Senate Ag scheduled hearing on cattle markets

Senate Ag scheduled hearing on cattle markets

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow Thursday announced a hearing titled “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer.” The Michigan Democrat, along with the committee’s ranking Republican John Boozman of Arkansas, scheduled the hearing for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 23. Cattle market transparency is a priority…
NPPC asking Congress to address bottlenecks at nation’s ports

NPPC asking Congress to address bottlenecks at nation’s ports

America’s hog farmers are the leading suppliers of high-quality pork, annually shipping more than $7 billion to overseas destinations. However, recent shipping delays at U.S. ports are disrupting exports. If these delays are addressed soon, they could lead to serious bottlenecks for pork and other agricultural exports. National Pork Producers…
USDA Launches Grant Program to Help Expand Regional Economies

USDA Launches Grant Program to Help Expand Regional Economies

WASHINGTON– United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Karama Neal today unveiled a new grant program to help rural communities create good-paying jobs and support new business opportunities in high growth fields. Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) is intended to help rural communities identify and…
Nebraska Farm Bureau announces 2021-2022 class of The Crew

Nebraska Farm Bureau announces 2021-2022 class of The Crew

Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has identified 10 social media savvy student members to join The Crew. The Crew participants share their love of agriculture through social media and are selected from NEFB student members, who range in age from 16 to 23. Each member is selected in the spring and…
Bill Would Combat Anti-Competitive Practices in Meat Processing Industry

Bill Would Combat Anti-Competitive Practices in Meat Processing Industry

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley joined fellow Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, in introducing legislation on meatpacking. The bill would address the anti-competitive practices in the meat and poultry industries that threaten the nation’s food supply and national security. The legislation comes on…
NDA selects students to attend 50th annual NAYI

NDA selects students to attend 50th annual NAYI

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has selected students for the 50th annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). This year marks the 50th anniversary of NAYI, which is the longest running program of its kind in the nation. The NDA coordinates NAYI with the help of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth…
USDA working to strengthen enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act

USDA working to strengthen enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act

The USDA will begin work on three proposed rules to support the enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act. The 100-year-old law was originally designed to protect poultry farmers, hog producers, and cattle ranchers from unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices in meat markets. USDA will take three actions related to…
Judge pauses loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

Judge pauses loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the program from…
Governor Laura Kelly congratulates Creekstone Farms as Governor’s Exporter of the Year

Governor Laura Kelly congratulates Creekstone Farms as Governor’s Exporter of the Year

ARKANSAS CITY – Governor Laura Kelly visited Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC. in Arkansas City to honor the company for being named the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year. “With its designation as Exporter of the Year, Creekstone has joined an elite group of Kansas companies,” Governor Kelly said. “I am confident that the Creekstone…