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Senators Call for Delay of Implementation of the ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers

On Tuesday, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) led a bipartisan effort to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate for livestock and insect haulers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Ch... Read More

Missouri to Challenge California Egg law in U.S. Supreme Court

Missouri is leading 13 states to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a California law regarding egg production requirements. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced this week the state would continue its challenge to the California law that r... Read More

USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better customer... Read More

EPA's Pruitt Hints at Possibly Expanding Conventional Ethanol Mandate

Increased U.S. ethanol production could translate into a higher mark for conventional ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) than the current 15 billion gallon level, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pru... Read More

Trump to Meet with Cruz, Oil Industry, Regarding RFS

Senator Ted Cruz will get his meeting with President Donald Trump regarding biofuels. Reuters reports that Trump has agreed to meet with Cruz and representatives from the oil refining industry to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White Hous... Read More

Ag barometer: Producer sentiment slips following harvest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- Producers expressed lower sentiment toward the agricultural economy in November on the heels of fall harvest, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The November bar... Read More

Senate Tax Bill Doesn’t Include Section 199 Deductions

The Senate tax bill passed over the weekend does not include a deduction that farm cooperatives lobbied to keep in the tax reform package. The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives says the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, also known as... Read More

Nebraska’s Ag Leaders Congratulate Nebraska’s 27th Ag Director

Today, leaders from Nebraska’s top agriculture and commodity organizations issued statements congratulating Governor Pete Ricketts on his selection of Steve Wellman as the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s 27th Director. “On behalf of the ... Read More

Report Shows NAFTA Withdrawal Could Cost Nebraska Farms, Ranches Up to $55,000 Annually

LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would not only undercut Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, but harm the underlying foundation of Nebraska’s agriculture based economy, according to a new repo... Read More

(Video) Ricketts selects Syracuse Farmer as new Ag Director

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has selected Steve Wellman as the next Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. “My administration’s vision is to grow Nebraska, and our state’s number one industry is absolutely critical to realizing... Read More

EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump

NEVADA, Iowa (DTN) -- With a largely friendly crowd of central Iowa farmers and agribusiness types, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday highlighted his agency's recent work on biofuels and Clean Water Act regulations while pointing to general ov... Read More

Ricketts to name new Director of Agriculture

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts will introduce the new Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The announcement will take place on a conference call to media at 2:00 pm CT. The top position at the Nebraska Department of Ag... Read More

Idaho Will Consider Ag Education Requirement for High School Students

A high school senior will propose a bill to Idaho lawmakers that would require high school students to complete at least two agriculture education classes. The bill will be introduced in the 2018 Idaho legislative session by 17-year-old Anna Peter... Read More

Perdue Predicts Strong 2018 Exports

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue predicts fiscal year 2018 farm exports will remain strong. Responding to the Department of Agriculture’s export forecast published last week, Perdue says “exports continue to be a major driver of the rural econo... Read More