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Senate Advances #GMO Labeling Bill

Not intimidated by anti-GMO activists throwing $2000 in “Monsanto Money” on the floor, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 65-31 to limit debate on a bipartisan National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that would preempt individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Show More Summary

Lyons Storefront Theater Honored with National Award

“Too often we think that you have to go to the big city to get your arts and culture fix. This project is about demonstrating that we can and do have interesting arts and cultural infrastructure in small town. If we can do this in Lyons,...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

CommonGround Recognized at NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association recognized the advocacy group, CommonGround during their National Awards Ceremony. The group won first place in the Social Tactic category, as well as Best of Show- Digital and the first-ever NAMA...Show More Summary

Candidate Trump Addresses #Farm Labor Issues

Like Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also had the opportunity to address the issue of immigration as it relates to farm labor during a CNN town hall forum Tuesday night. Wisconsin dairy farmer John Pagel...Show More Summary

Candidate @TedCruz Addresses #Farm Labor Issues

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had the opportunity to address the issue of immigration as it relates to farm labor during a CNN Town Hall forum Tuesday night. Jason Vorpahl, who operates a 2800 head dairy farm in Wisconsin, questioned Cruz about the issue. “We offer a competitive wage and offer full benefits to all our employees,”... Read More

Golden ARC Contest Deadline One Week Away

The Agricultural Relations Council reminds you that the deadline for the Golden ARC Awards Contest is only one week away!  Public relations professionals are invited to submit their best work by April 1, 2016 to see how it compares to others in the nation. Instructions for online submission are available, but the system is very user friendly.  Google Chrome is... Read More

Top 5 “Ah Ha!” Moments from the Midwest Farm to School Conference

On March 2, 2016, more than 150 people from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri gathered in Nebraska City, Nebraska, to celebrate and learn how to bring Farm to School to the Midwest. Read on for five top moments shared with us by educators,...Show More Summary

Mississippi supports more nutritious snacks in school

The Mississippi Department of Education on February 18 approved new "Smart Snack" standards for schools. According to a summary by the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the new policies address snacks...Show More Summary

Farmland Values, Farm Economy- Additional Federal Reserve Reports

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released its latest edition of the AgLetter, which stated that, “Farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District experienced an annual decrease of 3 percent for 2015, matching the yearly decline for 2014. Furthermore, ‘good’ farmland values in the fourth quarter of 2015 were down 1 percent […]

WOTUS Strikes Back

Farmers and ranchers will need the force to be with them as the EPA has struck back with an even more extreme version of the Waters of the U.S. Rule.  Known as the Chesapeake Blueprint, the new rules will severely regulate and burden farms, possibly removing thousands of acres from production agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Federation is once again... Read More

#TPP Signed Amid Protests in New Zealand

Protesters nearly shut down the city of Auckland, New Zealand yesterday, but the ceremonial signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) went on as scheduled. Trade ministers representing Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile,...Show More Summary

Trump a Future Farmer?

Donald Trump was “honored” that he placed second in the Monday caucuses in Iowa and expressed his love for the state during his speech to supporters last night, with a parting note that he could become a farmer. “Iowa, we love you, we thank you, you’re special,” said Trump. “We will be back many, many times – in fact, I... Read More

Ethanol, Farmers and Politics in Iowa

With the Iowa caucuses coming up on Monday, agriculture and renewable fuels finally got some attention in the Republican debate last night, as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was asked about his position on the Renewable Fuel Standard. “We should be developing oil and gas and coal and nuclear and wind and solar and ethanol and biofuels but I don’t... Read More

Grassroots Movement Expanding through CommonGround

CommonGround volunteer farm women from across the country met in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of American History to learn how to share their story.  Presentations from various ag groups, like the Center for Food Integrity, helped give the women tools to reach urban and suburban moms online, through public speaking, and in media interviews. Show More Summary

Soybean Leader Loves LibertyLink Real Yield Radio

This soybean grower is not using the LibertyLink system (yet). But when he listens to Cindy on Bayer CropScience’s LibertyLink Real Yield Radio it has him thinking. Real Yield Radio is the radio portion of the current Bayer CropScience campaign airing nationally. Show More Summary

Webinar: An Easier Way to Make the School Connections

An Easier Way to Make the School Connections The final of our Farm to School webinars brings you three experiences of connecting farmers and schools.   Our presenters are: 1 - Justin Jones, President of Lone Tree Foods, shares how Lone...Show More Summary

Webinar: Food Service Staff Explain How They Do Farm to School

Farm to School Case Studies for Nebraska Food Service Staff We kicked off our first of three Farm to School webinars by listening to three Nebraska food service staff. (Watch above!) They were rock stars as they shared how and why they have participated in local food procurement and farm to school activities. Show More Summary

New Holland Tractor Could Change Face of Farming

10 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

A new video produced by CNH Industrial, parent of global agricultural machinery brand New Holland Agriculture, looks at its prototype Methane Power tractor, and what it is capable of achieving during the the Sustainable Farm Pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy. Show More Summary

Farm to School at Your Fingertips: Join our Fall Webinars

The Center for Rural Affairs is celebrating Farm to School Month (and season!) with 3 webinars filled with useful information for school staff and farmers and ranchers! You’ll find detailed information below. (And if you just can’t wait, access our Farm to School Midwest Menu webinar here.) 1. Show More Summary

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