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Meyer: Consumer demand could swing economic projections
USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer says farmers face uncertainty about demand from both U.S. consumers and China as they head into planting season.
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Nebraska Congressman frustrated by length of Mexico GM corn dispute
The chair of the U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade is frustrated by how long the dispute process over Mexico’s GM corn ban is taking.
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Climate change study calls for more variety in Kansas crop mix
Future crops in Kansas will have to include more drought-tolerant grains like those of sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to climate change. That's the bottom line of a recent study done by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
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Pivot Bio growers receive $6M+ since FY2022 for improved nitrogen management
Pivot Bio, a leading sustainable agriculture company, today announced that its sustainability program, N-OVATOR™, has paid over $6 million to growers for implementing better nitrogen management practices since its launch in 2022. N-OVATOR™ provides prompt, annual payments to growers and is the first insetting program to focus on nitrous oxide emissions.
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4 Ways to Celebrate FFA Week
Every February, we're encouraged to come together to celebrate and support our local FFA chapters during National FFA Week. This year, from February 17th-24th, you can join in on the fun and help make a difference!
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Vilsack asks pointed questions in face of farm decline
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged attendees of this morning’s USDA Ag Outlook Forum to consider the consequences of fewer U.S. farms.
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Mahindra launches new compact, subcompact tractors at National Farm Machinery
Mahindra introduced a pair of new tractors this week at the National Farm Machinery Show -- subcompact, 1100 models with 20- to 26-horsepower engines and compact, 2100 models, mounting 23-26 hp engines.
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USDA projects lower crop prices as input costs remain 'sticky'
USDA is forecasting lower prices for most major crops this year as input costs remain elevated and farmers face growing export competition.
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Growth Energy applauds lawmakers for supporting GREET model in latest letter to administration
Growth Energy, the nation’s largest biofuel trade association, commended a large bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers today for urging the Biden administration to finalize its revisions to the Department of Energy’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model.
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Ernst fights for farm families cut out of college aid
Considering the Department of Education’s (Ed) failure to provide farm families with transparency surrounding Ed’s botched rollout of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is leading 13 colleagues in demanding answers for agricultural communities.
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USDA sees growing supplies, lower prices in first look at 2024-25 crops
USDA sees farmers planting 91 million acres (ma) of corn, 87.5 ma of soybeans and 47 ma of wheat in 2024, according to a Commodity Outlook report released in conjunction with the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.
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EPA issues existing stocks order for dicamba
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an existing stocks order for dicamba, allowing for its limited use in 2024.
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Vilsack: Ag faces 'chaos' if other states follow California on Prop 12
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned lawmakers Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s decision upholding California’s Proposition 12 could lead to “chaos,” if other states follow suit in imposing their own standards for food products.
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Where's the cold air from these clippers?
We have rarely mentioned clipper systems this winter, but they are going to be moving through the country this week and possibly next week as well.
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New year brought increased consumer interest in food and nutrition resolutions
Food or nutrition-related New Year’s resolutions were more popular among consumers going into 2024 compared to last year, according to the January Consumer Food Insights Report.
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Census of Ag shows significant decline in U.S. farms and ranches
The USDA has released the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and it shows a continued decrease in the number of U.S. farming operations.
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Biofuel industry eyes huge new markets amid policy challenges
The nation’s railroads as well as airlines and ocean-going ships offer massive new opportunities for the U.S. biofuel industry, but some significant policy and logistical challenges could stand in the way.
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Who owns the water beneath Nebraska's farmland?
The land John Childears farms near North Platte is sandy, not particularly fertile, less than ideal. But the value of his land largely lies beneath his feet: the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest in the world.
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Dicamba: removing a tool from the toolbox
Soybean growers in Nebraska and across the U.S. have just been thrown a curveball, as a federal court in Arizona vacated registration of dicamba formulations specific for use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans (including Xtendimax, Engenia, and Tavium), finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to meet regulatory requirements. Dicamba is still an effective weed control option, particularly when it comes to Palmer amaranth.
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Agriculture specialists ensure Valentine's Day bouquets are free from pests, diseases
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are busy working at U.S. ports of entry to ensure that flower imports are free from pests and diseases that could harm the agriculture and floral industry of the United States.
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Choosing between ARC and PLC anything but clear
A farm management analyst suggests farm program decisions are being clouded by market and weather uncertainty.
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USDA teams with AmeriCorps, conservation districts on Working Lands Climate Corps
The Agriculture Department and Americorps on Monday unveiled the Working Lands Climate Corps, a program aimed at recruiting more than 100 young people to provide outreach and technical assistance for farmers looking to implement conservation practices.
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Global pork quarterly Q1 2024: Markets remain under pressure
Production will slow in 2024 as the sow herd contracts in the main production regions. This trend is expected to result in a decline or flat production throughout 2024, with disease pressures adding to the industry's challenges.
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Kinze to unveil 5670 pivot-fold, split-row planter at National Farm Machinery Show
Kinze Manufacturing is putting on display this week at the National Farm Machinery Show its new 5670 pivot-fold, split-row model planter for the 2025 planting season.
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MDARD Director Boring applauds Governor Whitmer's FY25 budget recommendation
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring celebrated Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Executive Budget Recommendation, which builds on the momentum of last year, grows the economy and ensures anyone can “make it” in Michigan.
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Ag Trade Caucus looks to spark momentum
Leaders of the Congressional Ag Trade Caucus are encouraging the Biden administration to be more aggressive on trade.
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Finstad defends GOP farm bill priority
House Agriculture Committee Republicans want to use the farm bill to improve the operation of programs such as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, the chairman of the the Nutrition, Foreign Agriculture, and Horticulture subcommittee says.
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State departments of agriculture support farmer and rancher access to approved vaccine technologies
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture members passed a policy amendment supporting farmers and ranchers’ ability to safeguard animal health through the responsible use of vaccines.
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