USDA Corn and Soybean Plantings Forecast Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2015 – The Agriculture Department’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that compared to 2014 farmers will plant more acres of soybeans but fewer acres of corn this ... Read More

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates April 2015

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for April 2015. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for April is 0.250 percent, unchanged from 0.250 percent in March... Read More

Chairmen Conaway and Aderholt Commend Congresswoman Hartzler for Dietary Guidelines Letter

Yesterday, Vickie Hartzler (R-MO) along with 70 Members of Congress, including House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL), sent a letter to Depart... Read More

Nebraska Speaker Hadley urges lawmakers to stop wasting time

LINCOLN, Neb.  Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says lawmakers are running out of time to debate their main priorities in this year's session. Hadley, of Kearney, told senators Wednesday that the Legislature has 34 days to conside... Read More

USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods

ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has awarded $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Ass... Read More

Monsanto Posts Lower Earnings

Monsanto reported lower-than-expected earnings as slumping corn prices push farmers toward other crops, crimping sales of the company’s best-selling biotech corn seeds. The St. Louis agricultural business giant reported a second-quarter profit o... Read More

Economic report points to slow growth in Midwest, Plains

A new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states. The survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. The January figure was... Read More

Grant helps multiple organizations integrate, improve groundwater aquifer data

Several organizations on local and state levels are pooling effort and money, along with additional funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, in a project designed to improve understanding of groundwater hydrogeology in the Nebraska Panhandle by... Read More

Keith Urban to play Nebraska State Fair

Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban will bring his “Raise ‘Em Up Tour 2015” to the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, August 29th at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now for $90 for the stage pit and $60 for general admis... Read More

Low prices putting brakes on hog expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa – Larger numbers of hogs plus U.S. Department of Agriculture revisions that increase hog statistics equals expansion of the U.S. pork industry. Right? Not so fast, said three noted livestock economists in response to the second-... Read More

Canaan Smith and Jon Pardi to co-headline at Custer County County Fair

The country concert at the Custer County Fairgrounds this year will be co-headlined by Canaan Smith and Jon Pardi. Courtesy/ Jon Pardi. They will play at 7:30pm on July 28th in Broken Bow. Tickets will go on sale Friday April 3rd at The Outfit... Read More