NCBA seeking D.C. summer public policy interns

NCBA seeking D.C. summer public policy interns

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), in conjunction with the Public Lands Council (PLC), is now accepting applications for public policy internships in the NCBA Washington, D.C., office for summer 2023. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with NCBA and PLC staff on several fronts, including policy, communications and…
USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the…
Farmers for Soil Health awarded $95 million USDA grant

Farmers for Soil Health awarded $95 million USDA grant

USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program announced it will award Farmers for Soil Health (FSH) a $95 million grant. With this award, FSH will launch a program to advance the adoption of cover crops and conservation tillage in 20 states that produce over 85% of the nation’s corn and soybeans.…
Governor Laura Kelly’s Administration Signs Significant Wheat Deal with Taiwan

Governor Laura Kelly’s Administration Signs Significant Wheat Deal with Taiwan

TOPEKA – During a state visit from a Taiwanese delegation, officials from the east Asian country agreed to purchase 66 million bushels of wheat from U.S. farmers over the next two years. The grain deal, which is worth approximately $576 million, will be fulfilled significantly by Kansas wheat farms.  The Kansas Departments…
U.S. Beet Sugar Industry Leaders Announce $50M USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Award

U.S. Beet Sugar Industry Leaders Announce $50M USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Award

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the US Beet Sugar Association (USBSA) and American Sugarbeet Growers Associations (ASGA) announced a $50M multi-partner Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Program award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement climate-smart practices. This project will work to establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by…
USDA Designates Five Nebraska Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA Designates Five Nebraska Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or…
Biden: Tentative railway labor deal reached, averting strike

Biden: Tentative railway labor deal reached, averting strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a potentially devastating strike before the pivotal midterm elections. Railroads and union representatives had been in negotiations for 20 hours at the Labor Department on Wednesday to hammer out a deal, as there was…
Fischer on Potential Rail Strike & Impact on Ag Economy

Fischer on Potential Rail Strike & Impact on Ag Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) delivered a floor speech highlighting the severe impact a potential rail shutdown later this week would have on the agriculture sector, the U.S. economy, and global food security. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxqNKEJZuEY Click the image above to watch video of Sen. Fischer’s remarks A full…
USDA forecasts U.S. corn, soybean, and cotton production down from 2021

USDA forecasts U.S. corn, soybean, and cotton production down from 2021

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2022 – Corn, soybean, and cotton production is down from 2021, according to the Crop Production report issued today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Corn production is down 8% from last year, forecast at 13.9 billion bushels; soybean growers are expected to decrease their production 1%…