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LB 423 Invests in Nebraska Energy Future

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on February 23, 2015 - 12:00am Nebraska has some of the best wind energy resources in the nation, yet, wind energy only accounts for 4.8% of Nebraska’s energy generation. Wind power is capable of meeting 118 times Nebraska’s current electricity needs, but we still rely on imports to meet our demand. Show More Summary

Livestock care changes with increased regulations - AgMinute for February 26, 2015

Producers are changing the way they care for their livestock as increasing regulation and consumer awareness bring more scrutiny to the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.? For more information visit

USDA's latest cattle on feed report - AgMinute for February 25, 2015

Cattle on feed numbers in large U.S. feedlots on Feb. 1, at 10.7 million, were slightly higher than last year's count. Placement into those feedlots in January were 11 percent below year-ago levels, and fed cattle marketed during January were down 9 percent below a year earlier. For more information visit

Meat producers cry foul over dietary recommendations - AgMinute for February 24, 2015

Organizations representing beef and pork producers are crying foul over proposed dietary recommendations that advise Americans to lower their intake or red and processed meats. For more visit

Sports medicine test holds promise for cattle industry - AgMinute for February 23, 2015

Researchers at Idaho State University and Montana State University collaborated on a project to use a quick blood test common in sports science to evaluate the disposition of livestock. Click here for the full story

Update on Regulatory Issues

In addition to the drop in corn and soybean values over the past three years, which has contributed to lower expected farm income and reduced rates of growth in the value of farmland, U.S. producers have also expressed concern about the burden of federal regulations.  Timothy Cama reported at The Hill Online on Wednesday that, […]

Thursday Morning Update: Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Budget Issues

Policy Issues On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss the SNAP program and nutrition issues, a summary and overview of this Committee hearing is available here. Also on the SNAP issue, a report yesterday by ? Mathematica Policy Research presented “estimates that, for each state, measure the need for SNAP and the program’s […]

House Ag Committee Hearing: SNAP (Food Stamps)

At a House Agriculture Committee hearing on Wednesday that focused on the SNAP program and nutrition issues, Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) indicated that, “[The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)] is the largest program...Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning Update: Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing, Ag Economy; Trade; Budget; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues- Senate Ag Committee Hearing; House Ag Committee Hearing Today In two separate panels, agricultural producers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the implementation of  last year’s Farm Bill Tuesday morning. Show More Summary

UK slaughters more pigs

Over the last few months, the number of pigs slaughtered in the UK has been higher than a year earlier, figures from the Department for Rural Affairs Defra show.

Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers reviewed the implementation of the Farm Bill after one year and heard testimony from farmers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In his opening remarks, Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) indicated that, “As our first order of business it’s only right that we recognize and appreciate […]

More piglets per sow with Nedap feeding station

Nedap will present a pig feeding station at this year's VIV Asia exhibition that, as the company claims, increases the amount of live-born piglets per sow and thus ensures more net profit.

USDA- NASS Report- Crop Values 2014 Summary

On Tuesday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Crop Values Summary report for 2014. In part the NASS report included these two tables highlighting corn and soybean values: (Click here for a larger view). The table shows the average price of corn in the U.S.: 2012- $6.89 2013- $4.46 2014- $3.65 (Click here […]

Australia: Prime Minister to toughen screening of imports

The CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), Simon Talbot, has welcomed the news that the Prime Minister is looking to toughen up screening of imported food products.

Ag Economy Update- Calif. Drought; International Issues

Joseph Serna reported in today’s Los Angeles Times that, “When it’s as dry as it has been for three years, a couple of weeks of sporadic rain or a big storm or two in Los Angeles can make it seem as though Southern California is getting a healthy dose of rainfall. “But in fact, the […]

ESS Food recalls pork products

ESS Food, a Danish establishment, is recalling approximately 50,904 pounds of pork belly product produced in Poland that was not presented at the US point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Budget Issues Tuesday

Policy Issues In a letter yesterday to Senate and House Budget Committee leaders, a large number of food, agriculture and policy organizations indicated that, “The undersigned 392 organizations, representing America’s agriculture, nutrition,...Show More Summary

Danish Crown and Tican to merge

Denmark’s two cooperative slaughterhouse companies have agreed to combine their activities in a joint company. Monday News Update

Recall that earlier this month, USDA updated its U.S. Farm Sector Income Forecast and noted that, “Net farm income is forecast to be $73.6 billion in 2015, down nearly 32 percent from 2014’s forecast of $108 billion. The 2015 forecast would be the lowest since 2009.” Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois […]

Kuban launches new pig farm in Russia

Russian agricultural holding Kuban has completed the construction of a meat processing plant and a pig breeding farm in Ust-Labinsk district, Krasnodar Krai in the south of Russia. The final cost of the project amounted to RUB 2.6 billion (US$ 41 million).

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