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International Trade Commission Ignores Concerned Letter

Coalition for a Prosperous America Leaders says the International Trade Commission is failing to respond to a letter they sent them.

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Minnesota Livestock Producers Saw Record Profits in 2014

Strong prices and lower costs brought record profits to many Minnesota livestock producers in 2014.


Nebraska State Senate Passes Gas Tax Increase

Nebraska State Senators have given preliminary approval to an infrastructure funding bill that would raise the state gas tax six cents a gallon.


Representatives Are Calling For Sound Science in Dietary Guidelines Report

Seventy U.S House members are urging the US Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to make sure the final American Dietary Guidelines report is based on sound nutritional science.


Iowa Land Value Decrease From Last Year

A survey conducted between March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015 by the Iowa Realtors Land Institute has just been released revealing falling land values.


President Omits RFS from Greenhouse Gas Emission Talks

Both the National Farmers Union and the American Coalition for Ethanol are questioning President Obama’s decision to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard out of greenhouse gas reduction talks.

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South Dakota Farm Bureau Will Miss Resigning Senators

A pair of South Dakota legislative leaders, both Republicans, have now resigned from their positions.


National Farmers Union Calls on Congress to Uphold COOL Funding

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson is calling on members of Congress not to attach additional clauses to appropriations bills.

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National Biodiesel Board Concerned Over Approval of Argentinian Imports

National Biodiesel Board leaders are calling on EPA to reconsider their recent decision allowing Argentinian biodiesel imports into the United States under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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South Dakota Farmers Union Pleased With Legislative Results

The 2015 South Dakota Legislative session ended on Monday with lawmakers wrapping up business and considering vetoes issued by the Governor.


Financial and Technical Assistance Available Through NRCS

Tuesday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is providing $ 332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement program.


Legislation to Support Livestock Expansion and Maintain Local Zoning Control

Nebraska Cattlemen Association members are supporting LB 106, the Livestock Operation and Siting Expansion Act.

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Rules Change for Ethanol Blends

Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky have introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act.


Dunkin Brands Calling for Animal Welfare Changes

Dunkin Brands is the latest restaurant company to call for improved animal welfare standards.

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Corporate Farming Law Change in ND Meets Opposition

Opponents to North Dakota’s new corporate farming law change are working to take the issue to the voters.

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SD Attorney General Wants Changes to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley who chairs the National Attorney General’s Association has joined 18 of his colleagues in writing EPA asking them to withdraw their proposed Greenhouse Gas rule.

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Farmers Discuss Family Farms with Pope and Cardinals

Several Farmers Union leaders had an opportunity to have an audience with POPE Francis and meet with some Cardinals as well as with rural Italian groups recently.


Crop Insurance Avoids Budget Cuts

Corn grower groups and most farmers are breathing a sigh of relief following action last week by the Senate during their budget resolution process.


Comprehensive Plan Released to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Friday, the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by the federal government to combat the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Farm Program Sign-Up Extended

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has extended the Farm program sign up for Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage until April 7.

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Minnesota Legislature Continues Budget Discussion

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Minnesota legislative Democrats and Republicans continue to seek common ground as they work to balance the state budget for the next two years.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Dallas County

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Emerald Ash Borer has been found in another Iowa County.

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Nebraska Continues Death Penalty Debate


Nebraska lawmakers debated and passed a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Bill to Repeal Mandatory Prison Sentences Passes Nebraska Legislature


Nebraska legislators have advanced a bill that would scrap mandatory minimum prison sentences and the habitual criminal statute.

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Red Cross Takes Fire Prevention To Homes

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The American Red Cross recently made a few house calls in Yankton.