. The competition tested nearly 200 students’ knowledge of soil types, proper land use practices, and other important topics.

The Lower Platte

Thune Applauds New STB Transparency Reporting Requirements For Railroads

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, made the following statement today regarding the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) new data reporting requirements:
“I welcome the additional transparency the STB is seeking from the nation’s largest freight railroads as

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will extend the comment period on its proposed rule to redefine U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to comment has been extended from October 20 to November 14, 2014.

“Though today’s announcement

Corn Harvest Continues Slowly

The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only five percentage points in the last week, standing now at 17 percent, compared to a five-year average of 32 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. 

Crop quality continues virtually unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.

"This is a very busy season for our growers as they

R-CALF USA Commends 32 Senators for Defending COOL

Billings, Mont. - In early September Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) reached out to Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to draft a bipartisan letter to demonstrate the U.S. Senate's resolve to defend the nation's 2002 country of origin labeling (COOL) law. Today, with the signatures of 32 Senators, their bipartisan, pro-COOL letter was sent to the chair and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee

Farmland Now Available on HULU

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks - providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and

As New Fiscal Year Begins, Chairman Barbre Offers Ways to Build Upon Prior Succe

As the new fiscal year begins, the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board seated new members and officers Wednesday.  Among the changes: former NCGA President Martin Barbre, of Illinois, became Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to Chip Bowling, of Maryland.

The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Barbre to discuss the Corn

Soy Buyers Prefer Predictability of U.S. Shipments

ST. LOUIS (October 2, 2014) - Some international buyers prefer U.S. soy to that from top competitors Brazil and Argentina because they can count on it reaching them in a timely manner, according to a new soy-checkoff-funded study.
In fact, foreign soy buyers often pay as much attention to the timeliness of a shipment delivery as they do to the price. That’s because late shipments can be

Beef Checkoff Teams Up With Ibotta App

In cooperation with Ibotta, the 16th most frequently used app in the United States, the beef checkoff recently encouraged customers at two national retailers to choose beef at the meat case. Ibotta shared educational information about freezing beef and about beef nutrition, in addition to sharing the checkoff's Easy Lean Beef Burger and DIY Taco videos. By engaging with the content, Ibotta


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 – Winter wheat production is estimated at 71.1 million bushels, up 78 percent from last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acreage totaled 1.55 million acres, up 5 percent from a year earlier. Acres harvested for grain totaled 1.45 million acres, 27 percent above 2013. Yield at 49 bushels per acre, is up 14


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 -- Nebraska old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 141 million bushels, up 77 percent from 2013, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 48.0 million bushels are stored on farms, up 118 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 93.3 million bushels, are up 63 percent from last year.


U.S. Biodiesel industry Challenges EU Trade Barriers

WASHINGTON -The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.

NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has changed dramatically since

Nation's Ag Co-ops Set Record for Annual Sales and Income

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain. U.S. co-ops also enjoyed robust job growth over the previous year.

This third

New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions

ST. LOUIS (September 30, 2014) - Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started.

U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help


LINCOLN, NE-- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for September 2014 averaged $5.45 per bushel, a decrease of 37 cents from the August price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary September corn price, at $3.30 per bushel, decreased 38 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary September sorghum price averaged

Nebraska Farm Bureau Reminds Farmers, Ranchers of Sales Tax Change

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is reminding farmers and ranchers that repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment will no longer be subject to Nebraska sales and use taxes, effective Oct. 1. The change in Nebraska state law is the result of the passage of Nebraska Farm Bureau supported legislation during the 2014 session of the

Keep waterhemp control top of mind

INDIANAPOLIS — Sept. 30, 2014 — Waterhemp continues to top the list of challenging weeds to control in cornfields and ignoring it can be costly.

Waterhemp is one of the most common weeds for Midwest growers and has been especially difficult to control this growing season, says Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“There were frequent weed escapes this

Haulers Reminded Proper Permits Needed during Harvest Season

(Lincoln, Neb.)- With the arrival of harvest season in Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division would like to remind haulers to obtain the proper permits and make sure their equipment has been inspected and is safe for use.

Haulers are reminded that the Seasonal Harvest Permit or farmer issued statement are not valid on any part of the Interstate System, to

Cedar Rapids, Newcastle farmers win grain rescue tubes for local fire department

Hundreds of Nebraska farmers selflessly signed up their local fire departments to win a grain rescue tube during the recent Husker Harvest Days event. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) are proud to announce that two Nebraska farmers’ names were drawn this week to win a rescue tube for each of their local fire departments.

Bob Ziemba, Cedar

USDA Announces Close and Findings of Investigation into the Detection of Genetic

WASHINGTON— After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of the GE wheat appears to be an isolated incident. The GE wheat found

State High School Students Attend World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska high school students attended the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sept. 19.
Food security – people's ability to not live in hunger or fear of starvation – is the focus of the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute. This also is the focus of the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des

November 15 Deadline for Annual ASI Awards

Nov. 15 marks the deadline for the submission of nominations for the annual American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) awards program.

Three award categories are available for nomination:

The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in

Sheep Industry Improvement Survey

An online survey on the topic of Improving the Quality of the U.S. Sheep Flock is being conducted. The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of sheep and goats, is managing the survey.

"We need the industries perspective on genetic improvement," said Reid Redden, Ph.D., NSIP chairman. "The American Lamb Industry Roadmap stated

USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands

WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship,

Child agricultural safety grants offered – up to $20,000

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is offering three mini-grants of up to $20,000 each to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:

Address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping


Wahoo, Nebraska – In January 2014 the Lower Platte North NRD began the process of updating the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan originally developed and approved in 2010. Communities are encouraged by FEMA to have pre-disaster mitigation plans in an effort to reduce impacts and cost associated with natural disasters. FEMA requires that these plans be updated and approved on a five year

USDA Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Loans and Grants to Nebraska to Increas

Lincoln, Nebraska Sept. 25, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien announced the selection of five Nebraska utilities and development organizations for more than $1.5 million in loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities. 

 In Nebraska, the Perennial Public Power District received

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net

Nebraska Farm Bureau Highlights Key Agriculture Issues in Supporting Ricketts, T

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation has reiterated its support for Republican Party candidate Pete Ricketts for Governor, while thanking Gov. Dave Heineman for his years of service to Nebraska farm and ranch families. Nebraska Farm Bureau hosted an event Thur. Sept. 25 where Gov. Heineman, Ricketts and Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson shared perspectives on key

NMPF Provides Narrated Slide Presentation Explaining How Farmers Can Take Advant

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation has posted a slide presentation on YouTube to help dairy farmers understand the new federal dairy safety net, known as the Margin Protection Program (MPP), as part of its ongoing effort to educate farmers about the new program.
There are links to the narrated presentation on both the NMPF website, and the Future for Dairy

NCBA's 2015 Record Books Available for Purchase

DENVER (September 24, 2014) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing U.S. cattle producers, has published the 2015 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record their production records in order to enhance profitability of their operations.

For more than 30 years,

National FFA Organization membership explodes to 610,240 students

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Today's students are


LINCOLN, NE, September 22, 2014 -- For the week ending September 21, 2014, sunshine and above normal temperatures across much of the state helped move crop development towards maturity, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited to portions of the eastern third of the

State with accumulations generally less than an inch. Dry bean harvest was


Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm

Fall Farm Safety

National Farm Safety Week is September 21-27, 2014.  Each year I try to have a news release timed with that occasion. Farming ranks behind mining with the second highest number of disabling and fatal incidents annually.  Giving some reminders to coincide with this event seems like a prudent thing to do.

This harvest season, farmers should remember to follow basic safety

CHS to Announce 1.5 Million Gift to Further Agricultural Education Sustainabilit

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., CHS will announce its commitment to furthering agricultural education in the United States through a gift of $1.5 million dollars, to be given over the next 3 years to the National FFA Foundation.

The gifting ceremony will take place at CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, just in advance of the National Teach Ag Day celebration. The

Help in Finding Renewable Fuels at the Pump

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA— In today’s fast-paced marketplace, consumers are faced with a daunting number of choices each day. And with life being so fast-paced, information is constantly being presented to us to sift through. This is also true with our energy needs.

Consumers have choices to make in regards to their energy needs at home and also in their vehicles. Renewable fuels are a

Nebraska couple CAB feedlot partners of the year

Story and photos by Miranda Reiman

For many couples, their first joint purchase is an appliance or furniture, maybe even a car or a house. Ryan and June Loseke jumped “all in,” buying a feedyard just days before they were married.

June was deep in the details of last-minute wedding preparations when she found herself in what was one of the most important conversations

UNL Dedicates Statues of Former Secretaries of Agriculture

LINCOLN, Neb. — On a day when four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture from Nebraska were honored in bronze on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus, Ronnie Green already was looking ahead to the need to make room for a fifth and sixth – who knows how many? – statues.

Green, Harlan vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska's

House Passes Jobs Bill

The House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key tax

Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week's recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.
In action concluding its Sept. 16-17

Nebraska Corn opens invitation for bus trip to Kansas Speedway for October 5 NAS

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — NASCAR fans, start your engines and join Nebraska corn farmers as we head to the races! The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers have an open invitation to anyone interested in attending the Sunday, October 5, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

This open invitation includes transportation to and from the race, ticket for the race, morning

Statue Dedication this Saturday Honoring Johanns, other Agriculture Secretaries

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) will participate in a statue dedication honoring past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture from Nebraska this Saturday, September 20, in Lincoln. The dedication will take place on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s East Campus, just north of Filley Hall.
Commissioned in 2012 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill

Farm to Table, literally

by Laura Conaway
Josh Moore defies stereotypes the moment he walks into a kitchen in Louisville, Ky., or anywhere else.

It’s not the tribal tattoos emerging from the seams of his white coat nor his linebacker stature that give him away. It’s his food.

No formal culinary education, “just the school of hard knocks,” sustained Moore through 20 years of making a name

Nebraska Corn Board partners with UNL for distinctive Presidential Chair

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — The Nebraska Corn Board has made a $2.0 million commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the permanently endowed Nebraska Corn Checkoff Presidential Chair. The endowment will provide annual support to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) for research and development related to corn demand.

For nearly 30 years,

Gov. Heineman Discusses International Trade Efforts

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman discussed Nebraska’s efforts to expand international trade efforts specifically in Japan, and announced that Nebraska has been chosen to host the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association’s 50th annual conference in September 2018. The Governor was joined by Dacia Kruse, Department of Economic Development Acting Director; Greg Ibach, Director of the

ASA Encourages Soybean Farmers to Safeguard Export Markets Through Proper Grain

ST. LOUIS– As the soybean and corn harvest hits full stride in much of the nation’s growing regions, the farmer-leaders of the American Soybean Association remind farmers to do their part by taking extra care to keep biotech traits that are not yet approved in key export markets out of normal grain marketing channels. For those soybean farmers that also produce corn, this includes

Gov. Heineman Announces $1.7 Million CDBG Grants to Eight Public Works Projects

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today awarded eight Nebraska communities with $1,779,800 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to pursue projects in the public works category. Funding went to Howells, Newman Grove, Peru, Phillips, Plainview, Scribner, South Sioux City and Wakefield.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the state’s CDBG program.

ReTree Week is Sept. 21-27 in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Trees are one of the most important resources of Nebraska communities. Investing in tree-planting and care reap tangible economic benefits in the form of energy savings and real estate values. They also make neighborhoods, schools, shopping districts and parks more healthy and appealing.


A fall mini-grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is calling attention to recent estimates for a large harvest and encouraging producers and agribusinesses to exercise care as they begin what is generally the busiest time of the year for agriculture.

“We anticipate having a record high soybean harvest this year, as well as one of the best average yields for

Online Harvest Forms for 50th National Corn Yield Contest Now Available

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.




LINCOLN, NE, September 15, 2014 -- For the week ending September 14, 2014, below normal temperatures coupled with rain in the east and light snow in western portions of the State slowed fieldwork activities, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Moisture accumulations across the southeastern third of the state were an inch or more with lesser amounts elsewhere.

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Ameri

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from garnishing Americans’ wages without a court order. Johanns wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy earlier this year to stop EPA from gaining this authority without public input.

Johanns said, “Federal overreach has been


LINCOLN – Stan Garbacz, the Agricultural Trade Representative for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), has been awarded the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture.  The award was presented to Garbacz late last week during the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Vermont.

“All 50 states have the


Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service

"2,000 Bull Project" Targets Cattle Traits

By Sandra Avant
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are investigating methods to help beef cattle producers further improve genetic evaluations for routinely measured traits such as growth and calving ease. They are also targeting economically important traits like feed efficiency and disease resistance that are expensive or difficult to measure.

In 2007, scientists started the

USCA Supports USDA Review of Beef Checkoff, Encourages Rewrite Under the 1996 Ac

USCA (September 15, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) board of directors voted to support the Secretary of Agriculture's stated intent to overhaul the Beef Checkoff program. Secretary Vilsack has related publicly his frustration with the lack of substantial progress being made by the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group (BCEWG) and said he is considering using

Homegrown, Renewable Fuels provide Energy Independence

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA— Biodiesel and ethanol, two energy sources made from soybeans and corn, respectively, are homegrown and locally produced. For Renewable Fuels Month in September, Nebraska farmers celebrate these homegrown crops and their abundant number of renewable uses.

In Nebraska last year, farmers raised 252 million bushels of soybeans and 1.6 billion bushels of corn. And

Pork Checkoff Announces 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards

DES MOINES - Sept. 15, 2014 - The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected two pork farms to be honored as the 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers who are dedicated to safeguarding the environment and contributing to their local communities.

The 2014 award recipients are:

• Bruce and

Pelt Prices - Where are they?

Lamb and sheep skin prices have fallen to low levels this year. An article released by Mecardo Expert Market Analysis in Australia looked at the relationship between pelt and wool prices both in recent years and from the perspective of recent decades.

When graphed on a common scale from 0 percent (the lowest price during the previous 3 years) to 100 percent (the highest price during the

As Corn Crop Grows, Prices Shrink

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture today estimating a record corn supply of 15.5 billion bushels this coming year, the National Corn Growers Association is closely tracking corn prices and fighting back against efforts that will reduce demand for the bountiful supply.

"With a record crop on the way and prices continually sinking, it is critical our federal

Rains Hinder Parking, Demos at Husker Harvest Days; Plan Accordingly

Heavy rains pelted the Husker Harvest show site requiring the events team to cancel the event for one day.

Gates will reopen for Thursday at 8 a.m. with a few conditions.

Tillage, combine, shredding, spraying demonstrations have been canceled for Thursday, while haying demonstrations are to be determined. If weather conditions allow for the hay to be tedded, baling demonstrations will be

Senator Roberts Calls on Majority Leader Reid to Debate Waters of the U.S. Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the Senate to act on critical legislation to protect farmers, ranchers and private property owners from proposed Waters of the U.S. rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The House has approved bipartisan legislation to stop the EPA’s regulatory assault on

Reinke and NCTA Announce Commitment to Irrigation Program

 Reinke and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) have announced an educational initiative to provide the latest in center-pivot irrigation technology and hands-on training to students enrolled in the Irrigation Technician Concentration. September kicks-off the first official class of students enrolled in the two semester concentration program. 

“Today, we salute

ADM R&D Leader Receives Innovation Award

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dr. Todd Werpy, Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (NYSE: ADM) senior vice president, Research and Development, has received the 2014 American Chemical Society Affordable Green Chemistry award for his work in producing bio-based propylene glycol economically on a commercial scale.

ADM’s first-in-the industry process can produce 100,000 metric tons per year

Common Sense Nebraska Calls Upon Congressional Delegation to Support H.R. 5078

Common Sense Nebraska called upon Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to support H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

The bill prohibits EPA and the Army Corps from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed “waters of the US” (WOTUS) rule.  Instead, the bill

Smith Votes to Prevent EPA's 'Waters of the US' Rule

Washington, D.C.–  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE)  voted in favor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.  This legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a rule which would expand federal authority to include virtually all water flows, including on private land.

Lucas Praises House Passage of Bill to Block EPA's Latest Attack on American Agr

WASHINGTON –Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, by a vote of 262-152. This legislation prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine "waters

Tuesday Rains Cancel Wednesday Show

GRAND ISLAND, NEB.- Husker Harvest Days gates will not open on Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. However, the weather forecast, which calls for little to no rain after Tuesday, means that gates will open again on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

 Extremely muddy conditions have made parking areas impassable. All access gates to the site will be closed on Wednesday. Visitors who had

Lt. Gov. Heidemann Resigns

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann is resigning from the Office of Lt. Governor.

Heidemann offered the following statement at a news conference in the Governor’s Office this morning.

It has been overwhelming and humbling, all at the same time, to receive so much support and encouragement from people all across this state. It is the people who have worked with


Lincoln – Pete Ricketts commented today on news of Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announcing his resignation as lieutenant governor and withdrawing from the gubernatorial campaign.
"Last night, I received a call from Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who informed me of his decision to resign as lieutenant governor and withdraw his candidacy for lieutenant governor.
"I receive

NCGA Reminds Growers of Importance of Proper Grain Channeling

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest, particularly that planted as part of the Right to Grow system for limited release of Duracade.

The Right to Grow system tightly controlled the sale of seed corn produced using Duracade technology in a vigorous attempt to keep it out of export channels and limited

Nebraska Corn Board encourages farmers raising Agrisure Duracade to make sure th

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Nebraska Corn Board wants farmers to make sure that the corn they grow has a place to go.  In an effort to ensure the U.S. corn industry maintains important international trade markets, the Nebraska Corn Board is urging growers to follow stewardship protocols for U.S.-grown biotech hybrids yet to be approved in major export markets away from export

Troop C Plans Husker Harvest Days Enforcement

(Grand Island, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters – Grand Island will once again provide traffic control and special enforcements in conjunction with Husker Harvest Days, September 9-11 in Hall County.

Motorists can expect to see an increased trooper presence as officers’ work to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes on roadways leading to

Johanns: CBO Score of Housing Finance Reform Validates Banking

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today said the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, is further proof that the full Senate must act on the bipartisan legislation. CBO estimates the bill – which would protect taxpayers from future collapses of the housing market and shrink the


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently unveiled new marketing campaigns designed to bolster awareness of two long-running NDA programs. 
According to NDA Director Greg Ibach, the Nebraska Beginning Farmer Program will now be known as NDA NextGen, while the Nebraska Farm Mediation Program will now be called the NDA Negotiations Program.  With the

Leading Agriculture Organizations Launch Coalition for the Advancement of Preci

WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) today announces its official launch and upcoming Precision Ag Forum, taking place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, CAPA will serve as a voice for the benefits of precision agriculture

PEDV Reporting Workshops Scheduled for Pork Producers

On June 5, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a Federal Order requiring pork
producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive
occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other novel swine enteric coronaviruses that meet the case definition.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association along with the

Safety demonstrations with GSI, Inc at Husker Harvest Days

The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) in partnership with GSI, Inc., are hosting grain engulfment safety demonstrations throughout the Husker Harvest Days event, September 9-11, 2014. These demos tie with the theme, “Take a Second for Safety” that all of the commodities will be promoting in the Commodities Building (Lot #8) on Main Street.

NMPF Launches Online Calculator to Help Farmers Select Coverage Levels under New

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today launched an online, downloadable calculator to help farmers select coverage levels under the new federal dairy safety net, known as the Margin Protection Program for dairy (MPP). The calculator is located at
The calculator allows farmers to enter their own milk production and

UNL Research Explores Causes of Sausage Spoilage

LINCOLN, Neb. — When perishable foods near the end of their shelf life, we usually attribute their unpleasant color or odor to some bad species of bacteria or fungi that finally has blossomed, giving a whole new sensory experience to what was once a mouth-watering commodity.
However, while the direct connection between spoilage microbes and that "ewww factor" was pretty

Attendance drops at Nebraska State Fair

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Actual rain and the threat of severe weather have been blamed for a drop in attendance at the Nebraska State Fair last week.
Heavy rain held down the Grand Island crowds at the beginning of the week, and then Sunday's forecast may have kept people home. Sunday's attendance was down 36 percent from last year's final Sunday.
Threats of 2-inch

At Husker Harvest Days Extension Looking Forward After First 100 Years

LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is celebrating its first 100 years by "Always looking forward" at this year's Husker Harvest Days show. The show is Sept. 9-11 near Grand Island.
"We're proud of where we've been and what we have helped this great state and university accomplish, but we're even more proud of what's ahead of

USCA Opposes APHIS Proposed Rule To Allow Imports of Beef From Region in Argenti

USCA -The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced a proposal to amend regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina; specifically, from a region located north of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B.  The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) opposes

Keeping the Farmer on the Farm

BURWELL, Neb. – Rob Burnham, a farmer and rancher outside Burwell, Neb. never thought he would struggle to do the job he loves.

“But that’s part of being a farmer and rancher,” Burnham said, who faces severe pain from back, hip and other issues. “Our bodies sometimes give out before our mind wants to.”

Burnham was not one to ask for advice or help, but


LINCOLN, NE, September 2, 2014 -- For the week ending August 31, 2014, most of the State received some rain with the heaviest amounts in the east central areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Much of the State saw below normal temperatures with only the southeast corner being above normal. Crops and pastures benefited from the rains with only hay harvest

National Pork Board CEO Stepping Down

DES MOINES, IOWA - Sept. 2, 2014 - The National Pork Board announced today that Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak will step down after six years of service to the pork industry and the Pork Checkoff.  Novak is leaving Oct. 3, 2014, to assume leadership of the National Corn Growers Association.

"We're grateful to Chris for his leadership these past several years," said Dale

Ag Leader Chris Novak to Become NCGA’s Chief Executive Officer

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 2, 2014) – After a comprehensive recruitment process with many strong candidates, the National Corn Growers Association announced today that Chris Novak will become the organization’s next chief executive officer, taking the place of 14-year veteran Rick Tolman, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the organization.


Consumers have Choices with Renewable Fuels

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. — Nebraskans have the choice of what type of fuel they put in their vehicle when they fill up. These options are available thanks to renewable biofuels such as ethanol or biodiesel. In September, Nebraskans can celebrate these choices with the recent proclamation of “September is Renewable Fuels Month” by Gov. Dave Heineman.

When consumers make the

Liability of Cattle Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions

By: Allan Vyhnalek

Nebraska cattle producers face liability risk when their cattle get out onto public roadways in the state. Motor vehicle accidents involving cattle on public roadways may cause personal injury or property damage to the vehicle. Occupants involved in a motor vehicle collision may seek damages to compensate for personal injury or property losses experienced during the

Nebraska LEAD Announces 2014-2016 Fellows

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska LEAD Group 34 participants were announced by Terry Hejny, director, Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program.
The newest members of Nebraska's premier two-year agricultural leadership development program in its 34th year are made up exclusively of participants who are involved in production agriculture and/or agribusiness in

ADM Announces Sale of Global Chocolate Business

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) today announced an agreement to sell its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million, subject to a customary working-capital adjustment. The proposed sale is expected to close during the first half of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions.

“As part of our ongoing

Settlements with Pair of Related Norfolk, Neb., Pesticide Companies to Improve P

Custom Feed Services Corporation and Earthworks Health LLC, two separate pesticide companies based in Norfolk, Neb., with common ownership, have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $74,513 to settle allegations related to the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

On behalf

Statement from NCBA President Regarding APHIS Proposed Rule to Allow Importation

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued the following statement:

"The National

CNH Industrial Grand Island Plant Announces Layoffs

Citing "company response to current demand" CNH Industrial officials say there will be job reductions at their Grand Island plant.

CNH spokesperson Kathleen Prause says 170 full-time employees and 68 third party agency workers will be laid off.

Employees were given the news on Thursday.

The "indefinite layoff" will start in October and be done by November.


State Climatologist: Models Show Above Normal Precipitation for This Fall

LINCOLN, Neb. — A big question this fall: will there be harvest delays due to wet weather?
Tendencies for above-normal precipitation statewide with the highest probability south and west of a line from Scottsbluff to Grand Island are showing up for September according to the Climate Prediction Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist says.
October through

Peterson Announces Enrollment for Dairy Margin Protection Program

WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on September 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference

NCGA Urges Growers to Make Grain Bin Safety Their Top Priority

As farmers across the country prepare to hit the fields in their combines, the National Corn Growers Association urges all growers to remember the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. To help increase awareness of this important topic, NCGA offers a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.

Click here to


LINCOLN, NE-- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for August 2014 averaged $5.90 per bushel, a decrease of 46 cents from the July price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary August corn price, at $3.70 per bushel, decreased 50 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary August sorghum price averaged $6.10

Mapping the truth

By Tom Reynolds
Associate Administrator, External Affairs EPA
Since releasing our proposal in March to better protect clean water, there have been some questions raised in the press, most recently about maps that use data developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish & Wildlife Service and show locations and flow patterns of many of the nation’s waterways.

Settlement with Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Creates Sustainable Path Forward

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, a federally recognized Native American tribe located in northeastern Nebraska, and the Tribe’s Utilities Commission have reached a settlement with the United States to improve the Tribe’s drinking and wastewater systems and its trash collection program.

The settlement, in the form of a judicial Consent Decree filed with the U.S. District Court of

Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level

FREE BQA Certifications from Sept. 1-Oct. 31

For the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll from September 1-October 31.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. BIVI will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming

Valmont Acquires Majority Stake in AgSense, A Leading Agricultural Technology Co

Omaha, NE - Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, announced today that it has acquired a majority interest in South Dakota-based AgSense ( The acquisition further extends Valmont’s industry leading offerings in remote monitoring and control

Governor proclaims September as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA –The month of September has been declared as Renewable Fuels Awareness month in Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman. Renewable Fuels Month aims to celebrate Nebraska’s renewable fuels industry and its positive contributions to Nebraska and our citizens.

The proclamation was coordinated through the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board. The two

Archer Daniels Midland Company Announces Sponsorship to Support National FFA Org

INDIANAPOLIS (National FFA Organization) – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) recently donated $50,000  in support of the National FFA American Degree and the American Star Awards recognition as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This is a renewed gift on behalf of ADM’s Crop Risk Services business unit and 2014 marks the 55th year in ADM’s history

NCGA Calls for Action to Open Markets for Potential Record Corn Crop

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling took advantage of one of the nation's largest farm shows to talk about the important actions that must be taken by the federal government to shore up markets for the record 15.2 billion bushel corn crop anticipated in 2014.

"Farmers like to grow good crops. We remember the years we struggled, as many of us

Donate food at Husker Harvest Days to help fight local hunger

GRAND ISLAND, Neb– Visitors to this year’s Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska, will have an opportunity to contribute to the fight against hunger for local Nebraska families. From Sept. 9-11, organizers will be accepting nonperishable food donations for the America’s Farmers Food Drive. Since 2009, this food drive has collected more than 100,000 pounds of food,

Farm Credit Services of America Announced as Presenting Sponsor at Raising Nebr

LINCOLN, NE—Consumers who visit the new Raising Nebraska exhibition hall on the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair will have the opportunity to talk one on one with farmers, ranchers and other food and agriculture experts during the State Fair and throughout the year, thanks to underwriting support from Farm Credit Services of
America (FCSAmerica).

Officials at the Institute of

ADM Announces Management Appointment

DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that Christina Hahn has been appointed vice president, Investor Relations and Competitive Analysis, where she will represent the company to the investment community and act as an advocate for shareholder value creation. Hahn had previously served as director, Corporate Strategy & Competitive

Agricultural Bankers Gather in Omaha to Ponder Future Ag Economy

WASHINGTON — In recent years, the agricultural economy has seen the best of times, but what’s around the corner? Is the great farm boom of the 21st century coming to an end?  That’s what the nation’s leading experts in ag lending will gather to discuss in Omaha, Neb. this November. The American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference – now

Corn Growers Silent Auction Raises $1640 for Food Bank of Lincoln

LINCOLN, NE—The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) hosted its 4th Annual Corn Grower Open golf tournament on July 22nd at the York Country Club in York, Nebraska.  During the event, NeCGA held their first annual silent auction.  The proceeds from this auction and mulligan sales were to given to the Food Bank of Lincoln. With the help of Corn Grower members, sponsors and


The Nebraska Soybean Board held an election in July for the Director Seat in District 7. Nebraska soybean farmers in that district voted with the following results:

District 7 - Counties consisting of Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Franklin, Hall, Kearney, Nuckolls and Webster.

Ron Pavelka – Glenvil, NE – Adams County – 161 - Elected

Keith Keller – Harvard, NE – Clay


LINCOLN, NE -- For the week ending August 17, 2014, rain in the central part of the State helped reduce the need for irrigation, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dryland crops in areas that did not receive rain were showing stress. Cooler weather in the eastern part of the State slowed crop development, while warmer temperatures in the west helped dry down

Nebraska Farm Bureau Develops Resources to Help in Local Property Tax Discussion

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is reminding Nebraskans there is still time to engage in discussions about local budgets and local spending, which directly impact Nebraskans property tax bills.  To help Nebraskans better understand the local process, the organization has developed a series of informational materials on how they can help “Hold the Line on Property

Nebraska State Patrol Welcomes State Fair Visitors

(Grand Island, Neb.)-  Safety information and giveaways will once again be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to visitors during the Nebraska State Fair, August 22- Sept. 1, at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

The NSP exhibit is located in the 4H & FFA Exhibition building on the north end of the State Fair grounds. The exhibit will include safety information and giveaways with

Corn Silage Harvest Reminders

By:  Allan Vyhnalek

High-quality corn silage often is an economical substitute for some of the grain in finishing and in dairy rations, and it can be an important winter feed for cow-calf producers. All too often, though, silage isn't harvested at the best time for ultimate feed value.

Timing needs to be based on moisture content of the silage. Silage chopped too early and wetter

Dairy Visibility Increases at Nebraska State Fair

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Thanks to a joint effort by farmer-funded groups in Nebraska, dairy farming and food are among the topics for a new display called Raising Nebraska at the Nebraska State Fair. The display is a centerpiece component in the new Nebraska building at the fair, which begins Aug. 22 in Grand Island.

Midwest Dairy Association, funded by dairy farm families in 10 states, is a sponsor


  The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) are rejecting the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) being proposed by several agricultural groups which, among other things, will in effect raise the Beef Checkoff from $1 to $2 or more.

The MOU was hammered out by the leadership of American Farm Bureau, United States Cattlemen's Association, National Cattlemen's Beef

Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation*) for food, housing, childcare and education, and other child-rearing expenses up

4-H and FFA State Fair Exhibitors to Receive Farm Bureau T-Shirts

The Nebraska State Fair is the mecca for 4-H and FFA exhibitors across the state to showcase their hard work throughout the year, and this year Nebraska Farm Bureau is proud to offer them an extra reward for their efforts. All 4-H and FFA large animal exhibitors will receive a T-shirt sponsored by Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“We are proud to provide these youth with a token of our

Nebraska Corn Board announces recently appointed board members and elected offic

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — Two new board members were appointed to the Nebraska Corn Board at the start of the 2014-15 fiscal year. Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer from Giltner, Nebraska was appointed to District 3, and John Greer, farmer from Edgar, Nebraska was appointed to District 2. Alan Tiemann, farmer from Seward, Nebraska, was reelected by the board to serve in the At-Large position.


2014 Nebraska State Fair

By Governor Dave Heineman
August 15, 2014
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
Even though county fairs are winding down, and the new school year is gearing up, there is still some good family fun to be had this summer. The Nebraska State Fair will take place August 22 through September 1 in Grand Island and I want to encourage all Nebraskans to attend the State Fair.

National Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities

DES MOINES, IOWA - The National Pork Board announced a study that will explore alternatives for promoting pork's quality and sustainability benefits with international consumers.  The study, to be conducted by SIAM Professionals, LLC, will evaluate existing marketing strategies and partners to identify methods for improving pork's position as the global meat of choice.


USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve

WASHINGTON, Aug., 14, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations (referred to as the Intermediary) to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development

Up-and-Coming Grower Leaders Get Taste of Leadership at Its Best

Growers are gathered today in Greensboro, N.C. for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year's class includes 16 aspiring leaders from 10 states and covers a broad swath of the nation with participants from as far east as New York and as far west as Colorado. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500

EPA, Corps Hijack Clean Water Act to Expand Regulatory Authority

SEDALIA, MO - States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). While the agencies continue to claim their proposal does not expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA),


LINCOLN, NE -- Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2014 corn crop is
forecast at 1.51 billion bushels, down 7 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 8.75 million acres, down 8 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 173 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year and the


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending August 10, 2014, rain beginning at mid-week and continuing into the weekend covered much of the state with 1 to 2 inches of precipitation, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This lowered irrigation demands and supported dryland crops and pastures. Hail was reported in a number of central areas over the weekend. Wheat harvest was

Nebraska Corn Board welcomes Boone McAfee on staff

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Corn Board is pleased to announce that Boone McAfee has joined its staff as Director of Market Development & Research. 

In this role, McAfee will work on behalf of Nebraska corn farmers and industry to expand market opportunities for Nebraska corn and value-added products both domestically and internationally. He will co-manage the Board’s

Fall burndown benefits go beyond weed control

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 12, 2014 – While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burndown application in the fall to their weed management program. Though the focus when applying a fall burndown is on control of winter annual weeds, a fall burndown provides numerous benefits for soil health and pest management.

A fall

Settlement of Clean Water Act Violations Aims to Prevent Future Oil Spills by Ca

Cargill Incorporated, a privately held multinational corporation headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities located in Blair, Neb., and Eddyville, Iowa.

Through the settlement with EPA Region 7, Cargill will pay a civil penalty of $187,500 to the United

Nation-wide Support for Sheep Station

Research ranging from sage grouse habitat survival, climate change and fire mitigation to building disease resistance in sheep, rangeland grazing strategies and bighorn sheep clearly illustrate the diversity of the valuable work being done at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) in Dubois, Idaho. That was the focus of comments from defenders of the station during two virtual listening

Cargill leader joins National FFA Organization Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS– Ruth Kimmelshue has been named to the board of directors for the National FFA Organization.

Kimmelshue, of Wichita, Kan., has been appointed to be a U.S. Department of Education agriculture industry professional. She currently serves as president and business unit leader for Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats.

She has worked for Cargill since 1986 with Cargill

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Retirement of Juan M. Ga

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the retirement of USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia:

"Juan's hard work and sound leadership have helped to create new opportunities and achieve record results for America's farmers and ranchers, including the 2014 Farm Bill disaster assistance programs stood up in record

Gov. Heineman Seeks Applicants for Natural Resources Commission to Represent Gro

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking qualified candidates for one position on the Natural Resources Commission to represent ground water irrigators.  The open position is due to a vacancy.
The Natural Resources Commission is charged with helping to conserve, protect, and utilize the water and related land resources of the state through the oversight of seven state aid

WISHH Details Successes in Soy Trade with Africa during Washington Summit

WASHINGTON – In conjunction with this week’s Africa Summit, in which leaders from 51 African nations gathered in Washington to discuss the continent’s economic advancement potential, representatives from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (WISHH) met with key officials to detail the successful work of the program to date in

Beef, poultry exports among Texas commodities

COLLEGE STATION – Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products would be costly, especially to Texas, with the biggest impact to beef and poultry exporters, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

The proposed ban is in retaliation for U.S. sanctions against Russia and its war with Ukraine. It’s unclear on how the restrictions will be applied.

Rural, Urban Interests Unite Against EPA Water Rule

LINCOLN, NEB. – A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to vastly expand the federal agency’s powers under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has prompted a number of Nebraska organizations and entities to join forces under the coalition of ‘Common Sense Nebraska.’ Nebraska agriculture organizations initially formed the coalition in June to push back against the EPA

Massachusetts Legislature Preserves Farmers' Right

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Pork Producers Council and America’s hog farmers thanked the Massachusetts Legislature for refusing to pass a misguided bill to restrict the rights of local farmers. Legislation backed by animal-rights groups would have prohibited hog farmers in the state from housing sows in gestation stalls.
Hog farmers – the vast majority family-owned

Free Webinar to help Farmers Understand Upcoming Farm Bill Choices

Helping farmers and landowners choose the right farm bill risk coverage package in the months ahead will be the topic of a free DTN webinar Aug. 21, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.

"It's very important for farmers to understand the ramifications of one-time program decisions that will affect their farms for years to come," said Jim Reed, an

ADM Directors Declare Cash Dividend

DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (NYSE: ADM) Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of 24.0 cents per share on the company’s common stock payable Sept. 11, 2014, to Stockholders of record Aug. 21, 2014.

This is ADM’s 331st consecutive quarterly payment, a record of 82 years of uninterrupted dividends. As of June 30, 2014, there were

Dick Mercer Resigns as Natural Resources Commissioner

(Lincoln, Neb.)  Gov. Dave Heineman announced today that long-time Natural Resources Commissioner Dick Mercer is resigning from the Commission. 

“Dick Mercer has a long history of involvement with water and agriculture issues in Nebraska,” said Gov. Heineman.  “Dick has been an outstanding and respected leader on water issues. He has built an exceptional

NFU Calls Ability to Deliver Grain Shipments by Rail at Harvest 'Substantially

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson warned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) that BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific (CP)’s ability to deliver grain and ethanol at harvest are “substantially inadequate” and are resulting in farmers piling grain on the ground because of lack of transportation options.
“We are

Missouri Cattlemen's Association Praises Passage of Amendment 1

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI-- According to Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) President Jim McCann, Missourians sided with family farmers and ranchers by voting in favor of Amendment 1. McCann said the passage of this amendment, known as the Farming Rights Amendment, is a huge step forward for family farms and ranches all across the state of Missouri.

"This amendment will

OSHA Steps Back In Line with Law

By: Senator Mike Johanns

Drive down nearly any Nebraska country road and you will see bushels of examples of our farmers’ hard work coming to fruition. Clean cut wheat fields mark the near end of a bountiful harvest, and rows of towering corn point to a sky-high yield this fall. But any farmer will tell you that their hard work does not end at harvest.

There’s also the drying and

U.S. Pork Weighs In On Important Trade Matters

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Pork Producers Council weighed in on two important trade matters, insisting that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.
In written testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee International


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending August 3, 2014, cooler temperatures limited moisture demands of non-irrigated crops. However, another week of only scattered rainfall stressed dryland crops and pastures, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Irrigation continued non-stop in many areas. Wheat harvest was near completion with only northern Panhandle fields remaining.

ADM Reports Adjusted Second Quarter

DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM)  reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.77, up from $0.46 in the same period last year. Adjusted segment operating profit1 was $819 million, up 32 percent from $621 million in the year-ago period.

Net earnings for

Grand Opening Set for New Flex Fuel Pump in Spalding

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA-A grand opening at a new flex fuel pump at Country Partners Cooperative in Spalding on West Highway 91 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.

This flex fuel pump grand opening in Spalding on Tuesday, August 5 will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Flex fuel vehicle owners can save 20 cents per gallon on E20, E30, and E85. 

“If you don’t know if

USDA Programs to Benefit Sheep Operations of All Sizes

During his visit to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) office July 28, Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos announced the availability of two programs that will create new opportunities for growth and innovation within the sheep industry.

Avalos relayed that the application period for the Sheep Production and

Gray Elected New US Grains Council Chairman

Ron Gray, a farmer from Illinois, was recently elected as U.S. Grains Council chairman during the organization’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

“The Council works around the world to connect U.S. agriculture with valuable markets, ultimately improving our bottom line. We are the catalyst in the global marketplace that makes that happen,” Gray said


LINCOLN, NE -- Nebraska’s farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, increased from 2013, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Farm real estate value for 2014 averaged $3,120 per acre. This is up $320 per acre or 11 percent higher than last year.

Cropland value increased 7 percent from last year to


LINCOLN, NE -- Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures for Nebraska totaled $20.3 billion in 2013, down 5 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $3.56 billion, decreased 23 percent from 2012. Rent, the next largest total expense category at $2.68 billion, increased 9

USDA Notifies Producers on Acreage History and Yields

Written notifications from USDA are underway to farmers that provide updates on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history.

Please cross check the letter from USDA with your farm records. If the information is correct, no further action is needed at this time, but if our letter is incomplete or incorrect, contact your local FSA office as soon as possible.


Smith Votes to Address Border Crisis

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted in favor of legislation which would begin to address the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border into the United States.
“This legislation, while not perfect, would be an important first step to provide resources to address this crisis without writing the President a blank check as


LINCOLN, NE -- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for July 2014 averaged $6.30 per bushel, a decrease of 63 cents from the June price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary July corn price, at $3.80 per bushel, decreased 74 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary July sorghum price averaged $6.55 per

Wheat Organizations Support Congressional Call for Comprehensive Market Access i

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are very pleased that 140 members of Congress urged President Barack Obama this week to pursue a high standard, 21st Century Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.  

In a letter to the President, a bipartisan group of members expressed deep concern that Japan is seeking to

Cattle Operations Honored for Stewardship Efforts

DENVER– Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry

Settlement of Clean Water Act Violations Aims to Prevent Future Oil Spills by Ar

Archer Daniels Midland Company, a food processing and commodities trading company headquartered in Decatur, Ill., has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five different large oil storage facilities located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Columbus, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Mexico, Mo.; and Deerfield, Mo.


Through the settlement with EPA Region 7, Archer

Lawmakers Want Good TPP Deal For Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly one-third of the U.S. House urged the White House to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement without countries that prove unwilling to fully open their markets to all U.S. agricultural products.
The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New

Programs Will Benefit Sheep Producers

Two new programs will benefit sheep producers and the sheep industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced July 28.

The new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will provide approximately $1.5 million in grant funds that can be used by sheep organizations to assist producers by strengthening the

Johanns Applauds OSHA's Formal Clarification That it Cannot Regulate Family Farm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) applauded Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) formal clarification that it cannot regulate family farms with 10 or fewer employees. In a guideline issued today, OSHA recognizes that postharvest activities integral to farming operations, including drying and storing grain, are exempt from regulations if the farm has 10 or

Company to fight penalties in Omaha plant collapse

(AP) - A livestock feed company says it will contest citations and proposed penalties issued for the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.

International Nutrition has notified the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the company's intentions. The case now will go to an administrative law judge for a hearing and to the Occupational Safety and Health Review

House Passes Bill to Modernize Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON- Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 4315 the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act by a vote of 233 to 190. The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly support the legislation, which combines four bills previously marked up by the House Natural Resources Committee, and will be beneficial to updating and improving the Endangered

Cattle Groups Pleased With Appeal Court's Affirmation of COOL

Billings, Mont. - Today, eleven judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Appeals Court)  denied the request by the American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and other meatpacker lobby groups for an injunction that would have halted enforcement of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.


While the

Results are in for the Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director elections

KEARNY, Neb. — Results are in for the Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director elections. Four directors were elected uncontested and will begin their second four-year term January 1, 2015.

District 2- Chris Abbott, a commercial cow- calf producer from Gordon, NE.  District 2 includes the following counties: Cherry, Keya Paha, Brown, Rock, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine,