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…
Still time to be counted in the 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey

Still time to be counted in the 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey

Farmers and ranchers still have time to respond to their 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey.  The Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will continue to accept responses through April to ensure an accurate picture of U.S. local and regional food systems.  The 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey…
Confirmed…Tom Vilsack returns to the USDA

Confirmed…Tom Vilsack returns to the USDA

Reactions continue to come in from agriculture groups and those in Washington after the U.S. Senate today confirmed Tom Vilsack as the 32nd Secretary of Agriculture. He was the 30th Secretary of Agriculture under President Obama, testifying at his Senate confirmation hearing this month on Groundhog Day… Tom Vilsack during…
Ag Climate Alliance expands, makes policy recommendations

Ag Climate Alliance expands, makes policy recommendations

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance announced its membership is expanding as it puts together new policy working groups. Last year, the Alliance made more than 40 recommendations on how agriculture can help mitigate climate change and the new groups will focus on developing a set of more-specific policy proposals.…
Biden EPA supports 10th Circuit Court’s decision on SREs

Biden EPA supports 10th Circuit Court’s decision on SREs

The Biden Administration handed a major victory to the corn ethanol industry. The EPA says it agrees with last year’s ruling by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the Trump EPA’s retroactive waivers to oil refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Biden EPA says the Tenth…