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Illinois honors former state, US Secretary of Agriculture

Illinois is honoring a former state agriculture department director who also led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan. State officials on Monday unveiled a new plaque honoring John Block. It's located inside the Agricul... Read More

Kids These Days

Kids today sometimes get the raw end of society. From time to time, I’ll read an article focusing on what’s wrong with them or overhear a conversation over coffee focusing on the problems with kids today. Don’t be fooled — there’s still ... Read More

African Swine Fever Risk Calls for Action

With The global African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in China is wreaking havoc on the international pork industry. Fortunately, ASF is not in the United States at this time, but the possibility of it or another foreign animal disease (FAD), means that... Read More

African Swine Fever: Conquering Asia, Moving in South Africa, Smoldering in EU

With the official report coming late last week that the island province of Hainan was positive for African swine fever (ASF), China is now essentially ASF-positive in its entirety. In the west, Xinjiang was found to be positive in early April, follow... Read More

Nebraska & Kansas Milk Production

Nebraska:  Milk production in Nebraska during the January-March 2019 quarter totaled 357 million pounds, down 2 percent from the January-March quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number o... Read More

Culver’s #Farming Fridays on Social Media Returns

Back for its fourth consecutive year,  Culver’s #FarmingFridays return April 26, 2019. Created in 2016, the social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about agricultural. The influencers will share... Read More

USDA Crop Progress Report: Corn going in the ground and the wheat is looking good. *AUDIO*

The USDA has released their latest crop progress report and unfortunately there were no big surprises that  are likely to change grain traders minds. In corn planting nationally 6 percent of the 2019 corn crop has been planted. That is 1 percent ... Read More

(Video) Governor Ricketts Goes Horseback to Declare Rodeo Week

Ahead of the 61st Annual University of Nebraska Rodeo, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts took to a horse to proclaim it rodeo week. Ricketts quoted Ronald Reagan, who said: "I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the out... Read More

New wagyu brand aims to attract health-conscious meat lovers

Some Japanese Black cattle in the western Japan prefecture of Wakayama, known for their distinctive fatty marbling, have been put on a diet. A new less-fatty wagyu brand has been launched there in hopes of attracting health-conscious meat lovers l... Read More

Businessman pleads guilty in aquaponics investment scheme

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota businessman accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm has pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud. Tobias Ritesman entered the plea to 18 fraud counts in a federal courtro... Read More

Oklahoma governor signs bill for commercial hemp production

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed legislation establishing guidelines for producing commercial hemp in the state. The bill signed by Stitt Thursday authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to develop and manage a h... Read More

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former Pre... Read More

Cattle losses from flooding to be lower than first predicted

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says cattle losses in Nebraska from devastating March floods will be much lower than previously reported. Director Steve Wellman tells the Omaha World-Herald that reports of up to a mil... Read More

Bankers survey: March floods in Midwest hitting farmers hard

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows about one of every five expects an increase in farm loan defaults stemming from last month's devastative Midwest floods. The Rural Mainstreet sur... Read More