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Updated: JBS Temporarily Reduces Production in Pennsylvania Packing Plant Due to COVID-19

One of the first packing plants in the US looks to temporarily reduce production for the safety of it's employees due to COVID-19. An extension specialist with Cornell University has relayed that the JBS processing facility in Souderton, PA will redu... Read More

Kansas Corn STEM Brings Science Home with Continuous Learning Lessons

Kansas Corn STEM’s continuous learning resources provide at-home learning resources to be used by teachers and students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These free resources can be found in the kansascornstem.com lesson libr... Read More

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. “In light ... Read More

AFBF continues tradition of fighting hunger

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 26.3 million pounds of food and raised more than $494,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2019 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations t... Read More

Beef Experts Dish Out Real Facts About Real Beef

DENVER – March 30, 2020 – In the latest effort to address myths about beef production and nutrition, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has released a n... Read More

FSA Service Centers are open for business by phone

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions. Additi... Read More

Pig Farmers Part of Essential Infrastructure

As assigned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the nation’s food and agriculture sector is one of 16 critical areas for our nation during this national emergency related to COVID-19. As such, the President has asked America’s farmers an... Read More

Valero Closing Down Two Ethanol Plants

U.S. fuel ethanol producer and refiner Valero is shutting down two of its ethanol plants, one in Nebraska and the other in Iowa. They’re also declaring “force majeure” on shipments for dried distillers’ grains or corn purchases, which means t... Read More

America’s Top 5 ASF Concerns

Even as the world has fixated on the coronavirus pandemic, African swine fever (ASF) has not taken a break in its relentless assault on the global swine herd, with more than 50 countries actively battling the costly disease. So far, the United States... Read More

The Latest: Caterpillar, Deere profits to feel virus impact

Agricultural and heavy equipment makers are in for a rough year as the virus pandemic delivers a sting to an industry trying to recover form a trade war. Jefferies analyst Stephen Volkmann slashed his earnings forecast for Caterpillar and Deere be... Read More

Farm workers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farms are still working to supply food to much of the United States amid the coronavirus. But some farm workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them. Many travel in groups to fields and say employ... Read More

Farmers and Grain Companies Stepping Up to Help Out in COVID-19 Pandemic

Bloomington, Ill (AgPR) — With food banks charting unknown territory in the midst of a global crisis, farmers and grain companies in the Midwest are stepping up to help feed those in need. FS GRAIN and Gold Star FS, both members of the GROWMARK Sy... Read More

State Beef Councils Win Major Legal Victory

DENVER, CO – The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory today when the United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. S... Read More

Beef Weigh-Ins Are Cancelled for Lincoln Logan & McPherson Counties

Lincoln Logan and McPherson Beef Weigh-Ins are canceled for this weekend due to Covid 19 virus. You may pick-up 4-H tags at the Extension Office.  Please call the Extension Office (308-532-2683) before coming so we can set them out in the porch f... Read More