Grassley hopes for tax extenders vote by next week

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Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Of particular interest to agriculture are the biodiesel tax credit and the Section 179 deduction… Read more »

Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease. And because the disease can be transmitted by nose to nose contact, Ibach… Read more »

Analyst: Russian potash problems won’t have major impact

A fertilizer industry analyst says a flood at a Russian potash mine, which accounts for about three percent of global potash supply, shouldn’t have much impact on potash prices in the U.S. David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, doesn’t expect potash prices to rise as a result of Russian situation…. Read more »

President’s plan doesn’t address ag’s concerns

President Obama’s executive order on immigration does not include the guest worker program sought by the agriculture industry. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and chair of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, says that while the President’s actions will alleviate some pressure in the short term, it does not offer… Read more »

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

Many factors to consider when making farm program decisions

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Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is one of several farm bill experts around the country who are helping farmers understand and analyze their options with the new federal commodity programs. At a recent ag outlook meeting in Beatrice, Nebraska, we visited with Lubben about the many factors that farmers need… Read more »

No end in sight for strong calf prices

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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “The cure for high prices is high prices”. It usually holds true.  But that adage may not apply to high calf prices this time around, says Gary Brester, a livestock economist from Montana State University. “I just don’t see these calf prices going down appreciably,” Brester says. “Certainly record… Read more »

Students learn about Nebraska agriculture

Fourth-graders from Lincoln’s Cathedral School learned more about where their food comes from Wednesday during an Ag Sack Lunch presentation in Lincoln. The program offers students who are visiting the state capitol on school field trips a free sack lunch featuring foods produced in Nebraska.  While they eat their lunch, college-age “Ag Ambassadors” visit with… Read more »

POET’s Broin: Still room for growth in ethanol industry

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Jeff Broin, founder and executive chairman of the board for ethanol producer POET, says there’s still great opportunity for growth in the ethanol industry. Broin says the answer is fairly simple—increase blend levels at the pump, starting with E15. We visited with Broin at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City. AUDIO:… Read more »

Study shows armyworms developing Bt resistance

A new study, led by Louisiana State University, shows that armyworms are developing resistance to Bt corn. According to Reuters, the research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the southeastern U.S. to the Cry1F protein. That protein is contained in many corn products to fight off the destructive pests.  So far, the resistant armyworms have… Read more »