New governor fires back at ‘cheap stunts’ attacking his hog farms

New governor fires back at ‘cheap stunts’ attacking his hog farms

Newly sworn-in Gov. Jim Pillen is firing back at billboards in Lincoln and Columbus that went up recently attacking the governor’s hog operations, calling the billboards “cheap stunts.” Pillen, in a press release Tuesday, said the aim of the billboards was to “destroy Nebraska’s way of life by shutting down our…
USDA announces additional assistance for dairy farmers

USDA announces additional assistance for dairy farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The update to PMVAP and the new ODMAP will…
Shippers Coalition Praises SHIP IT Act

Shippers Coalition Praises SHIP IT Act

Washington, D.C. – The Shippers Coalition applauds Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) andCongressman Jim Costa (D-CA) for introducing the Safer Highways and Increased Performancefor Interstate Trucking Act, the “SHIP IT Act.” This bill provides common-sense solutions bytaking a holistic view of the pain points in the supply chain by increasing shipping…
Rolling Out Revenue Based Disaster and Pandemic Assistance Programs 

Rolling Out Revenue Based Disaster and Pandemic Assistance Programs 

Today, agricultural producers can begin to apply for two new important programs for revenue losses, from 2020 and 2021 natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic. Both programs equitably fill gaps in earlier assistance.  First, you may be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two if you experienced revenue…
Bill aims to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits, restricting who can file and when

Bill aims to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits, restricting who can file and when

LINCOLN — A proposed revision to Nebraska’s “right to farm” law, promoted as increasing protections for farmers, is being condemned by environmentalists as a way to eliminate nearly all nuisance lawsuits. Under Legislative Bill 662, introduced Wednesday by State Sen. Beau Ballard of Lincoln, only landowners who live within a half-mile of…
Inflation hasn’t increased US food insecurity overall, according to new tracker

Inflation hasn’t increased US food insecurity overall, according to new tracker

Grocery prices soared by 11.8% in 2022 – the swiftest pace since the early 1980s. Rapid inflation is, naturally, leading to concerns that it’s getting harder for Americans to put food on the table. Feeding America, a nonprofit that supports and connects roughly 60,000 food banks and pantries nationwide, has said that at least half…
NDA Announces Hilary Maricle as Agency’s New Deputy Director

NDA Announces Hilary Maricle as Agency’s New Deputy Director

LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Sherry Vinton has announced the hiring of Hilary Maricle for the position of deputy director. Maricle, who has extensive experience and education in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources, and leadership, begins her position at NDA today, Jan. 18. “Hilary is a multi-generation farmer/rancher…
Gov Pillen to announce tax relief agenda this morning

Gov Pillen to announce tax relief agenda this morning

    The Governor's office has announced that Gov. Jim Pillen will announce the introduction of his tax relief priority bills during a press conference in the Capitol this morning.   He will be joined by the state senators who will be introducing the bills.
Rural Prosperity Nebraska names two new program co-leaders 

Rural Prosperity Nebraska names two new program co-leaders 

Lincoln, Neb. —Rural Prosperity Nebraska, the community development arm of Nebraska Extension, has named two new program co-leaders to lead its community development efforts. Jordan Rasmussen and Brandi Hilton-Hagemann, both Nebraska Extension educators, will serve in these positions for one year, at which time the positions will conclude.  Rasmussen joined…