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Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tr... Read More

RFA CEO Cooper Testifies on the Future Role of High Octane Fuels

While draft legislation recently released by Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) represents “an important first step in the debate about future fuels policy and the role of high octane fuels,” the Renewable Fuels Association (RF... Read More

(Video) Silver bells, silver bells. It’s Christmas time in the capital city.

Silver bells, silver bells. It's Christmas time in the capital city. At the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda on Sunday, dozens of Nebraskans gathered for the 71st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Ring-a-ling, hear them ring The ceremony was ... Read More

NMPF Commends Lawmakers for Farm Bill That Makes Significant Dairy Policy Reforms

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked members of Congress, especially the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, for crafting a farm bill that includes much-needed reforms to help America... Read More

Sorghum producers increase scholarship

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association announces its annual scholarship, to be awarded to a graduating high school senior or to a student currently enrolled in post-high school education, is increased to $500.00. To qualify,... Read More

USDA's Proposed Rule Offers Flexibility: Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Encourages Schools To Stay On Course

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- School nutrition programs will have more flexibility in areas related to serving flavored milk and whole grains under a final rule released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rule also allows more time for ... Read More

Farm Bill Text Released

Leadership of the farm bill conference report late Monday released the text of the bill to be considered by Congress later this week. The 2018 farm bill, titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, reflects a hard-fought bipartisan, bicameral ... Read More

African Swine Fever in China Continues Nationwide March

As of early December, China is reporting more than 80 cases of African swine fever (ASF) in 17 provinces and four municipalities, including Beijing, the capitol. Despite the best efforts by Chinese officials, the disease does not appear to be slowing... Read More

Cattlemen Urge Action to Reduce Trade Barriers in Japan

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan b... Read More

Research fortifies the holiday meal

A more efficient agriculture is key to safe, lower-cost food, says economist MANHATTAN, Kan. – For many families, it’s a pretty special time when the holiday ham is sliced, veggies are cooked and the rolls are golden brown. Kansas State Un... Read More

Biodiesel Stakeholders Ask Congress for Long-Term Extension of the Biodiesel Tax Incentive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member companies and affiliated organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable ... Read More

ASA Board Elects 2019 Governing Committee

St. Louis, MO. Dec. 7, 2018. A new group of leaders is set to tackle soybean policy issues in the coming year. The American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors elected its governing committee this week during the annual winter board meeting ... Read More

Heng-Moss named Agricultural Science and Natural Resources dean

Tiffany Heng-Moss, who has served as interim dean of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources since July 2017, has been named permanent dean of the college. Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor ... Read More

Culver’s Support for Ag Education Tops $2 Million

The average age of American farmers is rising, coming in most recently at 58. The Culver’s restaurant chain wants to make sure that young people have access to quality agricultural education in order to properly maintain the nation’s future food ... Read More