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CFAP update from NE FSA

Today the FSA will start accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program  CFAP  through Aug. 28, 2020.  Nebraska FSA State Executive Director Nancy Johner is reminding those in a... Read More

Nebraska Farm Bureau Asks SBA to Modify Paycheck Protection Program to Help Farmers, Ranchers, Self-Employed

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to modify the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow more farm and ranch businesses experiencing COVID-19 financial pressures to utilize loan ... Read More

The U.S., China Relationship Deteriorating Soon After Phase One Trade Deal

Analysts already expect China to be unable to meet its obligations under the Phase One trade deal it signed with the U.S. this year. Now, the relationship between the two largest economies in the world appears to be in trouble. President Donald Tr... Read More

York, Nebraska, Organization Receives Federal Assistance for Community Revitalization, Local Food Economy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing that the York County Development Corporation in York, Nebraska, is one of 16 organizations across the nati... Read More

USDA to host webinar on direct payments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service  and Farm Service Agency will host a webinar on today at 12:00 pm (CST) for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Fo... Read More

House Democrats Heroes Act Includes Agriculture Provisions

The next round of coronavirus relief introduced by House Democrats would increase direct payments to farmers by $16 billion. The funds are expected to supplement the already planned $16 billion in payments. While the legislation focuses on repleni... Read More

European Union Wants to Restart Trade Talks with the U.S.`

The European Union is looking to revive trade negotiations with the U.S. to help bring the trade disputes between the two sides to an end. The EU is proposing a joint agenda that covers everything from aircraft subsidies and lobster tariffs to shared... Read More

USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy

The Department of Agriculture last week approved $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The program is designed to connect excess meat, dairy and produce on farms with families facing food insecurity. The funding f... Read More

McCarthy Setting up a “Chinese Task Force”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he’s forming a Republican “China Task Force,” citing Chinese ownership of Smithfield Foods as part of the reason behind the move. The Hagstrom Report says McCarthy found it interesting that “C... Read More

Is the Phase One Deal Phasing out?  This weeks Trading Bits & Bytes

Aaron Bertels with Crossroads Marketing talks about the trade issues that many are talking about, Movement of grain how that has been effected by COVID.  A look at the upcoming WASDE report out next week. Read More

Perdue Releases Letters on Meatpacking Investigation

Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week sent two letters to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies regarding the reopening of meat processing facilities. The letters establish the Department of Agriculture's expec... Read More