Nebraska farmers, machinery dealers welcome sales tax change

Effective October 1st, Nebraska farmers and ranchers will no longer have to pay sales tax on repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment. Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s vice president of government relations, says it will mean about nine to ten million dollars in tax savings for the state’s farmers. “On the other… Read more »

Summit Seed Coatings heads to Indiana

Salem, Indiana will be the first home for Summit Seed Coatings in the Midwest.  Founded in 2002, the Idaho based company produces seed coatings for major seed distributors, which sell their seeds to agriculture dealers and government dealers, as well as at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and other garden retail stores.  Summit Seed Coatings currently… Read more »

Replacement female sale scheduled

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will hold their second annual Replacement Female Sale on Friday, November 28, at Muskingum Livestock in Zanesville beginning at 7 p.m.. John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at Ohio State University says the sale is an opportunity for both buyers and sellers of replacement females. “We can take consignments of cows up… Read more »

Ohio’s Demi Snider named National Beef Ambassador

Ohio has its second National Beef Ambassador. Demi Snider, a student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at Ohio State University has been selected as one of five National Beef Ambassadors for 2015, a role Sierra Jepsen of Ohio served in 2014. “It’s a great honor and I’m super excited to… Read more »

Registration open for Hoosier Beef Congress

Registration is now open for Hoosier Beef Congress, the largest single state cattle show in the nation.  Entries must be postmarked for the All-Star and Breed Sale by October 15th and November 1st for the Junior Show. The online auction will take place again this year for the first 30 spots in stalling line to… Read more »

Nebraska continues push for dairy growth

Nebraska officials are attending this week’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, promoting the advantages of locating dairies in Nebraska. Willow Holoubek with A-FAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, says they emphasize Nebraska’s water resources and reliable supply of feedstuffs—and that it’s also a great place to live and work. “Nebraska is the… Read more »

UNL report: Climate change debate is settled

The question of whether we’re moving into a long period of extreme climate change—made worse by “human activities”—or simply going through a natural weather cycle, has generated considerable debate in recent years. But according to a new report on climate change from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the debate is over, as far as climate… Read more »

CHS pledges $1.5 million to FFA

Friday was National Teach Ag Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of the need for more agricultural educators and to celebrate the contributions of those who do.  As part of the celebration, CHS announced it will contribute $1.5 million over the next three years to the National FFA Foundation.  A portion of the… Read more »

Study: No problems from GMO livestock feed

A new study finds no health or nutrition problems associated with the feeding of genetically modified (GM) crops to livestock or poultry. The study was conducted by Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal biotechnology and genomics specialist at the University of California-Davis. “There’s been a lot of media coverage of a handful of highly controversial studies suggesting… Read more »

Report shows decrease in farm fatalities

A recent Purdue University study showed farm fatalities in Indiana continued a downward trend.  Purdue Extension safety specialist says while the number of fatalities has declined, far too many still occur.  “But, we’re showing this continued downward trend, even from last year,” he says.  “It’s not the lowest number we’ve ever had – but it’s… Read more »