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USDA provides Hurricane Michael victims needed relief and recovery aid

October 18, 2018 — WASHINGTON – To help residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state and county

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Diary Farmers of America invests in artificial intelligence

October 18, 2018 — KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Companies around the globe are leveraging innovative technologies and artificial intelligence to make more informed decisions and better run their businesses. This week, Dairy Farmers of America, a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., announced an investment

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American Goat Federation awards scholarship to Fort Collins student

October 18, 2018 — The American Goat Federation awarded scholarships to four winning applicants for the Fiscal Year 2017 Scrapie Eradication Program and Q Fever Education Scholarship Program. Each winning applicant received $1,000.00 to use toward their educational pursuits. The recipient in The Fence Post distribution area is: Courtney

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Burger restaurant study misleads consumers about antibiotic use in beef production

October 18, 2018 — In a report titled "Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition," only two hamburger restaurants, California-based Shake Shack and Florida-based BurgerFi, earned A grades based on their public policy of sourcing meat raised without antibiotics. The report was co-authored by Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources

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Checkoff groups hold Washington showcase

October 18, 2018 — Faced with bills that would restrict their activities, 16 agriculture research and promotion groups recently held an educational showcase near Capitol Hill to show off what they do. The checkoff groups, which raise their money through checkoffs that require farmers to pay into a fund

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USDA announces partnerships for rural prosperity

October 18, 2018 — The Agriculture Department has finalized four cooperative agreements to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans, Anne Hazlett, assistant to Secretary Sonny Perdue for Rural Development, announced Tuesday. USDA is partnering with four organizations to help build rural prosperity through the Rural Development

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Changing times: Landowners increasingly rely on hunting lease managers

October 18, 2018 — Many ranches throughout the country are a hunter's paradise. Ranchers' efforts to conserve the land and optimize it for cattle operations also result in prime habitat for wildlife and a cooperation between hunters and landowners can be mutually beneficial. Cardinal Charolais on the Prewitt Ranch

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Giancarlo to sponsor CFTC ag committee, notes EU rule

October 18, 2018 — Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Christopher Giancarlo announced Wednesday in Chicago that he will sponsor the CFTC's Agriculture Advisory Committee. In a speech to the FIA Expo, Giancarlo said, "I will be taking on sponsorship of the Agriculture Advisory Committee and will be reaching out

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Soybean growers praise trade announcements, note China importance

October 18, 2018 — The American Soybean Association on Wednesday praised the Trump administration's announcements that it would begin formal trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom, but also said it hopes the U.S. government will reach an agreement to end the trade war with

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FDA proposes new regulations

October 18, 2018 — The Food and Drug Administration is planning a series of changes to regulations, according to the Unified Agenda released by the Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The FDA list is contained with the report of the Health and Human

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USDA plans long list of rule changes

October 18, 2018 — The Agriculture Department has announced changes to many rules, according to the fall 2018 Unified Agenda released by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The list of changes ranges from USDA's Freedom of Information Act regulations to farm program

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Subsurface drip irrigation tested at Panhandle Center in Nebraska

October 17, 2018 — Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems apply water directly to the crop root zone through buried plastic tapes with embedded emitters. The major benefit of SDI systems is their water-use efficiency, compared to sprinkler irrigation or furrow irrigation systems. Because drip tapes are buried at about

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GAP Report: Consumer trends transform agriculture

October 17, 2018 — Consumer trends are the big story in agriculture this year, according to the 2018 Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Agriculture for a Healthy Sustainable World, to be released by the Global Harvest Initiative, a coalition of major agribusiness companies, today on the sidelines of the World

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Nebraska Cattlemen, state patrol announce new livestock hauling protocol and collaboration

October 17, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce an important new collaboration between Nebraska's livestock industry and the Nebraska State Patrol. Over the course of the past few months, Nebraska's agricultural industry and state patrol have worked together to develop a series of checklists

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USTR announces intent to negotiate with Japan, EU and UK

October 17, 2018 — Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Tuesday that, "at the direction of the president," he has notified Congress that he will negotiate separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. But the National Pork Producers Council was cautious in its expectations about

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Water czar unveils Wyoming plan for a West-wide reckoning

October 17, 2018 — ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Wyoming's water czar warned residents in the Green River drainage that an unprecedented 19-year drought could force regulators to shut off water diversions if users don't voluntarily limit their use first. The Colorado River basin reservoir system that supports 40 million

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Black: Caught up in the fence

October 16, 2018 — She was a pretty cow. A big polled Hereford but she was only half bagged up. So they sorted her off. These were pretty rangy cows and when they got separated from the big bunch they got nervous. Rex and Clair dropped her over into

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Pitts: Signs of a stroke

October 16, 2018 — One of the signs you're getting old is the AARP and the American Heart Association will send you pamphlets warning about the signs of a heart attack or stroke. Trust me, it's not junk mail. Nor is it anything to laugh at, although I'm often

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Hanks: Fill in the blanks

October 16, 2018 — Gentle readers this column is one of those where we just sort of fill in the blanks. As hard as I tried I could not come up with a suitable subject for this week's column. I thought I would just fill in some blanks and

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Yield: A lot has changed

October 16, 2018 — A lot has happened in our lives since I last wrote a column. I wrote two in advance so I could enjoy some "column-free" time. The first thing that happened to ol' Nevah and me is that our grandson Chance Yield got married. He and

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