Nebraska producers meeting with the Trump administration's chief agricultural negotiator on trade learned about progress on negotiations with Mexico.
The news that the United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary two-way deal on trade was praised Monday by Nebraska and Iowa officials as an important first step to restoring certainty for the nation’s farmers and ranchers.
With the help of employees, volunteers and family, Annette Wiles and her husband Bruce harvested hops at The Hop Yard in Plattsmouth. The Hop Yard is the largest hop producer in Nebraska, with over 32 acres.
U.S. farmers will get $4.7 billion in a first round of direct government aid to compensate for market losses caused by Chinese tariffs in a trade war that's hurting some of President Donald Trump's core supporters.
The response from farming groups was muted, reflecting the difficulty in hiring people for the physically demanding work at dairies, slaughterhouses and other agricultural operations.
There’s room for optimism in agriculture, once the short-term challenges of trade conflict and grain prices are resolved, the head of Farm Credit Services of America said Thursday.
The company said in a statement that its workforce "will remain in place" after the sale to WholeStone Farms, a company owned by 220 farmers and other ag producers.
Nebraska’s five-person congressional delegation, reinforced by an executive from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered the message to a 300-person audience invited by the chambers of commerce of Lincoln, Omaha and Nebraska to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum near Ashland.
The fight with China could be the toughest to resolve, according to the farm groups watching closely, because it involves broader issues such as intellectual property rights.
The draft report, issued by the U.S. State Department on Monday, was viewed as good news for pipeline developer TransCanada.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also said he views the aid plan as a temporary measure to help producers hurt by tariffs imposed by China, Mexico and other countries in response to President Donald Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler stressed that the agency must ensure it’s following both the letter and spirit of the law. He rejected making changes to ethanol policy in piecemeal fashion.
The Agriculture Department said the proposal would include direct assistance for farmers, purchases of excess crops and trade promotion activities aimed at building new export markets. Officials said the plan would not require congressional approval.
Lance Wach's experience managing heavy farm equipment gave him an advantage over those who did not come from the farm.
This year’s exhibits are split between Village Pointe and Chance Ridge, which houses livestock shows, a small petting zoo and a kids zone with a Western dress-up station, real tractors and pretend bull-riding.
Linda McMahon of the Small Business Administration said that she understands the short-term effects tariffs might be having on small businesses, but said it's a long game.
"This is a time of year we don't sell a lot of soybeans to China," said Victor Bohuslavsky, executive director of the farm industry group. "It would naturally slow down at that time anyway. The big concern is going to be the fall harvest."
Neighbors who don’t want a chicken feeding operation in their eastern Nebraska community have sued the Colfax County Board of Commissioners for approving a permit.
Seemingly every day, the president he voted for escalates a trade fight with China. Seemingly every day, the price of his soybeans plunges further into the toilet.
The initiative aims to help meet Nebraska’s need for skilled workers by getting seventh- and eighth-grade students thinking about careers in manufacturing and technology.
The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.
The embattled director of the Environmental Protection Agency was in Nebraska on Thursday to talk about the administration’s new Waters of the United States rule.
Selling the land to the Ponca means that TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe — a tribe that is opposed to the pipeline. The plot becomes the only tribally owned plot of land on the XL pipeline route in the U.S.
Emily Skor, chief executive of Energy Growth, said Pruitt has granted more waivers than usual to U.S. petroleum refineries, allowing them to skip blending ethanol into fuel without requiring increased blending elsewhere.
About 2,000 people will attend, making it the biggest such conference in recent years, said John Nelson, marketing director for BBI International, which sponsors the annual event and publishes Ethanol Producer magazine.
"If the president is actually serious about leading the expansion of a G-7 no-tariff, free-trade agreement, that's tremendous, tremendous news — for the U.S. and for the free nations of the world. ... But the path to more trade begins with less whining on the global stage," Sasse said.
For 50 years, Mart McNutt’s family has been driving cattle to summer pastures the old-fashioned way, on horseback, down the same roads and trails. They could have begun the annual cattle drive last month with their eyes shut.
This farmland seems like a winning lottery ticket because it might fetch $40,000 or $50,000 an acre if or when they sell it to a developer. They know that’s serious money. They know it’s inevitable, though they don’t like to think about closing the book on five generations of Rohwers who have farmed in west Omaha — or west of Omaha — since the Civil War.
About 400 Nebraska farmers are having to transfer their hail-only crop insurance after an insurance agency, Crop Pro Insurance Services of Johnston, Iowa, gave them cancellation notices, Nebraska Insurance Director Bruce Ramge said Wednesday.
In the Sand Hills, where more than a half-million cattle are raised by ranching families who live tens of miles apart, branding day is a much-anticipated springtime ritual.
The nonprofit owner of a 53-acre Loess Hills farm for sale east of Omaha is looking for prospective buyers who would do three things: put up a reasonable financial offer; pledge to farm the land in a sustainable way; tell a great story.
Sludge is the solid stuff that comes out the other end of Omaha’s wastewater treatment plant system after people flush. Andy Harpenau said the city should consider mixing sludge with yard waste to make a product that he says would be better than the city-made Oma-Gro compost.
The Senate’s resident rancher, Fischer, R-Nebraska, said she was disappointed in the Raybould team's repeated attacks on her determination and commitment to Nebraska agriculture.
University of Nebraska law professor Anthony Schutz, as well as two attorneys who work in the field of agriculture law, said that such lawsuits are difficult to win.
With most farmers markets in the Omaha metro area kicking off over the weekend, the market at Aksarben Village produced a bumper crop of visitors Sunday during its season debut.
Several observers said many factors were at play, and didn’t want to place blame in last Sunday’s deadly storm. They mentioned high winds and dry conditions across the Plains, combined with a burst of spring planting activity that disturbed soils as farmers raced to make up for delays caused by a cold April.
Farmland values in Nebraska declined for the second straight year after a long run of increases.
The every-five-years-or-so legislation represents a sprawling reauthorization of federal agriculture programs that govern policies from land conservation to rural broadband expansion. This year’s version will likely even throw in some rural health care pieces.