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Saskatchewan again asking Ottawa to help canola farmers after China ban

Saskatchewan's premier is again asking Ottawa to increase its cash advances to canola farmers. Scott Moe says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, posted on Twitter, that he's been waiting... Read More

80 Percent of Chinese Farms Not Restocking Following ASF Outbreak

Many farms in China infected with African swine fever are not restocking with pigs. Bloomberg News reports that 80 percent of farms infected with the deadly virus are not restocking, leaving a significant gap in production. China is the world’s ... Read More

NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier Announces Plans for Retirement

DENVER (April 23, 2019) - After 34 years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the past four as CEO, Kendal Frazier announced his plans for retirement this morning. Kendal’s career began as a farm broadcaster in Kansas, where he... Read More

USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds wi... Read More

Report “Orphaned Containers” from Flood to 1-877-253-2603

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency to identify, report and remove containers of potentially hazardous materials that were displaced by the March 2019 floods. Those who find t... Read More

USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

 Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ide... Read More

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a s... Read More

Illinois honors former state, US Secretary of Agriculture

Illinois is honoring a former state agriculture department director who also led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan. State officials on Monday unveiled a new plaque honoring John Block. It's located inside the Agricul... Read More

Kids These Days

Kids today sometimes get the raw end of society. From time to time, I’ll read an article focusing on what’s wrong with them or overhear a conversation over coffee focusing on the problems with kids today. Don’t be fooled — there’s still ... Read More

African Swine Fever Risk Calls for Action

With The global African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in China is wreaking havoc on the international pork industry. Fortunately, ASF is not in the United States at this time, but the possibility of it or another foreign animal disease (FAD), means that... Read More

African Swine Fever: Conquering Asia, Moving in South Africa, Smoldering in EU

With the official report coming late last week that the island province of Hainan was positive for African swine fever (ASF), China is now essentially ASF-positive in its entirety. In the west, Xinjiang was found to be positive in early April, follow... Read More