Agricultural News

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net program

Platte farmer wins $2,500 for Humphrey Public Schools FFA through America's Farm

The Humphrey Public Schools FFA will recieve a donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communites this Saturday during the chapter steak fry and silent auction fundraiser at the Humphrey Community Center. Mrs. Lori Classen of Platte County, NE has b

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

WASHINGTON, DC — Ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together today to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development

Thune Death Tax Repeal Budget Amendment Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) praised the Senate’s adoption of his amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution to create a deficit neutral reserve fund to eliminate the death tax by issuing the following statement: &

March 31 Deadline for Farm Bill Approaching; Extension Available in FSA Offices

With less than one week until the sign-up deadline, 77 percent of farmers have made their election into the farm bill risk management program, according to USDA Farm Services Agency officials testifying today at a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommi

Nebraska USDA Rural Development Launches New Website

Lincoln – USDA Rural Development has launched a new website in Nebraska to enhance program accessibility and customer service.       The new website ( features quicker and more intuitive access to pro

NSP Carrier Enforcement Webinars Replace Town Hall Meetings

(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division will be changing the format for its Town Hall meetings. This year, the Carrier Enforcement Division will conduct webinars in place of previously held location meetings. The web

Existing Rules Protect Water Quality, Says NPPC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Existing regulations on agriculture are more than adequate to maintain and improve water quality, the National Pork Producers Council said in written testimony submitted yesterday to the Senate and House agriculture committees, wh

Considerations for Pasture Leases

I do get questions from time to time about pasture leases.  It is appropriate to devote one column to common lease arrangements for pastures.  The more I do education in the area of leases, the more I realize that each ‘neighborhood’

Wheat Growers Express Concern Over IARC Glyphosate Reclassification

Washington, D.C.- The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) expressed concern about the claims of a recent, stand-alone report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that moves to reclassify glyphosate as a probable human carcino

National Corn Growers Association urges Congress to pass the Safe and Accurate F

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2015) --  The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress

House Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Biotechnology Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing Tuesday to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Last year - 30 different states introduced 125 bills mandating labeling of biotechnology. A Cornel

NPPC On COOL Law: U.S. Must Avoid Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – In congressional testimony today, the National Pork Producers Council said the United States must address its mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. &nbs

NAFB Foundation Scholarships Available

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation has been investing in the future of farm broadcasting by providing financial support for students pursuing careers in agriculture communications by awarding college scholarships since 1975. The fou

Nebraska Cattlemen Urges Legislature to Oppose HSUS Efforts to Derail Ag Industr

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) today voiced concern regarding efforts by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to derail public policy initiatives focused on growing livestock agriculture in Nebraska. In a recent email alert, HSUS advise

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and 25 colleagues in introducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, which will bring tax relief to farmers, ranchers and small business ow

UAS Would Lower Costs and Environmental Impact of Farming

Unmanned Aerial Systems will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact, NCGA Manager of Public Policy Clint Raine told a group of policymakers and reporters today during a panel about the applications of UAS

NFU Urges House Agriculture Committee to Review Recent COOL Study, Allow WTO Pr

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today presented the findings of a recent econometric study showing that Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) did not have a negative impact on Canadian cattle exports to

Sasse Welcomes Nebraska Producer to Ag Committee WOTUS Hearing

From left to right: Senator Sasse, Dylan Metz, Jeff Metz.     Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse welcomed Jeff Metz from Angora, NE to the Senate Committee on Agriculture to testify on the devastating impact of the

FARMLAND WINS PR Week's Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of The Year

CHESTERFIELD, MO– “Lights, Camera, Farmland! The FARMLAND documentary, produced by award winning director James Moll, took top billing in the PR Week Awards’ Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of the Year category. The national fil

Doane Advisory Services Releases Planting Intentions Survey Results

March 24, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - Doane's 2015 Planting Intentions Survey was released to subscribers and clients Friday, March 20th. Results from this year's survey show a continuation of recent trends toward more soybeans and less corn acreage. L

8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Announced

Lincoln, NE- The eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition is planned for November 4-5 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Hilton Omaha.   “We are excited to bring this convention to the City of Omaha for the first tim

Under Secretary Highlights Forest Restoration Effort in Testimony before Senate

WASHINGTON—In testimony earlier today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase t

Nutrition Scientist, Registered Dietitian Urges Secretaries to Reconsider Flawed

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture hosted a meeting for public comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report released in February. The recommendations in the report, made

Rural America Weighs In On Murky 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule at Senate Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Waters of the Unite

Monsanto Disagrees with IARC Classification for Glyphosate

As consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto. And, we want to be clear: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever comp

Lower Fuel Costs Change 2015 Crop Budgets

   Last fall, when the 2015 Nebraska Crop Budgets were being developed, the cost of fuel for 2015 was estimated to be $3.25 per gallon. A farm supplier reported on March 10, 2015 that the price of fuel delivered to the farm is around $2.40. How

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Elects Officers

(Lincoln, NE) New officers were elected during the March Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Board meeting. Terry Martin from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) was re-elected President. Martin has served 15 years on the URNRD

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Prompt Action Needed on Trade Promotion Authority

LINCOLN, NE – Congress should act quickly to grant the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as Nebraska farmers, ranchers and the state’s broader economy has much to gain, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, March 23. Every

Youth garden safety featured in new resource

The spring air is thick with anticipation as gardeners buy seed packets and dream of bountiful harvests. Many will break new ground, as gardens are growing in popularity and diversity. Whether sponsored by a town, school, church or neighborhood, these gar


Lincoln, Neb.-- Mike Johanns has been recognized by the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement for his advocacy of agriculture.         The banquet honoring Johanns and 10 new members of NHAA took place March 12 on the University of

Gov. Ricketts Unveils Ag Magazine, Ag Poster Contest Winners

Lincoln – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the new edition of the Nebraska Agriculture and You magazine and highlighted the winners of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) poster contest following his National Ag Week tour across the state

Burke Scholarship Deadline Extended by Upper Big Blue NRD

YORK, NE --The Upper Big Blue NRD is extending the deadline of the 2015 Raymond A. Burke Scholarship to Friday April 24th. The Burke Scholarship will award $2,000 each to two qualified students who reside in the District to be used for their college/unive

Agriculture Committee advances bill to protect producers from duplicative regula

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 111th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 112th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or n

Tyson reveals $47 million expansion of Nebraska plant

(AP) — Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. has revealed a $47 million expansion of its existing beef processing plant in central Nebraska. Officials with the Tyson Foods, Inc. subsidy announced the plan Tuesday, which will involve construction of an additional

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska

Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame. No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part

University develops detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows

MANHATTAN — Kansas and U.S. dairy producers may avoid some of the billions of dollars lost to mastitis thanks to a Kansas State University technology that is detecting the early stages of the disease in dairy cows. Deryl Troyer, professor of anatom

House Renews Efforts to Repeal the Death Tax

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015) – Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattlem

Johnson Applauds New #womeninag Mentoring Network, Calls on Women to Take on Lea

Although increasingly more women have pursued careers in agriculture over the past decade, today they still account for just 14 percent of farm operators. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden hopes to change that with a new mentoring initiative a

Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway responds to announcement of short-term DG

At a hearing Tuesday morning of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Under Secretary for Agriculture Kevin Concannon indicated that the Department would grant a short-term 30 day comment period extension for the report of the Dietary Guid

Growth Energy Thanks America's Farmers on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the abundance of food, feed and fuel that American farmers provide to the world, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:   “American farmers

NCBA and PLC Accepting Fall Internship Applications

WASHINGTON– The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the fall 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an appl

Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pes

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before o

PQA Plus® & TQA? Certification Training Offered in Columbus & Beatrice

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association will be conducting PQA Plus® and TQA™ certification classes on March 31, 2015 at the River’s Edge Convention Center (Ramada Inn), 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus. PQA Plus® and TQA™ Certification

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data come from the Census of Agricultur

Dallas Tonsager Assumes Position as Member of Farm Credit Administration Board

McLEAN, Va— Dallas P. Tonsager was sworn in as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Mr. Tonsager was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama on Jan. 26, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on March 9. He will serve the

Irish beef now available in U.S. for first time in 15 years

MANHATTAN — For the first in decades, you can enjoy beef imported from Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other

Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry prod

MANHATTAN — A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products. The U.S

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2015

WASHINGTON — Farm banks significantly increased agricultural lending by 13.6 percent in 2014 and held $94.6 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report.

Sasse Introduces Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act

Washington, D.C.— Last night, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse introduced the Amnesty Bonuses Elimination Act, legislation to ensure that new Social Security Numbers are not issued to illegal aliens receiving deferred action under the President’s unlawf

Latest Land Values and Cash Rental Rates

There are two major surveys of land values and cash rental rates that I use each year when fielding questions from clientele about the subject.  One is done by UNL Ag Economics Department and the other by the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) of

USDA Announces Loan and Grant Dollars Available to Rural Utilities

Lincoln, NE –USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces $38.6 million in loans and $9.2 million in grants are available nationally to promote rural economic development and job creation projects.  Applications for these funds w

AMPI members to review co-op?s performance Dairy farmer-owners will meet March 2

NEW ULM, Minn. — Record dairy markets, milk production increases and rising foodservice sector sales are among the cooperative’s 2014 performance highlights. The dairy farmer-owners of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) will gather to learn

Common Sense Nebraska Coalition Members Oppose Expanded EPA Regulation at U.S. S

LINCOLN – Common Sense Nebraska coalition members today provided testimony at the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works hearing held at Hardin Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The field hearing, coordinated by N

NAM, Reinke Recognize Rep. Smith's Support For Manufacturing

Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Nebraska's Third Congressional District Congressman Adrian Smith with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.  The award was given to Rep. Smith during an event ho

NASCAR® Tops 7 Million Miles of Racing on American Ethanol Blend

Phoenix, Ariz. — Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would surpass a momentous milestone this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 i

Nebraska Farm Bureau Says Federal Dietary Guidelines Should Focus on Nutrition,

LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Dietary Guidelines for Americans should continue to focus on nutritional science rather than environmental i

2015 Platte Valley Cattlemen?s Scholarship Winners

At their annual banquet held last month, the Platte Valley Cattlemen awarded scholarships.    Competition for this scholarship was keen this year with 12 applicants.  These applicants rose to the top because of their commitment to retu

Fight for a Fighting Chance at Trade

As corn farmers look to increase demand in the face of abundant supply, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority to U.S. farmers has gained particular importance. By passing TPA, the President gains the necessary means for negotiating the trade agreeme

U.S. Wheat Organizations Join Renewed Call for End to Cuban Embargo

Washington, D.C. — After participating in a “learning journey” to Cuba March 1 to 4, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have joined members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC)

Thune Leads Call for USDA, HHS to Include Lean Red Meat in 2015 Dietary Guidelin

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today led 29 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwe

Elkhorn, Neb., Facility Recognized as Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manuf

(Lenexa, KS)– The Merck Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health facility in Elkhorn, Neb., is one of 70 manufacturing plants that achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. The facility was officially recogniz

Gov. Ricketts: "Nebraska's Farmers and Ranchers Need Property Tax Relief Now"

Lincoln – Today, Governor Ricketts reacted to the Revenue Committee’s decision not to advance a key property tax relief measure:   “I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Gloor and the Revenue Committee as they conside

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding Failure of Ag Land Valuation Bil

LINCOLN, NEB., – “Words cannot describe our extreme disappoint in the Revenue Committee’s decision to not advance legislation to lower the value of agricultural land for tax purposes.”   “The statewide total property

Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, awarded scholarships to five college students who intend to pur

Statement by Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy in Response to the Advanced Biofuels

“By opening up the RFS for legislative changes, you are opening a can of worms that will only create further uncertainty for the industry, which is the last thing biofuel producers of any kind need. This is a shortsighted proposal that would set the

LB 472 crucial for Rural Nebraska

Lyons, NE -  The Unicameral Committee on Health and Human Services advanced LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, that will help create a Nebraska solution for the over 54,000 low-income, working Nebraskans who currently fall into the Medicaid coverage

USDA Reminds Nebraska Producers of March 16 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable

Farm Service Agency (FSA) urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of March 16, 2015.  NAP provides financial assistance to producers of n

New Pork Checkoff Award to Help Build Consumer Trust

DES MOINES - March 9, 2015 - The National Pork Board announced its new America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM award program during its annual Pork Industry Forum meeting in San Antonio last week. The award will honor the U.S. pork producer who best excels

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council Friday elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in San Antonio, Texas, March

Pesticide Training on March 26

One last day of Private Pesticide Applicator training in our area is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Thursday March 26th.  This two hour meeting is being held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler. No pre-registration is necessary.  The Pri


OMAHA, Neb– Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in school health and wellness program, in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6), launched Fuel Greatness, an effort to elevate the conversation around good nutrition an

Let's Grow Funding Application Available

The application for funding through the Let's Grow Committee to improve production efficiencies is now available. The program is expected to be available for fiscal years 2015-2017. Let's Grow was initiated by the American Sheep Industry Associat

ASI Call to Action - Appropriations and H-2A

This has been a busy week for legislative efforts at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Two Call to Actions have been issued to the leadership to contact House and Senate members as soon as possible. 2016 Appropriations. The House Agriculture

NCTA students learn value of ag cooperatives

Curtis, Neb. - The impact agricultural cooperatives have on rural economic development was highlighted for 19 Nebraska agri-business students last month at the College Conference on Cooperatives at Minneapolis. Six students represented the University of

Survey Says: Pork Producers Optimistic About State of the Industry

Since 2002, the National Pork Board has conducted an annual survey of pork producers to gain insight to the condition of the industry, general attitudes of pig farming and their support of the Checkoff. The most recent survey was conducted in November 201

Windbreak Workshop Hosted by Nebraska Forest Service at Upper Big Blue NRD

The Upper Big Blue NRD and the Nebraska Forest Service will be hosting a free Windbreak Workshop on March 20, 2015, at the Upper Big Blue NRD Office in York from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. The York office is located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue. Workshop speake

Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City

Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Announces Domestic Beef Promotion Activity in New York City Gage, Taylor <> Thu 3/5/2015 4:12 PM To: Gage, Taylor <>;   For Immediate Release: March 5, 2015 &nb

Bookmark and Share USDA Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Floc

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, Minnesota.  This is the fi

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods

Food Safety News By Dan Flynn Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreig

Thune, Klobuchar Requested Report Outlines Rail Service Challenges in Upper Midw

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today commented on a newly released report that they called for from the U.S. Department of Agriculture examining the rail service challenges in the Upper Midwest in 2013 an

Agriculture Under Secretary Scuse Leads USDA Trade Mission to Southeast Asia Mar

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – Leaders from six state agriculture departments and 21 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse on a trade mission to Southeast Asia from Marc

Chairman Roberts Pledges to Bring Folks to the Table Throughout Child Nutrition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Legislative Action Conference for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said he would bring everyone to the

Free NRCS webinar on carbon cycle, soil health, March 10

Find out how cover crops and proper grazing management can improve the carbon cycle and soil health. Jay Fuhrer, nationally-known soil health expert and District Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Bismarck, Nort

Farm Radio Connects with Farmers and Ranchers

PLATTE CITY, Missouri (March 3, 2015) - Farmers and ranchers continue to count on farm radio to keep them informed of current agriculture news and commodity markets. Research conducted by Ipsos Research for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting


Lincoln, Neb --  U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska will be the keynote speaker at the annual Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program recognition banquet March 13. Fischer’s address will provide insight on leadership dev

Rural Recognition Banquet - March 18

One celebration held each year in honor of our Ag Producers is the Rural Recognition Banquet, which is March 17th.  The Banquet will be held at Ag Park, Columbus.  It is sponsored by the Agri-Business Committee of the Columbus Chamber of Commerc

Soy Checkoff Positions U.S. Soy Industry as Global Leader

ST. LOUIS– When farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) wrote the organization’s current long-range strategic plan, they included their vision that U.S. soybeans will be the leader of the global oilseed industry. This summer, USB will

NMPF/USDEC Endorse Trade Promotion Authority Approval for Trade Agreements

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a P

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield Histo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Pri


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 26, 2015 -- A new study co-authored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has unearthed the genetic roots of resistance to a wheat disease that has recently devastated crop yields from southern Africa through the Middle East.

USDA Opens Public Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to h

NRD To Hold Public Hearing on New Groundwater Rules

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing on proposed modifications and additions to its Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the LLNRD office, 2620 Airport Drive, in Ord.  A copy of the

House Agriculture Committee Begins Full Review of the SNAP

Today the House Committee on Agriculture began a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Committee heard from University of Maryland welfare scholar Doug Besharov on the past, present, and future of the nation's

Survey Reveals Data Security and Transfer Concerns, Misunderstanding

A new survey on data security and usage identifies challenges for producers looking to use farm management data without compromising the security of their operation. A simple misunderstanding of user agreement terms can suggest a level of security that pr


Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on Nebraska’s success with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding Republican River water usage. The Court has ordered Nebraska to pay $5.5 million to Kansas, significantly less than the $80 mi

New Offerings Dial Deeper Into Plant Nutrition Management

SHOREVIEW, Minn. (Feb. 24, 2015) – Reaching the next yield level will take major management alterations, such as moving crop inputs from pre-plant to in-season. To most effectively implement new strategies, farmers will need the right combination of

Nebraska Farm Bureau Seeks Extension for Farm Bill Sign-Up

LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The new farm

"Take a Second for Safety" is the Message During Grain Bin Safety Week

LINCOLN, NEB – With on-farm grain storage on the rise—and a record number of grain engulfment deaths across the nation last year—agricultural leaders in Nebraska are placing special emphasis on grain handling safety during Grain Bin Safe

$380,000 awarded for Beginning Farmer/Rancher Trainings

Lyons, NE - Recently, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) announced more than $18 million in Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the n

NCTA hosts District 11 FFA contest

Curtis, Neb. – FFA members representing 12 southwestern Nebraska high schools recently tested individual and team skills in the District 11 Career Development Skills Events at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Two hundred and fifty stu

Chairman Roberts Holds First Senate Ag Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held the first hearing of his chairmanship and breaking with tradition, first heard the concerns of farmers and ranchers on

Thune Statement on Agreement to End West Coast Ports Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement to end a West Coast ports labor dispute that has unnecessarily disrupted commerce

Study Quantifies Positive Impacts of U.S. Ethanol Production

The ethanol industry added $52.7 billion to the national GDP in 2014 according to a study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at this year's National Ethanol Conference. "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the Un

Wisconsin Dairy Grade A Permit Suspended One Month

MADISON, Wisconsin – The owners of a Pepin County dairy, Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, have agreed to penalties stemming from a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened 32 Durand High School students and coaches in September 2014, said food saf

More than 75 agribusiness, commodity, state government leaders to visit Cuba

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) announced today it will lead more than 75 leaders from across the U.S. agriculture industry on a learning journey to Cuba. The visit will take place March 1-4, 2015. “As we continue

Amid Labor Dispute, Congressional Leaders Urge President Obama to Keep Ports Ope

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Chairman Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), S


LINCOLN – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing eligible landowners technical and financial assistance to install wildlife habitat conservation practices on their farm or ranch. Interested landowners have until March 20, 2015,

Center urges a Return to Balanced Taxes in Nebraska

The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee is hearing public testimony on LB 280 and LB 357 - two legislative proposals to make major changes to Nebraska’s tax system.   For years, the Center for Rural Affairs has called for a balance

Study finds invasive weed's resistance to well-known herbicide stems from increa

MANHATTAN — A recent study by a Kansas State University weed scientist finds why the invasive weed kochia is like a cockroach of the plant world. Mithila Jugulam, assistant professor of agronomy, led a study that looked at how kochia — invasi

Five Nebraska School Districts Receive $120,000 to Replace Old Diesel Buses with

(Lenexa, Kan.) - Five rural Nebraska school districts will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $120,000 in rebates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The school districts will receive rebates through

Nebraska Dairy Convention Slated for March 10

LINCOLN, Neb.  – Information about the growth of dairy in Nebraska, transitioning the farm to the next generation and the 100th anniversary of National Dairy Council will headline the 2015 Nebraska Dairy Convention on Tuesday, March 10, at the

Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

MANHATTAN — A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

NPPA Regional Meetings Feature Dr. Larry Coleman

Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) President Scott Spilker announced this week that Dr. Larry Coleman will be the featured speaker at the Association’s three Regional Producers Meetings. Supporting NPPA are the Gold and Silver Allied Industr

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council joins Soy Transportation Coalition

Ankeny, Iowa— The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council as a member organization. Missouri becomes the 13th state soybean board to join the STC. The thirteen member state


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 17, 2015 -- David A. Domina, trial lawyer at Domina Law Group in Omaha, will present "Consolidation, Merger, Market Domination and Agriculture's Changing Face" at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Hardin Hall auditorium, 33rd and Hol

USFRA Announces Nine New affiliates

CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 17, 2015) – The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA), a consumer-facing organization dedicated to leading the national conversation about how food is grown and raised, has grown to more than 80 organizations wi

USDA Secretary to Keynote Commodity Classic

ST. LOUIS (February 17, 2015) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will make his sixth visit to Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote addre

Web Sites to help with Farm Bill Decisions

Farmers will be wrapping up their Farm Bill program decisions over the next few weeks.  To help provide information that would be useful with this process, I’d like to highlight a few web sites that would provide excellent information about the

ASI Supports Veterinary Loan Repayment Program

The American Sheep Industry Association joined other organizations urging Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRP). This legislation maximizes every dollar Congress appropriates for veterinary loan repayment

Textile Organization Applauds USTR for Confronting China on Illegal Export Subsi

This week the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) issued a press release applauding U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman's decision to pursue dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China at the World Trade

NCBA Applauds House Efforts to make Permanent Section 179 of Tax Code

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015.  This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) will make permanent the $500,000 expensing levels for small businesses under Sect

NMPF President Thanks Wisconsin Congressional Leaders for Focusing on Expanded D

LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN – The President of the National Milk Producers Federation, in remarks delivered at a dairy cooperative convention here in western Wisconsin, singled out three of the state’s members of Congress for their leadership efforts

House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers' Capital Pu

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases

Cattle Market Shrugs Off BSE Finding in Canada

Dow Jones reported this morning that the cattle futures are for now shrugging off Canada's first case of BSE since 2011, saying its an isolated case and the meat industry and regulators have gotten better at containing suche diseases in recent years.&

Port Disruptions Causing Challenges for South Dakota Ag Producers and Retailers

A reliable and efficient supply chain is critical to our nation’s global competitiveness. Our ports are a vital link in that chain, but unfortunately, some of the biggest challenges at our ports are self-imposed and are having major repercussio

NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015

WASHINGTON– National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson praised Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on today’s introduction

Landowners Request for Temporary Injunction Granted Against TransCanada

O’NEILL, Neb. – Today Nebraska State District Court Judge Mark Kozisek issued a Temporary Injunction in a landowner lawsuit against TransCanada. The Order halts condemnation cases along the proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline XL route in northern Nebraska.

 The Order followed a hearing in District Court at O'Neill NE, at which, for the first time in Nebraska, the

House Agriculture Committee reviews 2015 agenda for the Commodity Futures Tradin

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review the futures, options, and swaps markets that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) oversees.  Chairman K. Michael Conaway urged CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad to make sure the

NCBA to Host Bull Selection Webinar

DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced the next in its continuing series of educational webinars. The upcoming session, scheduled for Feb. 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MST, focuses on understanding bull selection tools

St. Louis Fed Quarterly Ag Survey: Farm Income Continues To Decline in Midwest a

ST. LOUIS ― Eighth District agricultural bankers reported a continued decline in farm income during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous year, according to latest Agricultural Finance Monitor published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. L

Group Fights to Stop Chinese-Controlled Industrial Hog Farms in Nebraska

Billings, Mont. - In a letter hand-delivered yesterday to Nebraska Unicameral Legislature's Agriculture Committee, R-CALF USA urged the rejection of Nebraska Legislative Bill 176 (LB 176). Introduced by Nebraska Senator Ken Schilz, LB 176 would amend

Nebraska Senator Opens Door to Chinese Meat Racket

Senator Ken Schilz is introducing two bills before the Nebraska Ag Committee this week that could turn the State of Nebraska into a massive industrial Chinese hog factory.  Working hand-in-hand with Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods, the largest pork co

Federation of State Beef Councils Takes Action at 2015 Annual Meeting

DENVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - Jennifer Houston, a livestock market operator from Sweetwater, Tenn., was elected chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Elec

Protective Order Stops EPA From Releasing Data

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2015 – A U.S. District Court judge Friday issued a protective order against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stopping it from disclosing to radical environmental and animal-rights groups information on farmers, pe

Millennials Drive A New Set of Animal Welfare Expectations

CHESTERFIELD, MO. (February 10, 2015) – A recent panel discussion on animal welfare touched on many topics, yet one recurring theme left a lasting imprint on its participants. While the discussion focused on animal care and food safety concerns for

Ag Champions contest announced for Nebraska FFA chapters

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Championing for a cause is as important to Olympian Curt Tomasevicz as preparing for a bobsled race.  But this cause is agriculture. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska FFA, with the help of Curt Tomasevicz, spokesm

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture

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

Outstanding Students Awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarship

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Ten outstanding college students were awarded $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administ

NCBA Effort Places Renewed Focus on Young Beef Leaders

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS- A new program from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is placing renewed focus on this country’s young beef producers. The NCBA Young Beef Leader (YBL) program, which involves state affiliates from across the country

Call for 2015 ASI Council and Committee Members

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is accepting nominations for members to its councils and committees for the upcoming year. Council and committee members are instrumental in working for sheep producers by recommending and implementing policy

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials with t

[STAMFORD, UK] – Global animal nutrition leader Alltech has acquired The E-CO2 Project Limited (E-CO2) – a leading provider of on-farm environmental assessments and programmes – to strengthen its service offering to livestock producers

Refuge Compliance Report Shows Increased Compliance in 2014

ST. LOUIS) Feb. 3, 2015 – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program (CAP), which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey, and IRM education and awareness, is seei

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget: "President Obama's 2016 Budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st century. The bu

EPA Withdraws Water Guidance as Result of NMPF Objections

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – As the result of objections raised by the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a regulatory guidance issued last year concerning when farmers must seek Clean Water Act

Nebraska Cattlemen Announces Legislative Priorities

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) announced its priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session. In addition to LB 85 and LB 623 (previously announced), NC will support LB 106 and monitor various tax bills related to property tax relief. “Nebrask

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

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

25x'25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraskans Speak on Wind

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

New Leaders Program Takes Place in Des Moines

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

Nebraska Farm Bureau Names 2015 Leadership Academy Members

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

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

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

Chairman Conaway Announces Subcommittee Assignments

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

We Must Cut Taxes

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

Late Winter Nutrition Tips

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available

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

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

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

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

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

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture Committee

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

ASI Market App Gets an Update

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

Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Commercial Turkey Flock in

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


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

Nebraska Farmers Examine Export Markets in South America

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

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

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

Reminders on Feeding Alfalfa as Protein to Cattle

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


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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska Farm Bureau Offers Help with Farm Bill Decision Making

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

Peterson Statement on Introduction of Free Trade with Cuba Act

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

NCGA Priority and Policy Conference Yields Insight into Top Issues

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

Higher Protein Content Boosts Value of Crop

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

U.S. Wheat Associates Leadership Changes in Asia

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

Ansley Mick to Serve as Smith's Agriculture Liaison

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

Iowa Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

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

House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

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

Renowned Agriculture Ethicist to discuss Farm and Food Issues

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

New Officers Elected for Nebraska Beef Council

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

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

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

Farmers Gather for NCGA Priority and Policy Conference

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

Nearly $190 Million Invested in Rural Nebraska in 2014

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

U.S. Corn Crop Remains Strong Despite Yield Reduction

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

2015 NCBA Trade Show Breaks another Record

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

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

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

Finalists for Excellence in Ag & Top 4 Discussion Meet Winners

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

Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to be held in February

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pesticide Training Starts January 28

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

Mike Johanns joins Deere board

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

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

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


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

Crop Protection Helps Growers Produce Nutritious Food

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

See For Yourself ? To Soybeans and Beyond

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


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

Thune Calls on Obama EPA to Withdraw Backdoor National Energy Tax

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


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

Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher Workshops Coming to Southeast Nebraska

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

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for January 2015

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

Elanco, Novartis combination brings value, more innovation to customers

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