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Exclusive Discount: Save $50 on National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Registration

Those connected to our Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School network are being offered a special discounted registration rate! The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Madison, Wis., on June 2 to 4, 2016, and you are invited. Show More Summary

A Switch to Wind Energy Could Save 1.9 Billion Gallons of Water

Nebraska relies heavily on coal to generate electricity in the state, even though we rank 4th in the nation for wind energy potential and 13th for solar power potential. These resources could easily play a larger role in our energy portfolio. Show More Summary

Senators Pleased EPA to Investigate Anti-Ag Billboards

Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are pleased that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action regarding a taxpayer funded, anti-farmer campaign in Washington state. The chairmen of the Senate agriculture and...Show More Summary

Extension Services Keep Farmers Farming

The purpose of the federal cooperative extension program was to provide research for agriculture, helping individual farmers by serving the industry as a whole.  Now a new study from Penn State University has taken a look at the effectiveness of those programs. Stephan Goetz writes in his paper that an estimated 137,000 farmers in the last 25 years would be... Read More

Passing of Farm Broadcaster Rex Messersmith

Members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting are sad to hear that former member Rex Messersmith, age 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away April 15. Rex joined NAFB in 1956 and enjoyed a career in radio broadcasting for 55 years. He started as a Nebraska Co-op Extension Service specialist, was farm director and manager of WNAX radio in Yankton,... Read More

2016 NAMA Student Marketing Competition Winners

I hope we have all recovered from all the happenings during the 2016 Agri-Marketing Conference. But I will go out on a limb and say the students who have spent the last year preparing for the student marketing competition and won are still on cloud nine. Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin-Madison students for taking those 1st place honors. The... Read More

German pig industry lowers antibiotic consumption

Germany’s animal husbandry sector has managed to reduce the amount of antibiotics used. Key has been a ‘strategy of minimising and optimising’.

Silvateam enters the Brazilian market

Italian based company Silvateam has entered the Brazilian market with its natural feed additive portfolio.

UK investment in broiler welfare studies

UK broiler farmers are set to benefit from two three-year research projects, aimed at improving bird health and welfare. The grants, amounting to £500,000-£600,000, will be split between Oxford and Bristol Universities and have come from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council as part of a wider European initiative.

Labor board rules against Gerawan vote

Gerawan Farming plans to appeal a California Agricultural Labor Relations Board decision setting aside a 2013 decertification election at the Fresno-based grower-shipper.

Zimfo Bytes

National Sorghum Producers is accepting applications for four positions on the NSP Board of Directors. St. Louis-based advertising agency, Paradowski, announced it has hired 10 new team members to join the company over the past month. Show More Summary

NCC Disputes Results of Turkish Investigation

Turkey is the second largest export market for U.S. cotton, but now that is being threatened by what the National Cotton Council (NCC) maintains are false allegations. The government of Turkey has claimed the United States dumped cotton into the Turkish market, injuring their domestic prices. Show More Summary

Apply Now for Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for $44 million in competitive Value Added Producer Grants to develop value added ventures. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing.   The grant...Show More Summary

Fourth Generation Family Farmer Looks to Renewable Energy

By Vern Jantzen, a fourth generation family farmer from Nebraska.    As a 4th generation family farmer, I am interested in making my operation and community as sustainable as possible. Renewable energy not only allows farmers to generate...Show More Summary

From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska

From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska Sheldon Station is an aging coal-fired power plant constructed in 1958 near Hallam, Nebr. Sheldon Station is the biggest polluter in Lancaster County and changing environmental regulations make continuing operations at Sheldon Station uneconomical. Show More Summary

#Plant16 Already on a Roll

The #Plant16 hash tag has been burning up Twitter in the past week as corn planting jumped up to 13% compared to the five year average of eight percent. According to USDA, planting progress is now ahead of average by 37 percentage points in Missouri, which at 58% planted nearly a quarter of its crop last week. Iowa, Kansas and... Read More

From fashion to potatoes: Mary FitzGerald award winner 'delivers'

CALGARY  —  When Jennifer Harris joined Mid-Isle Farms, Albany, Prince Edward Island, she said the company would no long just sell potatoes, but it would market potatoes to consumers.

Feed prices problematic for Russian poultry sector

Prices for poultry feed in Russia jumped nearly 20% in 2015 reaching an absolute record and look set to continue rising this year, according to official data from the Russian State Statistical Service.

USDA files PACA complaint against World Best Tropical

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against World Best Tropical LLC, according to a USDA news release.

Schools and Farms Build a Local Fruit and Vegetable Market

What happens when 20 to 80 food service staff comes together for training and networking with farmers? Good food, good conversation and lots of good connections – to ideas and to one another. Over the past couple of months, the Center for Rural Affairs and UNL Extension have traveled together to East Butler, Wayne, and North Platte Public Schools. Show More Summary

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