Nebraska 4-H offers new opportunities to recognize volunteers

Nebraska 4-H offers new opportunities to recognize volunteers

Nebraska 4-H is offering new opportunities to recognize its volunteers across the state in 2021.  Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience.  Nominations are due by April…
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation scholarships due March 15

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation scholarships due March 15

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation scholarship applications, available for high school seniors and college students, are due Monday, March 15. The scholarships, which start at $1,000, are given to high school seniors or college students who show strong academic performance and an interest in the beef industry. Last year, the foundation…
Agriculture responds to Senate passage of $1.9 trillion COVID package

Agriculture responds to Senate passage of $1.9 trillion COVID package

The Senate Saturday passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The package, known as the American Rescue Plan, will extend federal unemployment benefits, offer up to $1,400 in direct payments to individuals earning less than $80,000, and increase funding for several nutrition assistance programs. Additionally, it authorizes several provisions to…
USDA relocations curtail ag research, farmer confidence

USDA relocations curtail ag research, farmer confidence

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than a year after two U.S. Department of Agriculture research agencies were moved from the nation’s capital to Kansas City, Missouri, they remain critically understaffed and some farmers are less confident in the work they produce. The relocation of the Economic Research Service and…
Drought conditions persist in the main corn growing states

Drought conditions persist in the main corn growing states

As farmers are ramping up toward planting season, drought conditions continue in many of the top corn-growing states. Last week, the U.S. drought monitor showed 11 percent of Midwest acres are in moderate drought. Over half of the High Plains are in a severe drought, and 19 percent of the…
USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine

USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Biden administration has put the brakes on an exchange of federal land in eastern Arizona that had cleared the way for a massive copper mine. Congress mandated the national forest land east of Phoenix to be turned over to Resolution Copper no more than 60…
17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates

17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report from the United Nations estimates that 17% of food produced globally is wasted each year. But the report notes the need for better data on food waste globally, with few countries tracking it well. The authors are hoping the report will encourage countries…
Cancer Eye Often Treatable, but Heritable

Cancer Eye Often Treatable, but Heritable

Question: I bought a set of cows a few weeks ago, and I noticed one of them has a red, wart-like growth on the inside of one of her eyes. She may be the best cow in the bunch, and she has a very nice heifer calf. The producer offered…
Sheep and goat market report for the week of 3-6

Sheep and goat market report for the week of 3-6

For the week ending March 6th the Midwest sheep and goat was a mixed picture. Lamb and kid prices in Southern sales were softer to lower. While northern sales didn’t have a solid test on kids they did note a steady to higher market on lambs. Northern sales noted more…