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Uwe Frackenpohl joins Hybrid Turkeys

With the increase in demand for hybrid genetics and support in Germany, Hybrid Turkeys announces that Uwe Frackenpohl will join its global technical service team, effective March 1, 2015.

Sanderson Farms reports good results

Sanderson Farms in Laurel, Missouri reported positive results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended January 31, 2015.Net sales for the first quarter were $667.4 million compared with $584.9 million for the same period a year ago.

JSC Rus-SVS invests heavily in farm equipment

The German company Big Dutchman and Russian JSC Rus-SVS from Krasnodar Krai have signed an agreement on the supply of equipment for several poultry farms in southern Russia. The total investment amounts to €413,000.

Belarus to expand its poultry export to the EU

Belarus is looking to expand its export of poultry meat to the EU. Negotiations are currently underway, EU experts have conducted the first inspection of the domestic food safety system regulating the production of poultry meat meant for the EU market.

Animine introduces HiZox for poultry feeds

French producer of trace minerals Animine introduces HiZox, a potentiated form of zinc oxide, for poultry feeds. Animine claims HiZox has a positive effect on gut health.

Ways to integrate poultry with pasture species

With the right tools for alternative feeding systems and pasture enrichment, farmers can successfully incorporate poultry into free-range, multi-species pasture or agroforestry production, based on the results of a USDA-ARS Arkansas study.

Roxell launches new feeder pan for heavy broilers

Roxell is bringing a new feeder pan for heavy broilers to the market. This feeding system was developed for broilers weighing more than 6 lbs.

5 Reasons Rural Nebraska Needs the Medicaid Redesign Act

By Jon Bailey on February 26, 2015 - 10:52am The Medicaid Redesign Act, LB 472, is critical for rural Nebraska. It’s intended to provide low-income working Nebraskans with health insurance.  LB 472 would create a Nebraska-specific plan for cost-effective health care for the coverage gap population of about 54,000. Show More Summary

March Event Dedicated to Growing Women Entrepreneurs

By Monica Braun on February 25, 2015 - 4:47pm To help celebrate Women’s History Month, we've planned a day of insights, inspiration, and personal growth. Together with the US Small Business Administration, our REAP Women’s Business Center...Show More Summary

Honoring Barb David, a Farm to School Champion

By Sarah Smith on February 23, 2015 - 3:51pm On Valentine’s Day this year, Nebraska faced the loss of Farm to School champion and innovative agricultural entrepreneur, Barb David of Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics. She passed away at home in Ord. Show More Summary

Rural America: It's Complicated, Really Complicated

By Brian Depew on February 23, 2015 - 12:00am There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. ItShow More Summary

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

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