KAAPA Ethanol crop progress report for the week of June 21

KAAPA Ethanol crop progress report for the week of June 21

The hot and dry conditions last week took their toll on soil moisture and crop conditions. With corn planting and emergence past 95% we start the report with corn condition ratings this week. Nationwide the corn crop declined 3% go 65% good to excellent. Nebraska corn declined 1% last week…
Webinar on negotiating, communicating during farm transition, leasing

Webinar on negotiating, communicating during farm transition, leasing

Nebraska Extension’s Farm and Ranch Management team will share strategies for negotiating and communicating during the processes of farm transition planning and farmland leasing during a webinar at noon June 24.  Most of what agricultural producers experience during work on farm transition and farmland leasing issues relates to negotiation. The…
Rural bankers say local economies are stronger

Rural bankers say local economies are stronger

For the seventh month in a row, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index stayed above growth neutral. The overall index is still strong at 70, falling almost nine points from May’s record high of 78.8. The index ranges from zero to 100, with 50 being growth neutral. That comes from…
Refiners over one billion dollars short on RINs

Refiners over one billion dollars short on RINs

U.S. refiners are short on $1.6 billion worth of credits they need to comply with U.S. biofuel laws. Reuters reviewed corporate earnings disclosures to come up with that total. The big liability comes as the Biden Administration considers potential relief for oil refiners from biofuel mandates. Refiners say they need…
Iowa’s high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Iowa’s high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court has stopped a lawsuit challenging the state's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams from going to trial. The 4-3 decision Friday dealt a significant defeat to the two environmental groups that sued. They were…
Input needed on Targeted Grazing Survey

Input needed on Targeted Grazing Survey

The American Sheep Industry Association is writing a second volume of the Targeted Grazing Handbook that was first published in 2006. The purpose of this volume is to provide practical information to individuals considering the use of targeted grazing either in their personal operation or as a service to others. In addition,…
Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small

WASHINGTON – “Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s nomination to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing rural prosperity. Her nomination is responsive to rural stakeholders and Congress; both have emphasized the importance of having a dedicated advocate for rural communities among the Department’s Subcabinet. As the…