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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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Nebraska Farm Bureau Leader Testifies Against WOTUS

This week Morrill County Farm Bureau President Jeff Metz who farms and ranches in the Nebraska panhandle testified in front of the Senate Ag Committee.

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Anthrax Found in Stanley County, South Dakota

The South Dakota Animal industry Board is investigating the death of two replacement heifers from a cattle herd in Stanley County.

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Pork Producers Incoming President Testifies Against COOL

This week Iowa pork producer John Weber, President Elect of the National Pork Producers Council testified in front of a House Ag Subcommittee.

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American Coalition for Ethanol Member Meet in Washington

Members and supporters of the American Coalition for Ethanol held their fly in this week in the nation’s capital.

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Payments to Farm Managers Could be Limited

USDA has released their proposed rule to limit farm payments made to non farmers.

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Glyphosate Re-Classified as Carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently re-classified glyphosate as a carcinogen.

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Record Dairy Sales for Coop in 2014

Record dairy markets and a focus on the food service sector combined to push sales for the Associated Milk Producer Incorporated Cooperative in 2014.

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Wind Company Gets Second Chance for Weather Towers

The Lincoln County South Dakota Commission has decided to give a wind company another chance to apply for a permit for their weather towers.

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NCBA Dietician Calls for Producer Input on Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services department took testimony on proposed dietary guideline recommendations put forward by a committee charged with that task.

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National Milk Producers Against Mandated GMO Labeling

The National Milk Producers Federation is opposing proposed national legislation to mandate GMO or Biotech labeling.

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Crop Insurance Under the Knife in Budget Resolution

One Senator says he’ll push for crop insurance cuts as the Senate debates their budget resolution this week. Arizona’s Jeff…

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New Measures to Increase Transparency

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman has announced several new transparency measures to give Congress greater access to the full Trans Pacific Partnership negotiating text.

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Presidential Candidate Proposes RFS Repeal

Texas Senator Ted Cruz who just this week announced his intentions to run for President in 2016 has introduced legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Farm Bureau Leaders Call for TPA

Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders are calling on Congress to take prompt action and grant the President Trade Promotion Authority.

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Japanese Pork Officials Willing to Reduce Tariffs

Japanese pork officials have been indicating they’d be willing to reduce their tariffs by 50 percent in order to reach a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

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Minnesota Infrastructure Funding Needed for Agriculture

Minnesota lawmakers are far apart on their plans for funding the state’s infrastructure.

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Swine Facility Use Permit Being Appealed

A Circuit Court Judge’s decision revoking a conditional use permit for Westside Gilt LLC of Pipestone, Minnesota is being appealed.

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House Democrats Prioritize Transportation Reauthorization

House Democratic leaders Rosa DeLauro, Peter DeFazio and Louise Slaughter want Congress to prioritize Transportation Reauthorization Legislation over Trade Promotion Authority.

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U.S. Trade Representative Makes Case Against Indonesian Restrictions

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman is asking the World Trade Organization to develop a dispute settlement panel to look at Indonesia’s import restrictions on U.S. agricultural products including beef.

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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

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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

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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.