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Don’t be buffaloed: Some companies identifying water buffalo as bison

December 18, 2018 — A recent report released by Tyson Foods revealed that Americans want greater transparency in their foods. According to Tyson's predictions, "39 percent of consumers say they are willing to switch brands that use more transparent labels. New technology is providing everyone, not just experts and

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Deere to launch Startup Collaborator program

December 18, 2018 — OLATHE, KAN. — Deere & Company is launching the Startup Collaborator program in its Intelligent Solutions Group to enhance and deepen its interaction with startup companies whose technology could add value for John Deere customers. "Our focus for the Startup Collaborator is specifically on startups

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UNL research brings swine industry closer to broad virus protection

December 18, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. – After eight years of gathering data from more than 1,000 pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers have identified the gene associated with pigs' susceptibility to the deadly swine disease. Based on the research, genetic tests can now be

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Fremont, Neb., Corn Expo scheduled for Jan. 3

December 18, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. – Eastern Nebraska corn growers can sharpen their marketing, production and pest-management strategies at the 2019 Fremont Corn Expo Jan. 3 at the Christensen Field Main Arena, 1730 W. 16th St. in Fremont, Neb. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary

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USDA launches second round of trade mitigation payments

December 17, 2018 — WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain

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Dairy Farmers of America enters into agreement with Agropur to acquire St. Paul facility

December 17, 2018 — KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dairy Farmers of America and Agropur announced today that they have entered into an agreement for DFA to acquire Agropur's St. Paul, Minn., facility. The acquisition by DFA, which is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, will expand the farmer-owned

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Funding Available for Agricultural Hydropower Projects

December 17, 2018 — BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service are seeking applicants for on-farm agricultural hydropower projects. The total amount of available assistance for this round is $1,300,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators

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USDA highlights benefits of improved dairy safety net tool

December 17, 2018 — WASHINGTON — More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year. This U.S. Department of Agriculture program was significantly updated in February by the Bipartisan Act

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Trump trade aid payment situation unclear

December 17, 2018 — Whether President Donald Trump will follow through on his promise to make a second round of trade aid payments – formally Market Facilitation Payments – to farmers before the end of 2018 remained unclear Sunday following additional Chinese soybean purchases on Friday and Office of

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USDA confirms Newcastle disease in California commercial chicken flock

December 17, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a commercial chicken flock in Riverside County, Calif., on Saturday. This finding is part of an outbreak in southern California that began in May 2018 in backyard birds

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Wyoming Bee College will be held March 22-24

December 17, 2018 — The Wyoming Bee College beekeeping pre-conference workshops and conference will be held at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, March 22-24. The pre-conference, Friday, is offering four different workshops and the main conference everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. For more information http://www.wyomingbeecollege.org.

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Zinke leaving Interior at end of year

December 17, 2018 — President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post at the end of the year. Zinke's nearly two years in office have been marked by a rollback of conservation regulations including protection of the sage grouse, an effort with which

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Government prepares for shutdown including USDA

December 17, 2018 — The government has begun preparing for a partial shutdown that would include the Agriculture Department in case Congress and the Trump administration do not reach a budget agreement by Friday, the day the current spending bill expires, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Senate returns

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Trump hints at farm bill signing, infrastructure bill

December 17, 2018 — At the White House Congressional Ball on Saturday night, President Donald Trump hinted that he would sign the farm bill this week and that he hopes Democrats will join him on health care and infrastructure bills in 2019. "Next week, it looks like the farm

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Angus Value Discovery Contest winners named

December 15, 2018 — It takes a powerful start and decades of focus to get harvest groups that regularly qualify 100 percent for the Certified Angus Beef brand. What about 97.7 percent at CAB Prime brand and that one steer "only" hitting the traditional premium Choice CAB mark? Not

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Feuz receives Jim DeBree Award

December 14, 2018 — Developing programs for ranchers focusing on increased production and efficiency, and collaboration with peers are among reasons a Uinta County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received the organization's highest honor. Bridger Feuz, based in Evanston, was presented the Jim DeBree Award at extension's training

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Earth shaking is not for me

December 14, 2018 — I have been closely watching the news out of Alaska following the Nov. 30 earthquake and tsunami warning. As some of you may know, I lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for two years before I moved to Greeley, Colo. Now I know why there are signs

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Whooping Cranes must be protected from R-Project powerline

December 14, 2018 — My legislative aide and I drove to Denver to visit with the Mountain-Prairie Regional Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently. I wanted to ask them questions about NPPD's ill-conceived R-Project powerline that is planned to tear through the heart of Nebraska's Sandhills

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Supreme Court reversal a win for property rights

December 14, 2018 — The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that upheld an Obama-era restriction on private property in a unanimous decision. The previous ruling allowed the federal government to designate land as critical habitat for an endangered species, the dusky gopher frog, without finding that

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McDonald’s announces new policy regarding antibiotic use in beef production

December 14, 2018 — McDonald's announced a new policy last week to reduce the amount of medically important antibiotics used in beef production based on the World Health Organization's Guidelines on Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food Producing Animals. The announcement outlined plans to partner with supplying beef

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