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Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a... Read More

Bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska has won first-round approval from state lawmakers. The measure advanced Monday on a 37-4 vote despite a filibuster waged by a senator who painted the bill as a step toward marij... Read More

Midwest Lawmakers File Tax Relief Bill for Disaster Victims

Midwest lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would provide tax relief for disaster victims stemming from events this spring. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced the Tax Relief Act of 2019. The bill would provide tax deductions for indiv... Read More

Nebraska Farmers Union Board Releases Legislative Positions

Lincoln, NE.  The Nebraska Farmers Union Board of Directors met April 13th for their spring board meeting.  They spent a good deal of time reviewing bills before the legislature. Their list of legislative positions is below.   Strong Support ... Read More

EU moves to limit focus of trade talks with US

  The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks. Making public the mandate ... Read More

USDA publishes SNAP final rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule today designed to ensure that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) standards on eligibility for students and restrictions for lottery winners and convicted felons are consistentl... Read More

Average age of farmers continues to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a count of our nation’s farms and ranches and the people who run them. This is the f... Read More

Higher limits now available on USDA farm loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaran... Read More

Trump, senators meet regarding stalled disaster aid

Senators from states that are still recovering from natural disasters met with President Trump at the White House to talk about stalled disaster aid. The House passed a bill that failed to advance in the Senate. Politico says the legislation has b... Read More

State Regulators Ask EPA to Allow State Pesticide Restrictions to Continue

ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) -- The nation's state pesticide regulators are fighting back after EPA's recent announcement that it is considering limiting states' ability to place additional restrictions on federal pesticides. Rose Kachadoorian, president of... Read More

Senators Decry Lack of Action on Disaster Aid for Suffering States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today joined Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster ai... Read More