NCBA Endorses House Companion of HAULS Act

NCBA Endorses House Companion of HAULS Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association just endorsed the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety, or HAULS Act of 2021. Introduced in the House of Representatives by Tennessee Republican John Rose and Democrat Darren Soto of Florida, NCBA says the bipartisan bill would deliver much-needed flexibility for livestock haulers. The House…
USDA Cancels Farmers to Family Food Box Program

USDA Cancels Farmers to Family Food Box Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told House lawmakers Wednesday the Department of Agriculture is ending the Farmers to Families Food Box program. Representative David Valadao, a California Republican, stated, “although it wasn’t a perfect program, this program provided families with healthy, nutritious food items grown here in the U.S.,” asking Vilsack…
UNL to continue serving as High Plains Regional Climate Center

UNL to continue serving as High Plains Regional Climate Center

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded 6 universities to serve as Regional Climate Centers. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was selected to again serve for 5 years as the High Plains Regional Climate Center, which coordinates the collection and production of environmental data across North Dakota, South Dakota,…
FCC looks to consumers to find broadband gaps

FCC looks to consumers to find broadband gaps

The Federal Communications Commission wants consumers to test broadband speeds to help find broadband gaps. As part of the Commission’s Broadband Data Collection effort, the FCC is encouraging the public to download the FCC’s Speed Test app, which is currently used to collect speed test data as part of the…
Statewide poll seeks opinions from rural, urban residents

Statewide poll seeks opinions from rural, urban residents

The 2021 Nebraska Rural Poll has hit the mailboxes of 14,000 households across the state of Nebraska.  The rural poll was developed in 1996 to gain more insight about the trends in expansive parts of the state. The information obtained from the survey is traditionally sent to Nebraska senators and…
CoBank: U.S. Economy Gaining Momentum

CoBank: U.S. Economy Gaining Momentum

The U.S. economy continues to outperform expectations as stimulus funds are fueling robust consumer spending. Forecasts point to seven percent GDP growth for 2021, the fastest rate of expansion since 1984, according to CoBank. The transition to a less COVID-restricted world has begun. But for the economy and rural industries,…
2021 Nebraska FFA Advisors of the Year selected

2021 Nebraska FFA Advisors of the Year selected

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation selected two recipients for the FFA Advisor of the Year award: AnnaLisa Estrela from Ashland-Greenwood High School and Brian Johnson from Litchfield High School. The advisors were honored on April 8 during the 2021 Nebraska FFA Virtual State Convention. The winning advisors received a plaque…
USDA program should provide support to local meat processors

USDA program should provide support to local meat processors

LYONS, Neb. — The Center for Rural Affairs is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin implementing a much-needed grant program authorized under a stimulus package approved by Congress in December. That legislation set funding aside to improve capacity at local meat lockers, but the agency has been…
Consumers feel agriculture can positively impact climate change

Consumers feel agriculture can positively impact climate change

American consumers feel agriculture can be part of the solution to climate change rather than the problem. A new Cargill Feed4Thought Survey says those who indicated climate change is important to them also rate livestock and agriculture lowest in negative impact compared to the other industries regarded as significant contributors.…