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NDA director named president of midwest ag association

The head of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has been tapped to lead the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA). NDA Director Steve Wellman accepted the role of... Read More

USDA’S Censky Returning to ASA

After serving as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since 2017, the man who led the American Soybean Association for 21 years is returning to familiar territory. Stephen Censky is leaving USDA to return to the helm of the grower group as Chi... Read More

USDA announces contracts for round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Washington, D.C. Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a... Read More

Stopgap bill to prevent shutdown held up over farm funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to fashion a temporary spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month have run aground amid a fight over farm bailout funding that’s a key priority of President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill ... Read More

Hurry up & wait - Harvest hasn't begun near Henderson | Fridays in the Field | Ep. 17

Patience is being tested, as harvest hasn't yet begun for Matt Hiebner near Henderson, Nebraska On the latest edition of Fridays in the Field, Shalee visits with Matt about the current crop conditions. Hiebner primarily grows corn, mixing soybe... Read More

House expected to pass Peterson led SRE provisions

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week released legislation containing provisions to provide transparency into the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of small refinery exemptions. The provisions stem from legislation by Hou... Read More

Wine caucus seeks CFAP funding for wine producers

A group of lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to include wine grape producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Congressional Wine Caucus, a group of lawmakers representing wine-producing states, sent the request to Agricul... Read More

Brazil tariff rate quota for ethanol extended for 90 days

Brazil’s tariff rate quota for ethanol has been extended for an additional 90 days, starting September 14. After expiring on August 31, a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol. U.S. corn and ethanol groups expressed disap... Read More

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Federal regulators have handed a victory to corn farmers by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied... Read More

Branstad stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to China

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down to work on the Donald Trump re-election campaign. Reuters reports sources familiar with the matter cite Branstad’s popularity in Iowa, having served there as governor for over two decades, as... Read More

SREs hurt biodiesel as much as ethanol

The effect of Small Refinery Waivers on ethanol has been well documented in recent months, but those exemptions have been equally hard on biodiesel. “We need to keep defending our position and ensuring that small refinery exemptions quit happeni... Read More