Iowa court reverses precedent on Iowa pig farm lawsuits

Iowa court reverses precedent on Iowa pig farm lawsuits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a long-standing precedent that allowed landowners to sue for damages when a neighboring hog farm causes water pollution or odor problems that affect quality of life. A majority of the court concluded Thursday that a 2004 decision was wrong.…
AFT: Smarter Land Use Planning is Urgently Needed

AFT: Smarter Land Use Planning is Urgently Needed

Smart growth and investment in America's downtowns and main streets must occur now to secure the land that grows our food, according to American Farmland Trust. The organization Wednesday released its new report, Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future and the accompanying web mapping tool. AFT research shows…
U.S., Taiwan hold first trade meeting

U.S., Taiwan hold first trade meeting

Trade officials from the U.S. and Taiwan met Monday for the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade. "This initiative will unlock market opportunities, promote innovation and create inclusive economic growth for our workers and businesses," said U.S. Deputy Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi. The trade officials reaffirmed their…
White House meets with refiners on high pump prices

White House meets with refiners on high pump prices

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently expressed interest in possibly lifting smog-fighting gasoline rules to help fight high gas prices at the nation’s pumps. The secretary also backed off a plan to ban fuel exports during a wide-ranging meeting with refiners. Reuters said tensions are high between President Biden and…
Senate Extends School and Summer Meals for Kids

Senate Extends School and Summer Meals for Kids

WASHINGTON – The Senate unanimously extended important funding and flexibility for communities to provide children healthy meals this summer and provide support to schools and daycare providers to respond to supply chain challenges and high food costs for the coming school year. The Keep Kids Fed Act was announced by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie…
2022 Nebraska Ag and Economic Development Summit scheduled for August 10 in Kearney

2022 Nebraska Ag and Economic Development Summit scheduled for August 10 in Kearney

Pre-Summit reception/banquet hosted by Nebraska Diplomats on evening of August 9. June 22, 2022 (LINCOLN, NEB.) – Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Diplomats will host the 2022 Nebraska Ag and Economic Development Summit on Wednesday, August 10, at the…
Fischer, Grassley, Tester, Wyden Cattle Market Reform Bill Passes Ag Committee

Fischer, Grassley, Tester, Wyden Cattle Market Reform Bill Passes Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee today. Their Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act passed by voice vote with only two recorded no votes, and is now eligible…
Number of U.S. Farms Continues Slow Decline

Number of U.S. Farms Continues Slow Decline

New data released Tuesday from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows the number of U.S. farms continues to decline slowly. After peaking at 6.8 million farms in 1935, the number of U.S. farms and ranches fell sharply through the early 1970s. Rapidly falling farm numbers in the mid-20th century reflected the…