$2.5B headed to tribes for long-standing water settlements

$2.5B headed to tribes for long-standing water settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American tribes are awaiting a one-time windfall that could help deliver reliable, clean water to their residents. The federal infrastructure bill signed last month includes $2.5 billion for tribal water rights settlements. The Interior Department hasn't said how it will be doled out. But the agency…
Ethanol Stocks Unexpectedly Decline

Ethanol Stocks Unexpectedly Decline

American ethanol inventories took a surprising drop last week while production also fell. The Energy Information Administration says U.S. ethanol inventories totaled 20.7 million barrels during the week ending on December 17. That’s a drop of almost 200,000 barrels from the prior week. Dow Jones industrial analysts did a recent…
Culver’s “Thank You Farmers” donations surpass $3.5 million

Culver’s “Thank You Farmers” donations surpass $3.5 million

Culver's Thank You Farmers Project has now raised more than $3.5 million since its creation in 2013. In 2021, the program raised $500,000 toward its mission of advocating for the positive impact agriculture has on the world. Culver's reaches the milestone at a critical time, as the rapidly growing world…
Growers to EPA: Greater clarity is needed on data tied to complaints

Growers to EPA: Greater clarity is needed on data tied to complaints

Grower groups including the American Soybean Association, National Cotton Council and American Farm Bureau Federation are raising questions about data released Dec. 21 by EPA regarding reported dicamba off-target complaints during the 2021 growing season. Growers are concerned with the potential of significant gaps in the data provided by the…
Federal watchdog: Trump’s USDA overpaid corn farmers by $3B

Federal watchdog: Trump’s USDA overpaid corn farmers by $3B

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal watchdog says the Trump administration overpaid corn farmers by about $3 billion in federal aid in 2019 and that farmers in the South were paid more for the same crops than elsewhere in the country. The Government Accountability Office said in a report…
Webinar to cover finding a tax advisor for farm and ranch businesses

Webinar to cover finding a tax advisor for farm and ranch businesses

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability will host a webinar on best practices for hiring a tax professional for a farm or ranch business at noon on Jan. 6.  With evolving tax laws and ever-increasing complexity, it’s more important than ever to find the right tax advisor that…
USDA to test 2022 Census of Agriculture online questionnaire

USDA to test 2022 Census of Agriculture online questionnaire

Starting in January, approximately 15,000 agricultural producers across the nation and the various segments of U.S. agriculture will receive an invitation to assist in the online 2022 Census of Agriculture Content Test. The Content Test, which will run through spring, is a critical part of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics…
EPA Extends Expiration Deadline for Pesticide Applicator Certification Plans

EPA Extends Expiration Deadline for Pesticide Applicator Certification Plans

The Environmental Protection Agency recently extended the expiration deadline for pesticide applicators certification plans. The 2017 Certification of Pesticide Applicators final rule had set stronger standards for people who apply restricted-use pesticides and required authorities with existing certification plans to submit proposed modifications by March 4, 2020, to comply with…
Departments urge end to poor service for U.S. grown agricultural commodities

Departments urge end to poor service for U.S. grown agricultural commodities

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged the world’s leading ocean carriers to help mitigate disruptions to agricultural shippers of U.S. exports and relieve supply chain disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic by restoring reciprocal treatment of imports and exports and improving service. Ocean carriers…
USDA to provide aid to help school meals

USDA to provide aid to help school meals

The USDA will provide up to $1.5 billion to help school meal programs get through the supply chain crunch. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said procuring large amounts of food is more difficult because of shipment delays, a lack of particular products, the high cost of food, as well as labor…