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,…
USDA extends CFAP application deadline

USDA extends CFAP application deadline

The Department of Agriculture Thursday extended the deadline to apply for the latest round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters the sign-up period will be extended, allowing producers more time to apply. The deadline will extend 30 days after USDA completes a review of…
AFBF: farmers need more time to apply for CFAP

AFBF: farmers need more time to apply for CFAP

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. In January, an additional $13 billion in assistance was made available to help farmers and ranchers suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current deadline is…