USDA to establish an equity commission

USDA to establish an equity commission

The USDA says it will establish an Equity Commission and is looking for nominations for membership on the Commission’s Advisory Committee and Subcommittee on Agriculture. “USDA is committed to advancing equity throughout the Department,” says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Equity Commission will advise the Ag Secretary by identifying USDA…
Webinar planned on Growing Climate Solutions Act, ag carbon credits

Webinar planned on Growing Climate Solutions Act, ag carbon credits

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability will host a webinar offering analysis of the Growing Climate Solutions Act and what it could mean for farmers and ranchers participating in carbon markets. It will begin at noon on Sept. 30. On June 24, the U.S. Senate adopted S. 1251,…
USDA Takes Steps to Build More Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Food Systems

USDA Takes Steps to Build More Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Food Systems

The Department of Agriculture highlighted investments to end hunger and malnutrition at the United Nations Food Systems Summit this week. Speaking of the total $10 billion of investments, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack states, “We must use the power of ingenuity to improve on food systems so they provide safe, nutritious,…
Smith calls put President Biden on RFS

Smith calls put President Biden on RFS

Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-NE), Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), and Rodney Davis (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus, sent a letter urging President Biden to uphold campaign promises he made regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Recent reports indicate the Biden Administration is taking steps to weaken Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs)…
EPA Proposing Cuts to Biofuel Blending Requirements

EPA Proposing Cuts to Biofuel Blending Requirements

A new report from Reuters claims the Environmental Protection Agency will propose cuts to blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. A document seen by Reuters reporters contained proposed cuts that would reduce blending mandates for 2020 to about 17.1 billion gallons and 18.6 billion gallons for 2021. Those levels…
LB396 creates new opportunities for farm-to-school meals

LB396 creates new opportunities for farm-to-school meals

 On any given weekend in Nebraska, one can visit 100-plus farmers markets and purchase dozens of varieties of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Or stop by one of hundreds of roadside stands or dozens of you-pick operations. Nebraska grows a lot more than cattle and corn. But most of what…
IANR names finalists for Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension

IANR names finalists for Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has selected three finalists in its search for dean and director of Nebraska Extension. The candidates will visit Nebraska and participate in public presentations Sept. 30 to Oct. 8. The candidates, selected through a national search, will spend…
BLM Headquarters Returning to Washington, D.C.

BLM Headquarters Returning to Washington, D.C.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says the leadership of the Bureau of Land Management will be moving back to Washington, D.C., from Grand Junction, Colorado. The Hagstrom Report says the Trump Administration had previously moved the office out west.  “The bureau must have the appropriate structure and resources to serve the…
Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling for Beef Bill Officially Introduced (S. 2716)

Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling for Beef Bill Officially Introduced (S. 2716)

Billings, Mont. – On Monday, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), for himself and for Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds, (R-S.D.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the “American Beef Labeling Act of 2021,” which is now officially numbered as Senate Bill 2716 (S.2716). Senate Bill 2716 reinstates beef as among the numerous…