ELD delay for livestock haulers provides extended flexibility through Sept. 30

ELD delay for livestock haulers provides extended flexibility through Sept. 30

The Electronic logging device has been a cause for concern within the livestock industry since it was introduced in 2012.  According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the ELD is currently in a delay phase through Sept. 30, 2021.  The current delay includes the 150 air-mile exemption.  Current federal law…
Farm Bureau supports cattle market transparency

Farm Bureau supports cattle market transparency

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to require increased transparency in America’s cattle markets. AFBF supports the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021, sponsored by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The bill focuses on ensuring robust regionally negotiated cash trade and providing producers with…
USDA announces March 2021 lending rates for agricultural producers

USDA announces March 2021 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for March 2021, which are effective March 1. Operating and Ownership Loans The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farm ownership and operating loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers, whether multi-generational, long-time or new…
Nebraska right-to-repair bill gears up

Nebraska right-to-repair bill gears up

LINCOLN--Nebraskans voiced their stance on a bill that would give agriculture equipment owners greater access to tools needed to do their own repairs. Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth introduced the Agricultural Equipment Right-To-Repair Act, a bill that would give farmers access to all the tools needed to fix their own ag equipment.…
Vilsack: China living up to trade deal

Vilsack: China living up to trade deal

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says China is making good on its promises in the phase one trade deal it signed with the U.S. last year. CNBC says Vilsack points out the agreement allows market conditions to determine how much it has to buy from American farmers. COVID-19 qualifies as…
Student scholarships awarded for Natural Resources Conservation

Student scholarships awarded for Natural Resources Conservation

The Nebraska Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society (SWCS), Nebraska Soil & Water Conservation Foundation (NSWCF), and SWCS-UNL Foundation are pleased to announce 8 scholarship recipients for the spring 2021 semester.  A total of 14 applications were received from students attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the University…
Chairman Scott Statement in Support of of the American Rescue Plan Act

Chairman Scott Statement in Support of of the American Rescue Plan Act

WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott issued the following statement in support of the American Rescue Plan Act: I rise in support of the bill, which provides relief for hungry people and for our agricultural producers, including $5 billion tailored to assist those Black, Hispanic, Native American, and other…
Soybean growers approve 2021 resolutions

Soybean growers approve 2021 resolutions

Washington, D.C. Feb. 25, 2021. Members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) have completed the organization’s annual resolutions process to set the tone and direction for policy advocacy in the weeks and months ahead. As is typical with any “out with the old, in with the new” activity, the organization aims…
USDA invests $42 Million in distance learning, telemedicine

USDA invests $42 Million in distance learning, telemedicine

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced a $42.3 million investment to help rural residents access health care and educational opportunities. USDA says rural areas are seeing higher infection and death rates related to COVID-19 due to several factors, including a much higher percentage of underlying conditions, difficulty accessing medical care,…