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USDA Emphasizing Trade Expansion

Ted McKinney, the new USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, has been busy since being sworn in. He’s visited India, Brazil, Columbia, and Panama recently with the goal of increasing trade opportunities. Read More

Farm Bureau Members Set Policy on Property Taxes, Trade, Other Key Issues; Re-elect State Leaders at Annual Meeting

KEARNEY, NEB. – Farmers and ranchers from across the state set Nebraska Farm Bureau policy for the coming year and re-elected leaders as part of the organization’s 100th Annual Meeting and Convention held Dec. 3-5 in Kearney. Delegates discussed ... Read More

Mexican Ambassador: 50% Chance NAFTA is Terminated

The Mexican Ambassador says there is a 50-50 chance that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be “terminated.” Geronimo Gutierrez says there are tensions hanging over the three sides in the negotiations and that’s creating an air of ... Read More

Senators Call for Delay of Implementation of the ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers

On Tuesday, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) led a bipartisan effort to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate for livestock and insect haulers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Ch... Read More

Missouri to Challenge California Egg law in U.S. Supreme Court

Missouri is leading 13 states to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a California law regarding egg production requirements. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced this week the state would continue its challenge to the California law that r... Read More

USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better customer... Read More

EPA's Pruitt Hints at Possibly Expanding Conventional Ethanol Mandate

Increased U.S. ethanol production could translate into a higher mark for conventional ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) than the current 15 billion gallon level, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pru... Read More

Trump to Meet with Cruz, Oil Industry, Regarding RFS

Senator Ted Cruz will get his meeting with President Donald Trump regarding biofuels. Reuters reports that Trump has agreed to meet with Cruz and representatives from the oil refining industry to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White Hous... Read More

Ag barometer: Producer sentiment slips following harvest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- Producers expressed lower sentiment toward the agricultural economy in November on the heels of fall harvest, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The November bar... Read More

Senate Tax Bill Doesn’t Include Section 199 Deductions

The Senate tax bill passed over the weekend does not include a deduction that farm cooperatives lobbied to keep in the tax reform package. The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives says the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, also known as... Read More

Nebraska’s Ag Leaders Congratulate Nebraska’s 27th Ag Director

Today, leaders from Nebraska’s top agriculture and commodity organizations issued statements congratulating Governor Pete Ricketts on his selection of Steve Wellman as the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s 27th Director. “On behalf of the ... Read More

Report Shows NAFTA Withdrawal Could Cost Nebraska Farms, Ranches Up to $55,000 Annually

LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would not only undercut Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, but harm the underlying foundation of Nebraska’s agriculture based economy, according to a new repo... Read More

(Video) Ricketts selects Syracuse Farmer as new Ag Director

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has selected Steve Wellman as the next Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. “My administration’s vision is to grow Nebraska, and our state’s number one industry is absolutely critical to realizing... Read More

EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump

NEVADA, Iowa (DTN) -- With a largely friendly crowd of central Iowa farmers and agribusiness types, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday highlighted his agency's recent work on biofuels and Clean Water Act regulations while pointing to general ov... Read More