In a sign of rising tensions with the farm community, the Trump administration withdrew staffers from a privately run tour of Midwestern corn and soybean fields after a government employee received a threat.
A provision in the Senate’s surface transportation bill that would help pay for charging and refilling stations for zero- or low-emissions vehicles should also support more stations for biofuels like ethanol, say two Midwestern senators.
A Missouri man blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, days after he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn’t want.
While opinion is still split here and across the state on whether the raid was necessary, there are still some lingering questions about what the raid really accomplished. Yes, many said, the ringleader and some others who were exploiting immigrants have been rightfully convicted. But many wonder about the others, who were contributing to the town and are now gone.
President Donald Trump presided over a lengthy Oval Office meeting Monday in which he urged officials to soften the effect of recent policy moves that angered Midwestern farm states critical to his reelection.
Prices for cattle collapsed last week, falling the maximum allowed for two days straight, after a major meat-processing plant was closed.
A few things you can count on at the Iowa State Fair: corn dogs, politicians pressing the flesh, and a life-size cow sculpture made out of butter.
The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump's trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies.
A legal dilemma has arisen since Nebraska legalized the cultivation and possession of hemp, a non-hallucinogenic, look-alike cousin of marijuana. Legal hemp has spawned concerns across the country about how to prosecute cases involving pot. Some jurisdictions have decided to drop or defer prosecutions.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told U.S. lawmakers in March his ultimate goal is to reform the WTO and he sees the appellate body as leverage. “If you are not willing to be bold and use the only leverage you have with the WTO, which is to say that we won’t approve the appointment of appellate body members without reform, then I don’t know any other way to do it.”
The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations.
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will take questions during a town hall meeting Friday at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Indigo Ag Inc. is forecasting output of U.S. corn and soybeans to fall sharply after relentless rain in the planting season was followed by dry growing conditions in the Midwestern crop belt.
Instead of measuring blood flow and respiration, this device will check sap flow and how it moves in corn and other thick-stemmed crops to determine how much water the plant needs.
Proving that a plant is marijuana requires testing not available currently in Nebraska, and some prosecutors say it would be cost prohibitive to bring out-of-state lab technicians in to testify.
A gaffe at the 11-day event can define a politician. Just ask Mitt Romney. Or Joe Biden.
Brazilian authorities are debating whether to yield to Washington’s request to lift ethanol import duties as a way of facilitating talks for a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
President Donald Trump celebrated a new agreement Friday to increase beef exports to the European Union, saying sales should increase by 46% in the first year.
The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 52.0 in July, from 55.4 in June, the report said. It's the lowest figure in more than three years.
The owner of a biogas plant in northeast Nebraska said in replies to several lawsuits that two other companies are responsible for toxic odors that fouled a neighborhood.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they’ve planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an a…
Companies are expected to sign fresh deals on American products free of retaliatory tariffs as trade talks between China and the U.S. resume Tuesday, Chinese state media reported.
Officials hope temporary repairs could have water heading down the Ft. Laramie Canal in Wyoming again within three weeks, bringing water from the North Platte River back to some 54,000 acres of irrigated crops in Scotts Bluff County.
At least 100,000 acres of ag land have lost access to irrigated water at a crucial time in the growing cycle. Affected crops include sugar beets, corn and hay.
U.S. agriculture officials are preparing to roll out another $16 billion in aid to farmers hurt by the Trump administration's trade war with China, with payments to begin next month.
Ron Rosati, 61, will serve as senior adviser to the new Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture in Kigali, Rwanda. The institute, an English-language school for agriculture and innovation, will open in September.
Sunset Poultry LLC applied earlier this month for a special permit for eight barns housing up to 47,500 chickens each on 80 acres just south of the Saunders County line, about a mile and a half southwest of Ceresco.
Many staffers have decided to give up their jobs rather than move, prompting concerns of hollowed-out offices unable to adequately fund or inform agricultural science.
After their regular monthly outreach efforts across the state, sorghum association staff members working as volunteers will meet with veterans in the area to record their experiences.
Facebook’s renewable energy model may offer a glimpse into Nebraska’s future, one powered by thousands of windmills dotting the state’s rural landscape, converting air into clean, cheaper energy.
Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., says he disagrees with a harsh assessment of the president's trade agenda presented at an event organized by the Charles Koch Institute, but also says he would not give the president a “straight A” on trade.
People interested in growing, harvesting and processing hemp this year have until 5 p.m. June 28 to apply.
President Donald Trump did a victory lap with Iowa and Nebraska farmers on Tuesday, touting his administration’s move to lift a ban on selling gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol during summer months.
Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, plan to join Trump on Air Force One, which will deliver the president to Offutt Air Force Base.
The dispute — and lawsuit — arose after one of the two men who had entered into a farming arrangement decided it was time to end it.
A river-swelling deluge is forecast to sweep the U.S. South while farmers across the Midwest will struggle to string together a handful of dry days to catch up on corn and soybean planting.
In addition to trade issues, a deadly swine disease outbreak in China is further depressing the need for soybeans used in feed. Meanwhile, wet weather in the Midwest is prompting more farmers to plant soybeans over corn, which could ultimately translate into bigger soybean surpluses and even lower prices.
A group of senators is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure a bailout program intended to help American farmers weather President Donald Trump's trade war does not benefit foreign-owned companies.
The expansion project will allow the company to strategically capitalize on increased international demand forecasts for high-quality U.S. beef and value-added beef products, said Zack Ireland, Grand Island plant manager.
The future of the Jones family farm, a bucolic haven for farm animals and 4-H families in Sarpy County, is uncertain now that the farm has been annexed into Bellevue.
Legislative Bill 657, introduced by Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha, would legalize industrial hemp and its products, including cannabidiol, or CBD, products in the state. It's not clear where the Gov. Pete Ricketts will come down on the bill.
Nebraska exported more than a billion dollars worth of beef and beef products in 2017, making it the top beef-exporting state for the second year in a row.
Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says it would be better to wrap up trade agreements with Japan and China, and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, says any aid would need to be a much broader program than last year’s assistance program, and that’s going to carry a big price tag.
The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming support last month with just one no vote in the Senate and three in the House.
Richard Panowicz and his wife, Loraine, who have lived 31 years at their farmstead a couple of miles north of the pasture, saw more than 60 head of cattle swept away from roughly 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 13. He says he plans to rebuild his herd.
Farm groups have urged the Trump administration to wrap up high-profile trade agreements with China and Japan — as well as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Farmers, government officials and educators are trying to figure out what to do with the sand and sediment as high as 10 feet that have been left on fields. They’re racing against the clock because farmers need to plant and ranchers need grass pastures to graze their cattle.
Walmart is getting into the beef business.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue had said during a TV interview after the flooding that as many as 1 million calves were lost in Nebraska. That total was later walked back.
Also Thursday, a family that operates a ranch near Moorefield, Nebraska, received the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award.
Several people help Todd Laudenklos raise money to restore his herd of Watusi cattle, which were swept away in the flooding last month.
Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said moves by former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt contributed to less ethanol being blended in 2018 than the year before —breaking a streak of increasing ethanol usage that stretched back more than two decades.
Despite warnings from some senators, the Legislature gave 37-4 first-round approval to a bill that would legalize industrial hemp and its products, including cannabidiol, or CBD, products.
As the average U.S. farmer ages, more women are stepping up as decision makers to help feed a booming global population.