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House Ag leaders ask EPA to separate RFS rules

May 21, 2019

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Roger Marshall, R-Kan., today wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ask him to write separate rules on...


Ibach: African Swine Fever vaccine will take 8 years
Ibach: African Swine Fever vaccine will take 8 years

May 21, 2019

Scientists have concluded that a vaccine for African swine fever is eight years away, Agriculture Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach said today. “We are eight years from finding a vaccine that is...


Hall designated acting CEO of Farm Credit Administration
Hall designated acting CEO of Farm Credit Administration

May 21, 2019

Jeffery Hall, a member of the Farm Credit Administration board, has been designated the FCA acting chief executive officer due to the illness of FCA Chairman Dallas Tonsager. “Under normal circumstances, FCA’s board chairman serves...


USDA makes $40 million available for wetlands, cites Midwest floods

May 21, 2019

The Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that it is inviting proposals for $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural...


Kansas cowboy is NCTA Aggie of the Year
Kansas cowboy is NCTA Aggie of the Year

May 21, 2019

CURTIS, Neb. – To ranchers and agricultural college students, the 2019 Aggie of the Year in Curtis, Neb., would be considered a “top hand.” Damian Wellman of Prairie View, Kan., was named the Aggie of...


May 21, 2019

Committee holds hearing on climate and agriculture WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing dedicated to the issue of climate change and the agricultural sector. In written testimony,...


U.S. Wheat Associates promotes Amanda Spoo
U.S. Wheat Associates promotes Amanda Spoo

May 21, 2019

U.S. Wheat Associates promotes Spoo ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Wheat Associates promotes Amanda Spoo to director of communications in its Arlington, Va., headquarters. Spoo will continue to direct USW’s online communications efforts while supporting public...


Project asks – can farmers produce rubber from dandelions?
Project asks – can farmers produce rubber from dandelions?

May 21, 2019

Crops growing in the numerous small plots at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center this summer will include the usual assortment of dry beans, corn, sugar beets, peas and various alternative crops....


Nebraska – a hotbed for new plant diseases

May 20, 2019

Although plant pathology was not officially recognized as distinct from botany until 1920, the study of plant diseases had been practiced in Nebraska since 1884 with the arrival of the eminent botanist Charles Bessey. Since...


2019 grasshopper populations and risk of infestation and damage in Colorado
2019 grasshopper populations and risk of infestation and damage in Colorado

May 20, 2019

According to the 2018 USDA APHIS adult grasshopper counts, https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/grasshopper/…/hazard.pdf, there were low populations of grasshoppers in Colorado last year with the exception of some areas of a low to moderate risk of rangeland infestations...



Three rams are certified by Columbia organization

May 20, 2019

Three yearling Columbia rams earned Certified Columbia Ram honors based on their performance in 2018–2019 ram tests in Hettinger, N.D., and Laramie, Wyo. The rams were consigned, respectively, by Eagleson Sheep Company of Buchanan, North...


Trump reveals immigration plan with nothing on farmworkers

May 20, 2019

President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed an immigration proposal that did not include any provisions to address the issue of farmworkers. Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said she had not taken a...


FAS reports on China raising tariffs on U.S. agricultural products

May 20, 2019

The Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service on Friday issued a formal report on China’s decisions to raise tariffs on U.S. agricultural products after President Donald Trump raised tariffs on Chinese products. “The announcement includes four...



Trump proclaims talks not tariffs on autos

May 20, 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that he has ordered officials to engage in talks on automobile and automobile part imports over the next 180 days rather than using Section 232 of the...


Salmonella infections reported in 21 states

May 20, 2019

CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with backyard poultry. Fifty-two people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 21...



Section 232 tariffs to be removed on steel, aluminum

May 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – The announcement today that Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico and Canada will be removed is an important step toward approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade, say farmer...