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Second annual KNEB Farm & Ranch Team Sort continues to grow

The KNEB Farm and Ranch Team Sort was held Feb. 9, at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell. The sort was held at the fairgrounds indoor pavilion, which is heated. In its second year, Leslie Snyder coordinator for the event said the even... Read More

Sleight To Retire As U.S. Grains Council President And CEO

Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) since 2012, will retire this summer following the appointment of his successor, the Council's Board of Directors announced this week at the organization's membership... Read More


From Jim Stitzlein, Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council: The meeting held in Cartagena, Colombia, a Caribbean hub for container shipping. Colombia is a free trade agreement partner and an important consumer of feed grains that support a thriving ... Read More


Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse fired back on Wednesday after Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker stated that eating meat is unsustainable and vowed to fight against “industrial agriculture.” “Cory’s a good dude, but Tofurky is a... Read More

Nationwide holds annual grain bin safety contest

DES MOINES, Iowa — The risk farmers face when they enter large grain bins cannot be overstated. Within seconds, flowing grain can bury a worker who enters the bin to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running. To help reduc... Read More

Petal to Metal: Rose Inspections Didn't Stop During Shutdown

MIAMI (AP) — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets. U.S. Customs and Border Pro... Read More

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Signs MOU with National FFA Organization to Enhance Environmental Education

WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National FFA Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA’s ongoing environmental... Read More

China to Meet with Lighthizer Friday

China’s President will meet with U.S. trade leaders Friday as the U.S. and China seek a trade deal before an early March deadline. The South China Morning Post reports China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with a U.S. trade delegation... Read More

'Tinder for cows' matches livestock in the mood for love

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) - A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called “Tudder” - a mix of dating app Tinder and udder - it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of. ... Read More

USDA official hopes year-round E15 gas approved soon, but sees fallback

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary said on Wednesday he is “hopeful” the administration will complete its rule allowing year-round sales of a higher ethanol blend of gasoline by summer, but the gover... Read More

K-State Researcher Publishes Study Confirming Experimental Transmission of ASF Virus Through Feed

MANHATTAN — As an African swine fever outbreak has moved rapidly throughout China and threatens to spread to new countries in Europe, a Kansas State University researcher continues to understand the possible routes for disease introduction and tran... Read More

Ethos Chocolate, a Pro-GMO Chocolate Brand, Launches to Demystify GMO Farming

WASHINGTON -- A Fresh Look, a nonprofit coalition of over 1,600 farmers committed to demystifying GMO farming, launched a new line of chocolate bars today called Ethos Chocolate. The limited-edition chocolate bars are handcrafted by an award-winning,... Read More

Senators Introduce Bill to Lift Cuba Embargo

A bipartisan group of Senators recently reintroduced legislation to lift the Cuba trade embargo. Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Patrick Leahy, along with Republican Mike Enzi reintroduced the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act. The legislation ... Read More

Market Facilitation Program Deadline Thursday

The deadline for farmers to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is Thursday. The program, launched last year to help producers suffering from trade retaliation damages, has already paid out roughly $8 billion to farmers. Since its launch i... Read More