NCBA Endorses House Companion of HAULS Act

NCBA Endorses House Companion of HAULS Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association just endorsed the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety, or HAULS Act of 2021. Introduced in the House of Representatives by Tennessee Republican John Rose and Democrat Darren Soto of Florida, NCBA says the bipartisan bill would deliver much-needed flexibility for livestock haulers. The House…
Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes up and running

Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes up and running

“Resilient” is a word frequently used when it comes to agriculture. Crops are bred to be resilient against disease, heat, drought and other detrimental conditions. Producers must be resilient in confronting the evolving economics of ag production, unpredictable weather and the ever-changing technology of agricultural production. But what does it mean for a…
USDA program should provide support to local meat processors

USDA program should provide support to local meat processors

LYONS, Neb. — The Center for Rural Affairs is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin implementing a much-needed grant program authorized under a stimulus package approved by Congress in December. That legislation set funding aside to improve capacity at local meat lockers, but the agency has been…
The end to Nebraska FFA’s bittersweet year

The end to Nebraska FFA’s bittersweet year

While a year of Zoom meetings and canceled plans is hard for everyone, it can be especially hard for young people. Every year, Nebraska FFA elects seven individuals who are either graduating high school or finishing their freshman year of college. They are selected to serve as Nebraska State FFA…
Groundwater levels were up significantly in early 2020, report shows

Groundwater levels were up significantly in early 2020, report shows

Groundwater levels rose significantly across most of Nebraska from January 2019 to January 2020, and the state received so much precipitation over that period that a new color was added to the 2019-20 precipitation map included in the recently released 2020 Nebraska Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report. “We ran out of blues,…
Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

The president and the auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue the U.S. should increase sales of ethanol and biodiesel, not…
Daily market commentary

Daily market commentary

The broader market complex seems to have said, "Higher! Higher! Higher?" this week. Equities sit near all times highs and the grain complex has been bullish leading up to the big April WASDE report. Economic data this week has been fairly supportive. The Fed FOMC meeting minutes were released on…
Nebraska Farm Bureau seeks answers on 30×30 climate executive order

Nebraska Farm Bureau seeks answers on 30×30 climate executive order

Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Biden administration for answers regarding how the president will implement a Jan. 27, 2021 executive order setting a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 (30x30). The 30x30 order contained few details, in turn raising numerous questions and…