Agricutural News

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

JULY ELECTION RESULTS FOR DIRECTORS ON NEBRASKA SOYBEAN BOARD


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

ICON PUSHES AGAINST INCREASE IN CHECKOFF


  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.

Brandon

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.
 
This

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.

Funded

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),

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

NEBRASKA FARM REAL ESTATE VALUE AND LAND RENT


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

2013 FARM PRODUCTION EXPENDITURES


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.

Verifying

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

NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL PRICES


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,

CWT Assists with 3.9 Million Pounds of Cheese and Whole Milk Powder Export Sales


ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 8 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 1.645 million pounds (746 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, and 2.222 million pounds (1008 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in North Africa, Central and South America. The product will be delivered July 2014

USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision


WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE -- For the week ending July 27, 2014, above normal temperatures and limited precipitation drew on soil moisture supplies with irrigation active in most areas, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The dry conditions supported hay harvest which was active statewide. Wheat harvest continued moving north in Panhandle counties. The number of days suitable for

USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agric


WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 — Today, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

President Declares Disaster for Nebraska


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 1-4, 2014.


The President's action

Six steps to identify corn rootworm damage


INDIANAPOLIS — Corn rootworms are one of the most damaging pests in the Corn Belt. According to the USDA, they are responsible for up to $2 billion in lost revenues each year. The best way to scout for this pest is by digging up plants and inspecting roots for larval damage.  

Identifying damage in corn roots after pollination can help growers evaluate current

EPA's Murky Water Rule


By: Senator Mike Johanns
A far-reaching water proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would open the floodgates to expensive permits and compliance costs for a variety of industries and individual land owners. And as concerned citizens weigh in on the proposal before it is finalized, EPA’s unwillingness to provide details has muddied the water on its downstream

Public Hearings Scheduled at the Upper Big Blue NRD Regarding the FY2015 Budget


The Upper Big Blue NRD Board of Directors have scheduled a Public Hearing for the FY2015 Budget on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., and a Special Public Hearing for the FY2015 Tax Request for Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  Both of these hearings will be conducted at the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office building located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue, York,

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 4 PERCENT


LINCOLN, NE, July 25, 2014 -- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.26 million cattle on feed on July 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 4 percent from last year.

Placements during June totaled 375,000 head, up 14 percent from 2013.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of June totaled 500,000 head,

Gov. Heineman Announces Pawnee County Designated Livestock Friendly


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

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

Humane Society gives $375K to opponents of Missouri 'right to farm'



By JASON HANCOCK The Star’s Jefferson City correspondent
JEFFERSON CITY

The fight over the so-called “right to farm” constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot just got a lot more interesting.

The Humane Society of the United States — the national animal-rights group that bankrolled a 2010 ballot measure implementing tougher regulations on puppy mills

White House and USDA to Honor "Champions of Change" for Agriculture


On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching.  These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find

UNL Faculty, Grads, Students Honored by National Engineering Group


 LINCOLN, Neb. — Numerous University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, graduates and students were honored at this month's international conference of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers held in Montreal, Canada.
 
Mark Riley, head of UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering, said ASABE annually gives out three Gold Medal Awards as its

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Processed Breaded Chicken Products Produced


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because VU Foods, LLC, a Kansas City, Mo., establishment, refused to issue a recall of breaded chicken products for which there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption. The products were considered for recall because they were

Haskell Ag Lab near Concord plans Open House for August 13


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

Nebraska Forest Service Announces Grants to Rural Fire Departments


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

Ethanol Rolls into Sturgis


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

Missouri Cattleman Testifies on the Changing Face of Small Businesses


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

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


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

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

NCGA Chairwoman Named to New Federal Research Foundation


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

"Advancing American agriculture

Johanns Sponsors Resolution against Administration's Proposal to Increase Electr


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

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

4 considerations for choosing the best electrolyte


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

Nebraska Grazing Conference, August 12-13


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

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

Detasseling


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

NEBRASKA MILK PRODUCTION


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

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Federal Spending Bill Includes Important Provisions for Producers


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

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


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

Group Opposes USDA Plan to Establish Another International Bureaucracy


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

Corn Crop Quality Remains High, Progress Surpasses Average


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

USDA Announces Results of Soy Checkoff Request for Referendum Vote


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

Study: Zilmax Has No Apparent Detrimental Effect on Cattle Health


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

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


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

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


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

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

Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill


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

ASA Applauds Confirmation of Vetter As Chief Agricultural Negotiator


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

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

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


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

Nebraska Cattlemen to Host State Wide Educational Road Trip


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

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

Soybean Farmers Honor Sen. Mike Johanns with Soy Champion Award


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

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


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

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

NRCS: The Water Police


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

ASA Supports Missouri Farming Rights Amendment


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

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

The Great Balancing Act


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

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

Corn Rootworm Pest Management Best with Long-Term Approach


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

Nebraska animal storms deaths estimated at 1,000


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

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

Aurora Agronomy Expansion in Texas


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

The Texas

ADM Expands Food-Ingredient


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

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

CVA and UFC Member-Owners Approve Merger


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

Monitoring Pasture Condition? UNL Extension Has An App for That


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

Trade Benefits Nebraska


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

Celebrating Beef -- and Independence!


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

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

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


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

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

Robbins Arrest Warrant Issued For Cattle Theft


From the Neligh News:

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

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

The

Johanns, Fischer: Proposed EPA Rule Threatens American Tradition


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

“Fireworks shows are a

AgriBank Pays Quarterly Preferred Stock Dividend


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

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

Ethanol for Energy Independence


By Martin Barbre

President, NCGA

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

USMEF-Korea Takes Proactive Approach on Animal Welfare, Sustainability


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

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

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


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


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

'Common Sense Nebraska' Challenges EPA Water Rule


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

NEBRASKA JUNE 1, 2014 GRAIN STOCKS


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

Soybeans stored in all positions totaled

2014 NEBRASKA ACREAGE


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

Soybean

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


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

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


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

USDA Report Shows Fewer Acres Planted to Corn


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

UNL Manure Demonstration Day – July 29


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

All livestock

NEBRASKA HOG INVENTORY UNCHANGED


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

Ag Secretary Proposes Closing Sheep Station


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

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

upcoming workshops for emergency grain rescue personnel


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

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backs Sasse in General Election


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

USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers


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

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


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

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


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

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

Monsanto sees earning drop


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

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


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

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


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

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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

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


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

New York Hog Farmers Thank Legislature For Supporting Humane Farming Rights


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

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Pete Ricketts for Governor


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

Help available for producers hit by tornadoes


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

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


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


The assistance

CropLife America Comments on Presidential Memorandum on Pollinator Health


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

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 3 PERCENT


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

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

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

Johanns Acts to block EPA Power Grab


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

Senator Roberts Introduces Bill to Halt EPA Takeover of Water


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

Johanns: Storm Damage Unbelievably Heartbreaking


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

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


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

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


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

Nigerian Executives to Examine Midwest HRW Crop


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

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

Cattlewomen host Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest


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

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

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Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Recognizes Retail Value Steer Challenge Winners an


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

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR IMPAIRED WATERSHED ASSISTANCE FUNDING


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

BPC Honors Senators Stabenow and Harkin


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

EF4 Tornado Confirmed


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

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


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

Hong Kong Fully Reopens for US Beef


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

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

Biodiesel Producers, Advocates Hit Capitol Hill


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

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

Using Tree Tannins to Target Manure Odor


By Ann Perry
June 16, 2014

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

The study was done by

Be Safe Around Power Lines!


By:  Allan Vyhnalek

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

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

Converting to Biomass Fuel Systems


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

Kansas State University agricultural economist says El Niño expected to benefit


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

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

Prince Charles Burns Wool to Prove a Point


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

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

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


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

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

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR KRIZ-WICKHAM ENCOURAGES PRODUCERS TO CONSIDER DROUGHT RESOURC


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

House Passes Tax Extenders Legislation


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

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

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


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

The United Soybean Board (USB) recently selected

Bees thriving on golf courses with Operation Pollinator


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

California Wheat Farmer Installed as USW Chairman


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

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

National Corn Growers Association Seeks Chief Executive Officer


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

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


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

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

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT


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

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

International Dairy Industry Invited to Experience Designer Dairy


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

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


LINCOLN, NEB., – “Earlier today the President signed into law H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The signing of WRRDA into law provides much needed funding for construction and the dredging and repairs to our ports, locks and dams for the efficient transport of agricultural commodities and we are greatly appreciative of these

SCAM ALERT: Phone Scam Alleging Association with USDA Farm Service Agency


It has been brought to the attention of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers. 

The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA "owes" you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number

USDA Orders Mandatory PEDV Reporting for U.S. 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.

An occurrence of these swine enteric coronaviruses may be

Marrone Bio Innovations' Michigan-based Manufacturing Facility Approved for USDA


DAVIS, Calif. -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI)(Nasdaq: MBII), a leading global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry  (B&I) Guaranteed Loan program approved a guarantee for a $10 million loan financing.  The loan is now only subject to completion of related bank

UNL Report: 'It is Time to Act' on Expanding Livestock Industry in State


            LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state's economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock-industry expansion

Nebraska Rank in U.S. Agriculture


Rank Commodity and Date Number Unit Percent of

1 Beans, Dry Edible, Great Northern, production, 2013 ............................... 1,243,000 cwt 82.0

1 Cattle on Feed, inventory, January 1, 2014 ................................................. 2,450,000 head 19.3

1 Cropland, Irrigated Acres, Census of Agriculture, 2012............................. 8,296,573 acres 14.9

1 Popcorn,

NCGA Thanks President for Signing WRRDA, Urges Further Action


WASHINGTON (June 10, 2014) -- The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Obama for signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This final reauthorization bill, which will improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system, was passed by the House on May 20 and the Senate on May 22.
 
“This legislation provides an important step

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending June 8, 2014, rainfall occurred statewide with 2 to 3 inches common in central and eastern counties, improving soil moisture supplies, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. High winds and hail damaged growing crops and irrigation equipment.  Producers were in the process of evaluating affected crops to determine if replanting

FDA and EPA issue updated draft advice for fish consumption


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated draft advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The updated draft

Sheep Genome Reveals Secrets of Wool and Forage Digestion


Denver, Colo. -- A large international team of researchers has completed the sequence of the sheep genome, to be published in Science today in a study entitled, "The Sheep Genome Illuminates Biology of the Rumen and Lipid Metabolism." The completion of the genome is the culmination of eight years of work by a team of more than 70 researchers from 26 institutions located in eight

10 reasons to use ethanol-blended fuel this summer


LINCOLN, Nebraska – The choice at the gas pump is easier for Nebraskans in their summer travel and recreational plans this year. And that choice is renewable, cost-effective and builds a strong economy. Here are ten reasons to use ethanol-blended fuel this summer.

The most affordable fuel.
The drastic rise of gas prices in the busy summer months hurts our pocketbooks. The U.S.

Livestock Haulers Get Exemption From DOT Rule


WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. Department of Transportation granted to truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry a one-year exemption from an hours-of-service rule that took effect last July 1. The National Pork Producers Council, on behalf of a coalition of livestock and poultry organizations, requested the exemption.
 
The regulation requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break

IBACH ENCOURAGES USE OF UNL RESOURCES IN RECOVERY


LINCOLN - Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach is encouraging farmers who recently lost acres to hail and other storm damage to take advantage of resources being offered this week by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension (UNL).
 
"While severe storm damage is never good, last week's widespread hail came at a critical time for Nebraska farmers. They now will have to weigh

Look for Opportunities in Midst of Storm Damage


By:  Keith Glewen

The recent storms caused wind, flooding/washing, and hail damage to crops in central and eastern Nebraska.  As damage is being assessed, we’ve received questions including:
·         Should I apply a fungicide? 
·         How do I know if it was a good idea to

National Festival Highlights Wheat


WASHINGTON, DC– Wheat weavers, farmers, bakers, millers and educators will greet visitors to the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) on Saturday, June 14 as part of the Amber Waves of Grain Family Festival.

The Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and highlights the USBG’s summer exhibit on the history and beauty of wheat. The festival includes hands-on activities for

National Pork Board Elects New Officers


DES MOINES, IOWA - June 6, 2014 - Dale Norton, a pork producer from Bronson, Mich., was elected as president of the National Pork Board at the organization's June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board is comprised of 15 farmer-directors representing America's pig farmers.

"As a producer-director of the Pork Checkoff, I see so much opportunity in the year

NPPC Wants Focus On Research, Testing, Biosecurity In USDA's PEDV Reporting Plan


DES MOINES, Iowa– The National Pork Producers Council is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to commit resources to research and testing on and biosecurity measures related to Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) as part of the agency’s new PEDV reporting program.
 
PEDV has affected hog operations in 30 states, killing an estimate 8 million animals, mostly pre-weaned

Nebraska ag groups say no thanks to EPA's water rule


Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska State Dairy Association and Nebraska Soybean Association submitted comments today calling for the immediate withdrawal of the “Waters of the U.S.” Interpretive Rule (WOTUS).  This Interpretive Rule is the first part of a “Waters of the U.S.” rulemaking proposal by U.S.

R&D Dairy Open House is Backdrop for Dairy Month Proclamation


BANCROFT, Neb. – Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann will proclaim June Dairy Month in Nebraska on Saturday, June 14, at  R&D Dairy at 1540 Highway 51, Bancroft. The farm will open its barn doors to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. with the proclamation taking place at 2 p.m. Farm owners Ron Guenther and his wife, Doris, and their sons, Andy and Mike, plan to showcase their 575-cow dairy for

Pork Checkoff Announces New Common Industry Audit Platform


After more than a year of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board today shared plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. The program will use the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program as its foundation and expand on it to serve as a common audit platform for the pork industry.

The overarching goal of the

Well Water Safety After Flooding


 The following information was provided by Extension Educator, Sharon Skipton:

If flood water came near your private drinking water well, your water supply may have been contaminated with pollutants carried in the flood water. In addition, wells can be contaminated by surface water runoff even if the surrounding area is not flooded. Wells at greatest risk of contamination from flood water

Lucas: New Leadership at CFTC Must Focus on Consensus, Bring Certainty to the Ma


WASHINGTON – Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Timothy Massad as the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Christopher Giancarlo and Sharon Bowen as CFTC Commissioners.

"I am pleased the CFTC will be operating at full strength once again.  I am hopeful

Pork Industry Poised to Meet Growing Demand


GREENFIELD, Ind. (June 5, 2014) ─ With meat, milk, and egg prices reaching record levels, we’re already experiencing the effects of growing population and increasing affluence at the checkout counter. And a new report from Elanco indicates we’ll need 50 percent more pork by 2050!

In the next few decades, the global population will reach 9 billion people, and more than 3 billion

CWT Assists with 1.3 Million Pounds of Cheese and Whole Milk Powder Export Sales


ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 11 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 850,984 pounds (386 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese and 434,311 pounds (197 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia,

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending June 1, 2014, precipitation of an inch or more was common across much of the state, however central counties received lesser amounts, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This continued lack of significant rain in central areas has resulted in much of the area being added to the severe to extreme drought categories.

NCGA Launches Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest


The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple

NDA DIRECTOR IBACH HOSTS NEBRASKA BEEF PROMOTIONS IN EUROPE


 LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is in Europe this week working to promote Nebraska beef products in Germany, Belgium and England.
 
“We recognize that foreign markets place a high value on Nebraska beef products, and the European marketplace is one in which we see a tremendous opportunity for continued growth,” said

100 Years of Cooperative Extensions


By:  U.S. Senator Mike Johanns

Signs that summer is here are everywhere: Warmer weather has set in, the smell of fresh-cut grass is prominent and local outdoor swimming pools are open for business. But another tell-tale sign of summer is influx of young people providing extra care to livestock, completing lavish sewing projects and tending the garden in preparation for competition at the

NDA REMINDS PRODUCERS WITH LIVESTOCK ENTERING NEBRASKA FROM TEXAS TO FOLLOW HEAL


LINCOLN – Recent confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) on a horse farm in Texas have triggered the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s (NDA) import requirements for all livestock entering Nebraska from Texas. 
 
“Protecting the health and safety of Nebraska’s livestock herd is of utmost importance,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes.

Checkoff Commissions FY2014 Studies


The beef checkoff is commissioning two third-party evaluation studies this year, both aimed at leverage every checkoff dollar to the greatest degree possible. The follow-up studies to the 2013 Beef Demand Determinant Study results will include a Return on Investment (ROI) Study and an Efficiency Analysis, both of which are being completed within the FY2014 checkoff evaluation

Prairie Brand Seed Expands Seeds Business


Story City, IA — Prairie Brand Seed is adding to its team to serve growers in five states including Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. On May 22, 2014, Renze Seeds became part of Prairie Brand Seed. The alignment of the two seed companies, both owned by Dow AgroSciences, under a single brand will build on Prairie Brand’s growth across the

Washington Cattleman Tells Congress EPA's Land Grab will Kill Conservation Parti


WASHINGTON- The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed definition of “Waters of the U.S.” has raised grave concern from cattle producers across the country. Today, Jack Field, cattle rancher and Washington Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president, testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee to discuss the overregulation and

NCGA Applauds USDA Progress toward Development of Key Informational Tools for Fa


The National Corn Growers Association applauds announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. These tools, which NCGA advocated for along with

ASA Welcomes USDA Announcement of Funds for Web Resources on Farm Bill Program O


The American Soybean Association welcomed today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the agency will award $6 million to universities and state cooperative extension services for the development of web-based tools to assist farmers in choosing new programs within the Agricultural Act of 2014. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following

GIVE US YOUR BEST SHEEP SHOT


Denver, Colo. -- The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) 2014 Photo Contest is underway and is open to all who wish to enter. The only rule is that the photographs entered in the contest must include sheep or lambs raised in the United States.

Photographs entered in the contest will be judged on clarity, content, composition and appeal. More than $1,000 will be

Congress Eases the Burden of the EPA's SPCC Rule


WASHINGTON– Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which will become law with the President’s signature. Importantly for members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, this bill contains a provision that will ease the burden of the EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule.

The current EPA SPCC rule for farms requires

NCGA Applauds Senate Passage of WRRDA, Urges Presidential Action


ST. LOUIS -- The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for its vote today passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 with a 91-to-7 vote. Now, NCGA urges the President to sign this final reauthorization bill into law and thus improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system.

“Today, our representatives in the Senate took a

Dietitians, Mommy Bloggers and Media Find Out about Farming Firsthand


This month, CommonGround Colorado launched a series of farm tours for dieticians, nutritionists, mommy bloggers and media. The first tour, on May 17, visited CommonGround volunteer Mary Kraft's Quail Ridge and Badger Creek dairy farms. Over the afternoon, attendees saw Kraft's kitchen, where she mixes feed for her herd of 5,500 cows, as well as the milking and nursery facilities.

Diversified Management Practices Aid Weed Control


DES MOINES, Iowa– The best advice weed scientists can give to growers who are not currently challenged with weed resistance is this: don’t rely on a single herbicide weed-control program.

Mark Jeschke, agronomy research manager at DuPont Pioneer, says following this advice is important: “The easiest way to work another mode of action into weed-control

USDA Designates Dundy County in Nebraska as a Primary Natural Disaster Area With


WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Dundy County in Nebraska as a primary natural disaster area due to the recent drought.

“Our hearts go out to those Nebraska farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring

New Grants Fund Western Corn Rootworm Research, Education


LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists are mounting new research and grower education efforts against one of corn's most pernicious pests, the western corn rootworm, amid indications across the Corn Belt that it has adapted to some current Bt toxins.
 
            Three teams of UNL entomologists were

House Passes Conference Report on Waterways Bill


On a vote of 412 to 4 Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the conference report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The report, which the American Soybean Association fully supports, will now be voted on by the Senate likely later this week, at which point the report is expected to pass easily.
 
"With today's vote, the House has

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending May 18, 2014, precipitation across much of the western half the state improved topsoil moisture supplies, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, southwest Nebraska again received only limited amounts of rainfall and remained in severe to extreme drought. Statewide, temperatures averaged 9 to 12 degrees below normal.

RFA Recognized for Commitment to First Responders


WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the third consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been presented the “TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award” for its dedication to TRANSCAER®’s safety goals and its continuing education of first responders across the country. TRANSCAER® is a national outreach effort focused on community preparation for possible

Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition Team Up to Host Summer G


Mark your calendars for the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) –Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) joint Summer Grazing Tour scheduled for June 10, 2014 in southwestern Nebraska.

The tour will involve three long standing Southwest Nebraska ranches and one commercial feedyard in the Imperial and Wauneta areas including the Maddux Cattle Company, Wine Glass Ranch Inc. Kuenning and Son, Inc and

UNL Animal Science Department Appoints two New Student Ambassadors


LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal science department appointed two new student ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year.  After in-depth interviews with department faculty and senior ambassadors, two students were selected out of a pool of six applicants:

 

            – Curtis Wetovick

ASA on World Trade Week: Trade Means U.S. Jobs and Providing for Our Global Comm


ST. LOUIS– In recognition of World Trade Week this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA), which represents growers of the nation’s largest agricultural export commodity, urged Congress and the White House to continue expanding and exploring trade relationships with foreign partners. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following statement:
“In 2013,

FORAGE RESPONSE TO FROST/FREEZE


By:  Allan Vyhnalek              

Frosts and freezes last week is causing some concern for alfalfa and other forages.  Warmer weekend temperatures make it possible to now estimate damage and take action if needed.
              
To assess

Joint Statement by North American Agricultural Leaders Following Forum in Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico, May 19, 2014—United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martínez and Canada’s Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz issued the joint statement below following today’s agriculture forum in Mexico:

“We, the agricultural leaders of North America, met today in Mexico City to reaffirm the

Upper Big Blue NRD Announces Two $2,000 Burke Scholarship Winners and Selects Al


YORK, NE-- The Upper Big Blue NRD Board of Directors have selected Mr. Hayden Johansen of Utica, and Mr. Austin Tatro of Geneva, as the 2014 Raymond A. Burke Scholarship recipients.  The two $2,000 scholarships will be officially awarded after both winners have completed their fall semesters of college.  Mr. Nolan White of Exeter was selected by the board as an

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 4 PERCENT


LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.49 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 4 percent from last year.

Placements during April totaled 420,000 head, down 5 percent from 2013.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of April totaled 415,000 head, down 10

Applicants Sought for 2014-2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program


ST. LOUIS MO. (May 19, 2014) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program. For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified and developed grower leaders that truly shape the future of agriculture.

“The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has shaped not only the soybean industry but all

ADM Building Sweetener and Soluble-Fiber Manufacturing Complex in Tianjin, China


DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) is building a sweetener and soluble-fiber manufacturing complex at the port of Tianjin in North China, on the Yellow Sea.

The facility, approved by the Chinese government authorities, will produce sweeteners and soluble fiber, which is used to add dietary fiber to a wide range of food and beverage products. The complex

177 House Members Urge the Obama Administration To Remove EU Trade Barriers Hamp


(Washington, DC) – A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today urged the Obama administration to use the transatlantic trade talks with the European Union (EU) to address a variety of export barriers hampering the U.S. dairy industry. Among the barriers are the EU’s recent efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using common food names like parmesan and

STATE VETERINARIAN REMINDS PRODUCERS OF LIVESTOCK INTERSTATE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS


LINCOLN – As producers gear up to move livestock to pastures for spring and summer grazing, Nebraska State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes would like to remind producers of their responsibilities when moving animals across state lines.

“It is the producers’ responsibility to make sure they are following the import requirements of the destination state,” said Hughes.

New York Corn Grower Addresses Economic Opportunities Made Possible by Corn Prod


This week, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association President Steve Van Voorhis testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business's Subcommittee on Health and Technology during a hearing on the benefits of partnership in small agriculture business development. During his testimony, Van Voorhis told the story of how growth in corn and soybean production has

Reproduction Symposium at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to be held On May


The University of Nebraska – Lincoln will host a reproduction symposium sponsored by NCERA-57 Regional Research Committee on Swine Reproductive Physiology, on May 20th. The symposium is designed to discuss reproductive topics important to the swine industry and acquire feedback to determine which topics would be beneficial for future symposia. 

The title of the symposium this year

ASA Hails WRRDA Conference Report, Calls for Quick House, Senate Passage


ST. LOUIS (May 15, 2014) - The leaders of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Senate Environment & Public Works Committee released the conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) earlier this afternoon. The conference report includes multiple soybean industry priorities including provisions that will free up significant funding within the

International, cooperator interns chosen for Nebraska Corn Board


LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) is proud to select and support six college students as interns starting this summer, one being an unprecedented international internship. The students met recently for an intern orientation in Lincoln to learn about the role of the Nebraska Corn Board and cooperators, as well as intern objectives and goals.

NCB will be partnering with the

Gov. Heineman Appoints 11 Individuals to Serve on the Nebraska Natural Resources


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced 11 new members of the Natural Resources Commission expanding the commission from 16 to 27 members. This expansion was created with the passage of Legislative Bill 1098e. The appointees must have staggered terms of service.
 
The following new members will initially serve two-year terms beginning June 1: Brian Barels of Columbus, Water

Yearly Survey Shows Better Results for Pollinators, but Losses Remain Significan


WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable. According to survey results, total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 23.2 percent nationwide. That

USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Gerald Bange to Retire


WASHINGTON, D.C.– Chief Economist Joseph Glauber has announced the May 31, 2014, retirement of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Gerald Bange and the appointment of Dr. Seth Meyer as Acting Board Chair. Dr. Meyer is currently a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) and will assume his new duties June 1.

"USDA has benefited

Sustainability Topic During College Student Panel Discussion


College students recently discussed various issues affecting agriculture during a panel called College Cafeteria Confidential - Millennials in the Lunch Line. One topic the students discussed was sustainability and how it - and many other buzz words - is defined regarding agriculture.

To reach today’s students - student Eric Estroff says agriculture should use Facebook and Buzzfeed to

Nine UNL Students Selected for Nebraska Corn and Soy Collegiate Mentoring Progra


LINCOLN, NEBR.—Nine students in agriculture related programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have been selected to participate in the 2nd annual Nebraska Corn and Soy Collegiate Mentoring Program.  The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board and is administered by the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association.

The

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending May 11, 2014, most of Nebraska received precipitation during the week, with amounts varying widely across the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Localized areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms in eastern Nebraska caused some damage to irrigation equipment and buildings late in the week. Areas of southwest Nebraska

Dow AgroSciences Receives First Registration for Arylex Active


INDIANAPOLIS – Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announced the company has received Chinese registration of Arylex™ active. This is the first registration of this low-use rate herbicide, which is an innovative weed resistance management tool from a novel area of chemistry. It will provide a welcome solution for managing

Need for the Written Lease


By:  Allan Vyhnalek

Over the past several months, I’ve had several parties call with questions about their lease.  This contact has been from all walks of life, meaning younger, older, very wealthy, not very wealthy, just all the combinations that you can think of.  There are even situations  between family members and situations between neighbors who have been

Sheep Producers and USDA Officials Share Goals


Sheep producers from across the country met with officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week to hear the progress of sheep related programs within the department.

According to Jack Shere, DVM, associate deputy administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Veterinary Services, APHIS is committed to eradicating scrapie from the United

High Oleic Soybean Motor Oil Drives Innovation


ST. LOUIS – A motor oil with a high-oleic-soybean-oil base just took the next step toward commercialization. The oil, tested on more than one million miles in 100 Las Vegas taxicabs, delivered impressive results in tests by demonstrating the ability to extend the life of engines.

Biosynthetic Technologies, the company that developed this technology for the past 5 years, recently achieved

PORK Academy Features Full Slate of Producer Seminars


DES MOINES - Pork producers should make plans now to attend the Pork Checkoff's Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, during World Pork Expo, June 4-6, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

"PORK Academy offers an outstanding lineup of leading experts who will address issues facing producers

Connecticut Legislature Defends Family Farmers


WASHINGTON, D.C.– America’s pork producers today expressed gratitude for the Connecticut General Assembly’s fortitude in standing with local family farmers and defeating legislation that would have banned the use of gestation stalls, a safe and humane form of housing pregnant sows.
 
The vast majority of the country’s independent hog farmers use gestation stalls to

USDA programs PROVIDE home ownership OPPORTUNITIES


Lincoln, Nebraska – USDA Rural Development has been successful in helping rural Nebraska residents realize the American dream of homeownership. While most Americans are familiar with USDA, many may not know that the Department helps provide homeownership and home repair assistance to citizens living in rural communities.
 
Since 1979, Rural Development in Nebraska has helped more

STATE VETERINARIAN ENCOURAGES HORSE OWNERS, HORSE SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS TO FOLLOW BI


LINCOLN – Due to an increased number of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) cases across the nation, State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes is reminding horse owners, as well as operators of horse shows/exhibitions to remain vigilant and exercise biosecurity measures at all events where horses are co-mingled.

“No horses in Nebraska have been diagnosed with the disease at this time.  I

NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL PRICES


LINCOLN, NE -- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for April 2014 averaged $7.15 per bushel, an increase of 9 cents from the March price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 The preliminary April corn price, at $4.65 per bushel, increased 19 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary April sorghum price averaged

Alltech Honors Norman Borlaug with 2014 Medal of Excellence


[LEXINGTON, Ky.] –   The father of the Green Revolution and one of agriculture's greatest spokespeople, Dr. Norman Borlaug, will be the recipient of Alltech’s 2014 Medal of Excellence. Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, will present the posthumous award to Borlaug’s granddaughter, Julie Borlaug Larson, at “What If?” the 30th

EPA Announces Funding Availability to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

The funding comes from EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) and will target the most cost-effective projects and

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Ben Sasse in U.S. Senate Primary


LINCOLN, NEB. – Ben Sasse has received the official “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Sasse is one of four Republican candidates seeking to win the U.S. Senate primary election May 13.
 
“We are extremely excited to provide our support and backing to Ben Sasse in the primary election. Ben was

IMPAIRED WATERSHEDS RECEIVE FEDERAL AND LOCAL ASSISTANCE TO IMPROVE WATER QUALIT


LINCOLN, NE— State Conservationist Craig Derickson announced today that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for the National Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve two impaired watersheds located in eastern Nebraska. Interested participants have until July 1 to apply.
 
The targeted watersheds were

Pork Checkoff Updates Its Transport Quality Assurance Program


DES MOINES - April 29, 2014 - Since 2001, the pork industry's Transport Quality Assurance program (TQA) has promoted responsible practices when handling and transporting pigs. In that time, TQA has undergone five revisions - always striving to offer the most current, science-based information on humane handling, biosecurity and proper transportation of swine.

The mission of the TQA

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending April 27, 2014, corn planting picked up momentum but progress was limited by rain at mid-week across much of the eastern half of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. An inch of rainfall was common in eastern and south central counties. However, little or no moisture was received across western counties as drought

ADM Reports Adjusted First Quarter 2014 Earnings of $0.55 per Share


DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2014. The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.55, up from $0.46 in the same period last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $267 million, or $0.40 per share, comparable to the $0.41 per share in the same period one

Valero Energy Reports First Quarter 2014 Results


SAN ANTONIO /PRNewswire/ -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, "Valero") today reported net income attributable to Valero stockholders of $828 million, or $1.54 per share, for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $654 million, or $1.18 per share, for the first quarter of 2013.

First quarter 2014 operating income was $1.4 billion versus $1.1 billion in the

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 3 PERCENT


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

Placements during March totaled 410,000 head, up 3 percent from 2013.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of March totaled 395,000 head, up 1 percent

Wool Market Up


"The wool market is moving in the right direction," said Randy Hammerstrom, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News Officer in Charge.

Because of shearing delays, wool volume is lower right now. Therefore, exporters needing to fill specific orders are working on a tighter margin.

"Wool prices in the country have increased as much as 30

OSCAR WINNER JAMES MOLL BRINGS NEBRASKA FARMING AND RANCHING TO THE BIG SCREEN


LINCOLN, Neb– Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature-
length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally on May 1, 2014, and the film could be coming to a theater near you.

The documentary, which was supported in part by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, offers viewers an intimate and firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and

Federal Agencies, Others Dispute Report on Corn Stover Ethanol and Climate Chang


Amid a growing chorus of critics, representatives of two federal agencies have severely questioned the results of a study that purports to tally the greenhouse gas emissions of using corn stover for ethanol production.

In response to the study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released this statement: "This paper is based on a hypothetical assumption that 100 percent of

DuPont Pioneer and the Sorghum Checkoff Collaborate to Improve Sorghum Genetics


LUBBOCK, Texas, April 24, 2014 – DuPont Pioneer and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program today announced a collaboration to advance genetic tools and opportunities for grain sorghum, which was planted on just over 8 million acres in the United States in 2013.  Under a three-year collaboration agreement, the Sorghum Checkoff will leverage the world-class seed technology program at

Driftwach.org re-designed Web Site


One thing we talked about at this year’s Pesticide Applicator’s Training is a re-tooled web site called driftwatch.org.  Driftwatch is a registry site that eleven states including Nebraska participate. 

The DriftWatch Specialty Crop Site Registry is a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to

Adequate Rhizobia Populations Help Protect Soybean Yields


DES MOINES, Iowa – Maintaining adequate levels of rhizobia organisms in the soil can help increase nitrogen (N) fixation, potentially leading to higher yields, according to DuPont Pioneer agronomy experts. When a field is planted with soybeans in a corn-soy rotation, the rhizobia populations tend to remain adequate. However, when growers change from soybeans to other crops, such as

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces New Report on Scientific Breakthroug


WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Innovations included in the report range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep

DuPont Pioneer Announces New innovation to help corn plants better withstand dro


DES MOINES, Iowa, April 22, 2014 – DuPont Pioneer announced its scientists have made a significant advancement in developing corn plants that successfully withstand drought stress.  In an upcoming edition of the scientific publication, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Pioneer scientists reveal a new finding that higher yielding corn plants succeed under drought conditions when

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients


The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) is pleased to announce it has awarded $30,000 in scholarships to students furthering their education goals in the 2014-2015 academic year.

“The Foundation strongly believes in the importance of a sound education for tomorrow’s industry leaders,” says Scott Langemeier, president of the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation.

Corn Planting Delays Persist for U.S. Farmers


Corn planting delays persisted across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only six percent of total corn acres planted by April 20, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by eight percentage points, an increase of five percentage points from last week. While planting has not kept up with the five-year average to

No Allocation Restrictions for 2014 Irrigation Season in the Upper Big Blue


During March-April 2014, the NRD measured 495 observation wells throughout the District and then averaged the data of all these wells.  Observation wells are measured in the spring of each year, allowing the water table to
rebound from the previous irrigation season. 
 
Overall, the spring 2014 average measurement for the groundwater level change shows a decline of 2.10 feet

No Allocation Restrictions for 2014 Irrigation Season in the Upper Big Blue


During March-April 2014, the NRD measured 495 observation wells throughout the District and then averaged the data of all these wells.  Observation wells are measured in the spring of each year, allowing the water table to
rebound from the previous irrigation season. 
 
Overall, the spring 2014 average measurement for the groundwater level change shows a decline of 2.10 feet

Lilly Announces Agreement to Acquire Novartis Animal Health


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2014) — Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) today announced an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco. Upon completion of the acquisition, Elanco will be the second-largest animal health company in terms of

America's egg farmers donate nearly half a million eggs


Egg farmers across the country are helping in the fight against hunger by donating nearly half a million fresh eggs to food assistance organizations coast-to-coast during the month of April.

According to Feeding America, one in six Americans is faced with hunger and can't afford to buy groceries. Members of the United Egg Producers (UEP) are contributing to food banks all across America to

Some Cows' Infertility Linked to Y Chromosome


By Sandra Avant

One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study.

Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce a calf, the producer does not make a profit, but still has to pay for

Upper Big Blue NRD Places a Temporary Stay on well Drilling in Sub-Areas


The Upper Big Blue NRD Board of Directors issued a temporary 180-day stay on well drilling in District sub-areas at the April 17th Board Meeting.  The stay is immediately in effect.  Representatives from the Villages of Dwight and Brainard had expressed concern over the future viability of their water supply and the impact that surrounding irrigation wells have on their municipal

ALB and NSIIC Nominations Welcome


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the boards of the 2015 American Lamb Board (ALB) and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC). Nominations to both boards are due to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) by May 15.

The ALB has two positions held by sheep producers that are up for appointment -- one for a producer who

Missouri Firm Recalls Hot Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allerge


WASHINGTON, April 20, 2014–Kraft Foods Group, Inc., a Columbia, Mo., establishment is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages. The product labels are incorrect, as they do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, the U.S.

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

USMEF Among Organizations Receiving 2014 USDA Funds to Support Exports


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

"Now that Congress has

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


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

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

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Sp


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

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


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

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


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

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

Johanns Writes FDA on Proposed Livestock Feed Rule


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

Statewide Agricultural Land Valuations Double Since 2009


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

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


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

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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

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


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

This week the U.S. Department of the

AMPI Young Cooperators elect officers


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

"AMPI YCs get a

Nebraska Cattlemen Pleased with Passage of LR 399


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

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

Grants Offered to Revitalize School Landscapes


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

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


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

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


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

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

EPA Strategic Plan Charts Direction for Next Four Years


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

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

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


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

NMPF Praises Introduction of Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill


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

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


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

The teachers were chosen based upon their school and community

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


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

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

Nebraska Cattlemen Becomes Member of USMEF


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

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

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


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

Nebraska Soybean Farmers Encourage Everyone to Celebrate Soyfoods Month


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

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

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Ethanol on Capitol Hill


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

 

"I think expanding and

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

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


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

Countdown to Quality for FREE BQA Certification


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

BIVI will

Despite Supply Concerns, Red Meat Exports Remain Strong in February


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

Beef sales to Mexico in the first two months of 2014

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


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

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

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


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

“This is totally

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


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

Sen. Johanns wants EPA to conduct job impact analysis


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

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

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


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

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

Swine specialist studying spread of PED in pig feed


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

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

Potato inspectors patrol seed stores in Nebraska


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

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

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

Nebraska Cattlemen Welcomes New South Central Field Staff, Mackenzie Johnston


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

Johnston holds a Bachelor’s of Animal Science with

NCGA Joins REAP Initiative as Founding Partner


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

Nebraska Corn Producers Return from Mission Excited About Brazilian Biofuels


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

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

Colorado Firm Recalls Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken Products Due To Misbrandin


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

Feeding America Food Banks Have Crucial Need for More Milk


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Peterson Statement on Ryan Budget


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

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

“Turning SNAP into a block grant would only create an

Prepare for PEDV Ahead of Show Season


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

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

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

NEBRASKA HOG INVENTORY UP 2 PERCENT


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

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

BPI Suit Against ABC News Moves Forward


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

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

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


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

Gov. Heineman Vetoes $65 Million in Budget


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

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


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

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


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

DuPont Pioneer Study Reveals Yield-Limiting Factors for Continuous Corn


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

House Passes Legislation to Provide Public Input in National Monument Designatio


WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments (EPIC) Act with a vote of 222-201. The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applaud this action to give local governments, ranchers and other stakeholders a voice in the national monument designation process.
 
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OSCAR WINNER JAMES MOLL'S NEW DOCUMENTARY FEATURE "FARMLAND" CONFIRMED FOR THEAT


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

MONSANTO CORN ROOTWORM KNOWLEDGE RESEARCH PROGRAM ANNOUNCES GRANTS


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

Food Processing Center Offers Seminar for Food Business Entrepreneurs


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

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


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

Lucas: Borlaug's Legacy Reminds Us to Continue Work


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

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

AMPI reports $1.8 billion in sales


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

“Our manufacturing capacity and

APHIS Posts February 2014 Scrapie Report


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

Since the start of Regulatory

Connecticut Stands Up For Family Hog Farmers' Rights


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

Biofuel Trade Organizations Ask for Extension of Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives


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

Winners Announced in Farm Video Contest


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

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

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


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

Celebrating Agriculture


By: Senator Mike Johanns

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

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

Ag Producers' Confidence Remains Slightly Positive


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

Authorities, ID Neb. grain elevator worker killed


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

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

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

Survey: Nebraska farmland value rose 5 pct in year


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

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

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

NEBRASKA CATTLE ON FEED UP 3 PERCENT


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

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

Nebraska Students Selected to Participate in National Ag Day Program


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

Burke Scholarship Deadline Extended by The Upper Big Blue NRD


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

DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Research Identifies Optimum Economic Plant Populations


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

WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR WILDLIFE SERVICES


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

NCGA Hosts Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Team


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

U.S. Soybean Farmers Committed to Protecting the Environment


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

“U.S. soybean farmers

U.S. FARMERS & RANCHERS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE


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

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

Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship


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

Applicant

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


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

“Since 1974, women

Extreme Winter Weather May Not Knock Out Insects and Disease


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


“We see pest problems every year,

Tolman to Retire as NCGA Chief Executive Officer


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

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

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

NARD Board Elects Officers


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

ASA Honors Stabenow with Soy Champion Award


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

ASA Michigan Director Matt Stutzman, who farms

USDA Announces Support for Smarter Lunchrooms


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

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


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

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2014


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

NFU Concludes 112th Anniversary Convention


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

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

ADM to Build Specialty Protein Plant in Campo Grande, Brazil


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

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

Pork Industry Launches Three-Prong Strategy to Stem PEDV Spread












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

Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Honored at Pork Forum


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

The award recipients

Coated Seeds Could Encourage an Early Start for Spring Planting


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

Pork Industry Honors Dr. Maynard Hogberg with Distinguished Service Award


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

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

Governor's Ag Conference Overview


By Governor Dave Heineman
March 7, 2014

 

Dear Fellow Nebraskans:

 

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

 

Farmers and

Governor's Ag Conference Overview


By Governor Dave Heineman
March 7, 2014

 

Dear Fellow Nebraskans:

 

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

 

Farmers and

Central Valley Ag and United Farmers Cooperative Propose Merger


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

2014 Commodity Classic Breaks All Records


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

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

2014 Commodity Classic Breaks All Records


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

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

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


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

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


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

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE UNVEILS NEW MARKETING VIDEO AS PART OF 26TH A


KEARNEY - The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has released a new video featuring the scope and depth of the agriculture industry in the state.  The video, simply called "Nebraska Agriculture," will be used to promote the state's top industry within the domestic and international marketplace.

Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach unveiled the six-minute video during the

Precautionary Principle Center Stage of NIAA's Annual Conference


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Four speakers at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s 2014 Annual Conference in Omaha, Neb., will tackle the highly debated “Precautionary Principle,” a controversial risk management strategy developed to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete. Viewed by some as the most innovative and significant new

USGC: Ukraine Update


The U.S. Grains Council today addressed the ever-changing political situation in Ukraine, outlining both short- and long-term realities of grain trade in the region.

“Events in Ukraine will have a direct impact on U.S. farmers in the international marketplace,” said Tom Sleight, USGC president and CEO. “The Council is a global organization and has staff and consultants around

Nebraska Farm Bureau "Top 10 List" Helps Farmers Navigate Farm Bill


LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska farmers will have a lot of different options to consider when it comes to farm programs under the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill. To help navigate through the changes, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) has developed a list of “Top 10 Things to Know About the 2014 Farm Bill” to aid farmers in evaluating what is included in the new bill and what it

New Lindsay Brochure Focuses on Increasing Alfalfa Yields Through Efficient Irri


Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic by Lindsay irrigation systems, has released a new alfalfa profitability brochure called "Increasing Alfalfa and Other Forage Yields Through Efficient Irrigation Solutions."

The eight-page full-color brochure provides best practices and the latest research for achieving higher alfalfa yields, optimizing water use and lowering costs

New Contest Video Offers Yield-Increasing Tips from Top Growers


The National Corn Growers Association has released video offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest. The new video, which premiered during a breakfast at Commodity Classic honoring the state winners of the 2013 contest, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their yields

55 Groups Ask Congress to Help Stop USDA from Introducing FMD Into the United St


Billings, Mont. - In a letter sent,55 organizations asked a bipartisan group of five U.S. Senators for help in stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) from going forward with plans to relax the nation's protections against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

 On Dec. 23, 2013, APHIS proposed to relax U.S. disease




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