Agriculture

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Producers React to Walmart Production Guidelines

Walmart is urging U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics and improve treatment of livestock. They’re asking meat producers,…

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Ethanol Industry Looking at Japan Export Market

Representatives of Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuel Association and the U.S. Grains Council were in Tokyo last week trying to…

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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Opposing COOL Repeal

United States Cattlemen Association leaders are working to defend Country of Origin Labeling against Congressional attempts to repeal the law.…

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APHIS Releases Rules on Argentina and Brazil Beef Imports

USDA has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget two final rules that allow imports of fresh…

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Farmers Using Drones to Scout and Educate

Many farmers are using precision agriculture technology in their operations, and are now adding drones to that list. American Soybean…

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Many Farm Groups Hail TPA Passage in Senate

More than 70 organizations including the National Corn Growers Association is hailing the Senate passage of the Trade Promotion Authority…

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NFU Disappointed with TPA Vote in Senate

National Farmers Union leaders are disappointed with the Senate approval of Trade Promotion authority legislation. Nebraska Farmers Union President John…

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U.S. Cattlemen Working to Regain Chinese Beef Market

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is working with US. Trade officials on trying to get U.S. beef back into the…

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ASA Wants Normalized Trade With Cuba

U.S. Government officials are planning future talks with Cuba as they explore trade normalization. A State Department Assistant Secretary of…

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Farm Groups Disappointed with Short Term Highway Bill

National Corn Grower leaders are calling on Congress to go further than the House did last week when they passed…

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Loopholes in Farm Programs Cause Concerns

Public comments are being taken until tomorrow on a USDA rule covering those actively engaged in farming in order for those people to receive farm payments.

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Canada Anticipating Trans Pacific Partnership

The United States isn’t the only country wanting a successful completion to the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Grain

Farmers Union Approves of Grain Standards Measure

National Farmers Union leaders are pleased with the Senate Ag Committee for approving and sending on the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act.

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Commodity Associations Call for Long Term Highway Funding

Both the American Soybean and National Corn Growers Associations want a long term funding fix for the highway bill.

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Wheat Leaders Asking Canada for Equal Grading Standards

Leaders of the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers have sent a letter to Canada’s Ag and Trade leaders asking for improvements.

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Frost Damage in Row Crops Starting to Emerge

After initial thoughts the crop had escaped damage from the recent cold temperatures, some problems are starting to show up…

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Insect Management Knowledge Program to Provide Insect Answers

Monsanto has announced that six recipients will be awarded research grants as part of their new Insect Management Knowledge Program.…

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Iowa Group Still Working Against Rock Island Clean Wind Project

The group opposing the Rock Island Clean Wind project is still working to get Iowa lawmakers to pass legislation limiting eminent domain.

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Region’s Bridges Are Among Worst in the Nation

A report released this week by the TRIP group a private non profit organization shows that Iowa has the third worst bridges in the country with 22 percent structurally deficient.

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Legislation to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Has a Long Way to Go

Time is running short for Nebraska State Legislators this session and a measure that would allow Packer ownership of swine and dairy has only gotten as far as the first round of debate .

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Minnesota Budget Still Under Construction

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State budget negotiations resumed at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's residence yesterday afternoon.

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Death Penalty Showdown in Nebraska

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Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed legislation passed by the Unicameral that would repeal the death penalty.

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Bill to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Advances

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Meat packers would be able to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.

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Service Honors Fallen Omaha Officer

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Funeral services for Omaha Police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty, were held Tuesday.

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Blood Donations Needed For Summer

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The upcoming summer season brings with it busier schedules, and LifeServe Blood Center, based in Sioux City, Iowa, finds their blood supply falls low as people take less time to make regular donations.